Chibli Mallat, EU Jean Monnet Chair of European Law; Director, European Union Center, St. Joseph's University

Middle Eastern Law: A World-Legal Family?

Mon, 02/12/2007
4:30 - 6:00 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall
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Chibli Mallat is the EU Jean Monnet Chair of European Law and Director, European Union Center, St. Joseph’s University, Beirut, Lebanon. He is also a candidate for the Presidency of Lebanon and principal in the Mallat Law Offices, Beirut. Before returning to his native Lebanon in 1996, he was Director of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) in the School of Oriental and African Studies (S.O.A.S.) at the University of London.

He is the author of Introduction to Middle Eastern Law (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2007); Presidential Choices (Beirut, 1998); Democracy in America (Beirut, Nahar, in Arabic 1998) ; The Middle East into the 21st Century (Garnet, 1996) and The Renewal of Islamic Law: Muhamad Baqer as-Sadr, Najaf, and the Shi‘i International (Cambridge University Press, 1993). In addition, his articles in English, French and Arabic have been published in academic journals around the world and he served as a joint general editor for five volumes of the Yearbook on Islamic and Middle Eastern Law. In his law practice, he is perhaps best known for bringing the case of Victims of Sabra and Shatila v. Ariel Sharon et al. under the law of universal jurisdiction in Belgium, where he won a judgment against the accused before a change in Belgian law removed the jurisdiction of the court . As a democratic activist, he was involved with the Iraqi opposition to Saddam Hussein, even spending time in an Iranian jail after organizing international monitoring of the first free elections ever in Iraq, in May 1992. He is a frequent op-ed contributor in newspapers ranging from the Daily Star (Lebanon) to the New York Times.

For more on Chibli Mallat, see his LAPA page.