Book Launch: Great Debates in Gender and Law

This is the first event for the Athena Swan programme at Reading Law School, whose aim is to show how the department is working to promote gender equality and to identify and address challenges particular to the department and discipline. The event celebrates the publication of the first textbook – Great Debates in Gender and Law – to consider gender perspectives in relation to the whole undergraduate law curriculum in England and Wales. Come and celebrate its publication, and consider the book’s suggestions for including gender issues in your module syllabus.


Queer Kinship: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

The Family, Gender and Sexuality research grouping at the School of Law, University of Reading, is to host an interdisciplinary half-day symposium on ‘Queer Kinship’ on 7 June.

The event will feature contributions from Law, History, English Literature, and Cultural Studies and will provide a forum for a series of exciting, innovative discussions around some pressing contemporary issues of LGBTQ identity and rights.

The programme, with paper abstracts and speakers’ biographies, is available here.

Anyone who is interested in the event is very welcome to attend.

Please register your interest here.

Deportation plans of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers from Israel


On Tuesday (24th April) the Israeli government announced to the Supreme Court that its plans to forcibly deport Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers to Rwanda and Uganda cannot be implemented.
All deportation orders are cancelled and permits will be renewed.

Ruvi tweeted about it here.

On Monday 9th April, Dr Ruvi Ziegler co-authored a letter to the Israeli Attorney General (AG) imploring him not to authorise plans for deportations of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers from Israel, signed by over 50 immigration and international refugee law academics the world over.

The letter received some coverage in the press:…/sixty-refugee-law-experts-object-isra… (English)…/edu…/Article-dc97497d80ca261004.htm (Hebrew),7340,L-5225564,00.html (Hebrew)

And on Twitter…


On Tuesday 10th April the High Court of Justice Heard the petition, which was submitted in January, challenging the constitutionality of the deportations.

There was a lot of confusion in the hearing because of all of the recent changes – the declaration of the Israeli Prime Minister that the deportation deal with Rwanda fell through and that Israel has a new deal with UNHCR, followed by the quick backing out of the deal with the UNHCR and the attempts to pursue the deportations to Uganda.

You can read about last week’s fiasco in Ruvi’s piece in The Conversation.

The Court was literally unable to get a clear answer as to whether or not there is an agreement with Uganda or not. Some of the hearing was conducted ex parte.

Eventually, the Court decided the petition, dismissing it because the factual basis for the petition submitted in January was largely irrelevant. The government was given five days to update the Court whether deportation is actually an option and, if they don’t present a signed agreement that had received the authorisation of the Attorney General by April 15th, the Court decided that the people who are now in immigration detention awaiting their deportation will be released.

The Court barred the deportation from occurring in the next two weeks, so that it would be possible to submit new petitions. The letter to the AG will be submitted to the Court with that petition.

Client Interviewing Competition – National Training Day

On Saturday 27th January, the winners of our internal Client Interviewing Competition (Zeina Albuainain and Maya Altunsi) and the two runners-up (Edith Scott and Georgios Kollias) attended the National Training Day organised by the national Client Interviewing Competition at the University of Law, Bloomsbury.

They all conducted a practice interview with a ‘client’, and received valuable feedback from members of staff, and other competitors.

It was a very useful and enjoyable day.

Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne awarded the Paul Reuter Prize

Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, of the School of Law, has been awarded the 11th Paul Reuter Prize by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), for his book , Detention in Non-International Armed Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2016). The Paul Reuter Prize is awarded by the ICRC every three years to a major work in the field of international humanitarian law. There will be a prize ceremony is Geneva in the Spring. Dr Hill-Cawthorne said he was “delighted” to be honoured by the award, and Professor Paul Almond, Research Division leader for Law, said that“this was fitting recognition for a truly outstanding piece of scholarship. We are very proud of Lawrence’s achievement”.

Prestigious ‘best early career paper’ output prize award for 2017

Dr Despoina Mantzari was awarded the prestigious ‘best early career paper’ output prize (sponsored by Edward Elgar) at the UK IVR (International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy) Annual Conference on Law, Rationality and the Market that took place between 16 and 17 November 2017 at Sheffield Law School. The award related to her paper entitled ‘Economic Evidence and Administrative Discretion’, which is based on Despoina’s British Academy-funded research project, which looks at the influence of economic evidence on administrative discretion within the context of UK utilities regulation.

James Green wins ESIL book prize

Professor James A. Green has been awarded the European Society of International Law Book Prize 2017 for his monograph The Persistent Objector Rule in International Law (Oxford University Press, 2016). This prestigious prize is awarded to the best book published in the preceding year on any topic of international law. James received the award in Naples, at ESIL’s annual conference (7-9 September 2017). As part of the conference programme he discussed the book with Professor Nico Krisch (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva), and then was formally presented with the award itself by ESIL president Professor André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam) at the conference dinner.

New Journal and launch event

Europe and the World – A Law Review is a new open access journal published by UCL Press and co-edited by GLAR’s Dr Anne Thies (along with Professor Christina Eckes (University of Amsterdam) and Professor Piet Eeckhout (UCL)).

A major launch event for the journal, featuring a keynote speech by Professor Miguel Poiares Maduro (European University Institute) is taking place on Monday 19 June 2017, 18:00 – 19:00 at the UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

Europe and the World – A Law Review aims to contribute to legal scholarship on the place of Europe in the world, with a particular but by no means exclusive focus on the EU’s external relations law. The journal serves as a forum where the national, international and EU perspectives meet and engage. The journal is therefore irreverent of traditional distinctions between EU, international, and national law. While primarily offering legal doctrinal and theoretical analyses, the journal also publishes multi-disciplinary work and political science and international relations contributions with an external perspective on the law of EU’s external relations.

Guest lecture in Reading by Special Representative of UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction

The School of Law, together with the interdisciplinary Walker Institute, were delighted to host a visit and guest lecture on 2 March 2017 by Robert Glasser, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and head of the UN Office on Disaster Risk Reduction. Mr Glasser discussed a wide range of topics concerning the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, for which he serves as the global focal point in the UN system. He covered such diverse issues as the process of agreeing the technical indicators for measuring the Framework’s success, the key role to be played by both the private and public sectors, including HEIs in terms of embedding the key principles and objectives at the national, particularly community, level; and current challenges, ranging from the resistance of some states to accepting further binding obligations, to issues of corruption. It was particularly thrilling to hear Mr Glasser describe the School of Law as an international ‘trailblazer’ in relation to its postgraduate teaching (on the Global Crisis, Conflict and Disaster Management Programmes) and research on Disaster Risk Reduction law. In this regard, preparations for the forthcoming major symposium on the theme of ‘Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law’ – co-sponsored by the School of Law, Walker Institute, and American Society of International Law’s Disaster Law Interest Group – are well advanced, with an exciting and impressive range of keynote speakers as well as likely participants drawn from across the globe. For further details see