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The Every Casualty team


Kat Brealey
Network Development Coordinator

Kat has worked in a range of different organisations relating to peace and conflict. Most recently she coordinated Presence & Engagement, the Church of England’s national initiative to encourage interfaith engagement. She holds an MA in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Winchester’s Centre for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace. Kat has spent time with grassroots peacebuilders in Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, Myanmar and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is also a trustee of Cord, an organisation working with human rights defenders and civil society organisations in Burundi and South East Asia.

Hamit Dardagan

Hamit Dardagan is the Co-Director of Every Casualty. Previously, he worked as Consultant on Civilian Casualties in War at Oxford Research Group in 2007. In 2002, he co-founded the Iraq Body Count project (www.iraqbodycount.org).

Hamit has written and co-written a number of analytical papers on casualties in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, including for The New England Journal of Medicine, PLoS Medicine, and The Lancet. He has published articles outlining the case for the detailed recording of all casualties in publications as diverse as The Guardian and The British Army Review, the latter in co-authorship with a now-retired Brigadier General in the British Army.

He has been Chair of Kalayaan, a human rights campaign for overseas domestic workers in the UK, which led to significant enhancement in their legal rights.

John Sloboda, OBE

John Sloboda is Co-Director of Every Casualty with Hamit Dardagan, with whom he also co-founded Iraq Body Count in 2002. From 2004 to 2009 he was Executive Director of Oxford Research Group, and with Paul Rogers and Chris Abbott he was co-author of "Beyond Terror: the Truth about the Real Threats to Our World" (Rider, 2007). With Elizabeth Minor he is co-author of "The Range of Sources in Casualty Recording" (Oxford Research Group, 2012). He is also Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Keele, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the advisory board of openbriefing.org. He has written on peace and security issues for a number of publications including opendemocracy.net.

Board of Trustees

Professor Susan Breau, PhD

Susan Breau was Professor of International Law at Flinders University, Australia, from July 2010-2013, and is now Professor of International Law and Head of the School of Law at Reading University in the UK. Her research interests are public international law and the international protection of human rights, particularly those issues relating to the use of force.

She was awarded her PhD in 2003 at LSE for her research into Humanitarian Intervention under the supervision of Professor Christopher Greenwood. She was the Dorset Fellow in Public International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law for three years. Prior to that appointment, she was a lecturer in international law and human rights at Queen's University Belfast where she assisted in the administration of their LLM in Human Rights Programmes and she has also lectured on the law of armed conflict in the LLM programme at the London School of Economics.

Dr Rachel Seoighe, PhD

Dr Rachel Seoighe is a lecturer in criminology at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. Her work is socio-legal and concerned with state violence, resistance and conflict memory. She works closely with Tamil human rights organisations and her research on Sri Lankan state denial, atrocity and conflict memory contributes to accountability efforts and the struggle for justice.

Rachel worked at Every Casualty as a legal consultant and researcher before and throughout pursuing her PhD in Law and Criminology at King's College London. She co-authored several papers with Professor Susan Breau on the international legal framework applicable to casualty recording.

Professor Michael Spagat, PhD

Michael is a Professor of Economics at Royal Holloway College, University of London. He gained his PhD. at Harvard University and has held faculty posts at Brown University and the University of Illinois.

His papers on armed conflict have been published in Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and PLoS Medicine. His current research addresses universal patterns in modern war, the Dirty War Index, civilian casualties in the Iraq conflict, and problems in the measurement of war deaths.


Everett Ressler
Policy and Programme Consultant

Everett Ressler works in the humanitarian field as a practioner, lecturer and researcher. He has participated in more than 150 emergencies internationally and has monitored and supported efforts in many more.

Between 1994-2008 he worked as a UNICEF senior advisor, regional emergency advisor and chief of UNICEF's global early warning in support of preparedness and response efforts in more than 120 countries. He has co-authored several global reference publications and papers in the humanitarian field and lead research and evaluations on topics including the care and protection of children in war, internal displacement, contingency planning, and early warning. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva and a senior humanitarian focal point within the KonTerra Group.

Martin Barber, OBE, PhD.

A retired senior international civil servant, Martin Barber has extensive experience in the United Nations, government and NGOs of humanitarian affairs, refugees, mine action, peacekeeping and coordination of aid programmes. Among other notable positions Martin served as the Director of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) from 2000-2005, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (1996-1998), United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan (1995-1996), and Chief of Mission for the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assitance to Afghanistan (UNOCHA) (1988-1994). Prior to working with the UN, Martin was the Director of the British Refugee Council in London from 1981-1988.

Martin holds a Ph.D in South-East Asian Sociology from the University of Hull, as well as an M.A. in French Language and Literature from St. Andrews University. In 2007, Martin was made an Honorary Fellow, at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

Brigadier-General (Retired), CMG, OBE Richard Iron
Military Adviser

Richard Iron is Military Adviser to Every Casualty. Educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he has served in the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces and completed several tours in Northern Ireland. He commanded 1st Battalion, The King's Own Royal Border Regiment in the Balkans. He was subsequently responsible for British and NATO land doctrine. He was a prosecution expert witness in the Sierra Leone War Crimes trials. He was chief mentor to the Iraqi commander in Basra from December 2007 to November 2008, including Operation Charge of the Knights. After leaving the Army in 2012, he returned to Baghdad to run the security operation for the U.S. legacy mission in Iraq. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Changing Character of War Programme at the University of Oxford.

Professor Sir Adam Roberts, KCMG, FBA

Adam Roberts is Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, 1986–2007, and President of the British Academy, 2009–13. He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books. Joint editor of Documents on the Laws of War, 3rd edn., Oxford University Press, 2000; The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945, Oxford University Press, 2008; and Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present, Oxford University Press, 2009.