Faculty Profile

Dr. Muhammad Azeem

Assistant Professor

Law & Policy

I was born and raised in the industrial and working class city of Lyallpur (Faisalabad). I obtained a B.Sc.  Electrical Engineering, from the Univ. of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. Being involved in activism against child labour at the time, I became impressed by the media writings of Asma Jahangir and others. I switched tracks, started writing in the media and completed an LLB, at the University of the Punjab, Lahore. I practiced law and public interest litigation around issues concerning workers and peasants in the lower and High Court for 6 years. I then decided to go to Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, to work on a PhD. 

But first I wrote three books which were quite popular in Pakistan. These are WTO and Globalization (Publisher: Dar-ul-Shaoor, Language: Urdu. 2006. 500 pp.)   2 editions; The Problems of Free Trade: An Historical Analysis(Publisher: Dar-ul-Shaoor, Language: Urdu. 2006. 750 pp.)   2 editions; Multi –National Corporations: A New Face of Imperialism?(Publisher: Dar-ul-Shaoor, Language: Urdu.2002. 400 pp.)   which went into 8 editions.

At Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada, I completed an LLM writing on the topic:The Collapse of the WTO and Rethinking of Development Theory? In 2014 I successfully defended my PhD in Law, from Osgoode Hall Law School on the topic:The weaknesses of the ‘good governance’ paradigm: a study of the judiciary in Pakistan

Presently I am working on a book manuscript, out of the material that I collected for my PhD dissertation, which is about the history of the liberal legal project in Pakistan. I aim to challenge the dichotomous understanding of democracy vs. dictatorship as a way of understanding the judiciary’s decisions, discourses, adjudication, and appointments, and argue that the judiciary, as a part of the state, has been a link in the reproduction of state and political inequality in Pakistan. 

My current teaching and intellectual interests involve connect an interest in the marginalized populations with theoretical issues in law to take us beyond liberalism. 

I am also an active member of the Progressive Writers Association of Lahore, and write poetry and criticism in Urdu and Punjabi.

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Semester Title Code
Fall Semester 2017-18 International Law from the South: A critical perspective to decolonize 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Independent Study 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Evidence 1701
Spring Semester 2016-17 Independent Study 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Independent Study 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 International Law from the South: A critical perspective to decolonize 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Senior Project 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Senior Project 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Senior Project 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Independent Study 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Independent Study 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Labor Law 1602
Fall Semester 2016-17 Senior Project 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Independent Study 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Introduction to Pakistan Legal System 1601
Spring Semester 2015-16 Senior Project 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Critical Legal Studies 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Labor Law 1502
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Introduction to Pakistan Legal System 1501
Spring Semester 2014-15 Critical Legal Studies 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Senior Project 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Independent Study 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Labor Law 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Introduction to Pakistan Legal System 1401