Katerina Galai

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Ph.D. in law and international security, University of Sussex; L.L.M. (with distinction) in international security, University of Sussex; B.A. (Hons) in international relations and French, University of Sussex


Katerina Galai is a defence and security analyst at RAND Europe with experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, design and application of evaluation logic models, conducting structured literature reviews, stakeholder engagement through workshops, interviews, surveys and focus groups, and also scenarios and gaming methodologies.

Before joining RAND, Galai conducted analysis on extraterritorial application of domestic counter-terrorism laws and policies across 16 francophone and CIS countries for a project commissioned by the UK Law Commission and the UN International Law Commission. Prior to that, she led a multi-stakeholder regulatory initiative designing and implementing a new payment system solution in Russia for American Express as a response to sanctions arising from the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

Galai holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex in law and international security focusing on the use and regulation of private military companies. This critical and historically informed legal research was awarded Modern Law Review scholarship in 2014 and 2015. She received an L.L.M. (with distinction) in international security and a B.A. (Hons) in international relations and French, both from the University of Sussex. She also holds a certificate in European political studies from Sciences Po Strasbourg and is fluent in English, Russian, French, and Latvian.

Recent Projects

  • Defence related skills
  • Assessing the evidence base of domestic corruption in the UK
  • Provision of academic support to DCDC
  • Resilience in Service leaver transition

Selected Publications

Katerina Galai, "Book Review, Hin-Yan Liu: Law’s Impunity," British Yearbook of International Law, 2017 (forthcoming)

Katerina Galai, "Why there’s a Case for Brining Private Armies in from the Cold," The Conversation, 2016

Katerina Galai, "Companies of Past and Present: Lessons from the East India Company of the Use and Regulation of Private Forces Today," Legal Issues Journal, 4(1), 2016

Kate Cox, Giacomo Persi Paoli, Katerina Galai, Social media in Africa: a double-edged sword for security and development, Santa Monica: RAND Corporation (EP-67730), 2018

Kate Cox, Katerina Galai, Alexandra Hall, Richard Flint, Sarah Grand-Clement, Understanding resilience as it affects the transition from the UK Armed Forces to civilian life, Santa Monica: RAND Corporation (RR-2436), 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Modern Law Review Scholarship, The Modern Law Review


English; French; Russian; Latvian