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 Dr Ayesha Shahid is Assistant Professor at Coventry Law School, and an Associate  member of the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations. Prior to joining Coventry University, Ayesha was Law lecturer at Brunel University and University of Hull. She has also held full-time and part-time lectureships at Faculty of Law, University of Peshawar, Pakistan and University of Warwick, UK.

 Ayesha's teaching and research interests are in the areas of International Human Rights Law, Islamic Family Law, Gender and the Law and Public International Law. Her monograph titled, Silent Voices, Untold Stories Women Domestic Workers and their Struggle for Empowerment has been published by the Oxford University Press. Ayesha has recently co-edited a book,  International Law and Islam, Historical Explorations, Brill 2018. Ayesha presently leads the posgraduate International Human Rights law module and undergraduate Islamic Law module. She also teaches the posgraduate Gender and Human Rights module.

  Ayesha has published articles in peer reviewed journals, book chapters in edited collections and has received external research grants as Principal investigator and Co-Investigator from the UKCLE,  Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law, Philip Reckett Foundation, Asia Foundation, International Labor Organization, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. 

 Ayesha has been appointed as national consultant(2017-2019) for the ‘Family and Child Law’,  research project, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law, Hamburg, Germany.

As Editor in Chief of the Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Ayesha leads the publication of the AYHBHL and organizes the annual AYHBHL conference. She is also the  Editor of the Journal of Islamic Law and International Law, and former Editor in Chief of the Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law.

 In 2016-2017, Ayesha was awarded  research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International law. In 2002, Ayesha received the prestigious Warwick Postgraduate Research Fellowship Award to pursue her doctoral study. She has twice been the recipient of International Research Fellowship Award, Center for Human Rights, Columbia University (2000 and 2002). Ayesha also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in teaching ‘Human Rights Law’, from Columbia University, USA.

Research Interests

International Human Rights Law, Islamic Law, Gender and the Law

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Warwick

Sep 20022007

LLM, University of Peshawar

LLB, University of Peshawar

External positions

Lecturer, Brunel University


Lecturer in Law, University of Hull

Jan 20082011

Part-time Lecturer, University of Warwick

Jun 2007Dec 2007

External Examiner, UOP, Pakistan

External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire


  • K Law (General)
  • Human Rights
  • Islamic Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Women and Children Rights
  • International Law

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Research Output 1995 2019

Pakistan Country Report

Shahid, A. & Ali Khan, I., 3 Sep 2019, Filiation and the Protection of Parentless Children: Towards a Social Definition of the Family in Muslim Jurisdictions. Yassari, N., Möller, L-M. & Najm, M-C. (eds.). 1 ed. T.M.C Asser/Springer, p. 267-298 32 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

United Arab Emirates
human rights

An Exploration of the 'Global' History of International Law: Some Perspectives from within the Islamic Legal Traditions

Shahid, A., Dec 2018, International Law and Islam - Historical Explorations . de la Rasilla, I. & Shahid, A. (eds.). Brill, p. 64-89

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
international law
sixteenth century

Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Shahid, A. & Rehman, J., 13 Aug 2018, Brill. 500 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

International Law and Islam: Historical Explorations

De La Rasilla, I. & Shahid, A., 13 Dec 2018, Brill.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

Activities 1997 2020

External Examiner, University of Hull, UK

Ayesha Shahid (Examiner)

Activity: Examination

'Islamic Law and the Islamic Humanities Network' Workshop funded by Midlands Innovation and University of Birmingham.

Ayesha Shahid (Speaker)
28 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Society of legal scholars (External organisation)

Ayesha Shahid (Member)
2019 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

External Examiner, Hertfordshire University

Ayesha Shahid (Examiner)

Activity: Examination