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Mr Kaushik Paul

Part-Time Tutor in the Durham Law School

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Biography

Kaushik is a doctoral researcher and a part-time tutor at Durham Law School. Kaushik holds a degree in law from Chittagong University, Bangladesh. In 2012, he completed LLB (Hon’s) from University of Wales where he developed a keen interest in international human rights law. He completed Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) from City University London in July 2013. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in the same year by The Honorable Society of the Middle Temple. Kaushik holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from The University of Nottingham. His dissertation focused on the impact of climate change on the human right to housing. In 2015, he completed LLM in Legal Practice (a research-based Masters degree in Law) from Liverpool John Moores University with a Distinction (77% marks). The title of his thesis at Liverpool John Moores University was ‘The Justiciability of Economic and Social Rights: An Updated Appraisal’.

Kaushik has recently participated in the United Nations Graduate Study Programme in Geneva and successfully completed the Diploma. As part of the Graduate Study Programme, he conducted an extensive research on youth empowerment.

Kaushik joined Durham University in October 2015 to pursue his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Ian Leigh and Professor Helen Fenwick. He has been awarded Durham Law School PGR Scholarship to pursue his doctoral research. 

At the Durham Law School, he served as a Deputy Co-Convener (PGR) of Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD) in 2015-2016 academic year.

Current Research

Kaushik’s current research examines the human right implications of legal bans or restrictions on wearing religious dress. In the course of his research, he will particularly focus on the different approaches of the UN Human Rights Committee and that of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to legal bans or restrictions on the right to religious manifestation through the wearing of religious symbols and clothing. In addition, Kaushik seeks to explore the extent to which it violates international human rights law when women are forced either through legislation or by their male family members to wear religious dress and other types of religious symbols. The outcome of his research will explore what lessons the United Nations and the Strasbourg institutions can learn from each other to ensure effective, meaningful and maximum enjoyment of the right to religious manifestation through the wearing of religious dress. Moreover, Kaushik’s research will contribute to examining the extent to which the principles of international human rights law concerning religious manifestation in dress promote individual autonomy and voluntary choices.

Publications

  • Paul, Kaushik (2014) Empowering Youth: How Can the United Nations Lead the Way Forward? Report of the OHCHR Working Group, United Nations

Research Groups

  • Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD)
  • Durham European Law Institute (DELI)

Research Interests

  • International human rights law
  • Religious liberties
  • Women’s rights
  • Economic and social rights
  • Public international law

Teaching Areas

  • The Individual and the State
  • UK Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law