Islamic State: how western European states are failing to protect 28,000 children born to foreign fighters

The Irish national and former soldier, Lisa Smith, has been found guilty by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin, of joining Islamic State (IS). Smith left Dundalk in 2015, bound for Syria. On her return to Ireland in 2019 she was charged with membership of an unlawful terrorist group and financing terrorism. She was found guilty of the first charge but not guilty of the second. Smith now awaits sentencing.

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University of Reading lead on the establishment of a partnership with the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland

The School of Law are thrilled to have led on the establishment of a partnership between the University of Reading and the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland.

The University of Hargeisa is the largest public university in Somaliland. It is the leading higher education institution in Somaliland and provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

The School will be collaborating with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) which is a teaching and research centre at the University of Hargeisa. It was established in 2008 by the University of Hargeisa and Eastern Mennonite University in the United States of America to provide a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and addressing conflict and violence in the Horn of Africa. The IPCS was the first Institute of its kind to engage in teaching and research in areas of peace and conflict studies in Somaliland, and remains the only one in the Somali-speaking region in the Horn of Africa.

From an educational point of view, activities with IPCS can give our students a unique perspective on international peace and security issues from within a territory that is recovering from conflict.

Second, from a research perspective the University of Hargeisa and IPCS present opportunities for collaborative research and future relationships in the Horn of Africa and beyond.

Catherine Sandoval nominated to serve as Board Member of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

In Catherine’s own words: “I am greatly honored that President Biden announced my nomination to serve as Board Member of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.” 

President Biden Announces Key Nominees | The White House

The Chemical Safety Board was created as an amendment to the Clean Air Act to address environmental and safety hazards from chemical emissions including those involving hydrocarbons. As a Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission and an Energy Law Professor, and through other professional work, Catherine has experience in analyzing the root cause of hydrocarbon incidents that result in loss of life, environmental hazards, and contribute to climate change. She is grateful to have the opportunity to contribute this experience to promote public and worker safety.

Information about the CSB’s work to advance public and worker safety and protect the environment by analyzing the root causes of chemical accidents is available at: U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board | CSB

Dr Peter Coe on Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism

Peter CoeDr Peter Coe has given talks on his book, Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism, at the University Cambridge’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, and at the University of Essex’s TechLaw Research Cluster. The official launch of his book will take place virtually at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies’ Information Law and Policy Centre, University of London, on the 11th of May at 9am. As it is a panel session, Peter will be joined by Professor Paul Wragg and Rebecca Moosavian from the University of Leeds, Professor David Rolph from the University of Sydney, Professor Andras Koltay, who is the President of the Hungarian Communication and Media Authority, and Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana, who is Head of Regulation of IMPRESS. For further details on the event, and on how to register, see: ILPC Seminar Series: Media Freedom in the Age of Citizen Journalism Book Launch | IALS (

The Hermit Problem: Autonomy’s role in liberating privacy from confidentiality’s grip

About the speaker: Paul Wragg is Professor of Media Law at the University of Leeds, a board member of Hacked Off, a member of the IMPRESS Code Committee, and is the co-host of The Media Law Podcast.  Professor Wragg’s work has been published in leading journals in the UK and abroad, such as the Cambridge Law Journal, Public Law, Sydney Law Review, Industrial Law Journal, the Journal of Media Law, and the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly.  It has been referred to by, amongst others, a House of Lords select committee on press freedom, the Australian Law Reform Commission, and mentioned in the Supreme Court. His monograph, A Free and Regulated Press. Defending Coercive Independent Press Regulation, was published by Hart Publishing in 2020. Additionally, he is the co-editor (with Professor András Koltay) of Comparative Privacy and Defamation (Edward Elgar, 2020), and (with Dr Peter Coe) Landmark Cases in Privacy Law (Hart Publishing, 2022).

When: Thursday 7th April 2022 at 17:00 – Doors open at 16:45 (JJ Thomson Ditchburn Lecture Theatre, Whiteknights Campus)

Registration: The hermit problem: Autonomy’s role in liberating privacy from confidentiality’s grip

British Citizenship: Precious, Costly, and Precarious

Citizenship still matters; its absence denotes precarity. As Covid19 travel restrictions reminded us, at its international core lies the right to enter one’s country and reside therein. Domestically, in most jurisdictions, citizenship serves as an eligibility criterion for electoral participation; excluded non-citizens have limited capacity to advance their rights through the political process.

Read Ruvi Ziegler’s full post on the Oxford Human Rights Hub.