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 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 spoke at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton on 18th September 2018 on the Europe motion, where he argued the case for inclusion of long-term EU27 citizens in the UK in all electoral processes. The motion passed overwhelmingly.
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.
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:
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.
The Israeli Interior Ministry says the new immigration rules are intended to benefit the migrants and asylum seekers, whom the government refers to as illegal infiltrators. However, Ruvi Ziegler, Associate Professor of International Law at the Reading University says it is a calculated plan to make people understand that they are not welcome.
Listen to his interview by ‘Voice of the Cape’, Cape Town, South Africa.
Dr Ruvi Ziegler and Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Brunel Law School co-authored a report setting out the case for unilateral guarantees rather than recicprocal agreements to secure the rights of EU27 citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU.
See here for more details + downloadable report.
Dr Ruvi Ziegler was interviewed in mid-June by Miriam Berger from Reuters about new legislation in Israel that curbs the rights of asylum seekers.
You can view the complete article here.
“The UK’s decision on EU citizens is a very late, but also a welcomed step”
Listen to Ruvi Ziegler’s interview by Radio Sputnik on Friday 23rd June.