Biography

Shazia Choudhry is Professor of Law at Queen Mary. She has held a number of visiting posts: at Emory Law School, USA; the European University Institute (Fernand Braudel Fellowship), Italy, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg. She was appointed Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple from 2014-2017 and is now an Associate Academic Fellow. She was also elected as an Academic Bencher in 2020.

Her research interests lie in the fields of European and UK human rights law and in particular the interface of those fields with substantive areas of family law. Particular areas of interest include the impact of the HRA and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on the law and policy with regard to violence against women and the effect of rights-based reasoning in the law relating to children.

She has published three books. Her monograph (with Herring) European Human Rights and Family Law (Hart, 2010) provides a theoretically informed and detailed analysis of the impact of the ECHR and the HRA on the substantive areas of family law and was shortlisted for the Inner Temple Main Book Prize 2011. She is also editor with Herring and Wallbank of Rights, Gender and Family Law (Routledge-Cavendish 2009) a collection which explores the links between gender and rights and editor with Herring of The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Family Law (Cambridge University Press 2019) a collection which explores the key questions and themes that have faced family law across a number of key jurisdictions. A full list of all her publications, including peer reviewed journal articles and chapters can be found on her QMUL profile page.

Her work within the field of domestic violence and human rights has been recognised by invitations to speak internationally and by her advisory work and appointments. This has included giving evidence to an All-Party Parliamentary Group hearing on Domestic Violence at the House of Commons (2015), her appointment as Specialist Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Violence against Women (2014-15) and Specialist Adviser to the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (2019), acting as an expert evaluator for the European Commission, acting as an expert for the Council of Europe (including participating in the GREVIO monitoring mission to Serbia) and acting as an expert consultant for the UNFPA. Amongst other advisory work she is a member of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Violence Against Women External Consultation Group and advises Women’s Aid on research, policy and training. Her recent research on the issue of child contact and victims of domestic abuse has been drawn upon by members of the judiciary, members of Parliament, the Victims Commissioner and the Home Affairs (Parliamentary) Committee in its recent report on the proposed Domestic Abuse Bill 2018.

She is currently working on two externally funded projects.  The first, with Dr Philippa Williams (Geography) as Joint PI, is a British Academy funded project under the Heritage, Dignity and Violence Call: ‘Surviving Violence: Everyday Resilience and Gender Justice in Rural-Urban India.' The multidisciplinary project will be conducted over a 21-month period and draws on civil society -academic partnerships in 3 key states in India.  It aims to address the gap between law, policy and access to support services and justice for domestic abuse victims in India and aims to inform evidence-based policy reform.

The second, as sole PI, is a two year project awarded major funding by the Oak Foundation: ‘The Family Justice Response to Allegations of Domestic Abuse: A Comparative European Analysis.’ Working with key stakeholders in the family justice system across six European Countries (England & Wales, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark and Bosnia & Herzegovina) it will analyse how applications for contact and residence are dealt with against the context of domestic abuse allegations. It aims to investigate key themes in the implementation of family law in this area within the context of state obligations towards victims of domestic abuse and inform law and policy responses where necessary.

Research projects