The deadline for applications to the IGLP Doha Grants Program is May 1, 2013.  See how to apply, below!

The Harvard Law School IGLP Doha Grants Program is generously supported by Santander Universities to support research by IGLP alumni and faculty pursuing innovative scholarship aiming to revitalize the Arab and Islamic traditions of law and governance and to explore issues of comparative law, global law, and policy in Qatar, the Middle East, and North African Region. The grants are intended to further the dialogue begun at IGLP: The Workshop through long-term research collaboration.  Our first grants were awarded in January at IGLP: The Workshop.

We are accepting applications for the following grants:

Individual grants:  to support research and writing by individual scholars.  Could include funding for travel, research support or publication and dissemination of results.  Maximum award: $3000.

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 $5000.

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.

How to apply: Grant applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the IGLP Grants Committee.  The IGLP Doha Grants Program anticipates awarding a second series of grants in June 2013 at our annual Conference and Colloquium, sponsored by Santander Universities and Sovereign Bank. IGLP Workshop alumni are invited to apply for individual grants, collaborative grants and research project grants. The deadline for applications in the next round of funding is May 1, 2013.  Applications should include a statement of purpose outlining the proposed research, an indication of the activities to be supported, the research outcomes to be expected, a budget, the curriculum vitae for all proposed participants, and an indication of each participants’ prior affiliation with the IGLP, if any.  Applications will be reviewed after all of the necessary information has been received.  Please click here to submit your application.  If you have questions, please send an email to [email protected]

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We are pleased to announce the following Research Project and Individual Grants awarded in January 2013:


Contemporary Approaches to Arab and Islamic Law and Governance
Principal Investigator: Chantal Thomas, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School | IGLP Workshop Faculty

Chantal Thomas

Chantal Thomas

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


Amr Shalakany

This 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.


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

Nadia Ahmad

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 project aims 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, JSD Candidate, University of Chicago (Pakistan) | IGLP Workshop Participant 2013

Dawood Ahmed 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, Ph.D. Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Canada and Pakistan) | 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, Associate Professor, Florida International University (United States) | IGLP Workshop Docent 2012


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, Lecturer in Law, Brunel Law School (Brunel University)(Spain) | IGLP Workshop Participant 2011
Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral Photo edited
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, Senior Fellow, Melbourne Law Masters, Melbourne Law School (Australia and Colombia) | IGLP Workshop Docent 2012 and 2013
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, Lecturer in Law, City University London (Bosnia and Herzegovina) | IGLP Workshop Docent 2012 and 2013

The 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, Ph.D. Candidate, Tufts University, and Fellow, IGLP (United States) | IGLP Docent 2012 and 2013

Zina editedThis 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.