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Dr. Siti Zubaidah Binti Ismail

Department Of Syariah And Law
University of Malaya


Siti Zubaidah Ismail's main research interest  is on the Islamic law and criminal justice in contemporary Muslim countries, particularly in Southeast Asia. She graduated with Bachelor degree in Shariah from University of Malaya and Master of Comparative Laws from International Islamic University Malaysia. She also holds LL.M degree from Birmingham University, United Kingdom and PhD from her alma mater. She has a particular interest on the impact of Islamic criminal law on the society  and issues surrounding women and human rights. She has been invited to deliver talks about the shariah criminal jurisdiction and the potentiality of hudud laws in Malaysia. Her compelted research project is a study on the development of Islamic criminal law implementation in Aceh, Brunei and the legal system in Egypt. Her current research is on the relationship and the potential of diyat formula and the insurance tariff in the context of damages for victims of road traffic accident. She is also active with research relating to Muslim converts and deal with particular issue of freedom of religion. She was Visiting Fellow at Asian Law Institute, National University of Singapore in 2010 and Visiting Scholar at Faculty of Law Universitas Indonesia in 2016. Since 2012, she ventured into a new research area on halal standards and regulations and with other colleagues, she pursues her interest on halal management system in Asean countries and Europe, particularly The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. She was Head of the Shariah and Law Department from 2011 until January 2016.  Since October 2017, she is appointed as Research Fellow with Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA). She has more than 50 articles published in international and local journals and is the author of four books: Undang-Undang Kesalahan Jenayah Syariah di Malaysia (UM Press), Pampasan Kecederaan Fizikal  akibat Kecuaian Menurut Perundangan Islam (ILBS), Women Who Kill Their Spouses: The Effects of the Background Factors on the Applicability of Legal Defences in English Criminal Law (VDM) and Undang-Undang Tatacara Jenayah Syariah (DBP).  She is married with seven children.

Research Interest

Humanities,  (accident, damages, compensation, negligence, diyat) Halal Regulation and Guidelines ( halal standards, certification bodies) Criminal Procedure in Shariah Court ( ) Shariah Criminal Law ( )

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