About Me

An international human rights lawyer and author, my first book “Freedom to Think” (Atlantic Books 2022) was a Financial Times Technology Book of the Year 2022 and shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Christopher Bland Prize 2023.  My second book “Human Rights, Robot Wrongs: Being Human in the Age of AI” is out 2nd May 2024 with Atlantic Books.  I publish and appear regularly in national and international media talking about the impact of technology on human rights.

My expertise in technology, AI and human rights is grounded in over 20 years’ experience, I have worked on some of the most challenging legal and political issues of our time including human rights and security, combating corruption in the developing world, protecting human rights at borders, the human rights impacts of climate change on small islands.

My work has taken me all over the world to places as diverse as Spain, Uganda, Brussels, Kyrgyzstan and Poland.  I have worked for international NGOs like Amnesty International and international organisations including the UN, the EU and the Council of Europe.  The breadth of my experience has given me great insight into the way international law and institutions work in practice. Originally from the Isle of Man, I am the founder of the Island Rights Initiative.  A native English speaker, I am also fluent in French and Spanish.

I have an MA Hons in French and Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, a Masters in European and International Human Rights Law from the University of Nantes and a PhD in International Human Rights Law from the University of Roehampton.  I am a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI).

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