Dr. Martin Wilhelm Lau is Dean & Professor in the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law - (SAHSOL).
Dr. Lau holds a PhD. in Law from University of London and Masters of Arts in Area Studies (South Asia). He completed his undergraduate studies in South Asian History from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Before joining LUMS, Dr Lau was a Professor in South Asian law and Deputy Head of Law School at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He was Chair of the Law School from July 2002 until August 2005 and Director of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at SOAS from April 1995 to March 1998. He is the Chief Examiner for Islamic Law for the LLB. Program of University of London. Dr Lau has held visiting appointments at Harvard Law School and Nagoya University and has also worked as a Consultant in relation to legal assistance projects in Afghanistan, Somalia and Iran.
As a Barrister at Essex Court Chambers, Dr Lau regularly advises on South Asian, Middle Eastern and Islamic law in the form of expert opinions and advice on commercial law, criminal/human rights law and family law with regard to proceedings before national courts and international arbitration proceedings including the High Court of England and Wales, the County Court, Magistrates’ Courts, the Immigration Appeals Tribunal and the International Chamber of Commerce and US Courts as well as governments, for instance the UK’s Ministry of Defense, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, the EC, the EU, international organizations such as UNODC and UNHCR, and NGOs, including IUCN, IBA and ICJ. As the co-editor of the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, he is familiar and up-to-date with legal developments in the Middle East and he has acted as Director of Studies for training programs for judges and other legal professionals from the UAE, Qatar and China.