Ruvi Ziegler speaks on Channel Africa’s ‘African dialogue’ (SABC radio)

Thursday 5th March

Ruvi Ziegler spoke on Channel Africa’s ‘African dialogue’ (SABC radio) on asylum & resettlement in light of the situation of refugees in Cape Town alongside Associate Professor Jo Avery (Director of ACMS, Wits University) & Papy Sukami (Congolese human rights activist).

The podcast is available to download here (Ruvi enters the conversation at 25:50).


Ruvi in South Africa…

Ruvi Ziegler was in South Africa the week of February 17 and he participated in two events:

A lecture on ‘Voting Rights of Refugees‘ (his book) at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. (Click on the link to see the report)


A panel entitled ‘Are Refugees unwelcome in South Africa? Exploring the ramifications of the Refugees Amendment Act’ hosted by The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC). the University of Johannesburg.

Ruvi tweeted about it here.

Ruvi Ziegler in response to Clare Foges of The Times

Clare Foges of The Times posted this article:”Illegal migrants must be sent a clear message

Ruvi Ziegler had this response:

Sir, Given Clare Foges’ concerns about those contemplating entering Britain illegally, perhaps she can advise: which visa should a gay Iranian facing the death penalty, a young Eritrean subject to an indefinite military service under conditions of servitude, or a Pakistani Christian couple penalised for blasphemy apply for in order to enter Britain legally and claim asylum? Illegal entry is a feature, not a bug, of a system which lacks safe and legal routes to protection for those facing persecution. This, rather than an “elastic” refugee definition, is where reform is needed.

Dr Ruvi Ziegler
Associate Professor in international refugee law, University of Reading

“My Father Was A Wandering European” – Triple Loyalties in Brexit Britain: British, Jewish, European?

Recently, Ruvi co-initiated a project which featured in last week’s Jewish Chronicle.

The project, using the newly renovated website of the Jewish Historical Society of England, will gather the thoughts and feelings of people across the British Jewish community about (re)acquiring citizenship of other EU countries with a view to publication of a multi-disciplinary volume of the JHSE yearbook (law, sociology, history, etc) once data has been collected and analysed.

The project was launched on Monday (9th December) at the Wiener Library.

Dr. Ruvi Ziegler in Peru and Ecuador

Over the last few weeks, Dr. Ruvi Ziegler visited Peru and Ecuador. In Cusco (Peru). he presented a paper on the treatment of asylum-seekers in South African and Israel as part of the International Association of Constitutional Law & PUCP round-table on the constitutional challenges of migration processes.

In Lima (Peru) and Guayaqil (Ecuador), he gave talks about ‘voting rights of refugees‘ at Universidad del Pacifico and UEES, respectively.

Ruvi Ziegler at the 10th constitutional court review conference in Johannesburg

 Dr Ziegler has been keeping busy during his research visit to South Africa, under the auspices of the South Africa Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL)

Last Month, he participated in the 10th constitutional court review conference in Johannesburg, presenting a paper on ‘effective access to refugee protection in South Africa’ alongside Justice Kapindu of Malawi High Court (a conference report is available here).

In September, Dr Ziegler gave invited talks about “No Asylum for ‘infiltrators’: Israel’s Dysfunctional asylum system” at the Refugee Rights Unit, University of Cape Town and at the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of Witwatersrand.

He also chaired a panel at the ‘Beyond 50 and 10 beyond the rhetoric: international conference on the protection of forced migrants in Africa’ hosted by the centre for human rights at the University of Pretoria.

Former University of Reading student becomes solicitor for Blandy and Blandy LLP

A FORMER University of Reading Law student began this week as a qualified solicitor, after completing her training contract with leading Reading-based law firm Blandy & Blandy LLP, which also offices in Henley-on-Thames.

Sophie Clark gained A*AA in her A Levels at The Henley College in 2013, before going on to study Law at the University of Reading, where she obtained a 2:1.

Sophie was previously a pupil at Langtree School in Woodcote.

She has joined the firm’s busy and growing Probate, Tax & Trusts team, in which she spent 12 months of her training contract, and she will be based in Blandy & Blandy’s Henley-on-Thames office at 24 Thameside.

She said: “I applied for a training contract at Blandy & Blandy because of its fantastic reputation and I am delighted to be joining the firm’s leading private client team.”

“My experience of training here has been an excellent and enjoyable one and I am greatly looking forward to developing my experience as a solicitor at the firm.”

Partner Caroline Casagranda added: “Congratulations to Sophie on her qualification – we are very pleased to welcome her to our team and to our growing Henley office.”

Sophie has previously returned to both the College and the University to share her experience and insights with students considering a career in Law.

Blandy & Blandy is recognised as a top tier firm of solicitors in both of the UK’s leading guides to the legal profession, Chambers UK and The Legal 500, and recently celebrated its 285th anniversary.

Students presenting at the University of Surrey

On Monday 16th September 2019 2 University of Reading LLB students presented at a conference at the University of Surrey – “Towards Meaningful Partnerships“.

Finalist Krissy Hiu co-presented with Amanda Millmore about the staff-student partnership they were involved in to embed employability skills into a module, with a group of Law students collaborating with academics Dr. Annika Newnham and Amanda Millmore to design the assessments. She follows in the footsteps of her fellow undergraduate students who have presented this project at other conferences; Tom Fuller and Megan Bennett presented the project to the SEDA Conference in Belfast in May, whilst Jess Davies co-presented with Amanda at the Advance HE Teaching & Learning conference in Newcastle in July. The new module that they designed collaboratively (Children, Families and the State) will be running for final year Law students for the first time this autumn.

Meanwhile school rep and finalist Will Page presented the “Life Tools for Law Students” project at the University of Surrey along with Alicia Pena Bizama from the Student Wellbeing Service who runs the Life Tools programme and Amanda Millmore (School Director of Academic Tutoring). Will wanted to improve the wellbeing of his fellow students during his time as school rep in the School of Law and so collaborated with Alicia who runs the Life Tools programme university-wide and Amanda to develop a Law School version of the programme designed specifically to support the Law students and run within the School of Law.  Life Tools for Law Students will be running again in 2019/20 for all Law students, alongside the university-wide programme, following the success of last year’s pilot.