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 (http://migreflaw.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/blogpost-on-the-israeli-supreme-court-judgment/) and the Israel Democracy Institute’s webpage (http://en.idi.org.il/analysis/articles/quashing-legislation-mandating-lengthy-detention-of-asylum-seekers)
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).
Tawhida Ahmed (Reading) and Corinne Lennox (School of Advanced Study, London) organised a workshop to explore the doctoral research being undertaken on minority rights by PhD students across UK universities. There was an excellent set of papers, covering the topic from theoretical, legal, political and anthropological perspectives. For further details>>
Dr Paul Almond of the School of Law was interviewed on the BBC News channel on 3rd April about ‘regulatory myths’ and the crazy stories about health and safety that get discussed in the media. This was in response to a one-year report being published by the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘regulatory challenge panel’.
A fiercely-contested law that could allow British courts to hear secret evidence on terrorism suspects from the security services has been making headlines – with research by Reading legal academics making a direct contribution.
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Ruvi Ziegler published a post at the Oxford Human Rights Hub blob entitled ‘George Galloway’s Walkout and Discrimination on the Basis of Nationality’.
It can be viewed here: http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/?p=1174
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: http://www.forcedmigration.org/podcasts/audio/rfh-protection-against-refoulement-ihl-120213.mp3
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: http://www.livestream.com/limmud/video?clipId=pla_0cda16a3-c9c9-427f-9ea2-71787969289e&utm_source=lslibrary&utm_medium=ui-thumb (the discussion starts 16 minutes after the beginning of the podcast).
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’.