Our Team

Unredacted is run by a multidisciplinary team of researchers with extensive experience of investigative research in the field of national security and human rights. We are committed to producing original, high impact research with academic rigour, and – where possible – to publishing our findings and the underpinning material in ways which maximise public access.

Sam Raphael

Sam Raphael is Professor in International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Westminster. He has over 15 years of experience overseeing complex investigations into covert counterterrorism programmes. As Co-Director of The Rendition Project, he worked with a large network of researchers and campaigners to develop the most comprehensive public account to date of the use of torture and disappearance by the UK and US in the ‘War on Terror’. His academic work has provided pathbreaking accounts of British torture, and his findings have been featured in national and international media, have led directly to a number of parliamentary debates, and have been cited in cases at the US Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court and the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay.

Jac St John

Jac St John is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. His research focuses on histories of policing, surveillance, counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, mapping the development of UK practices from decolonisation to the ‘War on Terror’. He previously worked as a Research Associate with The Rendition Project, helping to uncover and document the use of rendition, detention and torture by the US and the UK. He has significant archival and FOIA research experience and has a particular interest in inquiries. In 2021, he completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews with a thesis focused on the development of public order policing within the Metropolitan Police from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Lydia Day

Lydia Day is a project coordinator who has previously worked for several NGOs, including Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights and Action on Armed Violence, leading research and advocacy work across human rights, defence and security, and civilian harm issues. Her work has particularly focused on strengthening transparency, accountability and oversight mechanisms for abuses arising from the UK’s defence and security practices. In these roles, she has published research into the UK’s partnered military operations, coordinated trial observation missions to Guantánamo, and successfully campaigned against UK government plans to restrict access to justice for human rights abuses in overseas military operations. She holds degrees from King’s College London and the University of Cambridge.

Namir Shabibi

Namir Shabibi is a Visiting Lecturer and doctoral candidate at the University of Westminster, exploring the role of covert paramilitary action in the ‘War on Terror’. He is joint lead on Unredacted’s Working Group on Telecoms, Spyware and Surveillance. Prior to joining Westminster, he gained his MA Philosophy from Leiden University and BA Politics from SOAS. As an independent investigative journalist, Namir has published reports and documentaries for the BBC, the Bureau and VICE, among others, and now regularly contributes to Declassified UK. He also undertakes investigative research for legal cases and has served as an expert witness on counterterrorism. He previously worked for Reprieve, and for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Guantánamo Bay and Darfur.

Ibtehal Hussain

Ibtehal Hussain is a project coordinator whose prior research has been concerned with the arms trade and militarism (particularly in UK Higher Education). She has also investigated data processes within bordering practices and contributed to work on intelligence scandals and the (non-)oversight of intelligence actors. Her organising and research have revolved around a passion in the histories and trajectories of transnational resistance and solidarity. She has completed a BA in War Studies and Philosophy at King’s College London and an MSc in Conflicts, Rights and Justice at SOAS.

Claire Lauterbach

Claire Lauterbach an independent researcher and investigative journalist specialising in human rights, supply chain and national security investigations. She is joint lead on Unredacted’s Working Group on Telecoms, Spyware and Surveillance. Claire has undertaken investigations for the BBC, Al Jazeera and Quartz Media, and has previously served as a Senior Investigator at Global Witness, and Head of Investigations at Privacy International, where she published groundbreaking reports into the use and abuse of covert surveillance technologies globally. She holds an MPhil in African Studies from Leiden University and a BA in Political Science and History from Duke. Claire is a regular contributor to Declassified UK and is currently training to become a forensic psychologist.

Shala Cachelin

Shala Cachelin is a visiting lecturer and doctoral candidate at the University of Westminster. Her doctoral research focuses on the postcolonial politics of tear gas use, specifically by democratic states on marginalised groups. She also has explored and written on the imperial nature of the US drone programme in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas during the ‘War on Terror’. Her research interests include those of state violence, human rights, imperialism, national security, and lethal/less-lethal technologies. Her work aims to shed light on the various ways in which state-sanctioned violence is facilitated and legitimised.

Rob Minto

Rob Minto is Unredacted’s archive and website developer. He has created our public-facing document archive, which is integrated with both a bespoke document management application and with our US partner DocumentCloud.

Rob is a London-based data journalist, editor and web developer. He has worked for a variety of national media titles, as well as developing websites for charities, small businesses and activist causes. He is also a published author.