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Humanitarian Law & Policy:
Civilian Direct Participation in Hostilities, Conduct of Hostilities, Detention in Armed Conflict, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Non-State Armed Groups, Occupation Law, Private Military and Security Contractors, Protected Persons, Public International Law, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Transitional Justice

Clive Dow joined the Royal Navy in 1992. He has served at sea around the globe, in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as serving on the staffs of operational commanders in the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

Currently seconded to the British Government’s Cabinet Office, he is one of the Royal Navy’s lead advisers on international law matters, including law of the sea, law of naval warfare and cyber-warfare issues.

In recent years, Clive was one of the UK’s reviewers of weapons and means of warfare under the obligations of Article 36 of Additional Protocol 1 to the Geneva Conventions of 1977. In this role, he supported UK delegations in negotiations for the regulation of Cluster Munitions, both at the United Nations in Geneva and as part of the “Oslo process”.

As legal adviser to the Chief of Joint Operations, his responsibilities included advising in respect of UK military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism operations overseas. He was also responsible for operational level legal advice for the Royal Navy’s counter-piracy efforts in the Horn of Africa. In this role, he has worked extensively on the legal framework for the use of force in counter-piracy operations and negotiated with the governments of Kenya and Seychelles in respect of jurisdictional arrangements for the detention and transfer of suspected pirates and has recently gave evidence to the House of Commons and House of Lords Defense Select Committees on international and UK law relating to piracy

Clive was educated at Britannia Royal Naval College and has an Honors Degree in Maritime Defense. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple) in 2001. He was awarded a Masters Degree (LLM) in Public International Law from University College, London in 2011.