Raphael Cohen-Almagor (D. Phil., Oxon) Oxford University; Professor and Chair of Politics, Founding Director of the Middle East Study Group, University of Hull. Raphael taught, inter alia, at Oxford (UK), Jerusalem, Haifa (Israel), UCLA, Johns Hopkins (USA) and Nirma University (India). He was also Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London. Raphael has published extensively in the fields of politics, philosophy, media ethics, medical ethics, law, sociology and history, including most recently Confronting the Internet’s Dark Side (2015) and Just, Reasonable Multiculturalism (forthcoming), both by Cambridge University Press. almagor.blogspot.com
|As Director of International Legal Research in the Centre for Legislative Studies, Professor Jo Carby-Hall coordinates research and publication programmes and collaboration agreements worldwide. He is an acknowledged authority on British, European and international social law and Maritime Law. His works have been translated into eight languages. He is legal adviser to national and international organisations and governments. In recognition for his work in Poland, he was awarded three State Orders from various Presidents. He also received a British State Order from H.M The Queen. He is Honorary Consul at the Polish Consulate and its Branch for Scientific and Educational Co-operation|
|John Friend is Emeritus Professor of Plant Biology and Head of Department from 1969 at the University of Hull where he was Dean of the Science for 2 years and Science PVC for 3 years. He was a visiting Professor in the Botany Department of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main Israeli research collaborator was Professor Alfred (Abraham Max) Mayer. Their main collaboration was on biochemistry of plant diseases. John was also the first chairman of ASGIME, the Academic Study Group on Israel and the Middle East. ASGIME organised visits of British academics to Israel and invited many visiting Israeli academics in the UK to lecture in Hull.|
John died of COVID on 6 December 2020.
|Professor Gary Edles is in his second career. For 28 years he was a senior civil servant and lawyer with four U.S. government agencies. Upon retirement, he was named a Fellow in Administrative Law and Adjunct Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., and, after moving to Yorkshire with his wife in 1997, also became a permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Hull Law School. He holds both Masters and Doctorate degrees, is licensed as a lawyer in the United States, and is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. He is co-author of two books and more than a dozen journal articles.|
Richard Collin is an American who has spent much of his life in Great Britain, Richard Oliver Collin first visited the Middle East as a US Government employee, travelling to most of the countries in the region. After studying Middle Eastern history at Harvard, he completed his doctorate in politics at Oxford University. Having served as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland, Queens University, Belfast, and University College Northampton, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Coastal Carolina University in the United States. His current research interest is the role of languages in international politics. Richard lives with his wife, Thea, in Beverley, East Yorkshire.
Lester L. Grabbe is Emeritus Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University. His main interest is in the history of ancient Israel and the Jews of the Second Temple period. He founded the European Seminar on Methodology in Israel’s History, and published the proceedings in the sub-series European Seminar in Historical Methodology (Bloomsbury T & T Clark. In addition, he has authored more than a dozen volumes, as well editing or co-editing a total of 21 volumes. He is also series editor of T & T Clark International monographs, Library of Second Temple Studies. Currently he is working on a four-volume History of Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period, including the Persian period and the early Hellenistic period. He is now working on vol. 3, which includes the Hasmonaeans (Maccabees) and Herod the Great.
Professor Jack Hayward was an Emeritus Professor of Politics, Oxford University, and Research Professor of Politics in Hull, where he taught from 1973 until 1992. He has published mainly on France and on the EU, including edited books are Regression: The Withering of the Welfare State and European Disunion – Between Sovereignty and Solidarity.
Jack was one of the founders of MESG. He died at his home on 8 December 2017.
Irving Kirsch is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies at the Harvard Medical School, lecturer in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Professor of Psychology at the University of Plymouth (UK), and Professor Emeritus at the University of Hull and the University of Connecticut. He has published 10 books and more than 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion. He originated the concept of response expectancy. His meta-analyses on the efficacy of antidepressants were covered extensively in the international media and influenced official guidelines for the treatment of depression in the United Kingdom. His book, The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, which has been published in English, French, and Japanese, was shortlisted for the prestigious Mind Book of the Year award. It was the topic of a 5-page cover story in Newsweek, and was favourably reviewed in the New York Review of Books by Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. It is currently being translated into Italian and Turkish.
Giuliana Mazzoni is Professor of Psychology at the University of Hull, UK. Her main area of investigation is memory, with a special interest in memory distortions and the effect of suggestion on memory. Her research also investigates autobiographical memory and the effect of suggestion on different types of health-related behaviours. She is the author of more than 100 papers, 8 books and 31 book chapters. Her work has been featured in Science and in many national and international media.
Affiliated Members (Hull):
Dr Marianne Afanassieva, Business
Dr Marianne Afanassieva is Head of Organisational Behaviour and HRM Department/Subject Group. With a background in Political Economy and Economics Marianne is interested in new institutional approaches, economic sociology, issues of trust and networks. Her current research is focused on new institutional approaches to the operation of organisations in the creative/cultural industries with special attention to theatres and the performing arts. Another current line of research is within the Talent management field in relation to emerging sectors and SMEs. Continuing interest is maintained in inter-organisational networks and trust in the context of transition economies; regional development, gender and economic transition.
Dr Phil Bielby, Law
Professor Chris Bovis, Business
Dr Bhumitra Chakma, Politics
Professor James Connelly, Politics (emeritus)
Councillor Andy Dorton, Hull
Professor David Drewry, former VC (emeritus)
David Drewry served as Vice-Chancellor of Hull University (1999-2009). He is Honorary Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University from which he holds a Doctorate in Geophysics, and where he was previously Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute. He has honorary professorships at London University and Xiamen University, China. David is Trustee Emeritus of the Natural History Museum, was previously Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Vice-President of the European University Association and a member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. David has been awarded the Patron’s Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Prix de la Belgica Gold Medal of the Royal Academy of Belgium, the Polar Medal, the United States Antarctic Service Medal and several honorary degrees from British and overseas universities. He has a mountain and a glacier named after him in Antarctica.
Dr Antony Hatzistavrou, Politics
Professor Tom Lundmark, Law
Professor Thomas Lundmark, emeritus professor of Common Law and Comparative Legal Theory, University of Münster, has held the HK Bevan Chair in Law at the University Hull since 2014. After practicing law and teaching as an adjunct professor in San Diego, he spent three years (1991-1994) as a Fulbright Senior Professor in Germany, and two years (2016-2017) as a part-time professor of law at the University of Southern Denmark. Lundmark studied at San Diego State U (AB), Uppsala U, UC Berkeley (JD), Freiburg U (Fulbright Scholar), and Bonn U (Dr jur). He is the author of over 100 articles and of 18 books. His third book published by OUP, Universals in Legal Reasoning, will be published in 2021.
Professor Gerald Midgley, Business
Gerald Midgley is Professor of Systems Thinking in the Centre for Systems Studies, Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, University of Hull, UK. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at Linnaeus University, Sweden; the University of Queensland, Australia; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Mälardalen University, Sweden; and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has held research leadership roles in both academia and government, having spent ten years as Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull, and seven years as a Senior Science Leader in the Institute for Environmental Science and Research (ESR), New Zealand. Gerald has written over 300 papers for academics and practitioners on systems thinking and community operational research, and has been involved in a wide variety of public sector, community development, health service, technology foresight and resource management projects. He was the 2013/14 President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, and has written or edited 11 books. These include: Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Kluwer, 2000); Systems Thinking, Volumes I-IV (Sage, 2003); Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development (Kluwer, 2004); and Forensic DNA Evidence on Trial: Science and Uncertainty in the Courtroom (Emergent, 2011). Gerald is also the editor of a Systems Thinking book series for Routledge, with the first two titles released in 2020, and his forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Systems Thinking will be published in 2021.
Lord Professor Bhikhu Parekh, House of Lords
Educated at the Universities of Bombay and London, Lord Bhikhu Parekh is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Academy of the Learned Societies for Social Sciences and a Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster. Lord Parekh was chair of the Runnymede Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain(1998-2000), whose report, The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, was published in 2000. He is vice-chairman of the Gandhi Foundation, a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, and a member of the National Commission on Equal Opportunity.
His main academic interests include political philosophy, the history of political thought, social theory, ancient and modern Indian political thought, and the philosophy of ethnic relations.
Professor Valery Sanders, English
Dr Haseeb Shabbir, Business
Professor Niaz A. Shah, Law
Councillor Helena Spencer, former Hull Mayoress
Mr Ahmed Zaky, Business
Ahmed Zaky, MSc, is a Ph.D. student in the Hull University Business School and an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration, Cairo University. He is also a member of the Faculty Ethics Committee. His current research interests include exploring deviant consumer behaviour in C2C and B2C alike. In particular, understanding the behaviours of dark tourists, the (co)constructing of the place, organisations’ way of marketing and attracting consumers for challenging products and services, and consumers’ emotional experiences preceding the consumption process. Ahmed is also interested in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region politics following the so-called Arab Spring and the ensued shift of powers and economy.
Affiliated Members (National and International):
Professor Ariel L. Bendor, Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Professor Lord Paul Bew, House of Lords and Queen’s University Belfast (emeritus)
Dr AIan Brener, UCL Faculty of Laws
Alan Brener is a lecturer at University College London’s Laws Faculty and he is also Deputy Director of the Faculty’s Centre for Ethics and Law.
Besides his LLM from UCL and PhD from Queen Mary University London he is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Prior to starting his PhD Alan worked for Santander UK and was responsible, at different times, for the compliance and retail legal departments and regulatory policy. Before joining
Santander in 2005, from 1996, he headed the compliance departments for the retail banking divisions of Natwest and RBS banks. From 1989 to 1996 Alan was a senior prudential and conduct of business regulator for the insurance and collective investments sectors having previously worked on aspects of public policy at the Department of Trade and Industry. Most recently, prior to starting his PhD, Alan was on secondment from Santander helping to set up the Banking Standards Board with the objective of improving standards of conduct and professionalism within the banking industry.
Dr Emile Chabal, School of History, University of Edinburgh
Sir Richard Dalton, Former Ambassador, Yorkshire
Sir Richard was a British diplomat from 1970 to 20006. From 1993-1997 he was UK Consul General in Jerusalem, responsible for dealings with the Palestinian Authority after the signing of the Oslo Accords. He re-established UK diplomatic relations with Libya in 1999 as the first Ambassador to Tripoli for 17 years. From 2002-2006 he was UK Ambassador in Tehran, playing a part in European negotiations with Iran. He co-wrote the Chatham House Research Paper of September 2014: “Iran’s Nuclear Future”.
Dr Sophia Dingli, School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
Professor Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Government (Emerita), Department of Government, Smith College, USA
Dr Jacob Eriksson, Department of Politics, York University
Sir Vincent Fean, Former Ambassador, London
Professor Mervyn Frost, Department of War Studies, King’s College; London
Professor Boaz Ganor, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC, Israel
Dr Hussein Ibish, Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington DC, USA
Professor Massimo La Torre, Department of Law, Università di Catanzaro, Italy
Massimo La Torre is Professor of Philosophy of law at the University of Catanzaro, Italy, and a visiting professor of European law at the University of Tallinn, Estonia. He received his Ph. D. at the European University Institute of Florence and studied law and political science at the University of Messina and at the Johns Hopkins University, Bologna Center. Prof. La Torre taught in Florence, Bologna and Murcia. He held numerous visiting professorial fellowships at European and American universities, and he was fellow of the Alliance Française, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, the British Council and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2009 La Torre was honoured with the Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
In the past 20 years Professor La Torre has consistently commented on important problems of law philosophy and political philosophy. In books and essays he delivered internationally renowned contributions on questions of subjective rights, sovereignty, freedom, rule of law and democracy. Among his publications shall be mentioned exemplarily: Norme, istituzioni, valori [Norms, Institutions, Values] (Laterza ³2008); La lucha contra el derecho subjetivo [The Fight against Subjective Rights] (Dykinson 2008); Constitutionalism and Legal Reasoning (Kluwer 2007). His latest book is: Il diritto contro se stesso (Olschki, 2020)
Professor Derek Penslar, Department of History, Harvard University
Derek Penslar is the William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History. His research specialties are the history of modern European Jewry, Zionism, and the state of Israel. Penslar’s books include Zionism and Technocracy: The Engineering of Jewish Settlement in Palestine, 1870-1918 (1991, Hebrew version 2001); In Search of Jewish Community: Jewish Identities in Germany and Austria, 1918-1933 (1998, co-edited with Michael Brenner); Shylock’s Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe (2001); Orientalism and the Jews (co-edited with Ivan Kalmar, 2004); Contemporary Antisemitism: Canada and the World (2005); Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective (2006); The Origins of the State of Israel 1882-1948: A Documentary History (with Eran Kaplan, 2011); and Jews and the Military: A History (2013). Penslar’s book Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader will be published early next year in Yale University Press’ “Jewish Lives” series. He is currently writing a book titled Zionism: An Emotional State, for Rutgers University Press’ series on Keywords in Jewish Studies. Penslar is co-editor of The Journal of Israeli History and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and president of the American Academy for Jewish Research.
Sir Tom Philips KCMG .
A consultant, and a governance adviser with the UK government’s Stabilisation Unit. In his main career as a British diplomat, Tom’s postings included serving as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as Ambassador to Israel, and as High Commissioner to Uganda. Since retiring from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office he has also worked as Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University and Commandant of the Ministry of Defence’s Royal College of Defence Studies, as well as international adviser to the Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, and adviser to the business intelligence company GPW Ltd. Tom is a member of the Council of the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund; a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisors; and a Trustee of the Youth Forward Initiative. Tom’s publications include several articles on the Middle East (e.g. on Israeli/Palestinian conflict in Prospect, Aug 2012 and Sept 2013).
Professor Jonathan Riley, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University, USA
Deputy President, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, Israel Supreme Court, Jerusalem, Israel
Elyakim Rubinstein is a former Deputy President of the Israeli Supreme Court. Beforehand, he served as the Legal Advisor to the Israeli Government (1997-2004). Rubinstein, a former diplomat civil servant, has had an influential role in that country’s internal and external affairs, most notably in helping to shape its peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. He graduated cum laude from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, with Bachelor’s degrees in Hebrew Language and Arabic Literature and Language in 1967 and in Law in 1969. Obtained a Master’s degree cum laude in Contemporary Jewry in 1974. Justice Rubinstein is the recipient of the Gabriel Peace Prize for his part in the Peace Treaty with Jordan. He was awarded honorary doctorates by Yeshiva University in New York, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and Bar-Ilan University. Justice Rubinstein has written books and articles on the subject of the Israel Supreme Court, public law in Israel, the history of Israel during the British Mandate, the history of the ArabIsraeli Conflict, and the peace process. He taught at Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Justice Rubinstein is married to Miriam, Former Deputy State Attorney. They have four daughters and eleven grandchildren.
Professor Avrom Sherr, University of London
Avrom Sherr, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. He was Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies from 2004 to 2012. He joined the Institute in 1995 as the founding Woolf Professor of Legal Education, a research chair. Prior to joining the IALS, after teaching at the University of Warwick for 16 years, he was the first Alsop Wilkinson Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool and Director of the Centre for Business and Professional Law there. He qualified as a solicitor in 1974 and worked in commercial litigation at Coward Chance till 1980. From 1988 to 2012 he was also Director of Training at Macfarlanes.
Avrom Sherr is the principal architect of a system of assessment of legal competence known as Independent Peer Review. Since 2002 this has been used as the system for assessment of the quality of publicly funded work in the UK, ensuring the quality of legal services received by the public, and he leads the operation of this work.
Avrom Sherr’s main research interests have been the development of legal education, the work of the legal profession, ethics in professional work and the provision of legal services. He is currently Chair of the Hamlyn Trust and the Advice Quality Standards Project Committee. Recent work includes advising Georgia Legal Aid and the Chinese Ministry of Justice in relation to Legal Aid and the maintenance of quality in legal work; ethical research for Save The Children and safeguarding for the UKRI GCRF Accelerate Hub.
Professor Isabell Schierenbeck, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Professor Colin Shindler, Politics, SOAS (emeritus)
Professor Sammy Smooha, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel (emeritus)
Dr Manish Thapa, University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Riva
Professor Ehud R Toledano, Department of Middle East and African History, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Professor Tony Ward, Law, Northumbria University
Professor Ruth Wodak, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University and The University of Vienna
Ruth Wodak is Emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster
University, UK, and affiliated to the University of Vienna. Besides various other prizes, she was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996, an Honorary Doctorate
from University of Örebro in Sweden in 2010, and an Honorary Doctorate from Warwick University in 2020. She is past-President of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. 2011, she was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria, and 2018, the Lebenswerk Preis for her lifetime achievements, from the Austrian Ministry for Women’s Affairs. She is member of the British Academy of Social Sciences and member of
the Academia Europaea. In March 2020, she became Honorary Member of the Senate of the University of Vienna. She is member of the editorial board of a range of linguistic journals and co-editor of the journals Discourse and Society, Critical Discourse Studies, and Language and Politics.
Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler, School of Law, University of Reading
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. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 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. Previously, Ruvi was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic and with the Human Rights Program; and a Tutor in Public International Law at Oxford. Ruvi is the author of Voting Rights of Refugees (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Ruvi’s areas of research interest include International Refugee Law, Electoral Rights and citizenship, Comparative Constitutional Law, and International Humanitarian Law. Ruvi holds DPhil, MPhil, and BCL degrees from Oxford University. For more information see: www.reading.ac.uk/law/about/staff/r-ziegler.aspx. Follow Ruvi on twitter @ruviz