- Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law
- School Director of Enterprise, responsible for careers, co-curricular, pro bono and work experience programmes
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, international human rights law and international children's rights.
Dr Bisset is Module Convenor for the following modules:
- LLB: International Children's Rights
- LLB: International Human Rights Law
- LLM: The Death Penalty
Dr Alison Bisset is Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the University of Reading, School of Law, where she is also the School's Director of Enterprise.
Dr Bisset researches on transitional justice, with a particular focus on the work of truth commissions. She is the author of Truth Commissions and Criminal Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2012, paperback 2014), which won the 2013 University of Reading Research Endowment Trust Fund prize for best faculty output and was shortlisted for the 2013 Birks prize for outstanding legal scholarship.
Dr Bisset has advised government departments, intergovernmental organisations, national armed forces, and civil society bodies on issues relating to international criminal law and transitional justice. She is the editor (2014-) of Blackstone's International Human Rights Documents, published by Oxford University Press.
- Bisset, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5421-3827 and Bagheri, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-9398-8067 (2022) Islamic State: how western European states are failing to protect 28,000 children born to foreign fighters. The Conversation
- Bagheri, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-9398-8067 and Bisset, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5421-3827 (2022) International legal issues arising from repatriation of the children of Islamic State. Journal of Conflict and Security Law ISSN: 1467-7954 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jcsl/krac013
- Bisset, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5421-3827 , eds. (2020) Blackstone's International Human Rights Documents. 12 edition. Oxford University Press pp 528. ISBN: 9780198860921
- Bisset, A. (2020) And then two came along at once: inter-state cooperation on core crimes, the ILC and the group of core states. International Criminal Law Review , 20 (3). pp. 551-586. ISSN: 1571-8123 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718123-02003001
- 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. , eds. (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 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. (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. (2017) Commissions of inquiry and procedural fairness. In: Henderson, C. , (eds.) 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://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0922156516000613
- Bisset, A. (2016) Building resilience in post-conflict disaster contexts: children and transitional justice. In: Breau, S. and Samuel, K. , (eds.) Research Handbook on Disasters and International Law. Research Handbooks in International Law Edward Elgar , Cheltenham. pp. 479-500. ISBN: 9781784717391
- Bisset, A. , eds. (2016) Blackstone's international human rights documents. 10th edition. Blackstone's Statute Series Oxford University Press , Oxford. pp 504. ISBN: 9780198768302
- Bisset, A. (2015) The role of truth commissions in adjudicating human rights violations. In: Green, J. and Waters, C. , (eds.) Adjudicating International Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Sandy Ghandhi. Brill Nijhoff , Leiden. pp. 192-211. ISBN: 9789004261174 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004261181_011
- Bisset, A. , eds. (2014) Blackstone's international human rights law documents. 9th ed.. Blackstone's Statutes series Oxford University Press , Oxford. pp 504. ISBN: 9780198709558
- Bisset, A. (2014) Transitional justice in Nepal: the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons, Truth and Reconciliation Act 2014. British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) (2014/07). , London.
- Bisset, A. , Moxham, L. , 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. BIICL (2014/02). , 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. pp 205. ISBN: 9781107008038
- Bisset, A. (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://dx.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://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqp069