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Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford

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).


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford


  • 2001 
    Oxford, DPhil Law