Professor Abdul Paliwala - Curriculum Vitae

Professor Abdul Paliwala

Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications: LLB, PhD (London). Of Gray's Inn, Barrister.


University of Warwick

Emeritus Professor 2012 - ; Professorial Consultant 2009-12 ; Professor of Law. Senior Academic Consultant ICT, UK Centre for Legal Education, Director, Law Courseware Consortium, Electronic Law Journals. Member of Advisory & Management Boards and Associate, Centre for Globalisation and Regionalisation Studies. At various times, Director, International Development Law and Human Rights.

Other Universities

[Distinguished visiting scholar, National Taiwan University 2007 & 2008]; Visiting Fellow, Centre for Cyberspace Law, University of New South Wales, Australia (2004); University of Papua New Guinea (1973-8) including as Associate Professor, Dept Head and Dean of Faculty; University of Dar es Salaam (1971-2) and Queen's University of Belfast (1968-71)

Other Professional

1977 Secretary, PNG Law Reform Commission, 1974-6 Member of Implementation Group and Legislative Draftsman, Committee of Inquiry in Land Matters (Papua New Guinea); 1975-6 Consultant, Village Courts Secretariat, Papua New Guinea; 1969-71 First Parliamentary Draftsman's Office, Stormont, N.I.

Research and Applications Development (Warwick)

2008 Justice Indicators Project, Malawi. Funded by the European Union.

2007 Elearning in Law in Taiwan - Project involving 8 Taiwan national law schools

2003- Legal Regulation of the Global Digital Divide. Research Project with the Centre for Globalisation and Regionalisation Studies.

UK Centre for Legal Education 2000-2004 Joint Director, Director ICT. Promoting best practice in legal education on a nationwide basis, but also supporting international developments.

Law Courseware Consortium 1992- Director, Development of successful Iolis multimedia learning materials for law.

Electronic Law Journals 1995 - Director, Development of award winning electronic Journal of Information, Law and Technology and Law Social Justice and Global Development.( ELJ also manages Entertainment and Sports Law Journal.)

CTI-Law Technology Centre 1987- Director. Supporting the development of IT based legal education in UK Law Schools.

Distance Learning for Gender Law and Development 1995-7; with A. Stewart. Research and Teaching Innovations Fund, University of Warwick. Prototype development for electronic distance learning.

An information system for law schools 1994-6, with P. Harris Research on legal education and development of web site on legal education. Committee of Heads of Law Schools & other bodies.

Information Technology Law 1993 Production of four briefing papers on implications of European Community law for UK information technology law. European Institute for Public Administration .

Legal Practice Office System 1984-6 (with David Wright) Needs analysis and development of a computerised legal practice case management system. Computer Board for Universities.

Relevant Consultancies

2005 onwards National Chung Cheng University Taiwan Centre for ELearning and Taiwan Legal Information Institute.

2005 - Kenya Law Reports, Advice on electronic law reporting.

2003-2008 Department for International Development, UK. Member of Consultant panel on Security and Social Justice.

Netherlands 2002 - Providing advice, support and training to the Rechtenonline Project involving 8 Dutch Law Schools for a project involving the development of ICT in legal education.

Malawi and Ethiopia 2002 - Providing advice and support for development of ICT in legal education (Supported by British Council Link).

Lead EU Consultant, Democratisation and Human Rights in Malawi 1995-7. This consultancy involved a two stage project including an Inception Report and Project Specification Report proposing a range of projects for 10 million ecu and in the second stage involving a large number of national and international consultants.

UK 1995- 6. An investigation of user needs in relation to electronic law reports 1995-6 - Research study for Incorporated Council for Law Reporting.

1991 onwards: A wide range of consultancies for the development of human rights resource centres 1991- Dar es Salaam, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe (Supported by British Council) and Interights, London. Consultancies on ICT development and advice in Hungary and India.

1975- 7 Consultancies for the Village Courts Secretariat, Papua New Guinea.

1974-7 Implementation and Drafting of Proposals of Commission of Enquiry in Land Matters, Government of Papua New Guinea.


Ph D - Supervision of many students.

LLM in Law in Development (till 2006)

LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights, Warwick - Global Economic Governance, Technologies and Materialities of Globalisation, Governance, Democracy and Accountability, Theory and Practice in International Development Law and Human Rights.

Other Courses taught - Family Law, Immigration and Nationality Law, International Legal Problems, Law in the Information Society, English Legal Systems, Socio-Legal Research Methods.

Relevant Editorships

Main Editor

Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development. Project Director.

2009 Journal of Information Technology and Law (JILT)

Law, Social Change and Development Book Series. Dartmouth Press.

Board Member

European Journal of Law and Technology

Malawi Journal of Law and Social Justice

European Journal of Law and Technology (Founding Member)

East African Journal of Human Rights

Commonwealth Journal of Legal Education

International Review of Law Computers and Technology

Melanesian Law Journal

Eastern Africa Law Review

Main Relevant Committees etc.

Member of Scholarships Panel, Association of Commonwealth Universities.

British and Irish Legal Education Technology Association (founder member and secretary) Currently Honorary Vice-President.

International Group on Substantive Technology in Legal Education and Practice (UK Representative)

Nominator and Member of Jury, World Technology Awards for Law

Member of Jury, Law Serial of the Year Award, UK.


Kiswahili, Gujarati, Hindi, TokPisin, Chinese, French (with varying degrees of expertise).