British Self Defence Governing Body
the Centre for Physical Interventions
incorporated under authority of Statutory Instrument 1685
Eric Baskind - Chairman

Eric Baskind - Chairman

Eric Baskind LL.B (Hons), LLM, MCIArb, FRSA, FHEA, MEViPRG

Eric Baskind is chairman of the British Self Defence Governing Body. He is a consultant in the use of force, physical interventions, restraints, management of violence & aggression, and martial arts systems.

Eric has also appeared on a number of occasions on television and radio to discuss various aspects of self defence, physical interventions and martial arts in which he is highly qualified and respected.

Within martial arts, Eric holds black belts which were first awarded to him by the British Judo Association in 1974. Since then, he has received numerous other qualifications including being appointed an Examiner of the British Judo Association in 1980 and a Senior Referee in 1985. He is currently a 7th Dan black belt awarded by the British Ju-Jitsu Association Governing Body.

Eric is the author of Defend Yourself: The Complete Guide to Personal Safety, published by Pelham, London in 1993. Defend Yourself is the official textbook of the British Self Defence Governing Body. He is also co-author of Coercive Measures in the Management of Imminent Violence: Restraint, Seclusion and Enhanced Observation; in Violence in Mental Health Settings, published by Springer New York in 2006.

Eric Baskind also acts as honorary lawyer to the BSDGB. He is also honorary lawyer and physical intervention adviser to the Physical Restraint Instructors' Licensing Authority of the British Ju-Jitsu Association Governing Body. Eric is a member of the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has both a First Class Honours Law Degree and a Masters Degree in Law and is a senior lecturer in law at Liverpool John Moores University.

Eric has considerable experience as an Expert Witness, having been instructed in hundreds of cases in the UK and in other jurisdictions. He has published many articles on the law and practise relating to the use of force, self defence, physical interventions and restraints.

More specifically, Eric has been instructed by both claimant and defendant solicitors and in criminal matters in hundreds of cases involving control & restraint, unarmed defensive tactics, self-defence and martial arts systems, including those systems taught to police, prison officers and healthcare staff (especially secure psychiatric settings) where he has particular research interests.

Eric has also advised numerous organisations including the Home Office, Prison Officers' Association, Police Federation, BBC, Howard League for Penal Reform, various Inquiries and the Parliamentary Resources Unit in respect of the management of violence and aggression, the use of force, self-defence and related matters.

Eric was involved in the Lord Carlile of Berriew QC Independent Inquiry into the Use of Physical Restraint in Prisons, Secure Training Centres, and Local Authority Secure Children’s Homes (House of Lords, 2006 and 2011) and is currently serving as a Commissioner on the National Independent Commission on Enforced Removals with specific responsibility for the management of violence and aggression and the use of restraint. The Commission was established in March 2012 and is chaired by Lord Ramsbotham, former Chief Inspector of Her Majesty’s Prisons.

Eric Baskind can be contacted at BSDGB head office or by e-mail.