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Visiting Research Fellow in Conflict, Rule of Law and Society, Bournemouth University

Brig (Rtd) Anthony Paphiti is the former day-to day head of the UK Armed Forces’ Prosecuting Authority responsible for overseeing all military prosecutions world wide.

He was the first legal adviser to the NATO Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps Headquarters (HQ ARRC) and was involved in the negotiations to establish the Memorandum of Understanding between all participating nations. He was a government adviser in the case of Grieves-v-United Kingdom [2003], (Application 57067/00), which was heard before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) concerning a challenge to the structure of the UK court-martial system as a violation of Article 6 § 1 of the Convention on the grounds of a lack of independence and impartiality, and fairness. He also worked with the Armed Forces Bill Team in the development of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which harmonised the disciplinary systems of the three Services.

He is a former co-vice chairman of the Employed Barristers Committee of the Bar Council. He retired from the army in 2006 and is currently a military law consultant with the Aspals Consultancy. In this regard, he has given evidence to the United States Response Systems To Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel, and has submitted advisory papers to the United Kingdom House of Commons Defence Committee in respect of combat immunity (UK Armed Forces: Legal framework for future operations) and hybrid warfare (Russia: Implications for UK defence and security). He is also the author of the Military Justice Handbook, For Court Martial Practitioners (2013).


  • –present
    Visiting Research Fellow, Bournemouth University