About  Sharon Shalev

The Author

Dr Sharon Shalev is a Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology , University of Oxford and a Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology, LSE.

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 harder for women: should it stop? | Association for the Prevention of Torture (apt.ch) Dr Sharon Shalev, March 22, 2021

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, December 10, 2020

Academic publications

Dr Sharon Shalev's academic publications:



Interviews & Public events


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