Liora Lazarus is an Associate Professor in Law 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. 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.

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. 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 undertaking an independent review into the existing domestic arrangements for the protection and promotion of socio-economic rights.

Selected Publications

Books / Edited Volumes

  • Securing Legality (Oxford: Hart Publishing, forthcoming)
  • Reasoning Rights: Comparative Judicial Engagement, co-ed. with Nigel Bowles (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014)
  • Security and Human Rights, co-ed. with Benjamin J. Goold (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2007)
  • Contrasting Prisoners’ Rights: A Comparative Examination of England and Germany (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)


  • ‘Introductory Note to United Nations Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right of Anyone Deprived of Their Liberty to Bring Proceedings Before a Court’, International Legal Materials 55.2 (2016), pp. 361-406
  • ‘Democratic Deliberation and Judicial Review’ (with Natasha Simonsen), in Parliaments and Human Rights: Redressing the Democratic Deficit, ed. by Murray Hunt, Hayley Hooper, and Paul Yowell (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • ‘The Right to Security’, in The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights, ed. by Rowan Cruft, Matthew Liao, and Massimo Renzo (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) ), pp. 423-41
  • ‘Criminal Justice under the UK Human Rights Act: dynamic interaction between domestic and international law’ (with Ryan Goss), Singapore Academy of Law Journal 25 (2013), pp. 755-77
  • ‘How about a British Bill of Rights?’, The Ship 102 (2012-13), pp. 57-61
  • ‘Control without Punishment: Understanding Coercion’ (with Benjamin J. Goold and Caitlin Goss), in Handbook of Punishment and Society, ed. by Jonathan Simon and Richard Sparks (London: Sage Publications, 2012), pp. 463-91