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Professor Javaid Rehman

Professor Javaid Rehman
Professor In Law


Professor Javaid Rehman

Academic Background and Professional Experience:

Professor of law, Brunel University, London (2005 - ); UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran (2018 -)

Head of Brunel Law School (2009 - 2013). Member Senate, Brunel University (2009 - 2013). Founding Director, Centre for Security, Media and Human Rights, Brunel University Research Centre (2008 - 2015).

Visiting Professorships:

Emory University, Cornell University (2003 - 2004); Louisville University, U.S (1997); Kagawa University, Japan (1999); DCU, Ireland (2005 - 2010); Peshawar University (1992, 2004); LUMS University Pakistan (2014); Dhaka University, Bangladesh (2010); Maine University, France (1999-2000); Islamic Science University, Malaysia (2009 - 2013).

Honours & Recognition:


United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran (2018 - ).

Elected Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, UK, FAcSS (2015) as 'leading high profile UK and global authority on Islamic law and International terrorism [and] Muslim Family law';

Recognised as a leading authority in Islamic law, and counter-terrorism laws (Advice & expert advice in high profile cases, various jurisdictions, 2002 - 2017)

Audience with Pope Benedict XVI (2010): for services to Religion and Developing inter-faith dialogue.

Consultancies & Expert Advisor:

United Nations - Human Rights Council

The World Bank - Indigenous Rights

United States Senate - Counter-Terrorist Financing

International Bar Association, Member Taskforce on Internationational Terrorism (2009 - 2011).

International Law Association, Co-Rapporteur, Islamic Law & International Law Committee (2002 - 2018).

All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Freedom (UK) Co-authored Pakistan Report, (2016).

Senior Judiciary (UK, Pakistan)

Parliamentarians (UK, Pakistan)

Judicial Academies (Turkey, Pakistan)

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, UK; Human Rights Commission of Pakistan; Attorney General's Office, Maldives.





Director Enterprise and External Partnerships at Brunel Law School.

Newest selected publications

Rehman., Evans, M. and Thane, K. (2017) 'Article 18: From Rhetoric to Reality'. Place of publication: UK APPG Religious Freedom.


Esmaeili, H., Rehman, J., Irmgard, M. and Rehman, POILAHOBLSJ. (2017) 'The Rule of Law, Freedom of Expression and Islamic Law'. Hart Publishing Limited. ISSN 10: 1782257462 ISSN 13: 9781782257462


Rehman, J. (2014) 'Adjudication on the Rights of Sexual Minorities in the Muslim World', in Green, J. and Waters, C. (eds.) Adjudicating International Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Sandy Ghandhi. KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV. pp. 119 - 147. ISBN 10: 9004261176.

Book chapter

Rehman, J. and Polymenopoulou, E. (2014) 'Is green a part of the rainbow? Sharia, homosexuality and LGBT rights in the Muslim world'. Fordham International Law Journal, 37 (1). pp. 1 - 52. ISSN: 0747-9395 Open Access Link

Journal article

Walker, C. and Rehman, J. (2012) ''Prevent' responses to jihadi extremism', in Ramraj, VV., Hor, M., Roach, K. and Williams, G. (eds.) Global anti-terrorism law and policy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 242 - 267. ISBN 13: 9781107014671.

Book chapter
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