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Dr Niaz A Shah

 

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Niaz A Shah

Reader in Law
On research leave

Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 5776
Office: 123 Wilberforce
Email n.shah@hull.ac.uk
Qualifications MA, LLB (Pakistan), PhD (Queen’s University Belfast), PGCHE (Hull), Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln's Inn)

Dr Shah practices from Nexus Chambers in the areas of human rights law, asylum law & public international law. Dr Shah is on the Panel of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Profile

Dr Shah joined the Law School as a lecturer in November 2006. He obtained his PhD from Queen's University Belfast in 2005. From January 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, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, New York. He attended a short course in International Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham in 2001. He was called to the Bar in 2000 and, in 2002, was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court in Pakistan. He also worked for UNHCR as a Protection Assistant and remained consultant of UNICEF-funded projects on the rights of women and children in Pakistan.   

In 2013, Dr Shah was appointed as a Legal Adviser (Legal Framework Specialist) by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Somalia. In 2012-13, Dr Shah worked as a Senior Security and Justice Expert for the EU Delegation to Pakistan on their Rule of Law Programme.

Dr Shah was Called to the Bar in 2014 by the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn.

Selected Publications

Books

Edited books

Book chapters

  • Shah NA, ‘The Islamic Law of Qital and the Law of Armed Conflict: A Comparison’ in Barnidge RP (ed), The Liberal Way of War: Legal Perspectives (Ashgate 2013) 213

Refereed Articles

  • Shah NA, ‘Islamic law ’ [2014] American Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Policy
  • Shah NA, ‘The Use of Force under Islamic Law’ (2013) 24 European Journal of International Law 343
  • Shah NA, ‘The Taliban Layeha (Rules and Regulations) for Mujahidin and the Law of Armed Conflict’ (2012) 3 Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 191
  • Shah NA, ‘The Taliban Layeha (Rules and Regulations) for Mujahidin ’ (2012) 35-6 Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 456
  • Shah NA, ‘War Crimes in the Armed Conflict of Pakistan’ (2010) 33 Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 1
  • Shah NA, ‘The Women Protection Act 2006 of Pakistan: An Analysis’ (2010) 5 Religion and Human Rights 1
  • Shah NA, ‘The Rule of Law in Pakistan’ (2009) 20 Public Law Review 187

Reports and Manuals

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  • Shah NA, Facilitator’s Training Manual on Traditional Restorative Justice and ADR for Puntland, Somalia (United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 2013)
  • Shah NA, Participants' Training Manual on Traditional Restorative Justice and ADR for Puntland, Somalia (United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 2013)
  • Shah NA, ‘Traditional Restorative Justice and ADR: A Concept Note’ for Federal Republic of Somalia (United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 2013)
  • Shah NA, ‘Traditional Restorative Justice and ADR: A Concept Note’ for Puntland, Somalia (United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 2013)
  • Shah NA, ‘Traditional Restorative Justice and ADR: A Concept Note’ for Somaliland, Somalia (United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 2013)

European Union reports

  • Shah NA, Wendorf H and Khan F, EU Rule of Law Programme for KPK (EU Delegation to Pakistan, 2013)
  • Todd B and Shah NA, Ex-post evaluation of the project 'Civilian Capacity Building for Law Enforcement in Pakistan' (CCBLE) (EU Delegation to Pakistan, 2012)

Lectures & Conference papers

  • Shah NA, ‘Application of International Human Rights Law in Pakistan’,’ (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy, Peshawar, 24 February 2014)
  • Shah NA, ‘Human Rights and Gender under Sharia Law’ (Human Rights Unit, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, 5 December 2014)
  • Shah NA, ‘Challenges to Pakistan’ (South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, 24-25 May 2012)
  • Shah NA, ‘The Sharia and Law of Armed Conflict’ (Sharia Law and Military Operations Seminar, International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, Siracusa, 22 November 2012)
  • Shah NA, ‘The Taliban (Rules and Regulations) for Mujahidin and the Law of Armed Conflict’ (Land Warfare Centre, Ministry of Defence, Warminster, 17 April 2012)
  • Shah NA, ‘The Taliban (Rules and Regulations) for Mujahidin and the Law of Armed Conflict’ (Land Warfare Centre, Ministry of Defence, Warminster, 14 November 2012)
  • Shah NA, ‘The Use of force against armed groups: the ‘unwilling or unable’ test and the armed groups in Pakistan’ (Newcastle University, 2 May 2012)
  • Shah NA, ‘Islamic law and the Law of Armed Conflict: A Complementary Approach’ (University of Reading, 26 October 2011)
  • Shah NA, ‘Rule of Law’ (United States Institute of Peace and Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre for Excellence, Melbourne, 21 June 2011)
  • Shah NA, ‘Rule of Law’’ (United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC, 13 December 2011)
  • Shah NA, ‘The Taliban Military Rules and Regulations’ (2nd Biennial War Crimes Conference on ‘Justice? Whose Justice? Punishment, Mediation or Reconciliation, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London 3-5 March 2011)

Media

Dr Shah is regularly contacted by media (BBC Pashto Service, Voice of America etc) to comment on legal issues such as Islamic law, international law and municipal laws of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dr Shah also contributes comments and opinions to newspapers such as Dawn, The Express Tribune etc. Most recent items include:

Other

Research

Public International Law (Human Rights Law, the Use of force, Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law) and Islamic Law. Dr Shah is also interested in the relationship of Public International Law and Municipal Law especially in Muslim states where Islamic law plays a dominant role. Research interests by region include Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Dr Shah was an expert witness in the following Country Guidance cases: KA and Others (domestic violence - risk on return) [2010] UKUT 00216 and AJ (Risk to Homosexuals) [2009] UKAIT 00001 before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, UK. Dr Shah is one of the General Editors of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies.

Dr Shah is currently working on a research project called the Application of International Human Rights Law in Muslim States: The Case Study of Pakistan.

PhD Supervision

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.

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • International Human Rights Protection: Convenor
  • International Refugee Protection: Convenor
  • Introduction to Islamic Law: Convenor
  • Public Law and Constitution (Human Rights Lectures): Team member

Postgraduate

  • International Human Rights Protection: Convenor
  • International Refugee Protection: Convenor
  • Islamic Law of War and Peace: Convenor
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