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Part of the RSC Public Seminar Series, Hilary term 2024

Series convened by Dr Catherine Briddick

Listen to the seminar on SoundCloud

Refugee History, Human Rights and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Convenor: Dr Catherine Briddick

This research-led seminar mini-series provides an opportunity to engage with current events in Israel and Gaza. Our speakers are scholars whose expertise and research illuminates issues relevant to the conflict. With them, we are able to discuss how displacement has shaped the history of Gaza and to explore the relationships between international humanitarian, refugee, and human rights law.

Consonant with the RSC’s commitment to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration, this series aims to encourage reflection and contribute to debate in academia and in practice.

there is no justification for studying, and attempting to understand, the causes of human suffering if the purpose of one’s study is not, ultimately, to find ways of relieving and preventing that suffering.’ Dr David Turton

Displacement from conflict: old realities, new protections?

Wednesday 31 January, 5pm (Refugee Studies Centre, in person)

Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler, Associate Professor in International Refugee Law, University of Reading (see below)

Refugee history in the Gaza Strip

Wednesday 7 February, 5pm (Refugee Studies Centre, in person). Registration required.

Anne Irfan, Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Race, Gender and Postcolonial Studies, UCL

Seminar page.


Tuesday 27 February, 12.30-2pm, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and online

Speakers: Janina Dill (Dame Louise Richardson Chair in Global Security, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford), Victor Kattan (Assistant Professor in Public International Law, University of Nottingham School of Law), Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler (Associate Professor in International Refugee Law, University of Reading)

Chair: Cathryn Costello (Full Professor of Global Refugee and Migration Law, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin)

Seminar page

Human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory

Wednesday 13 March, 12 noon UK (via Zoom) [Please note, this is rescheduled from 26 February]

Francesca P Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967

Seminar page

About the speaker

Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler is Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading, School of Law, where he is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and co-Chair of the LGBT+ staff network. Ruvi is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Research Associate of the Refuge Studies Centre, University of Oxford; Editor of the Reporter and Co-convenor of the Migration and Asylum Section of the Society of Legal Scholars; Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative (Institute for Advance Legal Study, University of London) and Editor-in-Chief of its Working Paper Series. Ruvi's public engagements include serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of New Europeans Association UK; Chair of the Oxford European Association; A Britain in Europe academic expert; and an advisory council member of Rene Cassin.


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Download the seminar series poster for Hilary term 2024. 

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

Public Seminar Series

Each term the RSC holds a series of public seminars, held on Wednesday evenings at Queen Elizabeth House. Click here for details of forthcoming seminars.

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Forthcoming events

Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territory

Wednesday, 13 March 2024, 12pm to 1pm @ Online via Zoom

A celebration of the life of David Turton

Saturday, 20 July 2024, 2pm to 3pm @ The Crypt Cafe, St Peters Church, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA