Prof. Faizan Mustafa is a senior law teacher and renowned jurist of constitutional law, who is presently working as the Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad which is country’s leading National Law University and has emerged as the most sought after destination of legal education in the entire South Asia. He is currently holding the post of President of the prestigious Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI), which was incorporated in Canada in 1968 and is bi-national organization of Canadian and Indian governments. He is also the President of Consortium of National Law Universities. He is the recipient of both Commonwealth Scholarship as well as Fulbright. He was conferred the SAARC’s Best Law Teacher Award in 2014. He is also the member of General Council of Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
Earlier, he was the Founder Vice-Chancellor of National Law University, Orissa where he had put to use the concept of ‘integration of knowledge’ and introduced highly innovative legal education curricula. He integrated B.A.LL.B with BBA.LL.B and allowed students of one stream to take courses of the other stream. For the first time in India he introduced the specialization of Legal Journalism at NLUO. He is the Advisor to National Law School & Judicial Academy, Assam. He is known for his institution building abilities and democratic leadership. He is also visiting faculty to several reputed institutions in India and abroad.
As Founder Director of KIIT Law School, Bhubaneshwar, he experimented with a novel B.Sc. LL.B course with six papers in Biotechnology and three in Environmental Science to cater the needs of patent lawyering.
Prior to that he was the Dean, Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University where he introduced courses like IPR Law, Human Rights Law and Tourism Laws. He also served with distinction as Registrar of Aligarh Muslim University. Aligarh Muslim University is listed in the Indian Constitution as an ‘institution of national importance’ and its Law School is consistently ranked among the top ten Law Schools of the country.
He has written eight books and contributed more than 150 articles. Supreme Court of India has also quoted him. Recently also in the Sabarimala Judgement his research paper was quoted by the Supreme Court. His articles have also been quoted in several other countries. He is also writing a volume on the Reinstatement of Indian Laws which is a huge project of the Supreme Court of India and Indian Law Institute. He was also one of the contributor to famous Encyclopedia of Legal History published by the Oxford University Press, United States of America.
Prof. Mustafa always picked up challenging and unexplored areas for his research and publications. He campaigned for the enactment of Right to Information Act as he had written two books on this new subject way back in 1996 and 2003. He had also worked in the new area of Copyright Law and was awarded Ph.D. in the Intellectual Property Law in 1996. He has also written a book on Religious Conversion Law. India’s only book on ‘Strict Liability in Criminal Law’ was written by him in 1991. Health Care Law is another area on which not much has been written in India but he had written a book on “Aids, Law and Human Rights” in 1998. The HIV Act was recently passed in 2017. He has also written a book on the dismissal of state governments by the centre under Article 356. He has been consistently writing on the controversial issue of Retention of Death Penalty in India. In one of his articles on Mandatory Death Sentence, he has demonstrated that in spite of Supreme Court of India holding mandatory death sentence as unconstitutional there are number of Statutes which continue to provide for mandatory death penalty. He had written a research paper on the need of recognizing ‘Domestic Work’ as work in 1995. It was only in 2012 that Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of India agreed to bring a Bill on this issue though the Bill was not eventually passed. He has also written on Data Protection Laws and compared laws of 44 countries as early as 2003. India still does not have a separate Data Protection Act which is the need of the hour in digital India. He has also written papers on Muslim Law to demonstrate that Muslim Personal Law is neither ‘law’ nor ‘sacred’ and many of its features are at variance with Islamic Law. He regularly writes in the national dailies on current issues and his articles appear in all leading newspapers of the country.
He is the Member of several Governing Councils (Courts), Executive Councils and Academic Councils of various Universities. He is the nominee of Chief Justice of India to several Councils and Committees. He is also Visitor’s nominee in number of universities. He has also been the Member of search committees for the appointment of the Vice-Chancellors.
He lives in Hyderabad with his wife Ms. Ira Khan, who teaches Botany.