Muhammad Basheer

Dr Muhammad-Basheer A Ismail

Law Lecturer

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

+44 (0) 1482 465745

Dr Ismail, who joined the University of Hull as a law lecturer in 2016, has widely practiced law in all levels of courts from magistrates' courts through to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

After successfully completing the Bar Examination, he was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1992.

Dr Ismail completed his PhD at the University of Hull in 2013. He has also studied at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria (LLM, 2003), Nigerian Law School (Barrister at Law, 1992) and Bayero University, Nigeria (LLB, 1991).


Research Interests

  • Public international law, (particularly international diplomatic law, international human rights and law of terrorism
  • Islamic law in Muslim states, particularly its interaction with public international law


Ismail M A, Islamic and Transnational Diplomatic Law: A Quest for Complementarity in Divergent Legal Theories, Palgrave Macmillan (2016)

Ismail M A, 'Terror on Diplomats and Diplomatic Missions in the Name of Jihād: Islamic Law Perspective', Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law, vol 42:1, pp 19-42 (2015)

Ismail M A, ‘The 1979 United States-Iran Hostage Crisis Reviewed from an Islamic International Law Perspective', Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, vol 42:1, pp 19-40 (2013)

Ismail M A, ‘Justification and Principles of Diplomatic Immunity: A Comparison between International Law and Islamic International Law', Journal of Islamic State Practice in International Law, 9:1, pp 60-101 (2013)

Ismail M A, ‘Review of Philip Ostien, 'Sharia Implementation in Northern Nigeria 1999-2006: A Sourcebook', Verfassung und Recht in Ubersee, 46:3, pp 342-349 (2013)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Tort Law (Convenor)
  • Introduction to Law and Its Study
  • Rough Guide to Legal Rights (Convenor)


  • International Commercial Arbitration

Research PhDs

  • International law
  • International diplomatic and consular law
  • Law of terrorism
  • Application of Islamic law in Muslim states, particularly its interaction with International law

Current PhD supervisions

  • Rights and Legal Protection of Consumer: Enhancement of Halal Food Legal Infrastructure

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Fellowship (in view)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (Hull)
  • LLM (Ife, Nigeria)
  • Barrister at Law (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • LLB (Kano, Nigeria)