Biography

Simon Behrman joined the Law School from Birkbeck, University of London, where he completed his LLB and MRes. He has recently successfully completed his PhD, with a thesis entitled ‘Freedom from Seizure: Asylum and Law’. This work provides a genealogy of asylum from classical times up to the medieval period, a historical traversal of refugee law over the past two centuries, and detailed critical analysis of the US Sanctuary Movement. The research for this project encompassed a wide range of disciplines including ancient and modern history, theology, political theory as well as law.

Simon has published work on refugee law, policing and the use of force, and the work of Giorgio Agamben. In recent years he has presented his work at academic conferences in the UK, USA, Colombia, Egypt, Australia, India and Turkey. In 2008-2009 he was an intern at the NGO Rights Watch (UK). There he conducted detailed research into the inquest into the killing of Jean Charles De Menezes, and the history of police killings in Northern Ireland. This work resulted in a research paper for Rights Watch (UK). In 2012 Simon spent five months as a research scholar at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., studying the US Sanctuary Movement and the Sans-Papiers in France. In 2015 he was commissioned to write a paper for the Japanese government on the historical experience of immigration policy and labour shortages.

His research interests include: refugee law; legal history; legal theory, particularly the works of Evgeny Pashukanis, Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben; the inter-relationship between law and politics; the history of policing, and the law governing the use of force.

Simon is Module Convenor for International Humanitarian and Refugee Law, and Public International Law, and teaches seminars on Legal Method and Reasoning. In the past he has taught Contract, Tort, Criminal Law and a Criminology course on the Criminal Legal Process.

Prior to academia, Simon had a varied career including publishing, and work for a mental health charity. He has spent many years as a political activist. Simon also has an interest in classical music and has published and given talks on the subject.

All Publications

Behrman, S. (ed.), Kent, A. (ed.)

(2018)

Climate Refugees: Beyond the Legal Impasse?,

Routledge

ISBN 9781138088825, 9781138088818

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Behrman, S., Kent, A.

(2018)

Overcoming the Legal Impasse? Setting the scene,

in Climate Refugees : Beyond the Legal Impasse?.

Routledge

ISBN 9781138088825, 9781138088818

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2016)

Migration and Neoliberalism: Creating Spaces of Resistance: A Review of Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political by Anne McNevin,

in Historical Materialism

24

(1)

pp. 217-231

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2016)

Between law and the nation state: Novel representations of the refugee,

in Refuge

32

(1)

pp. 38-49

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2015)

The US Sanctuary Movement: 1981-1992,

in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism.

Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN 9780230392779

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2015)

Reconfiguring the Concept of Asylum,

in Policies and Practices Series, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (forthcoming).

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2015)

Immigration as a Solution to the Labour Shortage Problem – France, Germany, UK,

Government of Japan

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2014)

Accidents, Agency and Asylum: Constructing the Refugee Subject,

in Law and Critique

25

(3)

pp. 249-270

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2014)

Legal Subjectivity and the Refugee,

in International Journal of Refugee Law

26

(1)

pp. 1-21

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2013)

Giorgio Agamben in Perspective,

in International Socialism

(140)

pp. 157-178

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2012)

A Second-Rate Justice: ‘Struck Out: Why Employment Tribunals Fail Workers and What Can be Done’ by David Renton,

in Review 31

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2011)

Police Killings and the Law,

in International Socialism

(129)

pp. 39-66

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Behrman, S.

(2009)

Not So Smooth Criminologist: ‘Marxism and Criminological Theory: A Critique and a Toolkit’ by Mark Cowling,

in International Socialism

(124)

pp. 215-217

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)