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Dr Prakash A Shah, LLB (LSE) LLM (LSE) PhD (SOAS)

Reader in Culture and Law

email: prakash.shah@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3971

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Prakash A Shah
Dr Prakash Shah specialises in legal pluralism, religion and law, ethnic minorities and diasporas in law, immigration, refugee and nationality law, and comparative law with special reference to South Asia. He has published widely and lectured internationally in these fields (see Dr Shah’s CV [pdf]). Dr Shah was Lecturer at SOAS, University of London from 1993, and Lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury from August 2000. He joined Queen Mary, University of London in 2002, where he is now a Reader in Culture and Law. Dr Shah is also Director of GLOCUL: The Centre for Culture and Law at Queen Mary.”

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching:

  • Comparative Law: Asian and African Legal Systems

  • Cultural Diversity and Law

Postgraduate teaching:

Research

Publications

Podcasts

Books

  •  Legal practice and cultural diversity. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009 (joint editor, with  Ralph Grillo, Roger Ballard, Alessandro Ferrari, André Hoekema, Marcel Maussen).
  • Law and ethnic plurality: Socio-legal perspectives. Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 2007 (sole editor).
  • Migration, diasporas and legal systems in Europe. London: RoutledgeCavendish, 2006 (editor with Werner F. Menski).
  • The challenge of asylum to legal systems. London: Cavendish, 2005 (sole editor).
  • Legal pluralism in conflict: Coping with cultural diversity in law. London: Glass House, 2005 (sole author).
  • Refugees, race and the legal concept of asylum in Britain. London: Cavendish, 2000 (sole author).
  • United Kingdom asylum law in its European context. London: Platinium Publishing and Group for Ethnic Minority Studies, SOAS (1999) (editor with Curtis Francis Doebbler).

Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • 'Judging Muslims'. In: Robin Griffith-Jones (ed.): Islam in English law: Rights, responsibilities and the role of Sharia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming, 2012).
  • ‘Transnational family relations in migration contexts: British variations on European themes’. In: Satvinder Juss (ed.): The Ashgate research companion to migration law, theory and policy. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012 (forthcoming).
  • ‘Workshop report: Introduction of “cultural expertise” in English courts’. In Issue 86 [Summer 2011] Amicus Curiae: Journal of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, pp. 13-14.
  • ‘Transnational family relations in migration contexts: British variations on European themes’. RELIGARE Working Paper No. 7, March 2011. 
  • ‘When South Asians marry trans-jurisdictionally: Some reflections on immigration cases by an ‘expert’’. In: Livia Holden (ed.): Cultural expertise and litigation: Patterns, conflicts, narratives. London: Routledge, 2011, pp. 35-52.
  • ‘Comparatively Indian: Living with legal plurality’. In: (2010) Vol. 109, Issue No. 3 Zeitschrift für vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft (ZVglRWiss, Journal for Comparative Law), pp. 314-326.
  • ‘A reflection on the Shari’a debate in Britain’. In: (2010) Vol. 13 Studia z Prawa Wyznaniowego (Studies of Ecclesiastical Law), pp. 71-98.
  • ‘Ethnic and religious diversity in Britain: Where are we going?’ In: Geraldine Healy, Gill Kirton and Mike Noon (eds.): Equality, inequalities and diversity: From global to local. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010, pp. 77-92.  
  •  'Trans-jurisdictional marriage and family reunification for refugees in the United Kingdom'. In: [June 2010] Vol. 9, No. 2 İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi Hukuk Fakültesi Dergisi, pp. 93-113.  
  •  ‘The Indian dimension of An-Na’im’s Islam and the secular state’. In: Marie-Claire Foblets and Jean-Yves Carlier (eds.): Islam and Europe: Crises are challenges. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2010, pp. 153-166.
  •  ‘Inconvenient marriages, or what happens when ethnic minorities marry trans-jurisdictionally according to their self-chosen norms’. In: (2010) Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2010 Utrecht Law Review.
  •  ‘Between God and the Sultana? Legal pluralism in the British Muslim diaspora’. In: Jørgen S. Nielsen and Lisbet Christoffersen (eds.): Shari’a as Discourse: Legal Traditions and the Encounter with Europe. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, pp. 117-139.
  •  ‘Activism in the European Court of Justice and changing options for Turkish citizen migrants in the United Kingdom’. In: Hailbronner, K., B. Tiryakioğlu, K. Schneider, and E. Küçük (eds.): Vatandaşlık, Göç, Mülteci ve Yabancılar Hukukundaki Güncel Gelişmeler (Current Developments in Citizenship, Immigration, Refugee Law and Law of Foreigners). Ankara: Union of Turkish Bar Associations, 2009, pp. 299-326.  
  •  ‘Transnational Hindu law adoptions: Recognition and treatment in Britain’. In: (2009) Vol. 5, No. 2 International Journal of Law in Context, pp. 107-130.
  •  ‘Transforming to accommodate? Reflections on the shari’a debate in Britain’. In: Ralph Grillo et al (eds.): Legal practice and cultural diversity. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009, pp. 73-91.   
  • ‘Cultural diversity: Challenge and acommodation’. In: Ralph Grillo et al (eds.): Legal practice and cultural diversity. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009 (joint authored), pp. 9-29.   
  •  Legal practice and cultural diversity. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009 (joint editor).
  •  ‘East African Asian Law’. In: Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History. Oxford University Press, pp. 382-384.  
  •  ‘South Asian Laws in Britain’. In: Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History. Oxford University Press, pp. 311-312.

PhD Supervision

Dr Shah welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision legal pluralism, religion and law, ethnic minorities and diasporas in law, and comparative law, particularly concerning the non-Western world. Proposals that fit within the concerns of GLOCUL: The Centre for Culture and Law are especially welcomed.

Public engagement

 


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