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Professor Urfan Khaliq

Professor Urfan Khaliq

Head of School, Professor of International and European Laws

School of Law and Politics

Head of School's Office - Law Building, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Media commentator


Urfan Khaliq is currently Head of the School of Law and Politics.  He is the Professor of Public International and European Laws.  He was previously Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Director of Research for Law and Head of Law.  He first joined the Law School in 1996 as a Lecturer.  Prior to joining Cardiff University he was a Research Assistant to Professor Christine Chinkin then at the Law Faculty of Southampton University.  He is the author of a number of articles in leading law journals and  chapters in edited collections.  His first  monograph was published by Cambridge University Press and entitled "Ethical Foreign Policies of the European Union: A Legal Appraisal". This book was awarded the 2009 Universities Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Book Prize for the work which makes 'the most substantial and original contribution to knowledge in the area of European Studies'.  The book was also short-listed for the 2009 SLS Peter Birks Prize for outstanding contribution to legal scholarship and the ESIL Book Prize 2008-2010. He has subsequently published a number of further books. These include The Achievements of International Law with Bloomsbury / Hart 

and  further Jurisdictional Exceptionalisms which is part of  'Law in Context' with Cambridge Univesity Press, 

Professor Khaliq has taught, given conference papers or been a Research Fellow in numerous countries around the world.  His research and teaching interests encompass: Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, EU Law, Foreign Policy and aspects of Islamic Law.  He is also interested in the dialogue between International Law and International Relations and has developed post graduate courses in this area as part of the Cardiff LLM programme.  He is a regular contributor to both BBC Wales and the BBC World Service on his areas of expertise. As an experienced PhD supervisor he always welcomes enquiries from potential research students in his areas of interest.  He has also acted as an advisor to a number of NGOs, numerous governments and international organisations on various matters.

Professor Khaliq qualified as  an Advocate of the Punjab High Court, Pakistan in 2004 so as to provide pro bono legal advice to street children in conflict with the law as well as helping with the training in international human rights law of the Pakistani judiciary and legal profession. He routinely provides expert evidence before courts in his areas of expertise.  He is currently a member of the Research Consultants Panel at Matrix Chambers, Gray's Inn, London where he has been part of a team working on numerous cases before the UK Court of Appeal, UK Supreme Court, European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.  He is also Professeur Invité in Public Law at the Université de Picardie- Jules Verne, Amiens.

He is a member of REF 2021 sub-panel for Law (UoA 18) and also a member of the editorial board of the International and Comparative Law  Quarterly 

He will, when time allows, return to two major books: a monograph on general principles of international law and further a book on the history of forced labour in international law. 


  • American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and Utility to Practicing Lawyers and Scholars, 2020 (co-winner ).
  • UACES Book Prize, 2009 for the Most Substantial and Original Contribution to Knowledge in the Area of European Studies – Winner.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, 2020.
  • Elected fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, 2016.
  • European Society of International Law – Prize for the Best Book in the Field of International Law, 2008-2010 - Shortlisted.
  • Society of Legal Scholars, 2009 Peter Birks’ Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Legal Scholarship - Shortlisted.




  • Langford, M. and Khaliq, U. 2019. Article 26: The right to social security. In: Tobin, J. ed. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary. Oxford Commentaries on International Law Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 985-1019.















Human Rights Law

International Affairs: Legal and Political Aspects

Human Rights and Global Justice

Public International Law

EU Law

When time allows I will return to two books I am writing: one on general principles of law and one on forced labour.