Suhail Rashid Bhat
Academic Background (Degrees, University Name & Year of Passing):
LLM, SOAS University of London, 2020
LLB, ILS Law College, Pune, 2017
BBA, Islamic University of Science and Technology, 2013
Career Graph: Suhail is human rights advocate, legal researcher, and law teacher. During his practice as an advocate, he has been part of important strategic litigations before the Supreme Court and High Court including disability rights, hate crimes, and most notably the decriminalization of begging in the State of J&K. In 2019, he bagged the UK Government's Chevening Scholarship and went on to complete LLM in Human Rights, Conflict, and Justice with distinction from SOAS.
Honours and Achievements:
Best Performance Award in LLM, School of Law, SOAS, 2021
Chevening Scholar 2019-20
Researched for ‘Rights for Peace’ on the incidents of incitement of discrimination and violence through media broadcasts and social media in Cameroon and South Sudan to build and determine legal possibility of complaint before UNHRC against the respective States.
Co-authored a report titled ‘Hate Speech and Incitement of Violence: A case study on the implementation of international standards in Colombia, India, Kenya, Rwanda and the UK’ at SOAS International Human Rights Clinic.
Undertook a National Project on Customary Personal Laws of Scheduled Tribes in India vis-à-vis the Constitution of India to determine the feasibility of uniform civil code.
Developed a framework for identification of a hate speech expression and the process for bringing in a complainant as a Process Flow Diagram to be used for training ground practitioners. It’s currently used by dozens of NGOs in South Sudan, Sudan and Cameroon.
Contributed to the comments on ‘UN Revised Draft General Comment No. 37 on Article 21(Right of Peaceful Assembly) of the ICCPR’
Interests: Counterterrorism Law and Policy | Transitional Justice | Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech | Clinical Legal Education | Human Rights and Islamic Law
Professional Memberships/Fellowship: Bar Council of Delhi, Chevening Alumni, Global Justice Now
Personal interests: Resisting Fascism, Urdu literature