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Durham University

Durham Law School

Staff profile

Mr Tufyal Choudhury, LLM, Barrister

Associate Professor in Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46858
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 46865
Room number: PCL138
Member of the Human Rights Centre

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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.


Tufyal Choudhury is Assistant Professor at Durham Law School. He is also a Senior Research Affiliate of the Canadian Terrorism, Security and Society Research Network and a member of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office External Review Panel. 

His teaching and research focuses on issues of counterterrorism, radicalisation, racial and religious discrimination, and integration. He has over 30 publications in this field, including most recently, What the Prevent Duty Means for Schools and College in England: An analysis of educationalists’ experiences, “Campaigning on Campus: Student Islamic Societies and Counterterrorism” (2017) Studies in Conflict & Terrorism and “The Radicalization of Citizenship Deprivation” (2017) Critical Social Policy

He has presented papers at international conferences (British Sociological Association, International Studies Association, International Conference of Europeanists) and leading research institutions, (Cambridge University, Helsinki University, Malmo University, Science Po, University of Geneva, University of Pittsburgh, University of Victoria, British Columbia).

From 2006-2015 he was senior policy advisor to the Open Society Foundations, where he supported the development of their research and policy advocacy in relation to Muslims and Somali in Europe as well as their work on Europe’s White working class. He is author of their report At Home in Europe - Muslims in Europe: an overview of 11 EU cities and Somalis in European Cities: Overview. He was a research associate at the Cambridge University Centre for Public Law (1998-2000) the Oxford Centre Migration Policy and Society (2006-08). From 2008-12 he was a fellow of German-Marshall fund Trans-Atlantic Forum on Migration and Integration and in 2007 he was a participant in the US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program in integration and migration.

He has presented research to leading policy conferences in the UK (Chatham House, Wilton Park, Cumberland Lodge, St George’s House), and the US (Brookings Institute, Migration Policy Institute, National Institute of Justice).

He is a trustee and director with three NGOs, the Democratic Audit UK, RightsWatch UK and M-fest, the festival of Muslim Cultures and Ideas. He appears 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).

Teaching Areas

Counter-terrorism Law and Policy

International Human Rights

The Individual and the State

Advisory and other roles

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

Current Research Projects

Educationalists Experiences of Implementing the Prevent Duty in School and Colleges in England.


Research Interests

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

Selected Grants

  • 2016: Research, policy and grant-making for supporting the social inclusion of Muslim communities (£21000.00 from The Aziz Foundation)
  • 2015: Improving civil society's role in shaping and influencing counterterrorism legislation, policy and practice (£20853.00 from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust)
  • 2015: The experience of Muslim civil society organizations in shaping Canadian anti-terrorism law and policy (£9220.89 from TSAS)
  • 2009: 2009-2010 The impact of counter-terrorism legislation (£43315.28 from The Commission for Equality and Human Rights) co-investigated by Prof Helen Fenwick

Research Groups

  • Human Rights Centre
  • Islam, Law and Modernity

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

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), European Discrimination Law: Strategies for Muslims in Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria, Sofia.


Working Paper

  • Choudhury, Tufyal. (2017). The Experience of Canadian Muslim Civil-Society Organizations and Activists in Influencing and Shaping Counter-terrorism Legislation.

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