Dr Mohammad (Shahab) Shahabuddin

Dr Mohammad (Shahab) Shahabuddin

Birmingham Law School
Reader in International Law & Human Rights

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Shahab teaches and researches in international law with special focus on history and theory of international law, ethnicity and nationalism, and human rights. He is the author of Ethnicity and International Law: Histories, Politics and Practices (Cambridge University Press, 2016). With a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2018-2020), he is currently working on a new monograph: Minorities and the Making of Postcolonial States in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Qualifications

  • PhD (London)
  • MA (Yokohama)
  • LLM (Dhaka) Gold medallist
  • LLB Hons. (Dhaka)

Biography

Shahab joined Birmingham Law School as a Senior Lecturer in September 2016. Prior to joining Birmingham, he served Keele University as a Lecturer in Law, Yokohama National University as a Visiting Professor of International Law, and Jahangirnagar University as the founding chair of its Department of Law and Justice. He is a Faculty Member for Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) Workshop since 2013.

Shahab completed his PhD in law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is the author of Ethnicity and International Law: Histories, Politics, and Practices (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is currently working on a new book project – Minorities and the Making of Postcolonial States in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2021) – under the Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.

Postgraduate supervision

Shahab is happy to supervise postgraduate research students in the areas of International Law and International Human Rights Law. He has specific interest in supervising PhD students in the field of international legal history, international legal theory, third world approaches to international law, ethnic minority rights and ethnic conflicts, and right to self-determination.


Find out more - our PhD Law  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Research

Shahab’s research is a part of a vibrant line of critical historical projects, in which the assumptions inherent in international law’s conceptual foundations are being scrutinised. His research interests include legal theory, international legal history, international human rights law, international law of minority rights, international law of ethnic conflicts, postcolonialism and law, and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL).

In recent years, he has received a number of research grants including the Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2018-2020), the British Academy Writing Workshops Grant (2018), Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) Research Grant (2015), Brown University’s Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) Grants (2016) and the Japan Foundation Fellowship (2016).

In addition to academic research, he is also actively involved in policy work. He worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh as its National Consultant in 2011/12 to conduct compliance studies on International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). These study reports have been published by the National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh. 

For Shahab’s research updates, follow him on Twitter @MShahabuddin77

Publications

Recent publications

Book

Shahabuddin, M 2016, Ethnicity and International Law: Histories, Politics and Practices. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Article

Shahabuddin, M 2019, 'Postcolonial boundaries, international law, and the making of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar', Asian Journal of International Law, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 334-358. https://doi.org/10.1017/S2044251319000055

Shahabuddin, M 2019, 'The ‘standard of civilization’ in international law: intellectual perspectives from pre-war Japan', Leiden Journal of International Law, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 13-32. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156518000559

Shahabuddin, M 2018, 'The Myth of Colonial ‘Protection’ of Indigenous Peoples: The Case of the Chittagong Hill Tracts under British Rule', International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 210-235. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718115-02502008

Shahabuddin, M 2014, 'Historicizing ‘Law’ as a Language of Progress, and Its Anomalies: The Case of Penal Law Reforms in Colonial India', Asian Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 213-240. https://doi.org/10.1515/asjcl-2013-0065

Shahabuddin, M 2014, 'From Exclusion to Civilisation: ‘National Spirit’ as a Response to Western Imperialism in Nineteenth Century Japan', Jahangirnagar University Journal of Law, vol. 2, pp. 15-46.

Shahabuddin, M 2013, 'Liberal Self-determination, Postcolonial Statehood, and Minorities: The Chittagong Hill Tracts in Context', Jahangirnagar University Journal of Law, vol. 1, pp. 77-96.

Shahabuddin, M 2013, 'The Colonial ‘Other’ in the Nineteenth-Century German Colonisation of Africa, and International Law', African Yearbook of International Law, pp. 15-39.

Shahabuddin, M 2012, '‘Ethnicity’ in the International Law of Minority Protection: The Post-Cold War Context in Perspective', Leiden Journal of International Law, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 885-907. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156512000490

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Shahabuddin, M 2017, Nationalism, Imperialism, and Bandung: Nineteenth Century Japan as a Prelude. in Bandung, Global History and International Law: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures . Cambridge University Press, pp. 95-107. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316414880.008

Shahabuddin, M 2016, Human Rights and the Law. in A Riaz & M Sajjadur (eds), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Bangladesh . Routledge, pp. 283-292.

Shahabuddin, M 2014, About Primordialism and Otherness: The Ethnic Underpinning of Minorities in International Law. in F Jenkins, M Nolan & K Rubenstein (eds), Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World. Cambridge University Press, pp. 522-541. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139696654.031

Shahabuddin, M 2013, The Ethnic Dichotomy of ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ in the Interwar International Law of Minority Protection. in Statehood and Self-Determination: Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in International Law. Cambridge University Press, pp. 407-426.

Commissioned report

Shahabuddin, M 2013, The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: A Study on Bangladesh Compliance. Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission.

Shahabuddin, M 2013, The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: A Study on Bangladesh Compliance. Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission.

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Expertise

 

International law with subject specialisation in history and theory of international law, ethnicity and nationalism, minority rights, and ethnic conflicts

Area specialisation: Bangladesh; the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)