The Harvard Law School IGLP Doha – Santander Grants Program is generously sponsored by Santander Universities to support research by IGLP alumni and faculty pursuing innovative scholarship and research projects that emerged out of the IGLP Doha Workshop. Preference is given to research that revitalizes the Arab and Islamic traditions of law and governance and that explores issues of comparative law, global law, and policy in Qatar, the Middle East, and the North African Region. The grants are designed to encourage scholars participating in IGLP: The Workshop in Doha to continue their research and collaboration.

Download our Doha – Santander Grants Program brochure.

Applications are reviewed three times per year.  Application deadlines are April 1, July 1 and November 1.  Click HERE to apply!  We are accepting applications for the following grants:

Individual grants:  to support research and writing by individual scholars.  Grants could include funding for travel, research support or publication and dissemination of results.  Maximum award: $3000. Check back soon for application information for the next round.

Collaborative grants: to support research and writing by collaborative teams of IGLP alumni and/or faculty.  Grants could include funding for convening the team, supporting research by team members or dissemination of results. Maximum award for all Collaborative Grants is $5000.  Check back soon for application information for the next round.

Research project grants: to support sustained efforts by collaborative teams convened by  IGLP faculty members to develop and disseminate new thinking aiming to renew our understanding of the Arab and Islamic traditions and/or issues of comparative and global law or policy of relevance to Qatar and the MENA region.  Grants could include funding for conferences, workshops, translation or publication.  Maximum award: $25,000. Check back soon for application information for the next round.

If you have questions, please send an email to iglp@law.harvard.edu


We are pleased to announce the following Research Project and Individual Grants:

COLLABORATIVE GRANTS | Summer, 2014

Critical Approaches to Islamic Law and Economy II
Principal Investigators: Karen Rhone (United States of America), Doctoral Fellow, University of Chicago | IGLP Workshop Docent 2014, and Laura Elder (United States of America), Assistant Professor, Saint Mary’s College | IGLP 2013 Workshop Panelist

KarenANDLaura This collaborative research project emerged out of Karen’s earlier Santander Grant Project on Islamic Law and Economy (CAILE) which she launched in 2013. This project is particularly focused on questions of Islamic law and policy that address genealogies of knowledge production and expertise, particularly those that coalesce around notions of moral economy, moral finance, and the resultant connections – disconnections – to modes of global law and policy.  Karen and Laura plan to travel to London, Amman and Kuala Lumpur for field research and hope to present their research at the IGLP Conference in 2015.

 

Chinese and Indian Land Grabs in Africa: Economic Imperialism?
Principal Investigators: George Forji Amin (Finland), PhD Candidate, University of Helsinki | IGLP Workshop Participant 2014, and Razak Jaha (Ghana), Assistant Lecturer, University Cape Coast | IGLP Workshop Participant 2014.

GeorgeANDRazakSouth-south imperialism appears to be the new normal. This project investigates recent land acquisition patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa by Chinese and Indian investors to assess the effects of these land deals on the proprietary rights of the African populace and the socio-economic impact on their livelihood.

The researchers aim to situate these land deals in the broader context of global public policy and economic hegemony.   The researchers expect that analysis of these relatively new instruments of south-south economic hegemony may challenge the view that the third world is inherently anti-imperialistic, enriching the literature on third world approaches to international law while questioning the wisdom among African political elites of considering China and India as “third world friends.”   The project aims to coordinate a volume of collected articles and convene a research conference in Cameroon or Ghana.

INDIVIDUAL GRANTS | Summer, 2014

Plural Customs and Formalization: Land Registration in Ethiopia
Mekonnen Ayano (Ethiopia), S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School | 2014 Workshop Participant

Mekonnen_AyanoThis study analyzes the relationship between the plurality of customs and socio-economic relations respecting land in Ethiopia and the ongoing land registration program.

The research will map customary practices and the history of land title and registration systems, example the theories justifying formalization, and the consequences of the current formalization model.   The work aims to develop alternative formalization procedures that could minimize damage to customary titles, practices and traditions. The grant will support field research in the Dugda district (Ethiopia) to identify the process of rural land registration and how the registration processes interfere with (or not interfere with) customary property titles.

 

Women in the new legal profession in India
Swethaa Ballakrishnen (United States), Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University, | 2014 Workshop Participant

Ballakrishnen_SwethaaAlthough women account for less than 10% of the bar in India, in the two most prestigious law firms, they account for 50% of the workforce, even at senior levels. Using in-depth interviews and new survey data, this project explores the institutional emergence of new legal professional spaces in India with egalitarian advantages for women legal professionals.  

As elsewhere, legal practice in India has been a male-dominated profession.  Nevertheless, data suggests that women are less disadvantaged in new “global” legal workspaces emerging in the wake of market liberalization – which often otherwise resemble Western corporate law firms in their steep stratification.  This Indian experience poses a challenge to conventional explanations for the persistence of professional gender hierarchy and of the organizational homogenizing impact of globalization.   The grant will support comparative study of women lawyers working on global work in global firms, in traditional law practice and those doing non-global work in global firms.

 

Authority and Islam: An Ethnography of Fatwa in Myanmar
Melissa Crouch, Research Fellow, National University of Singapore | IGLP Workshop Participant 2014

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This grant will support research on the dynamics of fatwa (Islamic legal opinions) in the context of Myanmar. This ethnographic exploration of religious authority in Myanmar will use the practice of fatwa to explore the contours of authority among the Islamic communities in Myanmar and enrich our understanding of authority in Southeast Asia more broadly.

Although many Islamic organizations in Myanmar issue fatwa for the guidance of their community, there is little scholarship on the construction of Islamic law in Myanmar or how religious authority is mediated through the practice of fatwa. The research focuses on the Islamic Religious Affairs Council, one of the peak Islamic bodies in Myanmar to issue fatwa, primarily in relation to questions of marriage, inheritance and divorce.  This project will provide new empirical evidence of the Islamic practices of Muslims in Myanmar and support new theoretical insights into authority and power, and the way fatwa are used as a conduit of religious authority.  This grant will support field research in Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar, including interviews and the collection of primary materials.

 

Towards an Interruptive History of Islamic Law
Vanja Hamzic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Lecturer, SOAS, University of London | 2014 IGLP Workshop Docent

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This project aims to identify factors shaping the Islamic legal tradition that have been overlooked in much Islamic law historiography, including cyclical globalisation, vernacular knowledge systems, cultural revolutions, crude periodisations and modernist re-configurations.  This grant will support a third phase of research: a case study of newly emerging literature on the Mamluk historians of Islamic law and society undertaken through archival work in the United Kingdom and support for translation and acquisition of research materials.

The project began by assessing the major sources of Islamic legal historiography, and then focusing on issues befalling ‘scripturalist’ and ‘new historian’ works and their authors, including those of early Muslim imperialism and European colonialism.    Earlier phases of the project were also supported by Santander/Doha grants in two earlier phases, focused on archival and ethnographic work in Pakistan (2011), Egypt (2012), and Palestine (2013).

 

Constitutional reform and women’s rights in today’s Tunisia
John Hursh (United States), LL.M. Candidate, McGill University, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism | 2014 Workshop Participant

John_HurshThis project will deepen our understanding of the impact of the Tunisian constitution’s provisions on women’s rights and gender equality through firsthand accounts of policy and advocacy experience by supporters of women’s rights and civil society organizations.

The grant will support travel to meet with influential academics, women’s rights supporters, and civil society organization leaders in Tunisia to discuss their role in securing a gender equality provision within the new constitution.  The project aims to strengthen understanding of the potential for local and international participation in the legal reform and constitutionalisation process in Islamic majority nations through the Tunisian example.

 

Islamic Practices of International Heritage Protection and the Politics of Regionalism in International Law
Lucas Lixinski (Brazil), Lecturer, University of New South Wales, | 2013 IGLP Docent

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This project examines the (relatively sparse) participation of Islamic countries in the international heritage work of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in light of the international heritage protection practices of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) to determine the impact of a parallel regional organization on the work of UNESCO. More broadly, the project will interrogate the politics of regionalism in international law, examining Islamic traditions of international law-making and standard-setting, and the relationships between the Islamic tradition and universal-aspiring bodies.
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Islamic Law and the Struggle for Governance in Somalia
Mark Massoud (United States), Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz | 2014 Workshop Participant

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This project will contribute to scholarship on the MENA region by using the case of Somalia to illuminate how law (including Islamic law) plays a role in state formation and governance.

Building on research in Sudan and Somalia, this interdisciplinary study of law and development focuses on how lawyers, activists, and community leaders use legal mechanisms to build peace and security. The study combines ethnographic fieldwork in Somaliland and archival research at the British Library. The grant will also support additional qualitative interviews in summer 2014.

 

 

Managing Foreign Investment in Natural Resources: Can Colombia Learn from Qatar?
Nicolas_PerroneNicolás Perrone (Argentina), Assistant Professor, Universidad Externado de Colombia | 2014 Workshop Docent

This project explores the lessons Colombia may learn from Qatar’s laws on foreign investment in natural resources.

The natural resource boom in South America makes the management of natural resources a policy priority for countries like Colombia. Harnessing foreign investment without a loss of control or benefit has been a recurring challenge.   Gulf countries, including Qatar, have moved from concession to joint venture agreements for the production of oil and gas in the last thirty years, allowing a higher degree of control and giving the government voice and authority over operations, risks and benefits.   Although these alternative structures for foreign investment were discredited by the World Bank and the OECD during the nineties, this project examines the potential relevance of the Qatari experience for resource management in Colombia.

 

G20 “outreach” to Islamic and MENA region nations.
Susan Harris Rimmer (Australia), Dr. & Director of Studies at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University | 2014 Workshop Participant

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This project investigates whether Muslim nations represented on the G20 (Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Indonesia) feel a responsibility to provide leadership in the G20 in ways influenced by Islamic conceptions of finance and banking, and whether and how these nations provide outreach about their G20 discussions to other Islamic states or MENA countries. Turkey’s hosting of the 2015 G20 Leaders’ Summit provides a timely opportunity for this enquiry on Islamic nations’ role in global economic governance.

The G20 “outreach strategy” refers to the diplomatic meetings and communications strategies used by the host state to let the rest of the international community know the priorities of the G20 Summits, to consult with non-members and take on board their suggestions and reactions.    The strategy aims to address the tension between effective crisis management by a small number of key G20 members and the long term objective to be a legitimate global actor whose decisions are supported by non-members. The study will explore the success of the “outreach” strategy with particular focus on the Islamic world and MENA region.   The grant will support research in Jakarta, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

 

The Reconfiguration of Migration through Islamic Finance
Shanthi Senthe (Canada), Ph.D Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School | 2014 Workshop Participant

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ShanthiSentheThis research project explores the contours of Islamic finance within non-Islamic jurisdictions, its ‘legal’ integration into the financial system, and its links to remittance and migration patterns using Sri Lanka as a case study.

Islamic finance has catapulted into 51 countries, transforming international retail banking networks, affecting global circuits of capital and changing the modalities of financial inclusion initiatives. This study will draw upon earlier qualitative research conducted in Sri Lanka on the regulation of financial inclusion which revealed synergies between the commercialization of Islamic finance and remittances affecting migration patterns.  The follow-up study supported by this grant will examine the specific conditions propelling the rise and extension of Islamic finance in specific non-Islamic jurisdictions and the ways in which Islamic finance has transformed the financial regulatory landscape and influenced national dialogue on migration issues.

 

The Role of Ethnicity in the Political Organization of Nation-States: The Case of Uyghur Muslims in China
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Mohammad Shahabuddin (Bangladesh), Assistant Professor, Chairman, Department of Law & Justice, Jahangrinagar University | 2014 Workshop Docent

This study will focus on the political mobilization of Uyghur Muslims along the religious line in the autonomous region of Xinjiang in China as part of a broader exploration of the role of ethnicity in the political organization of nation-states and the repercussions for minorities, as evidence by the legal frameworks – both national and international – within which the identities of both the minority and the dominant groups are constructed or reinforced.

Although ethnic conflicts typically result from a number of inter-related issues, this research focuses on the tension between two political ideologies: the secular political ideology of the Communist Party of China and the ever-increasing salience of Islam as a political ideology among Uyghur Muslims.  The study aims to examine the concept of statehood in Islamic jurisprudence, and address its compatibility with nationalist movements by Muslim minorities along the religious line.  The grant will support research using secondary literature and a short field visit to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang.

 

The rise of the term ‘shari’a-compliant’ in the 21st century finance.
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Nurfadzilah Yahaya (Singapore), Mark Steinberg Weil Early Career Fellow in Islamic Studies, Washington University School of Law, | 2013 Workshop Participant

This study places the recent rise of the term and practice of “shari’a-compliant” banking products and investments in Islamic finance in historical perspective. The grant will support archival work in Indonesia and Malaysia to examine colonial documents pertaining to Islamic law and commercial affairs in both Netherlands Indies and Malaya during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Muslims merchants have historically displayed great flexibility and ingenuity in manipulating and, at other times, circumventing Shari’a. The current popularity of Islamic finance contrasts with this practical attitude. The project will examine the determination of shari’a compliance, if by other names, in financial arrangements during the colonial period in Southeast Asia, and explore the process by which this yielded to today’s more explicit certification of compliance with shari’a.

INDIVIDUAL GRANTS | Summer, 2013

Prosecution of Political Leaders in the Arab Region
Noha Aboueldahab, (Egypt) Ph.D. Candidate, Durham University | IGLP Workshop Participant 2013
Noha AboueldahabNoha Aboueldahab plans to travel to Libya and Yemen to conduct field research on the social, legal and political processes regarding decisions to prosecute (and not to prosecute) in Libya and Yemen, with the goal of producing an article for publication as well as organizing a panel at a future IGLP workshop or conference that will address issues of individual criminal accountability of high-ranking government officials in the Arab region.

 

Capturing Moral Imagination: Islam, Development, and Knowledge Regimes
Karen Rhone, (United States of America) Doctoral Fellow, American Bar Foundation, University of Chicago | IGLP Workshop Participant 2013

Karen Rhone (Ellis)Karen Rhone plans to travel to Amman, Jordan to conduct research on knowledge regimes and their understandings, proclivities and hesitations about Islamic ideals. She will execute her analysis as a comparative case study between Qatar Foundation (QF) in Doha and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation (KAS) in Amman. While the goals of both foundations are quite similar, they vary in their focus as well as the knowledge regimes they will likely rely on and reproduce. Knowledge regimes are particularly significant to this work because they help craft the ideas, ideals, theories, data, research and logics that both influence and justify policy imaginings, policymaking and, ultimately, social outcomes.She will use this research for her dissertation and for producing an article for publication.


Islamic Political Thought and the Arab Uprisings

Ermin Sinanovic, (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Assistant Professor of Political Science, United States Naval Academy | IGLP Workshop Participant 2012

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Ermin Sinanovic plans to travel to Egypt to conduct archival and ethnographic research on Islamic political thought and the emergence of Islamic political parties after the Arab Uprisings, with the goal of producing a book for publication by the end of 2013. The main thesis of his book is that the recent Arab Uprisings, also known as the Arab Spring, have created important new developments in Islamic political thought, which have produced a marked departure from many positions held in classical Islamic political thought. The book is an attempt to trace, discover, and understand these changes by examining the writings, statements, and actions of Islamist actors prior, during, and after the Arab Uprisings.

 

COLLABORATIVE GRANTS | Winter, 2013


Contemporary Approaches to Arab and Islamic Law and Governance

Principal Investigator: Chantal Thomas, (United States of America) Professor of Law, Cornell Law School | IGLP Workshop Faculty

Chantal ThomasThis collaborative research project aims to canvass innovative trends in the fields of Arab and Islamic law by convening young scholars to assess the current state and future directions of comparative work in these fields. The project aims to develop an historical understanding of approaches to law and governance the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that unites study of Islamic law and Arab legal traditions. The significance of law as a background, vernacular and stake in movements for legal reform, social and economic transformation in the region will provide a focal point. Across the MENA region, social change movements have framed their cause at least in part in the language of law, calling for the institution of the rule of law against corrupt and antidemocratic regimes. A contemporary legal understanding of the region should aspire to assess the contours of these vocabularies of resistance, and their relationship to structures of governance. As a sustained research project, this project will draw insight and support from existing collaborative projects already supported by IGLP at Harvard Law School, including Pro-Seminars on Heterodox Development and Transnational Labor Law and Social Policy. The project plans to collaborate with the Cornell Law School Clarke Initiative on Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. The grant will support a conference in New York City in Fall 2013, and will seek to bring together experts on comparative and international law, global governance, and development, modern Middle East studies, and Islamic legal thought. A preliminary meeting will be organized to coincide with the June 2013 IGLP Colloquium at Harvard Law School. The New York conference is planned to coincide with a meeting at the UN Development Programme Regional Bureau of Arab States. This office authored the 2004 Arab Human Development Report, which can be viewed as prescient in its unusual criticisms of the knowledge practices of Arab states. The meeting will bring together key actors at the UNDP with regional scholars, civil society, and UN officials. Proposed attendees include scholars from the American University in Cairo, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Alexandria, and the University of Waikato, among others. The envisioned research outcomes include an edited volume and a casebook to be published in 2014 or 2015.


Law and the Arts in the Middle East Today

Principal Investigator: Amr Shalakany, (Egypt) Associate Professor of Law and Member at the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, The American University in Cairo | IGLP Workshop Faculty

amr1This collaborative research project seeks to map the doctrinal arrangements, institutional structures and market practices governing “Law and the Arts” in the Middle East today. The focus will be on the legal systems of Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Qatar, the UAE, and Iran, with comparative references to select East Asian, American and European jurisdictions, along with public international law and international economic and trade law. This project will continue thematic discussions begun at the Doha Workshop in January 2013 in the research stream on “Contemporary Approaches to Arab and Islamic Law and Governance” by focusing on the specific case study of law and the arts. This grant will support the first stages of what is envisioned, funding permitted, as a two-year project. The project will begin with a workshop at Brown University in Spring 2013 convening a core group of interested researchers. The workshop will develop research hypotheses and review relevant literature in preparation for an extended series of field consultations. Funding permitting, the core group plans to meet four times over the ensuing two years to share research results, review completed work, and fine-tune the project publications. Each meeting will also include select “guest speakers” as the meeting’s theme. The principal destinations for meetings and field work are Cairo, Alexandria, Ramallah, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beirut, Istanbul, Doha and Abu-Dhabi, as well as Tehran if possible. The project will culminate with an edited volume (one part theory, the other a casebook on Law in the Middle East Today) in both Arabic and English.

 

INDIVIDUAL GRANTS | Winter, 2013

A Cautionary Approach to Biofuel Production in the Middle East: The Dilemma of Food Security and Energy Demands
Nadia Ahmad, (United States of America) Legal Fellow, Sustainable Development Strategies Group | IGLP Workshop Participant 2013

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Nadia Ahmad seeks to research laws and policies related to the deployment of biofuels in the Middle East. The grant will support research on regulatory and governance mechanisms to analyze the consequences of biofuel production. In addition, the project will evaluate the Islamic perspective on sustainability and economic jurisprudence principles as it relates to energy development. The projectaims to look at how agricultural demands for food cultivation may be undercut by ramped up biofuel production with a focus on Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, and Kuwait. Nadia Ahmad intends to prepare a law review article based on the outcome of her research.


An Analysis of ‘Shariah Clauses’ in the Constitutions of Muslim Majority Countries

Dawood Ahmed, (Pakistan) JSD Candidate, University of Chicago | IGLP Workshop Participant 2013

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The project aims to contribute to scholarship on comparative constitutional design. It will initially undertake a comparative analysis of the constitutions of selected Muslim majority countries to analyze and understand the origins of sharia provisions, their evolution and relationship with human rights provisions in constitutions. This grant will support research and travel for this project.

 

The Role of the Judiciary in ‘Political Governance’ in Egypt
Muhammad Azeem, (Canada and Pakistan) Ph.D. Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University | IGLP Participant 2013

Muhammad Azeem Muhammad Azeem’s dissertation focuses on the role of the judiciary in ‘political governance’ in Pakistan, and he plans to do a comparative study with Egypt, which has strong parallels with Pakistan in its relation to (U.S.) imperial interests, its long tradition of liberal Islam, its military position, and the recent popular upsurge that has led to the rise of the role of the judiciary in intra-elite struggles. This grant will fund travel to Egypt to collect relevant case-law, interview jurists, and interact with Egypt intellectuals who have been studying these issues. Muhammad Azeem plans to publish one or two articles, and will invite Egyptian scholars to Pakistan to develop further collaborative projects.



Avenues of Legal Reform of Transnational and International Labor Laws in the Gulf and Saudi Arabia

Cyra Choudhury, (United States of America) Associate Professor, Florida International University | IGLP Workshop Docent 2012

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This grant will be used to study laws governing migrant labor in the Gulf and Saudi Arabia. Cyra Choudhury plans to travel to South Asia (India and Bangladesh) to study male and female laborers who work in the Middle East and return with the purpose of describing these experiences in order to inform a legal reform proposal. She plans to publish an article on the topic and follow up with a collaborative project involving a number of IGLP alumni and faculty in a long-term research collaboration.


Arab and Islamic Legal and International Legal Thought

Ignacio De La Rasilla Del Moral, (Spain) Lecturer in Law, Brunel Law School, Brunel University | IGLP Workshop Participant 2011

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This project aims to study the contribution of Arab and Islamic international legal thought to international law in Spain during the formative period for European international law in the period 1550-1700. The grant will support visits to the main Universities of Andalusia in Southern Spain (University of Granada, University of Cordoba and University of Seville) as well as to the Spanish National Library (Madrid) to provide coverage of the Arab and Islamic Traditions of International Law on the entries “Medieval International Law” and the “History of International Law : 1550-1700)” which have been commissioned by Oxford University Press – Oxford Bibliographies.



Study Space IV: Planning for Disaster: Place, Population, Culture, and the Environment

Luis Eslava, (Australia and Colombia) Senior Fellow, Melbourne Law Masters, Melbourne Law School | IGLP Workshop Docent 2012 and 2013

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Luis Eslava will use this grant to travel to Istanbul to attend the workshop, “Study Space VI: Planning for Disaster: Place, Population, Culture, and the Environment,” which will be held from March 31 to April 6, 2013. Study Space VI is a joint project of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth (Georgia State University College of Law) and Bahçesehir University (Istanbul, Turkey), in cooperation with the Payson Center for International Development (Tulane University Law School). During the workshop, Luis will conduct discussion groups and do fieldwork visits around Istanbul. As a result of his participation to the workshop, Luis will produce an original research paper that will be published in a special journal edition. The paper will focus on the challenges and opportunities experienced by urban residents, given Istanbul’s location within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, yet being part of a nation that is in the process of integration to the European Union. The visit to Istanbul and the propoused research paper will further Luis’s ongoing research on the current international attention to local jurisdictions and the everyday operation of international law.


Towards an Interruptive History of Islamic Law

Vanja Hamzic, (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Lecturer in Law, City University London | IGLP Workshop Docent 2012 and 2013

HamzicThe proposed research will critically assess the potentials and the limits of the two major streams of historiography of Islamic law in order to investigate many significant factors that have shaped the course and contents of Islamic Legal Tradition that have been overlooked, including those of (cyclical) globalization(s), vernacular knowledge systems, cultural revolutions, crude periodizations and modernist re-configurations. The research will allow for looking into historical narratives of Islamic law from various temporal and cultural contexts, thus challenging the mainstream, non-vernacular periodizations and generalizations of certain long-lasting historical phenomena. The project will rely on archival and ethnographic (legal anthropological) research, undertaken by the project author in Pakistan (2011) and Egypt (2012). The grant will support further archival research to be conducted in the United Kingdom (2013) and Egypt (2013), travel to relevant meetings and conferences, and translation (Arabic to English; Ottoman Turkish to English). The objectives will be to publish an article on “An Interruptive History of Islamic Law”; to present the research outcomes at one of IGLP’s major events (the Workshop, Conference, or Colloquium) as well as major conferences and events related to Islamic law; to produce a new module for students of Islamic law at City University London; and to organize an expert conference on the contemporary issues in the historiographic research of Islamic Law in Doha or London.


The History of International Activity in Palestine from the League of Nations until the Contemporary Era

Zinaida Miller, (United States of America) Ph.D. Candidate, Tufts University, and Fellow, IGLP | IGLP Docent 2012 and 2013

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This grant will support research on both past and present international intervention in Palestine through archival research and present-day interviews. Zinaida Miller has conducted field interviews with international aid workers in the occupied Palestinian territories, and plans to return to conduct follow-up interviews. In addition, she plans to travel to Geneva in the spring of 2013 to research the Permanent Mandates Commissions Archives to explore the interwar discourses of intervention with regard to Palestine. The ultimate outcome would be to support dissertation research and publication of one or two law review articles.


We are proud of our collaboration with Santander Universities, who have supported IGLP and the IGLP Workshop since 2010. Santander Universities  joined the Institute as a Leading Sponsor in 2010. Santander Universities was created by Banco Santander on the conviction that the best way of contributing to growth and economic and social process is by backing the higher education and research system. Banco Santander’s commitment to progress finds its expression in the Santander Universities Global Division, whose activities form the backbone of the bank’s social action and enable it to maintain a stable alliance with the academic world in Latin America, China, USA, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, United Kingdom, and Russia. Santander Universities Global Division, a team of more than 1,900 professionals distributed across 14 countries, coordinates and manages Banco Santander’s commitment to higher education. Between 1996 and 2008, Banco Santander channeled €600 million into sponsorship of academic, research and technological projects in support of higher education. There are now 800 academic institutions receiving support from Banco Santander for the development of academics initiatives including Harvard University and The Institute for Global Law and Policy. Santander Universities is the Lead Sponsor of our June ConferenceColloquium, and Pro-Seminars at Harvard.