Niaz A Shah

Dr Niaz Shah

Professor in Law/ Chair of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

01482 465776

Dr Shah joined the Law School as a lecturer in November 2006. He practices from Nexus Chambers in the areas of human rights law, asylum law and public international law. Dr Shah is on the panel of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.


Research Interests

  • Public international law

  • Human rights law

  • The use of force

  • Humanitarian law

  • Refugee law

  • Islamic law



Shah N A, Islamic Law and the Law of Armed Conflict: The Armed Conflict in Pakistan (Routledge 2011)

Shah N A, Self-defense in Islamic and International Law: Assessing Al-Qaeda and the Invasion of Iraq (Palgrave Macmillan 2008)

Shah N A, Women, the Koran and International Human Rights Law: The Experience of Pakistan (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2006)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • International Human Rights Protection (Convenor)

  • International Refugee Protection (Convenor)

  • Introduction to Islamic Law (Convenor)

  • European Human Rights Protection (Convenor)

  • Public Law and Constitution (Team member)

  • International Human Rights Protection (Convenor)

  • International Refugee Protection (Convenor)

  • Islamic Law of War and Peace (Convenor)

Research PhDs

Dr Shah welcomes applications to supervise PhD proposals in public international law (human rights, the use of force, humanitarian law, refugee law and international criminal law) and Islamic law.

PhD proposals looking at the relationship of public international law and Islamic law in Muslim states where Sharia is supreme law are also welcome.

Dr Shah has supervised theses on the relationship of international diplomatic law and Islamic law and in the area of refugee and asylum law.

Completed PhDs 

Dr Muhammad-Basheer A Ismail (2012), Islamic and Transnational Diplomatic Law: A Quest for Complementarity in Divergent Legal Theories (Palgrave Macmillan, New York 2016)

Dr David Jarvis (2016), The Cyclicality of Exclusion: Immigration, Asylum and the European Union

Current PhDs 

Dr Shah is currently supervising the following students:

  • Saleh E Alosaimi

  • Talal S Al Rasbi

  • Sarah K Kazem

  • Wael A Alghamdi

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

MA, LLB (Pakistan), PhD (Queen’s University Belfast), PGCHE (Hull), Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln's Inn)

Awards and accolades

1. SPUR PhD Scholarship, Queen’s University Belfast 2002.

2. Internship, Division for the Advancement of Women, Women's Human Rights Section, United Nations, New York, 2004.

Professional highlights

Dr Shah has consulted for UNDP, Somalia (Security and Justice); European Union, Pakistan (Security and Justice); UN Women and the Commonwealth (Violence against Women); NATO (Sharia and Military Operations); United States Institute of Peace (Rule of Law, Human Rights and Constitutional Law) and the Judicial Academy, Peshawar, Pakistan (Human Rights in the Administration of Justice).

Dr Shah is regularly instructed as an expert witness on Pakistan and Afghanistan. Reported Country Guidance Cases are:

1. KA v The Secretary of State for the Home Department, Pakistan CG [2010] UKUT 216 (IAC).

2. AJ v The Secretary of State for the Home Department, Afghanistan CG [2009] UKAIT 1.