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.Born and raised in South Africa, she studied African Economic History at UCT and Law at the LSE. From 1994-95 she was a Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany. She went 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 in 2000.
Always comparative, and cutting across a range of legal fields (including legal theory, human rights, criminology and criminal justice, international and constitutional law) Liora's scholarship sits at the interface between security, the rule of law and fundamental rights. Her first monograph, Contrasting Prisoners' Rights (OUP), and the article ‘Conceptions of Liberty Deprivation’, (Modern Law Review) are leading works in the field of prisoners’ rights and cited internationally. Since 2006, her research has focused mostly on the broader relationship between security and fundamental rights. The results of this scholarship have been disseminated in a range of journal articles including International Legal Materials, book chapters in prestigious edited collections such as the The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights and the Max Planck Encyclopeadia in Comparative Constitutional Law (OUP), and other well-established legal blog sites such as EJIL talk and Opinio Juris. The themes are also reflected in two popular edited collections that have published with Hart Publishing: Security and Human Rights (with Benjamin Goold) (now forthcoming in a 2nd edn) and Reasoning Rights (with Christopher McCrudden and Nigel Bowles). She is currently contracted to write two monographs – Securing Legality and Juridifying Security – with Hart Publishing. Her work received major support through her British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2013-14) and the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights For Future Generations (2015-2017).
Liora has pionered three courses in her time at Oxford: Human Rights Law (Undergraduate), Criminal Justice Security and Human Rights (BCL) and Comparative Criminal Justice, Security and Human Rights (MSc Criminology). She has supervised thirty-nine graduate dissertations (DPhil, MPhil, BCL and MSc dissertations) in these fields.
Throughout her career, Liora has sought to balance academic research with public interest work. She 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 EU 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. She is also an Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and was closely involved with Helena Kennedy’s work to establish the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights which is committed to bridging human rights scholarship and public impact. 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) with other universities nationally. 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 working closely with the Vice Chancellor and the Governance Working Party. Liora acted as college Dean of St. Anne’s College from 2010 to 2013 and was Chair of the LNAT from 2009 to 2011. 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 is a Visiting Professor in Law at Goldsmiths, University of London and 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 continues to sit on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice. She is a regular reviewer of research applications for the British Academy. 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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