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Dr Tanzil Chowdhury, BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD (University of Manchester)

Tanzil

Lecturer in Public Law

Email: Tanzil.Chowdhury@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 7232
Room Number: Mile End
Website: twitter.com/tchowdhury88

Profile

Tanzil Chowdhury is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Public Law at Queen Mary University of London and the Co-Director for the Centre of Law and Society in a Global Context. His research focusses on War, Public law and Accumulation by dispossesion. He was previously a Research Fellow at Birmingham Law School, where he assisted on a report examining key provisions of Gibraltar’s 2006 Constitution for the Territory’s Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Reform, and was the President’s Doctoral Scholar at the University of Manchester. He was also a Research Associate at the University of Essex and has held visiting positions at the New School, (New York), New York Law School (New York), Hong Kong University (Hong Kong), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris), Yeshiva University (New York City), and the Université Catholique de Lille (Paris).

Before beginning his job at Queen Mary, Tanzil spent a year as a development worker helping to set up the Greater Manchester Law Centre and was a co-founder of the Northern Police Monitoring Project.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • LAW4001 Public Law
  • LAW6021 Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Queen Mary-Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University Jurisprudence and Legal theory

Tanzil has also taught EU Law, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, and Constitutional Reform.

Research

Having previously written on war powers, constitutionalism in the British Overseas Territories, and recently completed a monograph titled ‘Time, Temporality and Legal Judgment’ (which attempts to articulate a novel account of judicial fact construction through legal temporalities), Tanzil’s latest research broadly focusses on Constitutions and accumulation by dispossession. Drawing on Marxist and ‘materialist’ methodologies, Tanzil’s future work will examine the role of constitutions in so-called primitive accumulation both domestically and internationally.

Tanzil has also contributed to public discussion and written several pieces on a range of issues primarily around issues of race and policing. He has a chapter in an edited collection ‘Abolishing the Police’.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • B. Shiner & T. Chowdhury, ‘Ministry of Defence Impunity: The Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021’ Public Law (Forthcoming 2022)
  • H. Yusuf & T. Chowdhury, ‘The Persistence of Colonial Constitutionalism in British Overseas Territories’ Global Constitutionalism 8, 1 (2019): 157-190.
  • H. Yusuf & T. Chowdhury, ‘The UN Committee of 24’s Dogmatic Philosophy of Recognition: Toward a Sui Generis Approach to Decolonization’ Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 26, 2 (2019) 437-460.
  • T. Chowdhury, ‘Taming the UK’s War Prerogative: The Rationale for Reform’ Legal Studies 38, 3 (2018) 500-513.
  • T. Chowdhury, ‘Watching the Cops: The Genesis of the Northern Police Monitoring Project’ Journal of Power, Justice and Resistance 1, 2 (2017) 308-315.
  • T. Chowdhury, ‘Time Frames and Legal Indeterminacy’ Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence 30,1 (2017) 57-76.
  • T. Chowdhury, ‘Temporality and Criminal Law Adjudication's Multiple Pasts’ Liverpool Law Review 38, 2 (2017) 187-206.

Chapters in books

  • . Chowdhury, ‘From the Colony to the Metropole: Race, Policing and the Colonial Boomerang’ in Koshka Duff (ed), Abolishing the Police (Dog Press 2021).
  • T. Chowdhury, ‘Policing the ‘Black Party’- Racialized Drugs Policing at Festivals in the UK’ in Kojo Koram (ed), The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line (Pluto Press 2019).

Book Reviews

  • Nomi Clare Lazar, ‘Out of Joint: Power, Crisis, and the Rhetoric of Time’, Law and Literature (2021)
  • Brian Christopher Jones, ‘Constitutional Idolatry and Democracy’, Public Law (2021)

Other Articles and Video

Consultations/Commissions/Submissions

  • (w/ Bethany Shiner) Response to the Joint Committee of Human Rights call for evidence on the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill
  • Commissioned by the Stuart Hall Foundation to write for the Black Cultural Activism Map (2018)
  • (w/H. Yusuf) ‘The Case for Constitutional Reform in Gibraltar: Peace, Order and Good Government Powers, External Affairs & Entrustment Agreements’, (Research Fellow assisting on report commissioned by the Gibraltar Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Review)
  • Consultant for JUSTICE, ‘Innovations in personally-delivered advice: surveying the landscape’ (2018)
  • Consultant for Deyika Nzeribe manifesto on Police and Policing, Green Party candidate for Greater Manchester Mayoral Campaign (2017)

Public Engagement

Tanzil formerly worked as a Widening Participation Fellow at the University of Manchester, and an Academic Tutor for the Manchester Access Program. He was also a development worker that help found and set up the Greater Manchester Law Centre. He is a co-founder of the Northern Police Monitoring Project and formerly sat on the National Executive Committee of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. He previously worked in the Pro Bono Offices of Singapore’s Subordinate courts, and has frequently volunteered in community centres and schools in Palestine. He maintains a commitment to community-oriented and grass roots projects.


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