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Liora Lazarus

South Africa
Associate Member


Oxford University (St. Anne's College)


Liora Lazarus, BA (UCT), LLB (LSE), DPhil (Oxon), is a University Lecturer in Law, Member of the Centre for Criminological Research, and Fellow of St. Anne's College. 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. She is the author of a number of academic books, chapters and articles on prisoners' rights and security and human rights. She has also completed a number of public reports on various aspects of human rights for the UK Ministry of Justice, The UK Stern Review into the treatment of Rape Complaints, and the European Union Parliament.

Liora is an Associate Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub (, and is actively involved in the work of Oxford Pro Bono Publico (which she co-founded), and the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group. She is also a research associate at the Centre for Legal and Applied Research, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, and the Institute of Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. She is the book review editor of the European Human Rights Law Review, and she sits on the editorial board of the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum and the Journal of Human Rights Practice. She is also a member of an expert advisory group of the Equality and Human Rights Commission which is undertaking an independent review into the existing domestic arrangements for the protection and promotion of socio-economic rights.

Currently, Liora is completing an edited collection entitled Adjudicating Human Rights Diversely. Liora has most recently been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship which will commence in October 2012 and will enable her to undertake research towards the completion of a monograph entitled Juridifying Security and a number of associated articles.  She is also part of an interdisciplinary group - investigating Human Rights for Future Generations - which has recently received 3 years of support from the Oxford Martin School (

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