Beginning the final countdown to the first ever event to focus on maritime human rights, organisers continue to showcase a top line up of speakers and experts participating in the International Maritime Human Rights Conference (IMHR), taking place on 14 September, at the Royal College of Surgeons, London

With an exceptional conference programme focusing on addressing the issues surrounding human rights and welfare at sea, IMHR will bring together global maritime industry leaders and world-renowned human rights advocates, with the aim to explore topical and emerging human rights matters, and investigate human rights protections and available remedies for abuses.

The event will examine the latest and most topical subject matters including; the need for explicit engagement with human rights at sea, the fishing community, seafarer welfare, gender and diversity, refugees & migrants, the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights, and investigation of human rights abuses; and will deliver incisive commentary and concepts to delegates for consideration and debate.

Further information including conference sessions, timings and speaker topics can be found on the event website:

The conference has gained valuable support throughout the maritime and fisheries sector along with sponsorship from The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO), Sailors’ Society and Ship Money.

If you are interested in attending, please follow for more details.


Final speaker line-up;

  • Wendy Betts, Project Director, eyeWitness for Atrocities Programme, International Bar Association

  • Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

  • Barry Bryant, Director General, Seafarers UK

  • Parosha Chandran, Human Rights Barrister, 1 Pump Court

  • John Dalby, Co-founder and Past Vice President, Marine Risk Management

  • Martin Foley, National Director, Apostleship of the Sea

  • Professor Neil Greenberg, Founder and Director, March on Stress

  • David Hammond, CEO, Human Rights at Sea

  • Ingvild Jenssen, Founder and Policy Director, NGO Shipbreaking Platform

  • Debasis Mazumdar, CEO, St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry

  • Norman Schmiedl, Crewing Director, Columbia Ship Management

  • Officer Cadet Sarah Stevens, Royal Fleet Auxiliary

  • Peter Sweetnam, Director, MOAS

  • Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General, InterManager

  • Conrad Thorpe OBE, CEO, Salama Fikira

  • Lisa Tremble, Director of External Affairs, Mishcon De Reya

  • George Tsavliris, Principal, Tsavliris Salvage Group

  • Ment van der Zwan, Senior Policy Advisor Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association, Chair, FISH-Platform

  • Margaret Wachenfeld, Director of Research and Legal Affairs, Institute for Human Rights and Business

  • Lieutenant Commander Chris Wood, Royal Navy, Co-Chair, Compass Network

  • Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy, SeaFish

  • Alexandra Wrage, Founder and President, TRACE International


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