Post date: January 31, 2002 -- 3:30 p.m.
This summer, the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School will offer a comprehensive curriculum on Islamic law. The five day program will explore Islamic banking and finance, family law, human rights developments, the law's history and its contemporary application, and law in the Gulf region. Through lectures, applied case studies, and group discussion, participants--limited to licensed lawyers--will receive an intensive orientation to major legal issues among Muslims around the world.
"We hear from lawyers how they meet increasingly with Islamic law in their daily practices, particularly in human rights, banking, international trade, immigration, and family law," said Professor Frank Vogel, director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program. "We also find that lawyers are highly intrigued by the many diverse impacts this law sprung from religion is having worldwide -- on laws, legal systems, constitutions, and international affairs. Given this mounting interest among practitioners, we at the Program felt that we had to offer an introductory summer course."
Scheduled to begin on June 24, the Islamic Law for Lawyers program will be limited to 30 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please see the Islamic Legal Studies Program website.
Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program, established in 1991, is dedicated to achieving excellence in the study of Islamic law through objective and comparative methods. It fosters an atmosphere of open inquiry that embraces many perspectives, both Muslim and non-Muslim. It seeks to promote a deep appreciation of Islamic law as one of the world's major legal systems.