Staff Profile

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Ze’ev Portner


Before joining Buckinghamshire New University full time in 2018, I had a very diverse career.   I worked for 10 years as a Political Adviser and Parliamentary Assistant to Dame Louise Ellman, a former MP and Chair of the Transport Select Committee in the House of Commons.  I immigrated to Israel in 2010 and resided there for five years, where I qualified as an Attorney in 2012. On my return to the UK, I became an Associate Lecturer in Law at Greenwich and Buckinghamshire New Universities, specialising in Employment and Public Law.  

I studied for an LLB Honours at the University of Greenwich and have a master’s degree in international law, from Queen Mary College, University of London. 

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

My specialist knowledge has led me to working with Everton, Liverpool and Watford Football clubs on projects to promote Holocaust Memorial Day, and with Human Resource managers at various companies, in relation to employment law issues. 

My career highlights include: writing an education briefing for Tony Blair whilst he was Prime Minister; writing a background briefing about International Law issues for Jack Straw, whilst he was Foreign Secretary; writing a legal opinion for G4s Israel and International which contributed to the saving of 2,000 jobs and the saving of millions of dollars; writing a legal opinion, for victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, living in Israel; and initiating the Greenwich University Parliamentary Placement Scheme which has contributed to over 150 students obtaining employment in politics, law, and public affairs.