In Conversation with JO PHOENIX

In Conversation with Jo Phoenix


In Conversation with Akua Reindorf (KC), Annie Powell and Professor Jo Phoenix: the implications of the Phoenix judgement.

In 2021, Professor Phoenix took her former employer (The Open University) to an employment tribunal for discrimination, harassment, bullying and constructive dismissal on the grounds of her gender critical beliefs. In 2024, the judgement was published and Professor Phoenix won a decisive victory. Overall, the tribunal found 2 acts of direct discrimination, 388 acts of harassment, wrongful and unfair constructive dismissal and post-employment victimization. 

This is an In Conversation style event in which Akua Reindorf (KC and author of the Reindorf Report), Annie Powell (Partner, Leigh Day) and Professor Jo Phoenix will discuss the Phoenix -v- The Open University Employment Tribunal judgement and its implications for universities.

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Private Nuisance and Private Spaces: Reflections on Fearn v Tate

Private Nuisance & Private Spaces - Reflections on Fearn vs Tate Gallery


The recent and controversial decision of the UK Supreme Court in Fearn v Tate Gallery has caused many to question the nature of the law of private nuisance. To many commentators, it has seemed that Fearn expanded the law into new territory, opening up a wide sphere of potential future liability. Many have also felt that the decision is inconsistent with the proper foundations of the law, in particular with the idea that the task of the law is to protect rights incidental to property. This talk questions both of these views. It argues that the scape of Fearn is much narrower than sometimes appreciated. Moreover, it maintains that Fearn helps to reveal a most fundamental aspect of the right that lies at the heart of the law of private nuisance.


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The event will also be live on Teams .

Ruvi at the Lib Dem Spring Conference in York

Ruvi Ziegler spent the weekend at the Lib Dem Spring Conference in York where he participated fully.

Ruvi Ziegler at the Lib Dem Spring Conference

Ruvi proposed an amendment to a foreign policy motion, which conference adopted, to make firm commitments to resettlement (including of unaccompanied minors), to the establishment of humanitarian visas with applications from outside the UK, and to ensuring rapid humanitarian responses to displacement from conflicts globally in line with the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ and Ukrainian family visa schemes. The motion (post and pre amendment) is available here. Listen to Ruvi’s conference speech proposing the amendment below.


Rwanda debate - Ruvi

Ruvi also spoke at a debate on the emergency motion ‘Beyond Rwanda: A Fairer way towards Asylum‘. The motion was adopted unanimously.


Click on the link below to listen to Ruvi addressing conference during the debate.

Finally, Ruvi spoke alongside Emily Graham from ‘Safe Passage’ at a fringe meeting of ‘Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary’ about the need for ‘safe and legal routes’ to asylum in the UK and other responses to recent legislation, particularly the Nationality and Borders Act and the Illegal Migration Act.

Genocide and the Ocean: Conceptualising their Relationship

Genocide and the Ocean: Conceptualising their Relationship

Online workshop starting at 10am UK Time – Click to join us on Teams.

What is the relationship between genocide and the ocean? This question invites critical inquiry into what it is we talk about when we talk about ‘genocide.’ On one level, genocide is a narrow and technical issue of international law that imposes liability for violence undertaken with the ‘specific intent’ to destroy a racial, religious, or national group in whole or in part. On another level, genocide is broadly invoked in moral and political discourse as the supreme act of human evil. In other words, contrary to existing international legal doctrine, genocide occupies the popular imagination as a ‘crime of crimes’ placed at the very top of an asserted hierarchy of harm. Recognising this multi-faceted deployment as an embedded feature of genocide discourse, the aim of this workshop is to explore where exactly the ocean fits within this scheme, especially considering the myriad of ways in which the ocean and oceanic forces can end and/or degrade human life on a brutally massive scale.


10am – Welcoming RemarksEric Loefflad (University of Kent) and Vicky Kapogianni (University of Reading)

10:15am Opening Address Eric Loefflad – Otto Kranzbühler in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait: Nuremberg, Yemen, and Universal Justice in a World of Maritime Hegemony

10:45 – Panel 1: Migration

ModeratorVicky Kapogianni

*Fatima Mehmood (Universal College Lahore) – The Nexus of Non-Refoulement and Genocide: Exploring Erga Omnes Parties Obligations Owed to Sea Refugees

*Regina Palouse (Common Good Foundation) – Genocide beyond Borders? The Rohingya at Sea

*Dorothea Endres (Geneva Graduate Institute) and Vera Piovesen (Geneva Graduate Institute/Durham University) –Letting Migrants Drown in the Sea: A Practice-Based Analysis of EU Leaders Committing the Crime of Genocide

Q & A (15 minutes)

11:45 – Panel 2: Environment

ModeratorAndreas Kotsakis (University of Kent)

*Holly Leung (University of Hong Kong) – Maritime Ecocide

*Dave-Inder Comar (Just Atonement) – Self-Determination, Sea-Level Rise, and Climate Change: New Approaches towards Protecting the Existence and Survival of Peoples from Climate Change Impacts

*Gaspard Lemaire (University of Angers) – Climate Inaction and the Future of Small Island Developing States: A Crime Without a Name?

Q & A (15 minutes)

Break (15 minutes)

1pm – Keynote Address: Itamar Mann (University of Haifa) – Gaza’s Salty Water

Q & A (15 minutes)

1:45- Panel 3: Accountability

ModeratorBenjamin Throne (University of Kent)

*Aditya Kanuparthi (independent researcher) – The Potential Role of the Current Advisory Opinion Proceedings at ITLOS in Preventing Genocide at Sea

*Cristiano D’Orsi (University of Johannesburg) – Paradise for Tourists have not been Always a Paradise: Conflicts in African Islands and the Past (and Present) Role of the Formal Colonial Powers

*Vittorio Cama (University of Trento) – Navigating Murky Waters: Addressing the Intersection of International and Transnational Maritime Crime

Q & A (15 minutes)

2:45Farewell Remarks

Eric Loefflad and Vicky Kapogianni

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