Professor Niaz Shah

Professor Niaz Shah

Professor in Law

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • The Law School

Qualifications

  • MA
  • LLB
  • PhD (Queen's University Belfast)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)

Summary

Professor Niaz A Shah joined the Law School as a lecturer in 2006 and after successive promotions, became Professor in Law in 2018. In 2006, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. In 2004, he did internship in the Division for the Advancement of Women, United Nations, New York. In 2001, he worked as a Protection Assistant for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Islamabad. He attended a short course in International Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham in late 2001 and in 2005 obtained PhD from Queen's University Belfast, UK. Professor Shah is an Advocate High Court in Pakistan and a Life Member of the Islamabad Bar Association. Professor Shah was Called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 2014 and is practicing law from Nexus Chambers, London. Professor Shah has worked for / advised governments (e.g. Pakistan and the UK) and international organisations such as the United Nations (UN New York; UNDP; UNODC; UN Women; UNICEF; UNHCR); European Union; NATO; The Commonwealth and the United States Institute of Peace. He has appeared as a Counsel and expert witness in large number of cases in the UK courts. Since 2014, Professor Shah is training Pakistani judges on human rights and the rule of law at various judicial academies in Pakistan and Hull.

Niaz Shah is a recognised expert on Pakistan and Afghanistan and regularly appears as expert witness in asylum and human rights cases before courts in the UK. Leading cases include:

1. The Secretary of State for the Home Department v Hashim Tariq [2021] EWCA Civ 378

2. KA and Others (domestic violence – risk on return) Pakistan CG [2010] UKUT 216 (IAC)

3. AJ (Risk to Homosexuals) Afghanistan UKAIT [2009] 1

Human Rights Law

Refugee Law

Islamic Law

Constitutional Law

Public International Law

Discrimination law

Recent outputs

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Book

Judicial Resource Book on Violence Against Women for Asia : Combating Violence against Women and Girls for Cambodia, India, Pakistan and Thailand

Shah, N. (2018). Judicial Resource Book on Violence Against Women for Asia : Combating Violence against Women and Girls for Cambodia, India, Pakistan and Thailand. London: Commonwealth Secretariat. https://doi.org/10.14217/58032f52-en

Book Chapter

The 'Unable' and 'Unwilling' Test in International Law: the use of force against non-state actors in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Shah, N. (2020). The 'Unable' and 'Unwilling' Test in International Law: the use of force against non-state actors in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Brill Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004431768

Journal Article

The Application of Human Rights Treaties in Dualist Muslim States: The Practice of Pakistan

Shah, N. A. (2022). The Application of Human Rights Treaties in Dualist Muslim States: The Practice of Pakistan. Human rights quarterly, 44(2), 257-285. https://doi.org/10.1353/hrq.2022.0020

Defining Terrorism in Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Law

Iqbal, K., & Shah, N. A. (2018). Defining Terrorism in Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Law. Global journal of comparative law, 7(2), 272-302. https://doi.org/10.1163/2211906X-00702003

Civil disputes leading to crimes: A baseline study of terrorism affected North Western Pakistan

Iqbal, K. A., & Shah, N. (2017). Civil disputes leading to crimes: A baseline study of terrorism affected North Western Pakistan. Australian journal of Asian law, 18(1),

Research interests

Professor Shah’s areas of research are Public International Law; Human Rights Law; Humanitarian Law; Refugee Law; Constitutional Law and Islamic Law. Research interests by region include Pakistan and Afghanistan. Professor Shah has published a large number of research monographs and articles.

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Shah’s areas of research are Public International Law; Human Rights Law; Humanitarian Law; Refugee Law; Constitutional Law and Islamic Law. Research interests by region include Pakistan and Afghanistan.