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Islam, International and Comparative Law : Current Issues

3rd December 2007

The relationship between international and Islamic law is of growing importance and relates to a number of issues.

The conference will address the following questions:

  • What is Islamic international law (as-siyar), what is its relationship to international law and how is it relevant in today's world?
  • What is the contribution of Islamic law to public international law?
  • How is public international law implemented at the domestic level by Islamic states?
  • What is the relationship between Islamic law and private international law?

In the afternoon session, specific aspects of the relationship between international and Islamic law will be tackled:

  • Use of force and terrorism;
  • Human rights and gender issues;
  • Business and finance.

The event will be followed by a reception for all those attending.

Should you have any queries, please contact Victor Kattan.

Student places are limited.

The Institute is implementing a three-year project on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The project is expected to contribute to the mutual understanding of human rights in Islamic and non-Islamic cultures; to raise legal awareness among the wider population and specific focus groups; and to promote the adoption of major human rights instruments.

More information on this project can be found here.

The institute aspires to set up a new research initiative on the relationship between Islamic law and International law. With talks of revitalising an International Islamic Court in Kuwait, a study of the impact of Islam on international law and vice-versa is more relevant than ever. Even though there has been a surge of interest in the subject in recent years, there is still a lack of empirical research on international law and Islamic law.

For more information about the Institute Iran's Project and the new research initiative, please contact the project manager, Dr. Nisrine Abiad at


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