SOAS University of London

School of Law

Martin W Lau

MA, PhD (London)
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Martin Lau
School of Law

Professor of South Asian Law

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre of East Asian Law

CEAL Member

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL)


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Professor Martin W Lau
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Authored Books

Lau, Martin (2006) The Role of Islam in the Legal System of Pakistan. Martinus Nijhoff.

Lau, Martin (2002) The Compatibility of Afghanistan's Legal System with International Human Rights Standards. ICJ (Geneva).

Book Chapters

Lau, Martin (2003) 'Article 2a, the Objectives Resolution and the Islamisation of Pakistani Laws.' In: Ebert, H.-G. and Hanstein, T., (eds.), Beitraege zum Islamischen Recht III. Frankfurt am Main; New York: Peter Lang, pp. 173-204.

Lau, Martin (2002) 'Pakistan Country Survey.' In: Cotran, E, (ed.), Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law. Kluwer International (Netherlands), pp. 394-412.

Lau, Martin (2002) 'An Introduction to Afghanistan's Legal System.' In: Cotran, E. and Lau, M., (eds.), Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law 8. Brill, pp. 27-44.

Lau, Martin (2000) 'Islam and Constitutional Development in Pakistan.' In: I, ed, (ed.), Comparative Law in a Global Perspective. Transnational, pp. 293-323.

Lau, Martin (1996) 'Islam and Judicial Activism: Public Interest Litigation and Environmental Protection in Pakistan.' In: M, eds, (ed.), Human Rights Approaches to Environmental Protection. Oxford University Press, pp. 285-302.

Lau, Martin (1996) 'Opening Pandora''s Box: The Impact of the Saima Waheen case on the Legal Status of Women in Pakistan.' In: Yearbook of Islamic and Liddle Eastern Law. Kluwer, pp. 518-533.

Journal Articles

Lau, Martin and n/a, (2005) 'Islam and Human Rights in Comparative Perspectives: The New Constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan.' Comparative Law Journal, 66. pp. 208-222.

Lau, Martin (2004) 'The Independence of Judges Under Islamic Law, International law and the New Afghan Constitution.' Zeitschrift fue auslaendisches oeffentliches Recht und Voelkerrecht. Heidelberg Journal of International Law., 64 (4). pp. 917-927.

Lau, Martin (1996) 'Indian Tort Law: A Historical Enquiry.' 17 Delhi Law Review. pp. 24-40.

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