Dr Alison Bisset
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Dr Alison Bisset currently teaches the following courses:
- LLB: International Children's Rights (module convenor)
- LLB: International Human Rights Law (module convenor)
- LLM: International Criminal Law (module convenor)
Dr Bisset coordinates the Law School's Negotiation Training Programme and, together with Dr Anne Thies, is responsible for the postgraduate study visit to Geneva.
Areas of Interest
Transitional Justice, International Criminal Law, International Children's Rights, International Judicial Cooperation.
Dr Bisset welcomes proposals from prospective doctoral students with an interest in transitional justice, international criminal law and international children's rights.
Research groups / Centres
- Member of Global Law at Reading (GLAR)
- Bisset, A. (2019) Children in transitional justice processes: still side-lined? In: Mouthaan, S. and Jurasz, O. (eds.) Gender and War: International and Transitional Justice Perspectives. Intersentia, pp. 259-284. ISBN 9781780686868
- Bisset, A., ed. (2018) Blackstone's international human rights documents. 11th edition. Blackstone's Statute Series. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198818571
- Bisset, A. (2018) Principle 10: guarantees for victims and witnesses testifying on their behalf. In: Haldemann, F. and Unger, T. (eds.) The United Nations Principles to Combat Impunity: A Commentary. Oxford Commentaries on International Law. Oxford University Press, pp. 129-135. ISBN 9780198743606
- Bisset, A. (2018) Principle 8: definition of a commission’s terms of reference. In: Haldemann, F. and Unger, T. (eds.) The United Nations Principles to Combat Impunity: A Commentary. Oxford Commentaries on International Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 116-122. ISBN 9780198743606
- Bisset, A. (2018) Principle 9: guarantees for persons implicated. In: Haldemann, F. and Unger, T. (eds.) The United Nations Principles to Combat Impunity: A Commentary. Oxford Commentaries on International Law. Oxford University Press, pp. 123-128. ISBN 9780198743606
- Bisset, A. (2017) Commissions of inquiry and procedural fairness. In: Henderson, C. (ed.) Commissions of Inquiry: Problems and Prospects. Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 309-335. ISBN 9781782258766
- Bisset, A. (2017) The privilege against self-incrimination in truth commission administered accountability initiatives. Leiden Journal of International Law, 30 (1). pp. 155-176. ISSN 1478-9698 doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156516000613
- Bisset, A., ed. (2016) Blackstone's international human rights documents. 10th edition. Blackstone's Statute Series. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp504. ISBN 9780198768302
- Bisset, A. (2016) Building resilience in post-conflict disaster contexts: children and transitional justice. In: Breau, S. C. and Samuel, K. L. H. (eds.) Research Handbook on Disasters and International Law. Research Handbooks in International Law. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 479-500. ISBN 9781784717391
- Bisset, A. (2015) The role of truth commissions in adjudicating human rights violations. In: Green, J. A. and Waters, C. P. M. (eds.) Adjudicating International Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Sandy Ghandhi. Brill Nijhoff, Leiden, pp. 192-211. ISBN 9789004261174 doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004261181_011
- Bisset, A., (2014) Transitional justice in Nepal: the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation Act 2014. Bingham Centre Working Paper. 2014/07. Working Paper. British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL), London.
- Bisset, A., ed. (2014) Blackstone's international human rights law documents. 9th ed. Blackstone's Statutes series. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp504. ISBN 9780198709558
- Bisset, A., Moxham, L. and van Zyl Smit, J., (2014) The rule of law and transitional justice in Nepal: Options for co-ordinating a truth commission, criminal justice mechanisms and personnel reforms. Working Paper. BIICL, London.
- Bisset, A. (2013) The relationship between truth commissions and armed forces. In: Odello, M. and Seatzu, F. (eds.) Armed Forces and International Jurisdictions. Intersentia, Cambridge, pp. 189-204. ISBN 9789400001831
- Bisset, A. (2012) Confidential Truth Commission information before the ICC: extending Rule 73(4) protections. New England Journal of International and Comparative Law, 18. ISSN 1936-2803
- Bisset, A. (2012) Truth Commissions and criminal courts. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp205. ISBN 9781107008038
- Bisset, A. J. R. (2010) Truth commissions: a barrier to the provision of judicial assistance? International Criminal Law Review, 10 (5). pp. 647-678. ISSN 1571-8123 doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/157181210X527055
- Bisset, A. (2009) Rethinking the powers of truth commissions in light of the ICC statute. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 7 (5). pp. 963-982. ISSN 1478-1387 doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqp069
- Book Review, Freeman, M., Truth Commissions and Procedural Fairness, (2006, CUP, Cambridge) (2008) 8 Human Rights Law Review 401-404.
- Book Review, Stover, E., and Weinstein, H.M., (eds.), My Neighbor, My Enemy: Justice and Community in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity, (2004, CUP, Cambridge), (2005) 5 Human Rights Law Review 423-426.
Conference Papers etc:
- "Transitional Justice and the Prioritisation of Prosecution", presented at the Centre for Law and Culture, University of St Mary's, Twickenham, 1 December 2015.
- "Transitional Justice in Nepal: Falling Short of International Standards?", presented at International Law Association Spring Conference, University of Essex, 29 May 2015.
- "Commissions of Inquiry and Procedural Fairness", presented at the ESCR funded workshop, Commissions of Inquiry: Problems and Prospects, University of Liverpool, 16 January 2015.
- "Trials and Truth Commissions", presented at the Antonio Cassese Summer School on Transitional Justice, Conflict and Human Rights, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, 9 July 2014.
- "The Development of International Criminal Justice", presented at the Brigade Legal Officers' Course for international military personnel, Land Warfare Centre, Warminster, 30 October 2013.
- "Trials within the Transitional Justice Framework" presented at the Africa Accountability Colloquium, International Institute for Humanitarian Law, San Remo, 6 June 2013.
- "The Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court", presented at the Africa Accountability Colloquium, International Institute for Humanitarian Law, San Remo, 5 June 2013.
- "Coordinating Trials and Truth Commissions", presented at the Bingham Centre Experts' Meeting on Nepal, 28 May 2013.
- "Implementing ICC Statute Obligations", presented to legal and military personnel, Commonwealth Secretariat, Pretoria, 15 February 2013.
- "Complementarity and Cooperation under the ICC Statute", presented to legal and military personnel, Commonwealth Secretariat, Pretoria, 14 February 2013.
- "An Overview of the ICC's Jurisdiction", presented to legal and military personnel, Commonwealth Secretariat, Pretoria, 14 February 2013.
- "Truth Commissions and their Relationship with the International Criminal Court", Building Restorative International Justice, IC Events, Royal Commonwealth Society, 18 May 2012.
- "Coordinating the Operations of Truth Commissions and Domestic Criminal Courts under the Rome Statue Regime: Lessons from East Timor and Sierra Leone", Oxford Transitional Justice Research Conference, University of Oxford, 26 June 2009.
- "The Future Role for Truth Commissions Following the Introduction of the International Criminal Court", Conflict Research Society Annual Conference, Aston University, Birmingham, 6 September 2006.
- "The Interrelationship between Truth Commissions and Criminal Courts in the Prosecution of Serious Human Rights Violations", International Law Symposium, University of Edinburgh, 24 May 2006.
Dr Alison Bisset joined the Law School as a Teaching Fellow in September 2008. She was appointed to a Lectureship in 2010 and promoted to Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law in May 2015.
Alison's doctoral thesis examined the coexistence of truth commissions and criminal courts in the ICC era. She is the author of Truth Commissions and Criminal Courts, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012 and in paperback 2014. The book conducts the first multi-level analysis of the relationship between truth commissions and prosecutorial institutions and formulates proposals to enable their effective coexistence at domestic, inter-state and international levels. In 2013, the book won the University of Reading Research Endowment Trust Fund prize for the best faculty output and was among the five books shortlisted for the SLS Birks prize for outstanding legal scholarship.
Alison has provided training on international criminal law and transitional justice for the British Army, the US Africa Command and the Commonwealth Secretariat. She has taught at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and, from 2010 to 2012, she was a visiting lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London. In 2013-14, she worked with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law on transitional justice in Nepal.
Alison is the editor of Blackstone's International Human Rights Law Documents, published by Oxford University Press.