Day 2 Speakers – Summer Symposium 2019

29 Jun


Tuesday, July 2nd: 

PM Nair

PM Nair

Dr. PM Nair served Indian Police Service for 35 years, retired as the National Head of National Disaster Response Force; carried out several prominent case investigations like the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the International airdrop of weapons in India, Transnational Child trafficking for pedophilia, human rights violations, corruption crimes, etc. The first ever all India research on trafficking that he did during 2002-04, has made a paradigm shift in the India response systems. While serving UNODC, he set up the first nine Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTU) which now has been replicated to more than 300 in India. He has personally trained more than 50000 stakeholders and has done or caused or facilitated the rescue of more than 50000 victims. Has several Books and professional articles on human trafficking; presently he is Chair Professor with TISS Mumbai, continuing his mission against trafficking, undertaking national research on the subject. He has set up Anti Human trafficking Clubs in Colleges involving youth in this mission.  Recently he undertook a study for World Bank on “connectivity versus trafficking”, on the India Myanmar and Bangladesh border States. 


Bernie Gravett 

Bernie Gravett

Bernie Gravett is a retired Police Superintendent from the Metropolitan Police. He completed 31 years in the police service in April 2011. He is a Senior EU Expert in combatting transnational organized crime, child sexual exploitation, and trafficking in human beings. Bernie is also an expert on the Europol AWF Intelligence system and an accredited Eurojust expert on Joint Investigation Teams and Mutual Legal Assistance.

He is now the director of Specialist Policing Consultancy Ltd. The company brings together a number of organized crime and human trafficking specialists who share the aim of passing on their knowledge and experience to law enforcement, local authority, and 3rd sector staff. He provides expert witness evidence to the courts on behalf of criminalized victims of human trafficking, both in the UK at through to the European Court of Human Rights.

Bernie designs and delivers training on behalf of many international organizations including IOM, UNODC, OSCE, ICMPD, Beyond Borders (Scotland). This training has been delivered around in over 20 countries in the world.

Bernie has written and participated in EC funded police projects combatting cross border organized crime. He is the author of a number of articles and book contributions on the subject of human trafficking and Modern Slavery.


Tony Dunkerley 

Tony Dunkerley

Tony is the founder of Illustro Consultancy Ltd, which provides training to practitioners across a range of private and governmental sectors on identifying and dealing with trafficking of persons and smuggling of migrants.

For the past year, Tony has been representing the UNODC across East Africa training criminal justice practitioners on overt and covert methods of investigating human trafficking and migrant smuggling.


Elif Çetin


Assist. Prof. Dr Elif Çetin is based at the Department of International Relations at Yaşar University, and is also a Research Associate at the Von Hügel Institute, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge where she recently finished a collaborative project on ‘The relevance of Catholic social thought and practice in the field of migration and asylum policy in the UK’ funded by the Charles Plater Trust (application jointly prepared by Dr. Sara Silvestri). She is among the members of the research team working on the EU funded Horizon2020 project RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond and contributed to the country report on the legal and policy framework of migration in Turkey (2011-17). She holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Politics and International Studies, from the University of Cambridge where she wrote her dissertation on ‘Political Debates, Policy Objectives and Outcomes in British and Italian Immigration Politics, 1997-2010’. Previously, Elif was awarded Jean Monnet scholarship and conducted her M.A. at the Department of Political Science, University of Leiden (The Netherlands) and has a B.A. from the Department of International Relations, University of Bilkent (Ankara). She was a visiting scholar at the European University Institute (Florence) and the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) (Oxford). Elif previously worked as an associate expert in The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) (Ankara), and also as a researcher in the project titled ‘Four Decades of European Union Politics towards Turkey’ while being based at The Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael (The Hague).


Carole Stolz

carole stolz

Carole Stolz is an innovator, a networker and a catalyst who is not frightened to challenge the powers that be.
British, but based in Bavaria in Germany, Carole loves most of all to interact with various professionals from different cultural backgrounds in an international setting. Through diversity we are strong.


Searching to find a means of rescuing minors from the mouths of the human trafficking monsters, she has been researching her idea of a Handscanner in a project called PRIMSA***. This involved the Fraunhofer Institute and the German and Austrian Federal and State Police Departments.

It is hoped that this Ultrasound Scanner will be able to detect and therefore to rescue female minors traveling on false passports. As such they may be either trapped in or traveling into the sex industry.
Following PRIMSA, the Handscanner now physically exists but still must have its reliability verified. Further research is needed, involving a research team based in Europe with follow up global research already organized with Professors in Australia, South Africa, and India. In this way not only the reliability of the Handscanner can be proven, but also the role of race in determining bone maturity might be established.

An experienced international teacher and public speaker, Carole is the founder and Chairman of the Board of a German NGO called “Hope for Freedom e.V.”.
She is also a founding member of the “European Freedom Network e.V.” (EFN) and works on the EFN’s “Operations Team”. EFN is a network of over 270 NGOs in Europe fighting together to combat human trafficking.


Peter Martin


Peter is a DPhil candidate whose research interests focus on the histories and philosophies of geographical science. His work brings together a range of discourses including critical histories of exploration, geographies of science, postcolonial critiques of knowledge, as well as Arctic and Polar studies. Peter joined the School as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA), and his research is conducted in collaboration with the RGS-IBG.

Prior to joining Oxford, Peter completed a Master of Arts Degree in Geography (First Class Honours), and a Master of Research Degree in Human Geography (Distinction) at the University of Glasgow. His undergraduate dissertation examined the UK solidarity response to the 1973 Chilean coup and the events organized to commemorate this. His Master’s thesis involved a critical reflection on the REF 2014 Impact Assessment and its implications for academic geographical study in the UK.


Fausto Melluso

fausto melluso

I’m twenty-nine years old, I was born and I’ve always lived in Palermo.
I am the delegate for Arci Palermo’s migration and I work for some NGOs that deal with migrants.
I started doing politics very early, at sixteen, in the Umberto I high school as President of the Student Council and, in the area, taking the first steps next to Rita Borsellino and her movement Another History.
At the University I represented the students in the Academic Senate during the Gelmini and Onda reform period, trying to bring the strength and the voice of the movement that developed in the squares into the institutions.
For some years I have lived in Ballarò, where I am among the founders of the Arci Porco Rosso circle, in Piazza Casa Professa, a place of culture and confrontation that also tries to be a space of interaction open to the different categories that live in the neighborhood. While I was doing all this, I played basketball for years in the role of the right guard, I read, I wrote, I followed and supported many social and cultural projects.

I am applying to the municipal elections, with the Left Common in support of Leoluca Orlando. I do it for the same reasons that some people I respect suggest to avoid.


Alessandra Sciurba


Ph.D. in Human Rights, Research Fellow at the University of Palermo (2012-2015) and Bergamo (2016-2018), she is the coordinator of the Cledu-Clinic legal office for human rights of the University of Palermo and Head of the Palermo headquarters of Ciai.

She was responsible for the other right of research and intervention projects on the trafficking of migrant women in the Italian labor market. For the European Parliament (FEMM Committee) she is a co-author of the study “The vulnerability to exploitation of women migrant workers in the EU: the need for a Human Rights and Gender-based Approach”.

She has worked as a project manager and as a consultant for the Research and Development division of the Council of Europe on the issues of poverty and human rights, bringing to the projects the theme of migration, borders, and citizenships.

She is the author of numerous scientific articles and force fields. Confined paths of migrants in Europe (short shadows, Verona 2009) and La Cura servile, the care they need (Pacini Editore, Pisa 2015).

She is one of the promoters and spokespersons of Mediterranea Saving Humans.


Fulvio Vassallo


Fulvio Vassallo Paleologo is a lawyer, lecturer on the right of asylum and constitutional status of foreigners, and member of the doctoral committee on “Human Rights: Evolution, Protection and Limits” at the Department of Legal Sciences, University of Palermo. He is also director of ADIF (Associazione Diritti e Frontiere), website,  and is active in the protection of migrants and asylum-seekers rights through several NGOs and media groups.


Markella Papadouli


Markella has been associated with The AIRE Centre since 2012 and she returned in 2013. Markella is a UK Solicitor, a Greek qualified lawyer and AIRE Centre’s Europe Litigation Coordinator. In this capacity she coordinates the AIRE Centre strategic litigation team, specializing on taking asylum, and trafficking cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU. She leads the AIRE Centre’s asylum, the law of the sea, and trafficking work, providing free legal advice and representation to victims of trafficking, the delivery of training to relevant stakeholders and the representation of the AIRE Centre at conferences and meetings worldwide on both issues of interest. Markella represents the AIRE Centre in the Frontex NGO Consultative Forum and the EASO Consultative Forum.

Markella is a Lecturer at London South Bank University for the MSc in Refugee Studies on European Asylum Law and Policy and International Refugee Law since 2013.

Markella studied Law at the University of Athens and holds an LLM degree in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Warwick on International Relations and Human Rights. Her Maritime law dissertation critically assessed the interaction between the international and European maritime law provisions with the Common European Asylum System and the Dublin Regulation in particular, while her MA dissertation focused on the role of UNHCR in monitoring implementation of EU legislation and policies on migration and asylum. She further holds a Diploma in Grants Management and has completed the Odysseus Network Summer School in European Law and Policy on Immigration and Asylum.

Markella was the National Expert on Greece for the European Database on Asylum Law in 2013 and has also worked for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, the International Rescue Committee and UNHCR Greece. Markella speaks fluent Greek, English, French, and Spanish as well as basic German.


Caroline Haughey

caroline hughley

Caroline prosecutes and defends across a wide variety of the most serious and high profile criminal cases with significant experience in a number of areas of health and safety law, regulatory work and associated areas such as inquests. She has developed a reputation for prosecuting and defending cases where ‘novel law’ and or sensitive matters are an issue. Caroline has a particular interest in human trafficking, organized crime, firearms drugs, and violence offenses.


Riel Karmy-Jones


Riel is a leading criminal practitioner with a strong prosecution practice. She is cited in the Directories where she has been described as “measured, calm and efficient” and “an extremely able and conscientious barrister with a persuasive and likable style”.  She is presently instructed as Leading Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Due to the nature of the inquiry, Riel remains available to accept new instructions.

Riel’s principal area of practice is a serious crime, and she specializes in cases involving murder, serious organized crime, and sexual offenses. She is principally known for her work in the field of slavery and human trafficking, advising upon the legislation and successfully prosecuting a number of these difficult and high profile trials with “consummate skill”.

Before coming to the Bar, Riel trained and worked as a theatre director, which not only informed her understanding of the psychology of witnesses and defendants but also helped make her an exceptionally jury friendly advocate.


Peter Rook


Peter Rook was called to the Bar in  London in 1973 and specialized in criminal law. He became a QC in 1991 and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn (2000.)  He was Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales (CBA) 2002- 2003.

 He became head of chambers at 18, Red Lion Court ( now 18 Red Lion Chambers) in July 2002. 

        In June 2005 he was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge to sit at the Old Bailey where he sat until he retired in April 2017 trying very serious criminal cases. He was course director of the course that trains judges who try sexual cases from 2006 to 2009. He tried the  9 defendant Oxford grooming case at the Old Bailey in 2013. He sat for a few weeks each year in the Court of Appeal from 2008 to 2017 and was a member of the 5 judge court in 2016 which set down guidance in respect of sentencing in historic sexual cases. 

   Since the 1990’s he has written and lectured on the law governing sexual offenses and advocacy and the vulnerable to lawyers, judges and doctors both in this jurisdiction and abroad.    He is a co-author of a legal textbook ‘Rook and Ward’ on ‘Sexual Offences’ Law & Practice (Sweet and Maxwell.)  The book is now in its 5th Edition (2016) with a supplement recently published in April 2019 and a 6th edition on the blocks. 

        From 2013 until 2016 he chaired a working party for the Advocacy Training Council ( now the College of Advocacy) which has devised a course for ALL advocates undertaking cases involving the vulnerable. The course has now been delivered to 2/3 of barristers as well as many solicitor advocates. 

     He has recently chaired a working party on behalf of JUSTICE which in June 2019 made 57 recommendations as to how best to alleviate the problems caused by the huge rise in the number of sexual offense prosecutions in England, Wales, and Scotland. The recommendations included a greater focus on earlier identification of vulnerability amongst witnesses. 

   He retired from the Old Bailey in March 2017. He re-joined Red Lion Chambers in September 2018.    He has recently acted as a coroner in 2 Deepcut legacy cases. For the last 6 years, he has devised and produced a series of vignettes about the Old Bailey performed over 4 evenings in March each year in Court no 1 at the Old Bailey. The performances raise money for 2 charities and always include  2 songs by the Amies choir made up from women who are survivors of human trafficking. Amies is one of the projects undertaken by PAN intercultural Arts.


Nicola Padfield

Nocola Padfield

I have a very broad academic lens, interested in all things criminal, from substantive law, through the procedure and evidence to sentencing, and what goes on in prison (and post-sentence enforcement generally).  I am engaged in both ‘hard’ law and in socio-legal-criminological research, in England and in Europe.  My main research interest is sentencing law, especially into the law and practice of release from (and recall to) prison.




Neena Samota

neena Simota

Neena Samota is the Programme Director for Criminology and Sociology and for the MA Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime at St. Mary’s University. 

Trained originally in comparative politics, Neena worked as a policy and research manager at the national crime reduction charity, Nacro from 2000 where she worked in criminal justice research, evaluation and policy development on race inequalities. Since 2014, Neena started teaching Criminology, initially at the University of Westminster and since 2017 at St. Mary’s. 

Neena’s research in relation to criminal justice has a strong legal and policy focus. Current and past topics include: prisoner education outcomes; policing and stop and search; prisons and resettlement; probation and sentencing; women in prison; ethnic disproportionality in youth justice; disproportionate outcomes in mental health provision in criminal justice; equality impact assessments; refugee advice services. Neena has authored research and evaluation reports for the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and voluntary sector organizations. Her work also includes policy and organizational development for national infrastructure/umbrella organizations such as Clinks, Women’s Breakout, Black Training, and Enterprise Group (BTEG), Action for Prisoners Families (APF) and Council for Somali Organisations (CSO).

Outside academia, Neena plays an active role in the voluntary sector. She chairs Voice4Change England (V4CE). As a trustee of StopWatch, since it was founded in 2010, Neena campaigns for effective, accountable and fair policing. As part of the Reclaim Justice Network Neena campaigns to promote alternatives to criminal justice. In an advisory capacity, she has advised numerous government reviews and panels on race equality and criminal justice. Neena served on the Lola Young Review, gave evidence to the Lammy Review and the Home Secretary’s Policing and Diversity group. Neena is a member of the Crown Prosecution Service Scrutiny panel for London. 


Valeria Ragni

valeria ragni

Valeria Ragni works as Anti-trafficking Advisor (International) in the British Red Cross’ Anti-trafficking team. Valeria oversees the organization’s international anti-trafficking work, which aims to support the wider Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement by providing services, funding, and technical expertise in order to strengthen the National Societies’ capability to prevent, identify and respond to trafficking, and promote policy change. Valeria has been working in the field of asylum and trafficking for the past six years, previously focussing on supporting unaccompanied and separated children.


Bahija Jamal


Associate Professor of International Law and International Relations

Public Law Department,           

Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco                                                                                                                                                   

Consultant on Combating Human Trafficking at International Organization for Migration

Former Staff Member, Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs

Former Senior Advisor to UNHCR, UNODC, UNESCO, Council of Europe and ICRC Consultant.

Member of The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. (


Amandine Bressand


Amandine is a human rights professional and project manager based in London, UK. Her thematic areas of expertise include Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking/Modern Slavery, Asylum Law and Refugee Rights. She was previously based in Beirut, Lebanon where she oversaw the implementation of humanitarian projects within the Anti-Trafficking Unit of KAFA, Lebanon’s leading feminist NGO. The projects she managed notably provided safe housing and multi-sectorial protection services to victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation, and early marriage.

Amandine holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development from SOAS in London, and a BA in Human Rights, Arabic, and Political Science from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York. Previously, she worked as a paralegal with the Law Office of Theodore N. Cox, a firm specialized on the right to asylum, and with the International Crisis Group (ICG). 

Technical expertise includes program design; project management; grant writing; M&E; reporting; strategic development; advocacy; research; training and facilitation. Amandine is a native French speaker, fluent in English, and conversational in Arabic and Spanish.


Jan-Samuel Jucksch Willoch



Jan-Samuel Willoch is a Master student at Coventry University, specializing in Human Trafficking and Public Diplomacy. He has been a researcher for over 5 years, working on projects on the Russo-Georgian war, the Greek perspective of the Financial Crisis and the Importance of Fake News in the age of information.

Furthermore, through his dual citizenship, he has had international opportunities in the field of humanitarian work, policy advice, and peacebuilding.

He speaks fluently Portuguese, English, and Norwegian. German and Spanish at a conversational level.

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