We are a small and effective team of advocacy and policy experts based in the UK, with expertise in:
- crafting detailed practical policies and long-term political strategies
- independent research and analysis
- establishing, supporting and leading civil society coalitions
- creating space for stakeholders from different backgrounds to work productively together
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Richard Moyes is Managing Director at Article 36. He works across all our current focus areas (autonomous weapons, explosive weapons and protecting civilians) looking to develop issue, policy and strategy framings that can generate political movement and to promote change through effective ways of working. He played a key role in these areas in the development of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and of the Safe Schools Declaration. He promoted the framing of 'explosive weapons in populated areas' as a humanitarian issue formulation and 'meaningful human control' as an organising term in discussions on autonomy in weapons systems. He co-produced our working in global coalitions resource.
Richard was previously Director of Policy at Landmine Action, and Co-Chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition. Prior to that he established and managed explosive ordnance disposal projects for the UK NGO Mines Advisory Group. He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter.
Laura Boillot is Programme Manager for Article 36. She currently focuses on policy and practice around explosive weapons and coordinates the International Network on Explosive Weapons, as well as leading a project on universalisation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. She also provides organisational management. Laura has contributed substantially to our work and strategy on autonomous weapons, nuclear weapons and safe schools and our organisational expertise on ways of working and partnerships.
Laura previously worked as a Campaign Manager and subsequently as the Director of the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC). Prior to that she worked as Program Officer on the Control Arms campaign and for the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA).
Simon spent the last 18 years working for the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva and New York where he was responsible for developing OCHA and broader UN policy on the protection of civilians in armed conflict and forced displacement. From 2007-2020, he was the principal drafter of the UN Secretary-General’s reports to the Security Council on the protection of civilians. He also led OCHA's work on addressing the humanitarian impact of conventional and nuclear weapons, with a particular focus on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Before joining OCHA, Simon spent three years as a Senior Researcher for the Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. He holds a Ph.D in Law from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). Simon is also an Affiliate Member of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University in Montreal.
Elizabeth Minor is an Advisor for Article 36. She is currently working on the issue of autonomous weapons as well as on a project on nuclear weapons focused on the implementation of articles 6 and 7 of the TPNW. Her previous work at Article 36 includes research on lessons learned from the Safe Schools Declaration, work on the thematic areas of protecting civilians and drones, and research on underrepresentation in multilateral forums. Elizabeth is an honorary associate at the University of Liverpool through Article 36's PhD collaboration. If you want a cartoon about the alternatives to developing killer robots, she'll draw you one for free (in any language!).
Elizabeth was previously a researcher at Every Casualty and Oxford Research Group, and sat on the Board of the NGO Airwars. During a sabbatical from Article 36 she was a visiting research scholar at O.P. Jindal Global University.
She conducts research and analysis on harms from and practices of explosive weapon use in populated areas and supports the development of research methodologies and programmes, as well as communications, ahead of the official launch of the Explosive Weapons Monitor in 2022.
Katherine was previously Senior Researcher of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Monitor, a project of Control Arms. Prior to that she was the Program Manager of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the International Human Rights Clinic.
Uldduz Sohrabi is a Communications Advisor for Article 36. She is currently focused on developing new outputs and strategies for our autonomous weapons and explosive weapons thematic work, as well as on developing effective organisational communications for Article 36.
Uldduz has worked as a journalist for multiple publications and is currently also studying her PhD focusing on autonomous weapons at Kingston University London, as part of its Law & Technology Research Group.
Jobs and consultancies
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Article 36 is incorporated in the UK as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (Company No. 07755941). Our Companies House entry, which includes our latest annual accounts, can be found here. Article 36 is overseen by a Board with backgrounds in advocacy, finance and other areas.
We are looking to expand and diversify our Board. If you are interested in applying to join Article 36's Board, please contact Richard Moyes firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosy Cave is a member of Article 36's board.
Jonathan Fell is a founding partner of Ash Park Capital, a specialist fund management company focused on investments in the global fast-moving consumer goods industry. Prior to 2013 he worked as an equity research analyst following the tobacco and beverages sectors at the investment banks Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and, most recently, Deutsche Bank.
Richard Lloyd is interim Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Senior Independent Director at the Financial Conduct Authority, and a non-executive director of the Advertising Standards Authority. Richard led Which? as executive director from 2011 to 2016 and was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to the economy and consumer rights. He was previously director of Landmine Action and has also worked as a special adviser to the Prime Minister.
Paddy Walker is managing director of the Leon Group, a fourth-generation Family Office. He co-chairs the London Committee of NGO Human Rights Watch and has a PhD in the field of autonomous Weapons.
Article 36’s work has been supported by:
- Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Canadian Department of National Defence, Defence Engagement Programme
- Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
- Future of Life Institute, in partnership with Arizona State University
- International Law and Policy Institute, Oslo
- J Leon Foundation
- Open Society Foundations
- Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Royal National Lifeboat Institution
- The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund
- The Holy See
- The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland (through Irish Aid)
- The Network for Social Change
We have also received support from NGO partners, such as PAX and Norwegian People's Aid. Article 36's work is independent of its funders and civil society partners. Our statements and positions do not imply the agreement of those partners, nor do the positions of those partners and funders imply the agreement of Article 36.
Our vision, mission and values
- A world with the minimum reliance on weapons.
- A world where the development, use and impact of weapons is controlled and scrutinised to ensure the greatest protection of the public, and the greatest accountability of users.
- A world where these conditions are supported through strong norms backed by an active partnership of states and civil society.
- To reduce harm from weapons, to promote strong controls over the development and use of weapons and to reduce the perceived importance of violence as a means of securing our common future.
- To publicly scrutinise the development and use of weapons and the harm they cause and to work for the adoption of practices, policies and legal controls to prevent harm.
- To work with partners for the development and implementation of international norms that foster and reinforce this mission.
Our values and principles
- We believe in pursuing non-violent solutions to problems.
- We believe that consideration and control of the tools of violence is one foundation for effective and appropriate social control of violence.
- We believe that how weapons are developed and used should be publicly and independently scrutinised, based on evidence, transparency and a diversity of social perspectives.
- We recognise the power and importance of social norms as a framework within which behaviours are understood and assessed.
- We believe policies and legal agreements can respond to humanitarian concerns and support a normative framework that reduces harm from weapons.
- We work with partners, in civil society, international organisations and states, to forge a common language, to frame problems, and shape effective solutions.
- We recognise that strong partnerships are vital to shaping new norms and ensuring that established norms continue to support the prevention and reduction of harm.