Richard Moyes


After studying history and then social anthropology at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (1991-1995), I worked for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) - first as Information Officer, later as Project Coordinator for Cambodia, Kosovo and northern Iraq and then as Project Coordination Manager (1995-2001).  

Whilst at MAG I worked with the photographer Sean Sutton looking at the impact of landmines and other unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Iraq and Namibia.  In 2001, I built on this further with research for Landmine Action on the impact of unexploded ordnance in Kosovo, Ethiopia and Cambodia.

In 2002 I returned to MAG to set up and then manage a field programme Sri Lanka, surveying minefields and removing unexploded ordnance in areas controlled by the Tamil Tigers. In 2004, I moved to Cambodia to work on a joint project with MAG, Handicap International and Norwegian People's Aid looking at deliberate handling of unexploded ordnance amongst rural populations.

In 2005, I returned to the UK and took up a policy role with Landmine Action (later AOAV) that was to continue through to 2010.  In this position I researched the impact of anti-vehicle mines and worked on the development of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (coordinating strategy and negotiating on 'definitions' for the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC)) and the 2010 Oslo Commitments on Armed Violence. I was Co-Chair of the CMC, on the Governance Board of the CMC and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and part of the Editorial Board of the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor.  During this period I developed an ongoing working partnership with Prof. Brian Rappert and we continue to collaborate in thinking around social responses to weapons and violence.

Whilst working on cluster munitions I also initiated policy thinking around the category of explosive weapons and in particular the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons when used in populated areas.  This theme is now a focus of work for the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW).

In 2011, in partnership with Thomas Nash, I established the UK NGO Article 36.  Article 36 has continued to work on the issue of explosive weapons in populated areas, was closely involved in the development of the Safe Schools Declaration, and developed the concept of 'meaningful human control' in the context of discussions on autonomous weapons.  From 2011 we promoted the potential of a treaty banning nuclear weapons without needing the participation of nuclear armed states.  We worked towards that goal as steering group members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the treaty was adopted at the United Nations in July 2017. ICAN was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Article 36 is a partner in the Ethics and Society project of Google DeepMind.

I serve on the Aviation Futures policy panel of the UK's Civil Aviation Authority.