Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi
Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi is a Malaysian Senior Professor of law who has served Universiti Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam, Selangor in various capacities from 1971 onwards. He served as the Head of the Diploma in Law programme (1979 - 1984), as Assistant Rector (1996-1999), Assistant Vice Chancellor (1999 - 2001) and Legal Advisor (1996 - 2006).
He has also served on the faculties of law at the International Islamic University Malaysia, part time at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and a visiting professor at Universiti Sains Malaysia.
At the age of 19, Dr Shad Faruqi graduated from the Wesleyan University in the United Stateswith a degree in Government Administration. He went on to complete his LLB (First Class) and LLM (First Class) from Aligarh Muslim University, India and his PhD from International Islamic University Malaysia.
Work & Contributions
Dr. Shad Faruqi has served as a consultant to many countries including Maldives, Fiji, Timor Leste, Afghanistan and Iraq, advising them on their constitutional documents. In 1991 as part of an Asia Foundation Project he drafted the constitution of the Republic of Maldives.
On behalf of Institut Teknologi MARA he drafted the Institut Teknologi MARA (Amendment) Bill 1996 that went on to become an Act of Parliament. In 1999 he drafted the Universiti Teknologi MARA (Amendment) Bill that was enacted by Parliament as Act A1073. The Act converted Institut Teknologi MARA into a full-fledged university.
At the end of 2004, the Barisan Nasional Back-Benchers Club of the Parliament of Malaysia appointed him as a consultant to advise them on reforming and empowering Parliament in the face of the executive branch's dominance of the Malaysian government.
In 2006 the Minister of Education appointed him Chairman of a Committee to propose amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act 1972 [Act 30]. The Committee's recommendations were adopted as law in early 2009. He is also a member of the Apex University Initiative; Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Studies; and one-time member of the Human Rights Commission's Education Sub-Committee.
Awards and Honours
In 2008, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia's first "apex university", appointed him as a Visiting Professor. In 2009 UiTM honoured him with the University's first Emeritus Professor award. In 2009, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia honoured him with the federal title of "Datuk".
Between 1982-1985 Dr Shad contributed periodic articles and editorials to the New Straits Times. During 2001 and 2002 he authored a regular weekly column "Facets of Our Constitution" for the Sunday Star. His column "Document of Destiny" appeared in The Sun from 2006 to 2007. Presently he writes a fortnightly column "Reflecting on the Law" for the Star.
Dr Shad is the author of Human Rights, Globalisation and the Asian Economic Crisis, Islam International Law and the War Against Terrorism, Islam, Democracy and Development and Document of Destiny: The Constitution of the Federation of Malaysia, and the co-author of Media Law & Regulation in Malaysia. He has contributed over 300 articles to legal periodicals, anthologies and newspapers and has presented over 300 seminar papers in 15 countries including the USA, UK, Australia, Germany and Japan.