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About  Sharon Shalev

The Author

Dr Sharon Shalev is a Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology , University of Oxford. She founded in 2007.

Her work as an independent researcher and consultant on human rights and prisons includes some of the following areas:

  • Providing expert opinions on prison conditions, design, regimes, and compatibility with human rights directives;

  • Acting as an independent adviser to government departments, inter-governmental organisations and professional bodies on the regulation, use, and effects of solitary confinement practices and the use of force and instruments of restraint, and and advising on their adherence to international human rights standards.

  • Monitoring places of detention. 




Interviews, blogs and publications


Guest blog post for the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

Solitary confinement is even harder for women: should it stop? | Association for the Prevention of Torture ( Dr Sharon Shalev

Guest blog post for Penal Reform International (PRI) 

Shining a light on the prison’s darkest corner: a human rights-centred approach to monitoring solitary confinement units Dr Sharon Shalev

Guest blog for Pro Bono Australia

Solitary confinement is no place for children, Dr Sharon Shalev

Academic publications

Dr Sharon Shalev's academic publications on ResearchGate:

Interviews & Public events

Launch webinar for First, Do No Harm report (4 Nov, 2021)

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Webinar

Solitary confinement: unlocking Victorian Justice 11 August, 2021 (Link to video)

ICPR & Prison Insider 'expert insights' comment pieces The meaning of solitary confinement and its psychological impacts. With Dr Sharon Shalev, a world expert on solitary confinement, and prisons expert and activist Nuno Pontes (European Prison Observatory) 5 Jun 2021 (Video)


Solitary Confinement: How to Preserve Humanity in High Security Settings, ICRC Humanitarium event, 27 June 2016 (Video)

Interview with Sharon Shalev, LSE Connect
Voices From the Dark: The Growth of Solitary Confinement

Sharon Shalev speaks to Laurie Taylor on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed'



Sharon Shalev Solitary Confinement
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