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.

Professor 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.

REF 2014: Law at Reading is a major centre of research power and intensity

The School of Law at the University of Reading was identified as one of the UK’s top 10 research-intensive Law Schools by REF 2014, reflecting the volume and concentration of internationally-excellent research conducted across the whole of the School (THES, 01/01/2015). We were also ranked 25th in the country by the REF 2014 process for our excellent research strength, with 100% of our research activity being adjudged to be of world-leading or international quality. In particular, the REF confirmed that Law at Reading offers an outstanding research environment which has an inclusive culture of producing work of the highest quality across all areas of research activity.


For more details on the University of Reading’s REF performance and results, please visit

Independence Referendums: Who Should Vote and Who Should be Offered Citizenship?

Just over a week before the Scottish independence referendum, Ruvi Ziegler has published a paper (co-edited with Jo Shaw and Rainer Bauböck) entitled: Independence Referendums: Who Should Vote and Who Should be Offered Citizenship? (EUI Working Paper RSCAS 2014/90).

The publication can be freely downloaded at:

In this EUDO CITIZENSHIP Forum Debate, several authors consider the interrelations between eligibility criteria for participation in an independence referendum (that may result in the creation of a new independent state) and the determination of putative citizenship ab initio (on day one) of such a state. The kick-off contribution argues for resemblance of an independence referendum franchise and of the initial determination of the citizenry, critically appraising the incongruence between the franchise for the 18 September 2014 Scottish independence referendum, and the blueprint for Scottish citizenship ab initio put forward by the Scottish Government in its ‘Scotland’s Future’ White Paper. Contributors to this debate come from divergent disciplines (law, political science, sociology, philosophy). They reflect on and contest the above claims, both generally and in relation to regional settings including (in addition to Scotland) Catalonia/Spain, Flanders/Belgium, Quebec/Canada, and Puerto-Rico/USA.

Ruvi discusses the publication in a Global Law at Reading (GLAR) Podcast, available for free download or streaming:

Global Law at Reading (GLAR)

The law school has just launched Global Law at Reading (GLAR), a major new teaching and research hub for law staff and students working in public international law, EU law and human rights. The GLAR website has recently been developed and is now live: This provides up-to-date information on GLAR, including news and events, relevant staff profiles, publications and research, and much more. As such, it is an invaluable resource especially for those interested in studying public international law, EU law or human rights at Reading, whether for one of our dedicated GLAR LLM programmes or the PhD. The GLAR website will be continually updated with news and events concerning the work done in global law areas at the University, and will soon feature a regular free podcast featuring debates and papers on GLAR topics.

Dr Katja Samuel has been awarded the 2014 Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences RETF Best Research Output Prize

Dr Katja Samuel, of the School of Law, has been awarded the 2014 Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences RETF Best Research Output Prize for her monograph entitled ‘The OIC, the UN, and Counter-Terrorism Law-making – Conflicting or Cooperative Legal Orders?’, published in 2013 by Hart. Every year, the University’s Research Endowment Trust Fund awards prizes for the best research outputs and to recognise outstanding research. The prizes are awarded to acknowledge the continuing importance of high quality research to the University. Competitions are run at faculty level, with nominees generated via competitions within schools and departments. This year, each faculty winner received £1,000.

Katja’s research explores an important yet generally little-understood intergovernmental organization, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (‘OIC’, formerly the Organization of the Islamic Conference), and its role within the international community’s legal framework for counter-terrorism activities. In particular, it analyses in depth its institutional counter-terrorism law-making practice, and the relationship between resultant OIC law and comparable UN norms in furtherance of UN Global Counter-Terrorism Stategy goals.

The award brings with it a considerable degree of prestige and underlines the depth and strength of research activity in the School. Katja also extends a proud tradition of Law School success in this competition.

Analysis of the judgement on the ESIL Migration and Refugee Law Interest Group Blog

On 16 September, Israel’s Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice unanimously struck down legislation that mandated lengthy detention of asylum seekers, deeming it unconstitutional.

Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler has posted an analysis of the judgement on the ESIL Migration and Refugee Law Interest Group Blog ( and the Israel Democracy Institute’s webpage (

The Liberal Way of War: Legal Perspectives

In June 2008, the University of Reading’s ‘The Liberal Way of War’ application was successful in a national competition for a large-scale Leverhulme Trust Programme Award to study ‘Security and Liberty’ (2008-2013). This project has involved interdisciplinary collaboration by over a dozen co-investigators and doctoral students from Law, Politics & International Relations, History and Modern Languages & European Studies.

The School of Law is pleased to announce the publication of its own unique contribution to this project: ‘The Liberal Way of War: Legal Perspectives’, published by Dartmouth in September 2013 and edited by Dr Robert Barnidge (a former member of the School of Law) who contributed an Introduction. Professor Sandy Ghandhi also contributed a chapter as did many other distinguished academics including our Professor Susan Breau and Professors Malcolm Evans (University of Bristol), Colin Harvey (Queen’s University Belfast) and Craig Barker (University of Sussex).

Law School academic awarded prestigious Faculty Prize

Dr Alison Bisset’s monograph, Truth Commissions and Criminal Courts, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, was awarded the University’s Research Endowment Trust Fund Best Research Output in the recent Faculty competition. The book conducts the first multi-level analysis of the relationship between truth commissions and criminal courts and formulates targeted proposals to enable their effective coexistence at national, inter-state and international levels.