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Dr Ahmed Nazeer

0151 291 2150

I joined the School of Law at Liverpool Hope University in March 2023.

I obtained my LL.B (First Class) and LL.M (Distinction) from the Maldives, and I recently completed a PhD in Law (Constitutional Law) from the University of Portsmouth. My PhD thesis pioneered in bringing the Maldives - a largely neglected jurisdiction - in conversation with the global literature on Constitutional Democracy. While pursuing my PhD, I taught Public Law and Human Rights at the University of Portsmouth.

I am a qualified lawyer in the Maldives and I have three years of experience in legal practice. I started my legal career at one of the biggest companies in the Maldives and represented the company at the Civil Court and the Employment Tribunal of the Maldives. After that, I worked as a Prosecutor for the state and represented the state in criminal trials at the Lower Courts and the Superior Courts of the Maldives.

My research interests include Constitutional Law, Human Rights, and Democratic Decline. I am particularly interested in the study of transition to constitutional democracy and democratic backsliding. I focus mainly on the constitutional design, institutional structure and separation of powers, role of fourth-branch institutions (or Guarantor Institutions), limitation of human rights, use and abuse of emergency powers, and civil-military relations.

I am the Course Leader for Legal Theory, and a member of the teaching team for Legal Methods. I also supervise Dissertation/Research Project students.

My research outputs:

Ahmed Nazeer, 'The Maldives: A Parable of Judicial Crisis, Institutional Corrosion and Democratic Demise' in Swati Jhaweri, Dinesha Samararatne, and Tarunabh Khaitan, Constitutional Resilience in South Asia (Hart Publishing 2023)

Ahmed Nazeer, Opportunism on the Bench: The Maldivian Supreme Court's Decision Upholding the 2018 Election Result (Verfussungs Blog, 2018)

Ahmed Nazeer, Violation of Constitution has no Consequences, Rules Supreme Court of Maldives (I-CONnect, 2020)