The Global Initiative Network

Expert

Katja Samuel

Director, Global Security and Disaster Management Limited (GSDM)

Katja is the founder and director of GSDM. She is a professional, strategically minded, resourceful lawyer with multinational, multidisciplinary, academic, practitioner, military, and civil society experience gained over more than 27 years. Principally, her work has been orientated towards better informing and equipping law and policy makers, as well as practitioners, especially at the governmental and intergovernmental levels.

Katja served in the UK’s Royal Navy for 12 years as a sea-going logistics officer, as well as naval barrister advising on Criminal, Military and International Law matters. As a Lieutenant Commander, her responsibilities extended to managing a large team of personnel and £multi-million assets in a busy, reactive and operational environment.

After leaving the Royal Navy in 2004, Katja worked mainly within the academic sector at a number of leading UK universities until 2017, including as an award winning researcher and author. Her experience spans the design, implementation, delivery and quality assurance (including as an external examiner) of undergraduate, postgraduate and professionally orientated teaching and training programmes, as well as the instigation, management and delivery of multinational research projects. She is a regular academic reviewer for a number of distinguished publishers.

Katja’s technical expertise comprises Public International Law, a broad range of Security issues (especially Terrorism and Counter-terrorism), Human Rights Law, Disaster Law (including Disaster Risk Mitigation/Management), International Institutional Law (especially the United Nations and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation), Due Diligence, Rule of Law, and aspects of Shari’ah Law. A current research focus is on critiquing traditionally security issues, such as Counter-Terrorism, through the paradigm of Disaster Risk Reduction/Management to identify and propose solutions to law and policy gaps of national and international concern. She has also worked across other legal regimes, notably International Criminal Law, Transnational Organised Crime, Law of Armed Conflict, and Global Health Law. She has undertaken diverse consultancy work, including with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Her external roles have included: Co-lead for the UN Office of Disaster Risk Reduction organising team (Understanding man-made and technological risks) for the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (November 2018); Member of UN Office of Disaster Risk Reduction organising teams (on the Sendai Framework implementation; and on Health and DRR) for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2019 (2018-2019); co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s Disaster Law Interest Group (2017-2020); Committee member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Islamic Law and International Law (2007-2014), and Due Diligence Study Group (2012-2016); member of the prestigious peer review college of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2014-2017), as well as the Global Research Challenges Fund (2016-18).

Well-travelled, Katja is conversant and comfortable working with diverse cultures and traditions, and has various degrees of language skills (especially French, German and Spanish). In her spare time, Katja enjoys doing charitable work, sailing, skiing and coastal walking with her dog.

Publications
  • K.L.H Samuel, ‘Intangible Technology Transfers and the Crime-Terror Nexus’, RUSI SHOC/ECPR–SGOC Informer blog (23 October 2018)
  • K.L.H. Samuel and S Venier, ‘The due diligence obligations of international organisations engaged in disaster management’ in Sergey Sayapin (ed), An Introduction to International Conflict and Security Law (TMC Asser Press and Springer, 2019 forthcoming)
  • K.L.H. Samuel, M. Aronsson-Storrier and K. Bookmiller (eds), Cambridge Handbook on Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2019 forthcoming).
  • K.L.H. Samuel and R.C. Cornforth, ‘DRR, Early Warning Systems and Global Health: Critiquing the Current System-Based Approach’ in K.L.H. Samuel, M. Aronsson-Storrier and K. Bookmiller (eds), Cambridge Handbook on Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2019 forthcoming).
  • K.L.H. Samuel, W.B. Banks and D. Richemond-Barak, ‘Improving Disaster Risk Mitigation: Towards a ‘Multi-Hazard’ Approach to Terrorism’, in K.L.H. Samuel, M. Aronsson-Storrier and K. Bookmiller (eds), Cambridge Handbook on Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2019 forthcoming).
  • K.L.H. Samuel, ‘The Legal Character of Due Diligence: Standards, Obligations or Both?’, 1 Central Asian Yearbook of International Law (2018/2019 forthcoming).
    Simon Whitbourn and Katja Samuel, ‘The Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United Kingdom’ (Knightwood Legal and GSDM Ltd, 14 December 2017).
  • K.L.H. Samuel and C.G. Chai, ‘Closing the “Intangible Technology Transfer” Gap within the Existing Legal Frameworks: Time for an Additional Protocol(s)?’ 6(1) Groningen Journal of International Law (2018, forthcoming) 191-215.
    E. Chadwick and K.L.H. Samuel, ‘In Faint Praise of the Derogating Will’ 26 Nottingham Law Journal (2017) 87-101.
  • S.C. Breau and K.L.H. Samuel (eds), Research Handbook on Disasters and International Law (Edward Elgar, 2016).
    International Law Association Study Group on Due Diligence, contributed as Member to 2nd report, 77th Biennial International Law Association Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa (7-12 August 2016).
  • K.L.H. Samuel, The OIC, the UN, and Counter-Terrorism Law-Making: Conflicting or Cooperative Legal Orders? (Hart, 2013) [awarded the prestigious Society of Legal Scholars’ Birks Prize for outstanding legal scholarship (2015)].
    International Law Association Committee on Islamic Law and International Law, contributed as Member to 3rd report, 76th Biennial International Law Association Conference, Washington DC, USA (7-12 April 2014).
  • Written submission to the UK Parliamentary Defence Select Committee Inquiry on ‘UK Armed Forces Personnel and the Legal Framework for Future Operations’ (December 2013).
  • A.-M. Salinas de Friás, K.L.H. Samuel, and N.D. White (eds), Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • K.L.H. Samuel, ‘The Rule of Law Framework and its Lacunae: Normative, Interpretative, and/or Policy Created?’ in A.-M. Salinas de Friás, K.L.H. Samuel, and N.D. White (eds), Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • K.L.H. Samuel, N.D. White, and A.-M. Salinas de Friás, ‘Multi-National Counter-Terrorism Expert Network: UN Reform, the Rule of Law, and Counter-Terrorism: How Can Past Lessons Inform Future Responses?’ (Nottingham University, March 2012).
  • K.L.H. Samuel, N.D. White, and A.-M. Salinas de Friás, ‘Multi-National Counter-Terrorism Expert Network: Report of Key Findings and Recommendations on the Rule of Law and Counter-Terrorism’ (Nottingham University, January 2012).
    – K.L.H. Samuel and N.D. White (eds), Counter-Terrorism and International Law (Ashgate, 2012).