Ruvi Ziegler

Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler is Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading School of Law, where he is a member of the Global Law at Reading (GLAR) research group (specialising in human rights, international humanitarian law and international refugee law).

He is Editor-in-Chief, Working Paper Series, Refugee Law Initiative (Institute for Advance Legal Study, University of London). He is a Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and an Academic visitor at its Faculty of Law. He is also a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute (analysing the treatment of African asylum seekers in Israel as part of the Constitutional Principles project).

Previously, he was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School (affiliated with its Immigration and Refugee Clinic and with the Human Rights Program) annd a Tutor in Public International Law at the University of Oxford. He holds DPhil, MPhil, and BCL degrees from the University of Oxford; LLM with specialisation in Public Law from Hebrew University; and a joint LLB and BA from the University of Haifa.

Latest Articles

EU27 citizens must keep their voting rights in local government elections

Citizens of all EU27 member states resident in the UK have a right to vote in local government elections – including elections to district and county councils, the GLA, city mayors, police and crime commissioners, and indeed elections to devolved legislatures. 

Absent-Present Membership? EU Citizens in Brexit Britain

Having notified the European Council  of its intention to withdraw from the EU, the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the Future Relationship between the UK and the EU27 was thrice rejected by the UK House of Commons, forcing the Prime Minister to announce her departure. On 23rd May 2019, well into the second extension of the ‘Article 50’ withdrawal process, the UK held European Parliamentary Elections with Brexit dominating the electoral landscape.

Celebrating the European Union - what the EU has done for the UK

On 30th April 2019, Oxford for Europe, jointly with the Oxford European Association, New Europeans, and the European Movement, held a town hall event entitled 'Celebrating th

Brexit means that an academic exodus is unavoidable

Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading, and New Europeans member Dr Ruvi Ziegler fears Brexit will undermine Britain’s research status.

How the European Council can break the impasse and give EU citizens certainty

The way that EU27 citizens in the UK have been used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations is woeful. Unfortunately, the EU has not helped matters by conceding that the rights of UK citizens living in the rest of the EU were negotiable, too. 

The EU27-UK negotiations & unilateral recognition of citizens' rights

Long before the ‘triggering’ of Article 50, I made the normative case for unilateral guarantees by the UK to over 3 Million EU27 citizens. I argued that it is both logically flawed and morally indefensible for the UK to use EU27 citizens’ rights as ‘bargaining chips’ in the negotiations. I was concerned that, absent such unilateral guarantees, the EU will emulate the UK’s approach, adopting a restrictive view of the scope of protection of rights of UK citizens in the EU27 and subjecting rights’ protection to negotiations.

Our response to Theresa May’s ‘fair and serious’ offer

The New Europeans Citizenship Unit,  and the Britain in Europe think tank are pleased to present our report on The Rights of EU27 Citizens in the UK and UK Citizens in the EU27: A response to Theresa May’s ‘fair and serious’ offer               

Citizens' rights: What are the two sides’ opening positions and how do they disagree?

The Institute for Government has published a table comparing the EU Commission and the UK Government's proposed frameworks for protecting the status and rights of non-UK EU citizens post-Brexit.

Three Lords amendments proposed to the EU bill related to rights of non-UK EU citizens

Three Lords amendments related to rights of non-UK EU citizens were proposed yesterday.

The EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Bargaining Chips on the Commons Table

On 8th February, the  EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill passed Third Reading in the House of Commons, by 494 votes to 122.  MPs rejected all amendments to the 133-word Bill. 

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