Governance, Risk and Compliance
Think Tank Programme
Business is the epicentre of our economic lives. From transactions to white-collar crime, the regulation of corporations is a complex field involving hard and soft law; domestic and international agreements, and multiple fora. Good corporate governance seeks to ensure that the interests of both shareholders and external stakeholders are taken into consideration, and that equality and diversity is promoted within organisations. This programme interrogates whether existing regulations do achieve this and works with academics around the world – particularly those in producer economies – to recommend policy changes for genuinely inclusive and sustainable economies.
PhD Candidate at the Universities of Basel and Antwerp
I earned my post-graduate degree in law from Oxford University and qualified as a barrister at the Bar of England and Wales. After nearly 1.5 years at international criminal courts/tribunals and 1.5 years teaching on a Swiss university LLM course, I am now working towards my doctorate in animal rights philosophy, theory, law, and policy, at the Universities of Basel and Antwerp. I hold various scholarships/fellowships, and am thus funded by the Finnish, Swiss, and Belgian governments/research institutions. In my spare time, I work, pro bono, as a legal correspondent moot coordinator to a UK animal law centre, a consultant composing law and policy recommendations for the European Union on behalf of the Dutch coalition for animal NGOs, and a legal and policy advisor to various animal NGOs across Europe. In the past, as Moot Court Training Expert for the International Commission of Jurists, I founded, developed, and ran the first moot on international human and animal rights law, held at the national level in Myanmar. I am now the Founder and Director of the first world moot on international law and animal rights, comprising an international mooting competition and mooting/coaching training courses.
Legal Manager at Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations
PhD Candidate at the University of Stirling
Wasseem is an Egyptian-Canadian freelance consultant experienced in both policy and research and based out of Glasgow, Scotland. He has over 13 years of varied international experience across the fisheries and aquaculture sector and holds degrees in applied aquatic ecology. Wasseem’s doctoral studies on the welfare of farmed Nile tilapia have led him further into work on fish welfare. He has experience working on fisheries and aquaculture studies for a wide range of clients including the FAO, the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee (PECH), WorldFish, Cefas, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, ASC, the Marine Conservation Society UK and WWF-UK with extensive travel across Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East.
Altamush is a Pakistan-based animal rights lawyer currently pursuing an LLM in Animal Law at the Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis and Clark Law School. He will be pursuing an Environmental Law, Natural Resources and Energy Law LLM at Lewis and Clark. He holds an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School, a BA-LLB from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan and is a Co-Founder/Director of Charity Doings Foundation (charitydoings.org). Altamush is also an Animal Welfare Ambassador to Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRSWorld.org), both incorporated in Pakistan/USA, and is a member of the American Bar Association Animal Law, International Animal Law, and the Climate Change & Human Rights Subcommittees, and of the newly formed Animal Law Working Commission Group for The Union of International Associations (UIA).
He served as a Legislative Advocacy Intern at Best Friends Animal Society in 2022 and is currently serving as a Humane Policy Volunteer Leader at the Humane Society of the United States and a Government Relations Intern at The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for 2023.
Anisa Abeytia is a research and policy professional with a background in humanitarian diplomacy. She worked with Congress, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to shape US – Syria policy, with a focus on domestic immigration.
Her research interests include: the social inclusion of Syrian refugees in Europe, the role of online platforms on the social inclusion of vulnerable populations in offline environments and access to socio-spatiality in the upward mobility of refugee populations.
She regularly presents her research internationally, most recently at the University of Cambridge. Her articles are published via national and international web based and print media, including a book chapter and policy briefs for UNESCO and The Hill. She is the recipient of a Student Forum Award (2019) from the American Sociological Society and an Emerging Scholar Grant from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, University of Indiana/Purdue.
Previously, Anisa operated a private practice as a clinical nutritionist in Dubai, specializing in utilizing the field of epigenetics to understand hypothyroidism and endocrine dysfunction. She is a published poet, former USC varsity rower and worked in Hollywood for the producer of the Godfather.
Affiliate of Global Legal Studies Network (Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris) and Paris Institute for Critical Thinking. Author of Care Power Information (2020, Routledge) The Digital Coloniality of Power (2016, Lexington/Rowman), Between Discursivity and Sensus Communis (2010, OPUS), and Aufklärung als Flaschenpost (2009, VDM), as well as co-author with S.Weiss and S.Restivo of Worlds of ScienceCraft (1st 2014, Ashgate, 2nd 2016, Routledge). In 2019, he was named the chair of the scientific committee for the project “Juridifying the Anthropocene” (directed by G.Lhuilier&B.Parance which is contributing ideas and expertise for the Agence Developpmente Française and the Court de Cassation [French High Court]). He is the managing editor of the book series Decolonial Options for the Social Sciences [Lexington/Rowman]. Formerly with the University Erlangen-Nürnberg, University Kassel, Drexel University, College of Leuphana University. Awarded various fellowships and grants, including most recently the 2018/19 Independent Scholar Fellowship (ISF4) of the Independent Social Research Foundation. In 2017, he worked under the direction of Olivier Bouin and Marc Fleurbaey on the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP).
Dr Angus Young
Hong Kong Baptist University
Dr Yoriko Otomo
Global Research Network
I am a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, a Research Associate at SOAS, Governor for the Network for International Law Students, member of the Global Animal Law Expert Group, and I am on the Board of Minding Animals International. I am a Series Editor for Anthem Press, on the editorial board of the Australian Feminist Law Journal, and an External Examiner for universities in the UK. I live in England with my beloved partner, three sons, three hens and two cats.