Liora Lazarus, BA (UCT), LLB (LSE), DPhil (Oxon), is an Associate Professor in Law, a Fellow of St. Anne's College, and Head of Research at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. Her primary research interests are in comparative human rights, security and human rights, comparative theory and comparative criminal justice.
Born and raised in South Africa, she studied African Economic History at the University of Cape Town and Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1994-95 she was a Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany. She came to Oxford in 1995 to write her doctorate at Balliol College, after which she went on to become a law fellow at St Anne's College.
Liora's main academic focus is in the area of prisoners' rights, criminal justice and security and human rights.
Her first book, Contrasting Prisoners' Rights, was published in 2004 and explored the constitutional and criminal justice cultures which formed the prisoners' legal status in Germany and the UK. In 2006, Liora widened her research field and co-edited Security and Human Rights with Benjamin Goold. She has focused on this area since then, publishing on a range of related aspects. Currently, Liora is engaged in an ongoing major research project on the relationship between security, human rights and the rule of law, work which began during her British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, and was subsequently funded by the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights For Future Generations.
Liora has developed three courses in her time at Oxford: Human Rights Law which is offered as an optional course on the FHS, Criminal Justice Security and Human Rights on the BCL course and Comparative Criminal Justice, Security and Human Rights on the MSc in Criminal Justice and Criminology. All of the courses reflect her own research and public interest work, in particular those available at the post graduate level. The course content changes as developments in this complex field arise.
PUBLIC INTEREST WORK
Throughout her career, Liora has sought to balance academic research with public interest work.
She has completed two public reports for the UK Ministry of Justice on balancing public protection with human rights, and on the relationship between rights and responsibilities. She also produced a major report, with Oxford colleagues, on the evolution of fundamental rights for the European Union Parliament. She has acted as an advisor to the UK Stern Review on Rape Complaints (2013), was asked to give evidence to the Parliamentary Modern Slavery Bill Committee (2014), and was part of an International Committee of Experts to the Basque Working Group on Treatment of Political Detainees (2014).
Liora co-founded and is actively involved in the work of Oxford Pro Bono Publico, and she has supervised a range of their reports. She is also an Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. The influence of Liora's research in the public sphere was explored in an Oxford Impact Video on her work.
Liora acted as the Law Faculty's first admissions co-ordinator from 2002 - 2005. During that time she introduced structural reforms in order to co-ordinate admissions across colleges within the Faculty, and developed the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT). In 2006, Liora was seconded to the Vice-Chancellor's Office to act as the drafting secretary to the Governance Working Party. In that year, she drafted the White Paper on University Governance on their behalf. In November 2017, Liora was appointed the Law Faculty's first Race Equality Co-Ordinator, and in 2018 she was appointed Head of Research at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.
Liora is Head of Research and Academic Affiliate of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford and a Member of Oxford's Centre for Criminological Research. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law. Liora founded and now acts as the series editor for the Hart Studies in Security and Justice. She is an articles editor for the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. She was previously the book review editor of the European Human Rights Law Review, and continutes to sit on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice. In 2018, Liora held the Douglas McK Brown Visiting Chair in Law at the Peter Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. Previously, she has held visiting fellowships at the Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law at UNSW, Sydney; and a research association at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town. Outside of legal academia, Liora is an Associate Member of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry in Berlin.
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