Maariyah Islam

Maariyah Islam


I attained a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Leeds in 2016. Thereafter, in 2017, I completed a Masters by Research in Banking and Financial Law. In addition to this, I have worked within several legal practice firms around England and have published articles within academic legal journals.

I started my doctoral studies in Banking and Financial Law at Leeds in October 2018. I am a recipient of the University of Leeds, School of Law, PhD Scholarship and the William Harrison Graduate Research Scholarship.

In addition to this, I presently teach on the following modules: Banking and Financial Law, Foundations of Law, Equity and Trusts. In the past I have also taught, Crime Law and Social Change, Criminal Law and Torts. 

My wider experiences include my role as an Access to Leeds and Realising Opportunities academic tutor. In both these roles I provide higher education students support in their journey towards studying a degree in law. 

Since August 2020, I have been appointed as the Managing Editor of the Leeds Student Law and Criminal Justice Review. This is an exciting new initiative within the School of Law and I am delighted to work with the Board to publish student papers. 

Research interests

My PhD primarily focuses on Banking and Financial Law. The UK luxury goods sector is an extremely attractive avenue for individuals seeking to launder criminal proceeds. Although the Government has raised its concerns in relation to the money laundering risks within the UK, the luxury goods sector appears extremely vulnerable to such practices. This issue has received very little attention from law enforcement bodies and academics and thus appears largely neglected. My research project seeks to examine the money laundering risks within the UK luxury goods sector and propose solutions to strengthening the luxury goods sector from such practices. My research project involves both doctrinal and empirical research methods. 

In addition to this, I also enjoy researching aviation law. In my free time I publish papers and blog posts addressing current affairs concerning legal issues within the aviation industry.

In the past I have conducted research in relation to the corporate governance structures within a variety of financial institutions, including Islamic banks. 


  • LLB Law
  • Masters in Law