Analysis of the judgement on the ESIL Migration and Refugee Law Interest Group Blog

On 16 September, Israel’s Supreme Court sitting as a High Court of Justice unanimously struck down legislation that mandated lengthy detention of asylum seekers, deeming it unconstitutional.

Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler has posted an analysis of the judgement on the ESIL Migration and Refugee Law Interest Group Blog ( and the Israel Democracy Institute’s webpage (

The Liberal Way of War: Legal Perspectives

In June 2008, the University of Reading’s ‘The Liberal Way of War’ application was successful in a national competition for a large-scale Leverhulme Trust Programme Award to study ‘Security and Liberty’ (2008-2013). This project has involved interdisciplinary collaboration by over a dozen co-investigators and doctoral students from Law, Politics & International Relations, History and Modern Languages & European Studies.

The School of Law is pleased to announce the publication of its own unique contribution to this project: ‘The Liberal Way of War: Legal Perspectives’, published by Dartmouth in September 2013 and edited by Dr Robert Barnidge (a former member of the School of Law) who contributed an Introduction. Professor Sandy Ghandhi also contributed a chapter as did many other distinguished academics including our Professor Susan Breau and Professors Malcolm Evans (University of Bristol), Colin Harvey (Queen’s University Belfast) and Craig Barker (University of Sussex).

Law School academic awarded prestigious Faculty Prize

Dr Alison Bisset’s monograph, Truth Commissions and Criminal Courts, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, was awarded the University’s Research Endowment Trust Fund Best Research Output in the recent Faculty competition. The book conducts the first multi-level analysis of the relationship between truth commissions and criminal courts and formulates targeted proposals to enable their effective coexistence at national, inter-state and international levels.

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler participated in the closing panel

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler participated in the closing panel of an international conference entitled ‘refuge from inhumanity: enriching refugee protection standards through recourse to international humanitarian law’.

The panel was titled ‘Perspectives on protection against Refoulement under IHL’.

The other panel participants: Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill (All Souls College) and Professor Jennifer Moore (University of New Mexico).

The panel was recorded and the podcast is freely available at:

direct link for download:

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler participated in a featured panel discussion

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler participated in a featured panel discussion about legal and social aspects of the refugee situation in Israel and Israeli society’s reaction, response and treatment of the refugee community.

The panel was moderated by Adam Ognall, Chief Executive of New Israel Fund UK; other participants included Jean-Marc Liling, an Israeli lawyer specialising in refugee law; Nic Schlagman, a staff member of the African Refugee Development Centre; and Tammi Molad-Hayo, a journalist and social justice activist.

The podcast can be viewed here: (the discussion starts 16 minutes after the beginning of the podcast).

Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Grant – Dr Paul Almond

Dr Paul Almond was awarded (along with co-applicant Dr Mike Esbester, University of Portsmouth) a grant of £183,407 by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), for a project entitled ‘The changing legitimacy of health and safety at work’. The research project will address the movement towards a contemporary social climate which is apparently hostile to safety regulation, but within which regulation is also more widespread than in the past. This will run across two years (2013-15) and forms part of IOSH’s ongoing research programme on ‘Health and safety in a changing world’.