Report on the 2020 Society of Legal Scholars’ Annual Conference

Members of the School of Law were out in force at the 2020 Society of Legal Scholars’ Annual Conference, which was hosted by the University of Exeter, and took place virtually in September. The work presented by our colleagues reflect the wide variety of impactful and important research that is being undertaken across the School.

Dr Charlotte Smith gave the key note speech for the Legal History subject section. Her paper was entitled ‘Legal Biography and Religion: Some Reflections’.

Professor Paul Almond presented a paper entitled ‘Smoked Kippers and Red Herrings: ‘Euromyths’ and the UK Regulatory Environment’.

Dr Rachel Horton presented her research on ‘Assisted Dying and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’

Dr Ruvi Ziegler was the co-convenor for the Migration & Asylum subject section, and he gave a paper on the ‘Political rights of aliens’ in the Civil Liberties & Human Rights subject section.

Professor Gerard McMeel QC gave the keynote speech at the Contract, Commercial and Consumer Law subject section. His paper was entitled ‘An English Commercial Code’, and is based on his project to restate the key principles of English commercial law.

Finally, Dr Peter Coe, who is taking over the Convenorship of the Media & Communications Law subject section from this year, gave a paper in that stream entitled ‘The Internet, social media, citizen journalism and increased access to the public sphere: a new reality for free speech or just an illusion?

Listen to Ruvi Ziegler on CBC radio talking about his EU Passport project & the new Austrian citizenship law

Ruvi was interviewed on CBC radio’s ‘As It Happens’ programme about the new changes to Austrian law enabling applications for restoration of citizenship from victims of national socialism and their descendants.

See the article in the Observer, that also references our EU passport project.

The interview is available (by clicking on ‘listen to the full episode’) between minutes 26:20-33:20.

Ruvi Ziegler discusses access to asylum in South Africa on an ‘Africa Freedom Month’ podcast

Ruvi Zielger participated this week in a podcast hosted by the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa to mark ‘Africa Freedom Month’ – discussing access to asylum in South Africa in light of COVID19 and following the coming into force of the Refugees Amendment Act.

Ruvi also retweeted their tweet.

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).

 

“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.