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Dr Shazia Choudhry, LLB (Hons) (Liv) Dip LP (York), PhD (Warwick), Solicitor of the Supreme Court (non-practising), Academic Bencher Inner Temple


Professor of Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3945
Room Number: Mile End


Dr Shazia Choudhry is Professor of Law at Queen Mary. She has also held a number of international 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 and was appointed Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, Oxford University from 2020-23. She was appointed Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple from 2014-2017 and is now an Associate Fellow. She was 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) violence against women as a human rights issue 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. It has been widely cited and reviewed favourably as providing ‘an important contribution to the debate on the role of human rights following the HRA 1998 and how rights arguments could change English family law, providing a coherent and persuasive analysis to demonstrate constructive approaches through which this could be achieved’ (Ruth Lamont, European Public Law, 2012) and as ‘theoretically informed...thoughtful and thought-provoking [and] an original and valuable contribution to scholarship in this field.’ (Caroline Jones, Child and Family Law Quarterly, 2012). 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.

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 Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (2019) and to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Violence against Women (2014-15), as an expert evaluator for the European Commission, as an expert for the Council of Europe (including GREVIO) and 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. Available at:

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.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • LAW6031 Family Law




  • The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Family Law (eds with J. Herring) Cambridge University Press (2019)
  • European Human Rights and Family Lawco-authored with J.Herring, Hart Publishing (2010)
  • Rights, Gender and Family Law(Co-Editor with J.Wallbank and J.Herring) Routledge-Cavendish (2009)

Key Publications

  • ‘'When Women's Rights are Not Human Rights - the Non-Performativity of the Human Rights of Victims of Domestic Abuse within English Family Law' Modern Law Review, (2019) 82: 1072-1106
  • ‘Salvesden v Riddell, A Commentary,‘(with A. McHarg and D. Nicholson) in Cowan, C. Kennedy and V. Munro (eds) Scottish Feminist Judgments: Creating the Law From Outside In, Hart Publishing (2019)
  • ‘Opuz v Turkey,’ (with Jonathan Herring), in T. Lavers and L. Hudson (eds) Women’s Voices in International Law: the Feminist Legal Judgments Project, Hart Publishing (2019)
  • ‘Conclusion: International Best Practices,’ (with Rosemary Hunter) Special issue of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law on Contact Disputes and Domestic Violence Vol 40 (4), 2018
  • Joint Research Report with Women’s Aid England (2018), “What about my right not to be abused?” Domestic abuse, human rights and the family courts, available at:
  • ‘A human right to legal aid? – The implications of changes to the legal aid scheme for victims of domestic abuse,’ (With Jonathan Herring) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 39, Iss. 2, 2017
  • ‘Towards a Substantive/Transformative Conceptualisation of Violence against Women -A Critical Frame Analysis of Council of Europe Discourse’ Modern Law Review May, 2016 (Vol 79: 3)
  • ‘A Commentary on Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms’ in The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights A Commentary Edited by Steve Peers, Tamara Hervey, Jeff Kenner and Angela Ward, Hart (2014)
  • ‘A Commentary on Article 9 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms’ in The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights A Commentary Edited by Steve Peers, Tamara Hervey, Jeff Kenner and Angela Ward, Hart (2014)
  • ‘La Violenza Domestica Nella Giurisprudenza Della Corte Europea Dei Diritti Dell’uomo’ in Le Ragioni Degli Altri. Mediazone E Famiglia Tra Conflitto E Dialogo: Una Prospettiva A Comparastica E Interdeisciplinarev, Elena Urso (Ed.) Firenze University Press, Firenze (2013)
  • 'Children in "Care" After YL – The Ineffectiveness of Contract as a Means of Protecting the Vulnerable' Public Law 2013, Jul, 519-537
  • 'Contact, Domestic Violence and the ECHR', Current Legal Issues, (2012) Oxford University Press
  • 'Forced Marriage, the ECHR and the HRA' in Forced Marriage: Introducing a social justice and human rights perspective: Zed Press (2011) Eds Gill and Anitha
  • 'Mandatory Prosecution and Arrest as a Form of Compliance with Due Diligence Duties in Domestic Violence the Gender Implications' in Rights, Gender and Family Law (Choudhry, Herring and Wallbank) Routledge-Cavendish (2009)
  • 'Rights, Gender and Family Law', in Rights, Gender and Family Law (Choudhry, Herring and Wallbank) Routledge-Cavendish (2009)
  • 'Clashing Rights and Welfare' A Return to a Rights Discourse in English Family Law' In What Is Right For Children: The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights (Eds). This chapter is part of a major collection of works by a number of highly respected family law scholars in the US, the UK, Ireland and Canada and is edited by Professor Martha Fineman, (2009) Ashgate
  • 'Corporal Punishment and Parental Responsibility' in Responsible Parents and Parental Responsibility, (Eds) by R.Probert, J. Herring and S.Gilmore (2009) Hart
  • 'Best interests under the Mental Capacity Act 2007' What Can Healthcare Law Learn from Family Law' (2008) 16 (3) 240-251 Journal of Health Care Analysis
  • 'Domestic Violence and the Human Rights Act 1998: A New Means of Legal Intervention' (2006) Winter, 752-784, Public Law, (with J. Herring)
  • 'Righting Domestic Violence' (2006) 2 20: 1- 25 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family (with J. Herring). This article has recently been reproduced in the Family, Law and Society series (Ashgate Publishing). The aim of the series "is to collect a wide range of important and influential essays in volumes drawn predominantly from English Language journals."
  • 'Taking the Rights of Parents and Children Seriously: Confronting the Welfare Principle under the Human Rights Act' (2005) 25: 453-492 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, (with Professor Helen Fenwick)
  • 'The Adoption and Children Act 2002, the Welfare Principle and the Human Rights Act 1998 A Missed Opportunity' (2003) 15(2) 119 -138 Child and Family Law Quarterly


Shazia Choudhry welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in the areas of European human rights, human rights of women, gender and the law and child and family law.

Public Engagement

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