SOAS University of London

School of Law

Professor Martin W Lau

MA, PhD (London)
  • Teaching
  • Expertise
  • Publications



Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Amber Lakhani, Law, politics and legal theory - A historical and socio-political exploration of the right to liberty in Pakistan
  • Emad Eddien Hussein, A Critical Assessment of the Legal Framework of International Commercial Arbitration in the Onshore UAE (Towards Certainty and Modernity for an Arbitration- Friendly Jurisdiction)
  • Faiza Rehman, The Intersection of Corporate Accountability and Environmental Liability: Towards Promoting Sustainable Transnational Environmental Protection in the Extractive Industry
  • Mark Wasunna, Difficulties Caused by the Doctrine of Public Policy when Enforcing Foreign Arbitral Awards: A Case Study of Kenya and Comparing this to the United Kingdom and Malaysia. Supervisors
  • Mohammad Golam Sarwar, Integrating Environmental Rule of Law into the domestic environmental law framework: Challenges and Opportunities for Bangladesh
  • Naser Alsayed, The Human-Nature-Animal Nexus: Analysing the Impact of Ecocentric Theories in an Anthropocentric World
  • Nazifa Haqpal, Securing Women’s Rights: A Critical Analysis of the Legal and Institutional Initiatives in the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Post-2001 Afghanistan
  • Sharowat Shamin,
  • Zainab Lokhandwala, Indian Farmers and Rights over Biogenetic Resources towards Greater Food Sovereignty


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Regional Expertise
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Country Expertise


Authored Books

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

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


Lau, Martin (2018) 'The Role of Environmental Tribunals in Pakistan: Challenges and Prospects'. Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law Online, (20) 1, pp 1-48.

Lau, Martin (2018) 'More Law, More Crime? The Pitfalls of Pakistan's Illegal Dispossession Act 2005'. Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, (19) 1, pp 351-376.

Lau, Martin (2005) 'Islam and Human Rights in Comparative Perspectives: The New Constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan'. Hikakuhō-kenkyū = 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.

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. Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer International (Netherlands), pp 394-412.

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

Lau, Martin (2000) 'Islam and Constitutional Development in Pakistan'. In: Edge, Ian, (ed.), Comparative law in global perspective: essays in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the SOAS Law department. Ardsley, N.Y.: Transnational, pp 293-323.

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

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


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