Dr Vanja Hamzić
BFA (Sarajevo), BDes (Sarajevo), LLM (Nottingham), PhD (London)
Lecturer in Law
Academic Staff, Centre of South East Asian Studies
- Dr Vanja Hamzić
- Email address:
- 020 7898 4501
- SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
- Office No:
- Office Hours:
- Friday 13:00-14:45 and also by email appointment
Vanja Hamzić holds two First Class Honours degrees from the University in Sarajevo, an LLM with Distinction in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Law from King’s College London. He has worked as an activist and researcher with various international and civil society organisations in South Asia, South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and South Africa. Before coming to SOAS, Vanja held posts at King’s College London and City University London.
Vanja’s legal, anthropological and historical research primarily revolves around human subjectivity formation and insurrectionary vernacular knowledge, with the principal fieldwork sites in Pakistan, Indonesia and Egypt. He also specialises in Islamic legal traditions, with a focus on Seljuk, Mamluk, Ottoman and Mughal laws and social norms. His other interests include legal and social theory, European legal traditions, tort, family law, human rights, postcolonial studies, feminist legal theory, global law/governance studies, anthropology, criminology and philosophy.
Vanja is Co-Chair of SOAS Centre for Ottoman Studies and a member of several other SOAS research centres, a Docent at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School and a Researcher at the International State Crime Initiative, based at King’s College London.
- Critical Jurisprudence in Islamic Law and Society
- Feminist legal theory
- Law and Society in Southeast Asia
- Law of Tort
• Legal Systems of Asia and Africa (one lecture in semester I)
• Human Rights and Islamic Law (one lecture in semester II)
• Law and Society in the Middle East and North Africa (one lecture in semester II)
Hamzić, Vanja and Mir-Hosseini, Ziba (2010) Control and Sexuality: The Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts. London: Women Living Under Muslim Laws.
Hamzić, Vanja, ed. (2007) Base-line Study on Faith-based Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Challenges of Non-patriarchal Communities and Approach / Osnovna studija o vjerskom razvoju u Bosni i Hercegovini: Izazov vanpatrijarhalnih zajednica i pristupa. Sarajevo: Logos.
Hamzić, Vanja (2013) 'An Interstice of Justice?: Muslim Experiences of Sexual and Gender Diversity between Human Rights Law and Islamic Legal Tradition.' In: Holzhacker, R and Lahey, K, (eds.), Global Rights, Global Movements: International Law, Transnational Activism, and the Critical Role of Civil Society. New York: New York University Press. (In Press)
Hamzić, Vanja (2012) 'The Resistance from an Alterspace: Pakistani and Indonesian Muslims beyond the Dominant Sexual and Gender Norms.' In: Kam-Tuck Yip, A and Nynäs, P, (eds.), Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life. Surrey: Ashgate, pp. 17-35.
Hamzić, Vanja (2014) 'Dress to Impress: Phenomenology and Materiality of Liberal Human Rights Fashion in Global Law and in Indonesia.' Law and Philosophy . (Forthcoming)
Hamzić, Vanja (2012) 'Unlearning Human Rights and False Grand Dichotomies: Indonesian Archipelagic Selves beyond Sexual/Gender Universality.' Jindal Global Law Review, 4 (1). pp. 71-85.
Hamzić, Vanja (2011) 'The Case of “Queer Muslims”: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Human Rights Law and Muslim Legal and Social Ethos.' Human Rights Law Review, 11 (2). pp. 237-274.
Conference or Workshop Items
Hamzić, Vanja (2013) The (Un)Conscious Pariah: Canine and Gender Outcasts of the British Raj. In: Dogs, Pigs and Children: Changing Laws in Colonial Britain, September 2013, Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2013) The Negative Hypothesis: On Rights and Relations in Marxist Legal Thought. In: The New Marxist Writing in International Law, City University London. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2013) On Muslim Sexual and Gender Diversity and Lifeworlds beyond Legal Form. In: Law, Religion and LGBT Rights, July 2013, Brunel Law School, Brunel University. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2013) Neoliberalism, Law and Dissent: On Mimicry and Fetishism in the Time of Crisis. In: Neoliberal Legality Workshop, June 2013, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2013) Toward an Interruptive History of Islamic Law. In: Global Law and Economic Policy Workshop, January 2013, Institute for Global Law and Policy (of Harvard Law School), Hamad bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2013) Regendering the Nation: The Khwajasara Movement in Pakistan. In: 18th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, 18-20 April 2013, Harriman Institute, Columbia University. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2012) Rethinking Crime in Islamic Legal Tradition. In: Crime, Justice and Society, November 2012, City University London. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2012) Developments in Islamic Law relating to Sexual and Gender Diversity. In: Religion and Human Rights: Religion in Private and Public Spaces, November 2012, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2012) Place, Power and Sexual/Gender Irony: Indonesian Archipelagic and Islandic Selves. In: European Association of Social Anthropologists 12th Biennial Conference, July 2012, Nanterre, France. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2012) Re-Centring Periphery through Non-Co-Operation: Khwajasara Movement and Limits of Global Law in Pakistan. In: International Law and the Periphery Conference, February 2012, American University in Cairo. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2011) Indonesian Archipelagic Ipseities: Beyond Human Rights and Dichotomies of Personhood. In: Queer at King's Lectures Series, December 2011, King's College London. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2011) Beyond the Binary Equations of Sexual/Gender Experience: An Inquiry into Indonesian Selfhood and Polyversality. In: Otherness, Subjectivity and Representation, October 2011, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2011) Unlearning Human Rights and False Grand Dichotomies? In: Human Rights Beyond the Law: Politics, Practices, Performances of Protest, September 2011, Jindal Global University, Sonipat and New Delhi, India.
Hamzić, Vanja (2011) Dress to Impress: Phenomenology and Materiality of Liberal Human Rights Fashion in Global Law and in Indonesia. In: The Phenomenology of Global Order: Inquiries into the Materiality of International Law, 7 September 2011, Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law, SOAS, University of London.
Hamzić, Vanja (2011) Unbecoming One: Legal Construction of Muslim Family in Indonesia. In: Pro-Seminar on Gender in Postcolonial Legal Orders, June 2011, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard University. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2011) The Resistance from a “Third Space”: A Comparative Study of Pakistani and Indonesian Muslims beyond the Dominant Sexual and Gender Norms. In: The Politics of Living Religion/Spirituality and Gender/Sexuality in Everyday Context Conference, May 2011, Novotel Hotel St Pancras, London. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2011) (Sub)alternative Muslim Perceptions of Law and Justice: Beyond Politics of Fiqh and Inadequacy of Human Rights Discourse. In: Queer Perspectives on Law: Sharing Reflections, SOAS Spring Queer Legal Theory Workshop, May 2011, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2011) (Sub)alternating Imperia?: Law, Justice and Gender/Sexual Politics in Pakistan and Indonesia. In: Pro-Seminar on Gender in Postcolonial Legal Orders, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard University. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2009) The Role of Civil Society Organisations in the Former UN Commission on Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council. In: Advanced Course on the International Protection of Human Rights, August 2009, Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2009) Catalysts and Consequences of Genocide: A Theoretical Framework. In: Genocide: Catalysts and Consequences, May 2009, Minorities of Europe Study Session in cooperation with Council of Europe, Budapest, Hungary. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2008) Engendered Identities: Undoing Multiple Discrimination. In: Take That Gender! EuroMed Training Course on Intercultural Dialogue around Gender and Lifestyles, October 2008, Bologna, Italy. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2008) Social Responsibility in Advertising. In: 10th Magdalena Festival of Creative Communications, May 2008, Maribor, Slovenia. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2007) Jewish Legal and Social Construction of Gender. In: Encouraging Dialogue between LGBTQ and Faith-based Communities, October 2007, IGLYO / Council of Europe Study Session, Budapest, Hungary. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja and Cotugno, Giada (2007) Gender, Religion and Oppression. In: Encouraging Dialogue between LGBTQ and Faith-based Communities, October 2007, IGLYO / Council of Europe Study Session, Budapest, Hungary. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2007) Islam in Europe: On Secularism and Pluralism. In: Religion and Democracy in Europe, May 2007, European Youth Forum and the Network of European Foundations, Brussels, Belgium. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2007) Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Main Challenges. In: Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights in Muslim Communities, March 2007, Muslim Advocacy Initiative, Jakarta, Indonesia. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2006) Ijtihad – Before and Beyond: An Overview of Historic and Contemporary Forms of Ijtihad. In: 3rd Inner Circle Annual Retreat, June 2006, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2005) A Muslim Response to Religious Radicalism. In: International Dialogue on Gender, Sexuality, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights: Focus on Asia, November 2005, ARC International, Seoul, South Korea. (Unpublished)
Hamzić, Vanja (2005) The Time of Ijtihad. In: Annual Meeting of American Academy of Religion, November 2005, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Bartlett, Peter and Hamzić, Vanja (2010) 'Reforming Mental Disability Law in Africa: Practical Tips and Suggestions.' Nottingham: University of Nottingham.
Hamzić, Vanja (2007) 'Religious Developments in the Western Balkans: Transitional Religion.' Shift Mag, 12 . pp. 14-18.
Hamzić, Vanja (2006) 'European Muslims Rethink Sexuality and Gender: Return to Innocence.' ILGA-Europe Magazine, 5 (4). pp. 16-22.
Hamzić, Vanja (2006) 'The Time of Ijtihad.' Yearbook of American Academy of Religion . pp. 384-401.
Hamzić, Vanja (2004) 'Sufizam između Istoka i Zapada (In Bosnian: ‘Sufism between East and West’).' Lica, 55 . pp. 98-124.
Hamzić, Vanja (2003) 'Putovi sufijske gnoze (In Bosnian: ‘The Paths of Sufi Gnosis’).' Lica, 47 . pp. 41-66.