Dr. Ian M. Ralby, Founder and CEO

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Dr. Ian Ralby is founder and CEO of I.R. Consilium. While he has practiced maritime, military, and international law, much of his career has focused on issues at the intersection of law and security. He is a globally recognized expert in five main areas: 1) maritime law and security, especially identifying and addressing evolving or emerging threats; 2) maritime strategy and development, integrating maritime security, governance and the blue economy; 3) recognizing and countering oil and fuel theft and other resource-related crimes; 4) regulating, governing, and overseeing private security companies—both land and maritime;  and 5) certain aspects of international law including the legal regimes around floating armories, protection of submarine cables and the use of force by armed contractors. He currently holds either adjunct or affiliate roles with the United States Naval War College, the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies and the Atlantic Council. He previously spent five years as a Maritime Crime Expert for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Global Maritime Crime Program, and six years as an Adjunct Professor of Maritime Law and Security at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies. He continues to serve as an expert advisor to and consultant for various government agencies, international organizations, and private sector entities. Dr. Ralby frequently publishes and speaks on matters relating to international affairs and various aspects of law and security. He earned a B.A. in Modern Languages and Linguistics and an M.A. in Intercultural Communication at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; a J.D. at the College of William and Mary; and an M.Phil. in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies at St. John’s College of the University of Cambridge.

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