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

Dr Nimer Sultany

Key information

School of Law, Gender and Media Reader in Public Law School of Law, Gender and Media PGT Programme Convenor (T2) Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law Member Centre for Human Rights Law Member
LLB (College of Management), LLM (Tel Aviv), LLM (Virginia), SJD (Harvard)
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+44 (0)20 7898 4729
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Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm


Dr Nimer Sultany is Reader in Public Law. He holds a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Harvard Law School, and was the recipient of the British Academy Fellowship (2016/17) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at SUNY Buffalo Law School (2012/13). 

He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Palestine Yearbook of International Law. Prior to joining SOAS, he practiced human rights law in Israel/Palestine, and was the director of the Political Monitoring Project at Mada al-Carmel—The Arab Centre for Applied Social Research. He published extensively on constitutional theory, comparative constitutionalism, and Israeli jurisprudence. 

His book Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2017) won the 2018 Book Prize awarded by the International Society of Public Law and the 2018 Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship awarded by the Society of Legal Scholars. Other publications include: “The State of Progressive Constitutional Theory: The Paradox of Constitutional Democracy and the Project of Political Justification” in the Harvard Civil Rights—Civil Liberties Law Review; "What Good is Abstraction? From Liberal Legitimacy to Social Justice" in the Buffalo Law Review; “Against Conceptualism: Islamic Law, Democracy, and Constitutionalism in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring” in the Boston University International Law Journal; and “Activism and Legitimation in Israel's Jurisprudence of Occupation” in Social & Legal Studies. Dr. Sultany is also a frequent commentator for the media.

Research interests

Public Law; Legal and Political Theory; Comparative Constitutionalism; Public International Law and Human Rights Law.

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Bakhtiyor Abdulhamidov
Yawen Yang Towards Democratic Citizenship for Temporary Migrant Workers: Cases of Taiwan and Canada


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