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Mr Tufyal Choudhury

Associate Professor

LLM, Barrister

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Associate Professor in Durham Law SchoolPCL138+44 (0) 191 33 46858
Member of the Human Rights Centre  


Tufyal is Associate Professor at Durham University. He is also Senior Research Fellow on National Security and the Rule of Law at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and a Senior Research Affiliate of the Canadian Terrorism, Security and Society Research Network.

His teaching and research focuses on issues of counter-terrorism law and policy, racial and religious discrimination, and integration. Recent publications include: Suspicion, Discrimination and Surveillance: The impact of counter-terrorism law and policy on racialised groups at risk of racism in Europe (2021); ‘The Introduction of the Prevent Duty into Schools and Colleges: Stories of Continuity and Change’ (with Joel Busher and Paul Thomas, 2020); ‘The enactment of the counter-terrorism “Prevent duty” in British schools and colleges: beyond reluctant accommodation or straightforward policy acceptance’(with Joel Busher and Paul Thomas, 2019); “Campaigning on Campus: Student Islamic Societies and Counterterrorism” (2017) Studies in Conflict & Terrorism; and “The Radicalization of Citizenship Deprivation” (2017) Critical Social Policy

He is a trustee of the John Ellerman Foundation, and is founding director of M-Fest the festival of Muslim Cultures and Ideas. He appeared as a character (played by actor Phaldut Sharma), in Gillian Slovo’s verbatim play, Another World: Losing our Children to Islamic State, that ran at the National Theatre, London, in May-June 2016. 

He is a graduate of the Universities of London (School of Oriental and African Studies, 1996) and Cambridge (Hughes Hall, 1998) and was called to the Bar as a member of Inner Temple (1997).

Research Interests

The impact of counter-terrorism law and policy on human rights, the Counter-terrorism Prevent policy, and the role of civil society in shaping and influencing counter terrorism policy.

Teaching Areas

Counter-terrorism Law and Policy

International Human Rights

The Individual and the State

Advisory and other roles
  1. Runnymede Trust, CERD Shadow Report Steering group (2021)
  2. Rights and Security International, Principal Legal and Policy Advisor (2018-)
  3. Bridge Institute, Research Advisory Board (2017- 2018)
  4. The Intolerance to Inclusion Programme Advisroy Board, Woolf Institute Cambridge, Policy Institute, Kings College London (2017 )
  5. UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, External Review Panel (2014 – 2017)
  6. Institute for Strategic Dialogue (2007-2010)
  7. European Union Network of Experts on Radicalisation, (2007-2010) 
  8. Open Society Foundations, At Home in Europe Project, (2006- 2015)
  9. Preventing Extremism Together United Kingdom Home Office Working Group, (2005) 
  10. JUSTICE Discrimination Law Project Advisory Group, (2003-07)
  11. Judicial Studies Board, Equal Treatment Advisory Committee, (2003-2009) 
  12. Democratic Audit Advisory Committee, (2003-2007)
  13. Advisory Committee to the Institute for Public Policy Research Race and Political Representation Project, (2000- 2002)
Current Research Projects

Senior Research Fellow for the Independent Commission on UK Counter-terrorism Law and Policy 


Research interests

  • International human rights
  • Equality and Anti-Discrimination
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Integration, identity and multiculturalism

Research groups

  • Durham Centre for Law and Philosophy
  • Human Rights Centre
  • Islam, Law and Modernity


Authored book

  • Choudhury, Tufyal (2010). Muslims in Europe: A Report on 11 EU Cities. New York: Open Society Institute.
  • Choudhury, T.A. & Jayaweera, H. (2008). Immigration Faith and Cohesion: Evidence from three local areas with significant Muslim populations. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Choudhury, T. & Hussain, S. (2008). Muslims in EU Cities Reports – United Kingdom: Preliminary Research Report and Literature Survey. Budapest: Open Society Insitute.
  • Choudhury, T. (2007). The Role of Muslim Identity Politics in Radicalisation (a study in progress). London: Department for Communities and Local Government.
  • Choudhury, T.A., Weir, S. & Blick, A. (2006). The Rules of the Game: Terrorism Community and Human Rights. York: Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.
  • Choudhury T. A. (2002). Monitoring Minority Protection in the EU: The Situation of Muslims in the UK. Budapest.: Open Society Institute.
  • Choudhury T. A., Hepple, B. & Coussey, M. (2000). Equality: A New Framework - The Final Report of the Independent Review of the Enforcement of UK Anti-Discrimination Legislation. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Choudhury, T.A. (2005). Muslims in the UK Policies for Engaged Citizens. Budapest: Open Society Institute.

Journal Article


  • Choudhury, T.A. (2008), Religion, identity and public policy in the UK, International Studies Association. Annual Conference. Bridging Dividies. San Fransisco, USA, San Francisco CA.
  • Choudhury, T.A. (2008), Unpacking Discrimination and Disadvantage, Urban Islam in Russia and the UK. Novgorod, Russia, Novgorod.
  • Choudhury, T.A. (2006), Impact of Security Measures on Ethnic Minorities, European Parliamentary Inter-Group on Anti-Racism and Diversity. European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, European Parliament, Brussels.
  • Choudhury, T.A. (2006), Muslim Experiences of Discrimination in the EU, Staff Seminar Series, Newcastle Law School. Newcastle, England, Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Choudhury, T. A. (2006), European Discrimination Law: Strategies for Muslims in Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria, Sofia.
  • Choudhury, T.A. (2005), Designing the 'Big Tent' The New Commission for Equality and Human Rights, University of Leicester, England, University of Leicester.
  • Choudhury, T.A. (2003), National, Regional and International Human Rights Mechanisms for Minority Protection: The Experience of British Muslims, OSCE Conference on Religious Freedom. Vienna, Austria, Vienna.
  • Choudhury, T.A. (2003), Protection of Muslim Minority Rights in the EU: Comparative Study of France, Italy and the United Kingdom, International and European Forum on Migration Research. Turin, Italy, Turin.
  • Choudhury, T.A. (2003), Disharmony Among UK Discrimination Law, JUSTICE/TUC, Draft Regulations on Religious Discrimination Law Discrimination Law Assosiation and Commission for Racial Equality Scotland, Edinburgh..
  • Choudhury, T.A. (2003), Tackling Religious Discrimination: the Limits of the EU Directive, Al-Khoei Foundation, the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism and the Muslim College, Tackling Religious Discrimination: the Limits of the EU Directive, Al-Khoei Foundation, the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism and the Muslim College London., 25-26.
  • Choudhury, T.A. (2003), British Muslims and Human Rights, British Muslim Research Centre, London, British Muslim Research Centre, London.
  • Choudhury, T.A. (2002), Minority Rights and Protection from Discrimination: The Situation of Muslims in the UK, The European University Institute, Florence, European University Institute, Florence.


Working Paper

  • Choudhury, Tufyal. (2017). The Experience of Canadian Muslim Civil-Society Organizations and Activists in Influencing and Shaping Counter-terrorism Legislation.
  • Choudhury T. A. (1999). In What Respects does UK Discrimination Legislation Fall Short of the Standards Demanded by International Human Rights Law? Centre for Public Law 33.
  • Choudhury, T.A. (1999). In what respects does UK discrimination law fall short of the standards demanded by international human rights law?