School of Law, Gender and Media & Centre for Human Rights Law

Professor Mashood Baderin

Key information

School of Law, Gender and Media Professor of Laws School of Law, Gender and Media Deputy Head of School School of Law, Gender and Media Chair, PG Exam Board Centre of African Studies Management Committee Member Centre for Human Rights Law Member Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law Member Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice Member
LLB (Hons) (Sokoto, Nigeria), BL (Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria), LLM, PhD. (Nottingham), PGCE (UWE, Bristol) Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
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Wednesdays: 1300 - 1500


Mashood Baderin holds a Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies with Distinction from the University of Maiduguri, and a First Class LLB (Hons) Combined Double Major Degree in Common Law and Shari’ah Law from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria. 

He thereafter attended the Nigerian Law School and qualified as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. After some years in legal practice, he obtained scholarship grants for his postgraduate studies at the University of Nottingham, where he obtained his LLM in Public International Law, studying Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, Law of International Organisations, and Collective Security Law.  

He also obtained his PhD from the University of Nottingham with his thesis titled: “Modern Muslim States between Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law”. He earlier taught at different universities in the UK before joining SOAS as Professor of Laws in 2007. He was Head of the SOAS School of Law from 2009-2012; Director of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) from 2012-2015; Member of the Board of Trustees of the International African Institute from 2012-2016; and Chair of the SOAS Centre of African Studies (CAS) from 2014-2018. He has also been a Visiting Professor to The Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM) in Nilai, Malaysia and the American University of Paris (AUP) France, where he taught classes on Human Rights and Islamic Law.  

He was appointed as the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan by the UN Human Rights Council at its 19th Session in March 2012, and served in that role for two and half years before stepping down in November 2014. He was also appointed by the then UK Foreign Secretary to serve as a Member of the Foreign Office Human Rights Advisory Group in 2013, and as a Member of the Foreign Office Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion and Belief in 2014. 

He has supervised 15 PhD students to successful and timely completion as Principal Supervisor, and many others as Supporting Supervisor. He welcomes PhD supervision enquiries in the areas of Islamic Law, Comparative Human Rights Law, International Law, and Law & Development in Africa. As part of his community engagement work, he is currently, the Resident Islamic Consultant at the Muslim Association of Nigeria UK (MANUK) Old Kent Road Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre, London, SW1 5JH. 

Research interests

Islamic Law, International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Human Rights & Islamic Law, especially interaction between International Law, Human Rights Law, and Islamic Law in Muslim States.

Inaugural Lecture


PhD Supervision

Name Title
Sarfraz Mohammed Development of the Waqf in Hanafi legal discourse
Elshareef Ali Elshareef Mohammed Right to Freedom of Religion and Belief in Sudan
Kuuya Vuyelwa The regional protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A comparative analysis of the position in Europe, the America's and Africa
Syed Enam Ahammad Undertaking Islamophobia will improve human rights for the Muslims in the UK
Tariq Al-Timimi (Working title) The Development of the Maqasid Model in the Modern Era and its utility to the application of Islamic law today
Bulama Bukarti An Assessment of Boko Haram's War from Islamic Law of War Perspective
Dr Moataz El Fegiery
Inessa Hadjivayanis Interrogating unregistered marriages in England and Wales among Swahili speakers: A case study of Zanzibari women
Mr Malik Kenewa The Islamic Sacred Months as a contemporary peace agreement
Mrs Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode The Suicide Bombing Girls of Boko Haram; Between State and Structural Violence
Rana Osman
Ammar Shamsuddin Gender parity in inheritance law in the United Arab Emirates


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