Publications and Speeches

Selected Publications:


  • Oil on the Water: Illicit Hydrocarbons Activity in the Maritime Domain Cover Image
  • Downstream Oil Theft: Global Modalities, Trends and Recommendations Cover Image
  • Downstream Oil Theft: Implications and Next Steps Cover Image

Articles and Op-eds:

Book Chapters:

  • Ian Ralby, What Went Wrong When Regulating Private Maritime Security Companies, in Operational Law in International Straits and Current Maritime Security Challenges, Chapter 8, Springer-Verlag: 2018.
  • Ian Ralby, Approaches to Piracy, Armed Robbery at Sea, and Other Maritime Crime in West and Central Africa, in Militarised Responses to Transnational Organised Crime: The War on Crime, Chapter 8, Palgrave Macmillam: 2017.
  • Ian Ralby, The Montreux Document: The Legal Significance of a Non-Legal Instrument, in Civilians at War: Controlling Private Military and Security Contractors, Chapter 10, Rowman & Littlefield: 2016.
  • Ian Ralby, Private Military Companies and the Ius ad Bellum, in The Oxford Handbook of The Use of Force in International Law, Chapter 53, Oxford University Press: 2015.

Selected Speeches:

  • Co-chairmen & Speakers, Oil & Fuel Theft Summit, Oil & Gas IQPC, Geneva, Switzerland, April 2018 (Two day major international conference built around I.R. Consilium’s work on oil and fuel theft).
  • Launch Event for Oil on the Water: Illicit Hydrocarbons Activity in the Maritime Domain, Atlantic Council, Washington, DC, April 2018.
  • Chairman & Speaker, Oil & Fuel Theft, UK Security Expo’s Maritime & Transport Security Conference, London, UK, Nov. 2017.
  • Securing the Blue Economy in Africa, ACSS, Washington, DC, Oct. 2017.
  • Fuel Theft and Our Unconscious Complicity, American Chamber of Commerce and OSAC, Warsaw, Poland, June 2017.
  • Downstream Oil Theft: Fueling Instability in Africa, AFSEC17 Maritime Security Summit, Casablanca, Morocco, May 2017.
  • Testimony before the House Committee on Ways and Means of the Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives, Manila, Philippines, May 2017.
  • Enough With the Threats: Moving Forward on Maritime Security in Africa, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Washington, DC, May 2017.
  • Launch Events for Downstream Oil Theft: Implications and Next Steps, IISS (London), Atlantic Council/Human Security Center/Institute of Commonwealth Studies (London), Atlantic Council/Human Security Center (Brussels), Atlantic Council/Human Security Center (Paris), Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (Geneva), Atlantic Council (Washington, DC), Atlantic Council/Petroleum Club (Houston, TX).
  • Countering Hybrid Maritime Aggression, NATO COE CSW, Kiel, Germany, Mar. 2017.
  • Launch Event for Downstream Oil Theft: Global Modalities, Trends, and Remedies, Atlantic Council, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Jan. 2017.
  • Practical Matters in Maritime Law and Security, Indian Ocean Commission, Antananarivo, Madagascar, Dec. 2016.
  • Securing the Blue Economy, Wilton Park Conference on the Blue, Green and Digital Economy in Small States, Tortola, BVI, Nov. 2016.
  • Options for Implementing Individually Tailored Roadmaps, NATO Strategic Military Partnerships Conference, Bucharest, Romania, Oct. 2016.
  • Human Rights in Maritime Security: State Action v. Private Action, NATO COE CSW 4th Conference on Operational Maritime Law, Turku, Finland, Oct. 2016.
  • Africa’s Maritime Security: Threats on the Horizon, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Washington, DC, June 2016.
  • The Emerging Maritime Security Architecture, Nigerian Navy’s Diamond Jubilee, Nigeria, May 2016.
  • Contemporary Maritime Security Challenges, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Washington, DC, May 2016.
  • Combating Illicit Trafficking, Near East South Asia Center, Washington, DC, Mar. 2016.
  • Elements of Maritime Strategy: Development, ACSS, Ghana, Mar. 2016.
  • Chairman and Speaker, Overcoming Maritime Security Challenges in Africa, AFSEC 15, Morocco, Dec. 2015.
  • Maritime Law Disputes on the Horizon, NATO COE CSW, Operational Maritime Law, Portugal, Sept. 2015.
  • Henry Clay’s Legacy of Statesmanship, Norfolk Historical Society, Virginia, Sept. 2015.
  • The Strategic Significance of the Bosnian Maritime Domain, NATO Defence College, Montenegro, Sept. 2015.
  • The Future of Private Security Regulation, EWDSC, Bulgaria, Apr. 2015.
  • Regulating Private Security in the Caribbean, CABSEC 15, Bahamas, Mar. 2015.