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