Meet Our Professors

Claire de Than

Jesse Elvin

Sarah Gale is a lecturer in law at City University, London. She specialises in Tort Law, EU Law and Media Law.

Her recent publications are in the field of Media / Human Rights’ Law.

Sarah was a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Law in Jersey teaching EU Law from 2017 – 2018.

Sarah is an associate examiner for the London International Academy marking EU and Tort Law scripts. She is also a Senior Marker for EU Law.

Aurora Herrera is an experienced journalist, writer, documentary-filmmaker and producer best known for fronting Showcase Environment, an environmental program which aired throughout the Caribbean, U.S., Canada and London. She has also worked as a producer on an award-winning feature length film as well as several shorts and recently won a commission from One World Media to produce a documentary on the impact of the Venezuelan refugee crisis on neighbouring Trinidad. She is currently reading for her doctorate in journalism with a focus on media law at City, University of London.

Dr Elina Steinerte (LLB, Lawyers Diploma, LLM, PhD) is an academic and human rights lawyer with over 15 years of experience, residing in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. She is a member of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UN WGAD), appointed on 30 September 2016 and serving as its Vice Chair of four consecutive years. In this role Dr Steinerte has lead numerous UN missions including to Argentina, Sri Lanka, Hungary, Bhutan and Qatar. She has participated in the delivery of Opinions of the WGAD with regard to over 300 allegations of arbitrary deprivation of liberty globally and lead the WGAD’s work on the formulation of its Deliberations on detention in the context of migration and detention in the context of public health emergencies (COVID-19). In July 2019 she became the youngest serving Law Commissioner of the Jersey Law Commission.

Dr Steinerte has taught public international and human rights law at numerous universities in Latvia, the United Kingdom and the Bailiwick of Jersey. The prime focus of her work and research, through the University of Bristol Human Rights Centre, has been the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol (OPCAT). She has worked worldwide with respect to the implementation of the Convention including advising upon the calibration of domestic legislation and the designation and effectiveness of National Preventive Mechanisms. Additionally, she has provided expert advice on a variety of criminal justice reforms concerning pre-trial detention, overuse of imprisonment, overcrowding and independent oversight over the places of deprivation of liberty. Recently she has been working with the UNHCR on streamlining its methodology for monitoring immigration detention. Until 2016 she was an expert member of the inaugural Council of Independent Experts on International and European Law to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

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Claire de Than

Jesse Elvin

Sarah Gale

Aurora Herrera

Elina Steinerte