School of Law and Politics

Dr Muhammad-Basheer A Ismail



Dr Muhammad-Basheer Ismail


Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 5745
Office: 443 Wilberforce
Qualifications LLB (Hons) (Kano, Nigeria), BL (Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria), LLM (Ife, Nigeria), PhD (Hull)


Dr Ismail is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Hull. He received his LL.B degree from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. He then proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, after a successful completion of which he was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992. He later got his LL.M from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Being an experienced Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Dr Ismail has widely practiced law in all levels of Courts ranging from the Magistrates' Court , High Court through to the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He currently holds a PhD degree in international law from the University of Hull, England.

He is a member of the International Law Association (British Branch)

Selected Publications


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

Articles in refereed journals

  • MBA Ismail, 'Terror on Diplomats and Diplomatic Missions in the Name of Jihād: Islamic Law Perspective.' Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law (2015) Vol. 42:1, Pp. 19-42
  • MBA Ismail, ‘Revisiting the 1979 United States-Iran Hostage Crisis from Islamic International Law Perspective’ Denver Journal of International Law and Policy (2013) Vol. 42:1, Pp. 19-40
  • MBA Ismail, 'Justification and Principles of Diplomatic Immunity: A Comparison between International Law and Islamic International Law' Journal of Islamic State Practice in International Law (2013) 9:1, Pp. 60-101


Dr Ismail's research areas include: Public International Law, (particularly: International Diplomatic Law, International Criminal Law and Law of Terrorism) Islamic law in Muslim States, particularly its interaction with Public International Law.

Dr Ismail is currently working on a research project entitled: Regime Change Through Terrorism: An Overview of the Nigerian Boko Haram Crisis from Islamic and International Criminal Law Perspectives.

Dr Ismail will consider doctoral applications in any of the areas enumerated above.



  • Legal Systems & Method (Convenor)
  • Rough Guide to Legal Rights


  • Islamic Law of War and Peace
  • International Commercial Arbitration
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