Key Note Speakers

Nira Yuval-Davis

Nira Yuval-Davis is a diasporic Israeli Jew living in London. She is the Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London.

She has been a member of the 2006 Sociology RAE panel and the 2014 Sociology REF panel, the President of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations) of the International Sociological Association and is a founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism and the International research network on Women in Militarized Conflict Zones.

Among her books are

  • Woman-Nation-State (1989),
  • Racialized Boundaries (1992),
  • Unsettling Settler Societies (1995),
  • Gender and Nation (Sage, 1997),
  • The Warning Signs of Fundamentalisms (2004),
  • The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations (2011),
  • Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity (2014) and
  • Bordering (2017).

Her works have been translated to more than ten languages.


Sandra Fredman


Sandra Fredman is Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA,, Oxford University and Honorary Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is also Fellow of the British Academy.

Fredman’s work covers labour law, discrimination law and human rights. Fredman has contributed as an expert on discrimination law and women’s rights to several international organizations, including ILO, World Bank, UN Women and EU. Recently, she has written Background paper on ‘Gender Equality and Human Rights’ for conceptual chapter of UN Women’s Progress of the World's Women 2014 (2013, with Beth Goldblatt)

Among her books are

  • Human Rights Transformed: Positive Duties and Positive Rights  (2008),
  • Discrimination Law (2nd ed) (2011) and
  • Women and the Law (1997)
  • Fredman S and Morris G, The State as Employer: Labour Law in the Public Services (1989) and
  • Hepple B and Fredman S, Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Great Britain (First ed: 1986 Second ed: 1992).