2020 applicants

Morteza Shirzad

School of Law
 Morteza Shirzad



Morteza is a dedicated education professional with specialisms across Law and Socio-Legal Studies. Morteza obtained his LLM (Law, Development and Governance) from the SOAS, University of London in 2012 and successfully defended his PhD (Public Law) at the University of Essex in April 2018, analysing judicial independence in authoritarian settings. Since 2015 he has been teaching various core and LLM modules in the School of Law and the Pathways Department. As a keen academic, Morteza is passionate about continuing research topics both on his own initiative and as part of a collaborative team; based on his Doctoral thesis, he is currently drafting two articles one on the enforceability of human rights in the contexts where the judiciary is ideologically oriented with the second one being on the link between judicial independence and lawyer's independence. Currently based at The School of Law, teaching students on various core topics in relation to Law and applying creative techniques to drive engagement. Morteza possesses a strong capability for effecting positive change in challenging situations and excel in developing innovative and creative solutions to problems, with the persistence and resilience to achieve lesson objectives. He is highly effective at delivering engaging lessons where students are able to grow and develop. Morteza is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • PhD University of Essex, (2019)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer (ASE), Law, University of Essex (16/9/2019 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Foundations of Public Law (LW103)

  • Legal Skills (LW105)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • Legal Research and the English Legal System (LW513)

  • Legal Research Skills (LW254)


Journal articles (1)

Shirzad, M., Should a Human Right Discourse be Applied to Labour Standards?. European Journal of Social Sciences Education and Research. 4 (1), 75-75

Other (1)

Shirzad, M., (2015).Judicial Independence, Social Justice and Poverty Reduction in Muslim Countries,Proceedings of the International Summer School (ILEM)




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