Professor Dr Martin Lau

Professor Martin Lau joined Essex Court Chambers in 1997. He regularly advises on South Asian, Middle Eastern law 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 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 Defence, 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.

His work experience includes visiting appointments at Harvard Law School and Nagoya University, frequent consultancies and international fact finding missions, for example to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iran, as well as being an academic at the School of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where he works as a Professor of Law. Martin was the Dean of the School of Law of the Lahore University of Management Sciences [LUMS] in Pakistan from 2016 to 2018. 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 programmes for judges and other legal professionals from the UAE, Qatar and China.

Martin is registered with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Dispute Resolution Authority of Law and actively accepts arbitral appointments.