“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.

Ruvi Ziegler’s letter to The Times on immigration from the EU

You can read the letter in thetimes.co.uk here.   The full text of the letter is as follows:

Sir, Clare Foges notes that net immigration from the EU has dropped to its lowest level in a decade. She implies that the UK’s approach to family migration from non-European Economic Area countries, including the “minimum income” requirement (which the Supreme Court described in 2017 as “particularly harsh”), has been too lax. Our fellow EU27 citizens rightly feel that, since 2016, Britain has become a less welcoming place for them and their families. The idea of a pecking order of “desirable migrants” may serve only to exacerbate this feeling.
Dr Ruvi Ziegler
Associate professor in international refugee law, University of Reading

Uncertain Futures: EU citizenship rights in the shadow of Brexit

On November 06th 2018, Dr Ruvi Ziegler gave a well-attended lecture at Thailand’s leading Thammasat University Faculty of Law, titled ‘Uncertain Futures: EU citizenship rights in the shadow of Brexit’. During his Bangkok visit, as Acting Director of the Law School’s Postgraduate Programmes, Ruvi attended several postgraduate fairs and presented the school’s wide offering of courses to Thai students.

Ruvi Ziegler BBC World News interview on Trump’s asylum policy

Ruvi Ziegler gave a television interview on BBC World News on Friday 9th November regarding Trump’s asylum policy (to impose a blanket ban on applications of those expected to cross the border as part of the ‘caravan’ passing through Mexico).

Ruvi also wrote a letter to The Times on the subject entitled “Trump and the reality of modern migration“.

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.

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:

https://www.jta.org/…/sixty-refugee-law-experts-object-isra… (English)

https://www.mako.co.il/…/edu…/Article-dc97497d80ca261004.htm (Hebrew)

https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,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.