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Professor Maleiha Malik

Professor Maleiha Malik teaches at the School of Law, Kings College, London . In January 2014 the Law Faculty of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) appointed her as a Distinguished Professor of Law.  Professor Malik will be the Suzanne Tassier Chair 2013-2014. She has been Professor of Law in The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London since 2013.

Her publications include Discrimination Law: Theory and Context as well as  articles , ‘Complex Equality’ ,  published in Droit et Societe, Revue Internationale de Theorie du Droit et de Sociologie Juridique.

Maleiha Malik studied at the University of London (LLB) and Oxford (Bachelor of Civil Law) and is also a barrister and a member of Grays Inn. She specializes in tort, jurisprudence and anti-discrimination law, with numerous publications in this field. In recent years she has offered nuanced and well-researched contributions on the ‘accomodation’ between Muslim faith needs and British liberal-secular values, interfaith relationships and Islamophobia.

In his Chatham House lecture in October 2004 Dr Williams, discussing the tension between individual rights and a minority community’s rights in the liberal state, noted: “Maleiha Malik, a professional jurist of Muslim allegiance, has recently written at length on this conflict, arguing that, since we cannot just go back to conservative nationalism, and since the interests of minority groups are not adequately safeguarded by classical liberal principles of individual entitlement and non-discrimination, we need a more sophisticated model of the relation between the state and its minorities, which in turn requires some rethinking of the original picture of the state contracting with a mass of atomised individuals”.

She was also quoted by the Archbishop in his famous ‘shariah’ speech at the Royal Courts of Justice in February 2008:”Maleiha Malik, following Alasdair MacIntyre, argues …that there is a risk of assuming that ‘mainstream’ jurisprudence should routinely and unquestioningly bypass the variety of ways in which actions are as a matter of fact understood by agents in the light of the diverse sorts of communal belonging they are involved in”.

Maleiha Malik is a former member of the governing council of the human rights body, Liberty. Since 1989 has has served on the editorial board of the international journal, ‘Social and Legal Studies’. From 2000 to 2005 she was a member of the Home Secretary’s Steering Group on the implementation of the recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. In March 2006 she participated in Georgetown University’s “Building Bridges” seminar. She was an important and hard-hitting contributor at the FCO-organised conference Engaging with the Islamic World, held in Istanbul in July 2006. She was also a speaker at the January 2007 event ‘World Civilisation or a Clash of Civilisations’ organised by the Mayor of London. Her books include Anti-Muslim Prejudice: Past and Present, Discrimination Law: Theory and Context, Text and Materials (Socio-legal) (Socio-legal Series) and ‘Feminism and Muslim Women’.


Malik’s publications:

  1. Religion and Sexual Orientation:Conflict or Cohesion? Malik, M. 2013 Religion in a Liberal State. D’Costa, G., Evans, M., Modood, T. & Rivers, J. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

  2. Minority Legal Orders in the UK: Minorities, Pluralism and Law Malik, M. 2012 London: British Academy.
  3. The ‘other’ citizens: religion in a multicultural Europe Malik, M. 2012 Law, state and religion in the new Europe: debates and dilemmas. Zucca, L. & Ungureanu, C. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 93-114
  4. Religious Freedom, Free Speech and Equality: Conflict or Cohesion?Malik, M. Feb 2011 In : RES PUBLICA. 17, 1, p. 21-40
  5. Anti-Muslim Prejudice: Past and PresentMalik, M. 2010 Abingdon: Routledge.
  6. Extreme Speech and LiberalismMalik, M. 2010 Extreme Speech and Democracy. Hare, I. & Weinstein, J. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 96-122
  7. Law’s Meaning of Life: Philosophy, Religion, Darwin and the Legal PersonMalik, M. 2010 In : Modern Law Review. 73, 6, p. 1076 – 1078
  8. Progressive Multiculturalism: Minority Women and Cultural Diversity Malik, M. 2010 In : International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. 17, 3, p. 447-467
  9. Anti-Muslim prejudice in the West, past and present: an introduction Malik, M. 2009 In : PATTERNS OF PREJUDICE. 43, 3-4, p. 207 – 212
  10. Law and Religion in Theoretical and Historical Context Malik, M. 2009 In : SOCIAL AND LEGAL STUDIES. 18, 2, p. 280 – 282
  11. Engaging with ExtremistsMalik, M. Mar 2008 In : International Relations. 22, 1, p. 85-104
  12. Complex Equality: Muslim Women and the Headscarf Malik, M. 2008 In : Droit et Societe, Revue Internationale de Theorie du Droit et de Sociologie Juridique. 68, 1, p. 127-152
  13. Discrimination law: theory and context : text and materialsBamforth, N., Malik, M. & O’Cinneide, C. 2008 1st ed. ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell.
  14. In preparation: Anti-Discrimination Law in Britain Malik, M. 2007 Handbuch Gleichbehandlungsrecht. Rudolf, B. & Mahlmann, M. (eds.). Baden-Baden: Nomos, p. 135 – 166
  15. A Mirror for Liberalism: Europe’s New Wars of ReligionMalik, M. 2006 Ein neuer Kampf der Religionen?: Staat, Recht und religiose Toleranz. Mahlmann, . M. & Rottleuthner, . H. (eds.). Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, p. 241 – 269
  16. The Branch on Which We Sit Malik, M. 2006 Feminist Perspectives on Family Law. Diduick, A. (ed.). London: Taylor & Francis Ltd, p. 211 – 233
  17. Equality, Discrimination and Social Cohesion Malik, M. 2005 Muslims in the UK: policies for engaged citizens . Choudhury, T. (ed.). New York: Open Society Institute, EU Monitoring and advocacy program, p. 46 – 99
  18. Justice Malik, M. 2005 Fields of Faith : Theology and Religious Studies for the Twenty-first Century . Ford, D. F., Quash, B. & Soskice, J. M. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 182 – 206
  19. Governing After the Human Rights Act Malik, M. 2000 In : Modern Law Review. 63, PART 2, p. 281 – 293Contribution to journal › Article
  20. Communal Goods as Human Rights Malik, M. 1996 Understanding Human Rights. Gearty, C. & Tomkins, A. (eds.). London: Mansell, p. 138-170