SOAS University of London

School of Law

Professor Martin W Lau

MA, PhD (London)
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  • South Asia
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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) '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 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.

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, 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'. Yearbook of Islamic and Liddle Eastern Law. Kluwer, pp 518-533.


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