Ruvi Ziegler speaks about the new Migration Advisory Council report on Radio Berkshire

Ruvi Ziegler spoke with Phil Kennedy on BBC Radio Berkshire about the new Migration Advisory Council report and its consideration of EU27 citizens’ access to the job market post-Brexit ‘in isolation’ (para 7.2) from any deal with the EU. He was also asked about his own decision to come to the UK and whether he would have made a similar decision today, in light of Brexit uncertainty.

Outstanding Paper in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards won by Dr Marie Aronsson-Storrier

Dr Marie Aronsson-Storrier has won the award for Outstanding Paper in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards for her article “Sanitation, human rights and disaster management”.
The criteria used to judge the awards are: internationality; diversity; support for scholarly research; encouragement of applied research (impact); commitment to high quality scholarship; and a desire to ensure reader, author and customer experience is the best it can be.
This is the first scholarly work directly linking the debates around international human rights law and disaster management, with human rights obligations relating to sanitation. The clarification of obligation in relation to sanitation can assist in advocacy and planning, as well as in ensuring accountability and responsibility for human rights breaches in the disaster context. The article will be freely available for 12 months, and can be found here.

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”.