School of Law

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


Lecturer in Public Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 7232
Room Number: Mile End


Tanzil Chowdhury is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Public Law at Queen Mary University of London where his research focusses on Empire, Imperialism and its permutations in UK Public Law.  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 Yeshiva University (New York City), Hong Kong University (Hong Kong) and the Université Catholique de Lille (Paris).

Before beginning his job at QMUL, 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. He currently sits on the NEC of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • LAW4001 Public Law
  • LAW6021 Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

    Tanzil has also taught EU Law, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, and Constitutional Reform. He will soon be co-producing and delivering a new module, ‘Law and the Legacies of Empire’, in 2020/2021.


Tanzil’s research broadly looks at the following two areas:

i) Empire and Imperial continuities/ruptures in UK Public Law

Drawing from both Postcolonial and Marxist traditions, Tanzil’s work contests the ‘Westphalian break’ following the era of classical and ‘New’ Imperialism and examines how elements of UK public law illustrate continuities or ruptures of imperial power. Currently, he is researching the role of the UK War Powers Prerogative and primitive accumulation, and the Constitutional governance structures of the British Overseas Territories, both as examples of neo-imperial power.

ii) Legal Temporalities

Tanzil is currently writing a forthcoming monograph, ‘Time, Temporality and Legal Judgment’ (Routledge 2020), which attempts to articulate a novel account of judicial fact construction through legal temporalities. The central claim of the book is to challenge law-fact correspondence theories of judicial fact construction, arguing that they are in fact structured by adjudicative temporalities. Having made this claim, he distinguishes between different types of legal judgment (and thus adjudicative temporalities) and argues how certain adjudicative temporalities may have transformative potential to enact radical social change.

Tanzil has also contributed to public discussion and written several pieces on a range of issues primarily around issues of race and policing.


Peer-reviewed Articles

  • H. Yusuf & T. Chowdhury, ‘The Persistence of Colonial Constitutionalism in British Overseas Territories’ (2019) 8, 1 Global Constitutionalism
  • T. Chowdhury, ‘Taming the UK’s War Prerogative: The Rationale for Reform’ (2018) 38, 3 Legal Studies
  • H. Yusuf & T. Chowdhury, ‘The UN Committee of 24’s Dogmatic Philosophy of Recognition: Toward a Sui Generis Approach to Decolonization’ (Forthcoming: 2019) 26, 2 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies
  • T. Chowdhury, ‘Watching the Cops: The Genesis of the Northern Police Monitoring Project’ (2017) 1, 2 Journal of Power, Justice and Resistance 111- 115
  • T. Chowdhury, ‘Temporality and Criminal Law Adjudication's Multiple Pasts’ (2017) 38, 2 Liverpool Law Review 187-206
  • T. Chowdhury, ‘Time Frames and Legal Indeterminacy’ (2017) 30,1 Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence 57-76

Book/Book Chapters

  • T. Chowdhury, Time, Temporality and Legal Judgment (Forthcoming: Routledge 2019)
  • 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)

Recent Research

  • 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).

Other Publications

  • Articles: The Guardian, The Independent, Open Democracy, Critical Legal Thinking, UKCLA Blog, The Law of Nations Blog, Socialist Lawyer
    Quoted: Al Jazeera
    Appearances: BBC Radio 5 Live, The Journal


  • Commissioned by the Stuart Hall Foundation to write for the Black Cultural Activism Map (2018)
  • 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 sits 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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