Mukhriz Mat Rus



I obtained LL.B (Hons) in 2007 from International Islamic University of Malaysia, and later LL.M from the National University of Malaysia in 2014.

I was serving at Attorney General’s Chambers as Deputy Public Prosecutor from 2008 to 2015.  As the alter ego of the Public Prosecutor, I had conducted numbers of criminal trials in various levels of courts and perused the investigation papers.

I am also a qualified Advocate and Solicitor (Malaya).

I occasionally write articles relating to criminal law and terrorism in Malaysian newspapers for public awareness. 

What motivated me to undertake a Ph.D. study?

In March 2015, I have joined academia. With that, I believe that mere experience in the legal field is insufficient, without undergoing formal and recognized research training. Thus, I chose to pursue my Ph.D. study at this well-known institution. 

What makes me passionate about my subject?

Global terrorism is often described as a 'new' phenomenon. States all around the globe adopt diverse approaches to countering terrorist threats. Deploying executive powers as a primary response and departing from the criminal justice processes is, unfortunately, one of the steps taken by a few governments.

Being the strong believer of ‘darkness cannot drive out darkness’, a terrorist suspect should not be ‘terrorized’ by the state, i.e. by infringing on his fundamental rights and the natural justice. A state must ensure that all counter-terrorism measures to be in accordance with the rule of law and human rights principles. Thus I keen to explore and later contend that the criminalization or criminal justice approach should be the primary legal response against terrorism in order to strike the balance between national security and personal rights.

What are my plans once I have completed my Ph.D.?

My study is sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. I am therefore obliged to serve the government at the School of Law, Universiti Utara Malaysia once I have completed my Ph.D.

Besides that, I am looking forward to work hand in hand with the counter-terrorism agencies in Malaysia and engage in public advocacy related to the cause.

Research interests

My on-going research emphasizes the criminalization approach as the best primary legitimate and effective response against terrorism in Malaysia. I seek to explore the criminalization approach in the service of counter-terrorism from a larger perspective, beyond prosecuting terrorists in court. Rather it operates in various spectrums, which includes serving as a denunciatory function, an instrument to mobilize the population against terrorism, and a symbol of solidarity with the global community. The intention is to examine the appropriate roles, functions, and position of criminal justice, as the most legitimate and viable response in preventing and combating terrorism. 

My research also aims to learn from the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorism strategy and experience that would benefit Malaysia’s arrangements.

My research finally seeks to suggest improvements to present Malaysia’s counter-terrorism agenda towards a comprehensive, sustainable and well-balanced strategy.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons), International Islamic University of Malaysia
  • Masters of Law (LL.M), National University of Malaysia
  • Advocate & Solicitor (Malaya)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies