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JURIST Welcomes Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi as Columnist


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JURIST Welcomes Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi as Columnist

Pittsburgh, PA - January 17, 2012 - JURIST is proud to welcome Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi as a regular columnist. Professor Hamoudi's column will be featured in JURIST's Forum section on a monthly basis. The addition of Professor Hamoudi expands JURIST's roster of regular columnists to four, joining Professor Charles Jalloh, Edsel Tupaz, and the institutional column presented by the University of California, Davis School of Law. In his initial column, Professor Hamoudi argues that the allegedly irregular criminal proceedings going on against Americans working for NGOs in Egypt and an Iraqi vice president appear ordinary to the members of the criminal justice systems of those countries.

Haider Ala Hamoudi is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His scholarship focuses on Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, particularly, but not exclusively, as it pertains to matters of commerce. He has called for a reassessment of the manner in which law in the Muslim world is understood and approached, with less reliance on medieval texts and more emphasis on the positive law of the nation states of the Muslim world and on the political, social, economic and ideological influences that influence its interpretation. Professor Hamoudi spent most of 2009 in Baghdad advising the Constitutional Review Committee of the Iraqi legislature, responsible for developing critical amendments to the Iraq Constitution deemed necessary for Iraqi national reconciliation, on behalf of the United States Embassy in Baghdad. He also advised on other key pieces of legislation, including a hydrocarbons law, a revenue management law, and an antitrust law.

"Professor Hamoudi is an excellent addition to our core group of regular columnists," said Matthew Shames, JURIST's Executive Director. "His particular areas of expertise should be of great interest to our audience. Moreover, his voice provides a unique opportunity for our readers to gain a better understanding of the legal systems in the Muslim world, even as they continue to evolve. We believe such understanding and critical analysis are essential both within the US and internationally, and we are excited that Professor Hamoudi's thoughtful commentaries will be available on a monthly basis on JURIST."

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