Liora Lazarus is a Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Her expertise sits at the interface between security, the rule of law, and human rights. 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 completed her DPhil in Law at Balliol College at the University of Oxford in 2001 and had a twenty year career at the University of Oxford as Head of Research at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Fellow in Law at St. Anne’s College, and Associate Professor in Law. She remains a Supernumerary Fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford, and was recognized as Professor in Human Rights Law at Oxford in October 2020.

She is the author of a number of academic books, chapters and articles on prisoners’ rights and security and fundamental rights. She has also acted as an Independent Expert on the Council of Europe working group and 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 also co-founded and led Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) with colleagues at Oxford, and has supervised the publication of thirteen OPBP reports on a range of issues connected to her academic expertise.

Liora is a Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, and held the Douglas McK Brown Visiting Chair in Law at the Peter A. Allard School, UBC in 2018. Previously she has held visiting fellowships at the Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public law at the University of New South Wales Law School, Sydney, and a research association at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town. She is the founding and lead editor of the book series Hart Studies in Security and Justice, articles editor of the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Human Rights Practice and the Max Planck Encyclopedia for Comparative Constitutional Law.

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, 2007/2019)
  • Contrasting Prisoners’ Rights: A Comparative Examination of England and Germany (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)


  • Constitutional Scholars as Constitutional Actors’, Federal Law Review, 48.4 (2020), pp. 483–96
  • Insecurity and Human Rights’, in Human Rights and 21st Century Challenges: Poverty, Conflict and the Environment, ed. by Dapo Akande, Jaakko Kuosmanen, and Dominic Roser (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), pp. 129–52
  • Preventive Obligations, Risk and Coercive Overreach’, in Coercive Human Rights, ed. by L. Lavrysen and N. Mavronicola (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2020)
  • ‘Secrecy as a Meta-Paradigmatic Challenge’, in Security and Human Rights, ed. by Benjamin Goold and Liora Lazarus (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2019)
  • The Right to Security’, in Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • ‘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