Associate Professor of Law
Member at the Institute for Gender and Women's Studies
Amr Shalakany is associate professor of law at the American University in Cairo (AUC), where he served as founding director of the LL.M. Degree Program. He holds a joint appointment at the Civil Law Deptartment of Cairo University Faculty of Law. Professor Shalakany teaches in the areas of Comparative Private Law, Islamic Law, and Legal History.
Before joining AUC, Shalakany was the Jeremiah Smith Junior Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School. Earlier, he served as legal advisor to the PLO Negotiations Support Unit in Ramallah, and taught at Birzeit University where he helped set up the Legal Aid Clinic at the Law Institute. He has also worked as a securities lawyer with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in London, and currently assists on several law reform projects in Egypt and Palestine.
Shalakany will be on leave from AUC during the Spring 2013 semester, teaching at Brown University as the Aga Khan Distinguished Visiting Professor of Islamic Humanities. Shalakany will offer an upper level seminar on “Critical Approaches to Islamic Law Reform,” and organize a conference on “Law and the Arts in the Arab World Today,” along with occasional lectures on legal aspects of the Arab Spring.
Professor Shalakany received his Licence en droit and LL.M. degrees from Cairo University Faculty of Law, and LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School. He is admitted to the New York Bar.
- Comparative Law
- Contracts & Torts
- Islamic Law and Religion
- Islamic Law Reform
- International Commercial Arbitration
- Law and the Visual Arts
- Modern Egyptian Legal History
- Revolution: Law, Media and the Arts
Current Research Interests
- Comparative Private Law and Legal Theory
- Islamic Law and Historiography
- Law and Social Thought
Select Professional Affiliations
Palestinian Ministry of Education, Ramallah, Palestine
(2012 – Present) Accreditation Expert: Hebron Law School Proposal.
Consumer Protection Agency, Cairo, Egypt
(2012 – Present) Lead Egyptian legal expert on twinning the regulatory framework for consumer protection between the European Union and Egypt.
Doha Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar
(2012 – Present) Interim Founding Board Member.
Journal of Comparative Legal History, London, UK
(2012 – Present) International Board Member.
Hisham Mubarak Law Center for Legal Aid, Cairo, Egypt
(2011 – Present) Of counsel on policy reform initiative.
Mosireen Non-Profit Media Center, Cairo, Egypt
(2011 – Present) Founding Board Member
Police for Egypt Initiative, Cairo, Egypt
(2011 – Present) Founding member and of counsel on security sector reform
Sahafet Welad El Balad Community Journalism, Cairo, Egypt
(2011 – Present) Founding Board Member
International Academy for Comparative Law, Paris France
(2011 – Present) Associate Member.
Harvard Institute of Global Law and Policy, Cambridge, MA
(2010 – Present) Academic Board Member.
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Right, Cairo, Egypt
(2004 – Present) Board Member.
Select Honors and Awards
Open Society Foundation, New York, USA
Grant recipient. Manshourat: Social Media & Law Reform, 2012-2014.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York, New York, USA
Carnegie Scholar, 2008 – 2013; topic: “The Redefinition of Shari’a in Modern n Egyptian Legal Thought: 1798 – Present.”
The Ford Foundation, Cairo, Egypt
Conference/book-editing grant, 2009 – 2013; topic: “New Approaches to Modern Egyptian Legal History: Late Ottoman Period to the Present.”
Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY
Clark Initiative Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Fall 2009.
Columbia Law School, New York, NY
Program on Law, Gender & Sexuality: Visiting Scholar, Summer 2009.
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
Fellow, Human Rights Program, 2002 – 2003.
Palestine Solidarity in Times of Revolution (with Sherene Seiqaly), under consideration by PALESTINE YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL LAW.
Arab Spring, OXFORD BIBLIOGRAPHY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, forthcoming, 2013
Introduction to Modern Egyptian Legal History (with Khaled Fahmy); in KHALED FAHMY & AMR SHALAKANY, EDS., NEW APPROACHES TO MODERN EGYPTIAN LEGAL HISTORY. Forthcoming: AUC Press, Fall 2012; Arabic edition: SHERIF YOUNIS, TRN., Dar Al-Shourouk Press, forthcoming 2013.
The Secular Time-Hinge in Islamic Law History, in KHALED FAHMY & AMR SHALAKANY, EDS., NEW APPROACHES TO MODERN EGYPTIAN LEGAL HISTORY Forthcoming: AUC Press, Fall 2012; Arabic edition: Dar Al-Shourouk Press, forthcoming 2013.
RESTLESS JURISTS COMPARED. THE CRITIQUE AND RECONSTRUCTION OF CONTRACT LAW THEORY IN THE US, FRANCE AND EGYPT, 1900 – 1968. Forthcoming: BRILL Academic Publishers, Fall 2013.
University Education and the Modern Egyptian Legal Elite, in BOUTIVEAU & MAUGIRON, EDS., EGYPT AND ITS LAWS, forthcoming: Fall 2013.
Islamic Law and Liberal Legality in Modern Egyptian Legal Thought, 3 MAJALLAT TABAYYUN LIL-DIRASAT AL-FIKRIYA WAL-THAQAFIYA, 2012, AZMY BESHARA, ED [In Arabic]
IZDIHĀR WA-INHIYĀR AL-NOKHBA AL-QANŪNEYYA AL-MISRIYYA: 1805 – 2005, (THE RISE AND FALL OF EGYPT'S MODERN LEGAL ELITE: 1805 – 2005), forthcoming, Dar Al-Shorouk Press, 2012. [In Arabic]
The Army and the National Budget in the 1882 Constitution, 1 MAJALLAT AL-SIYASAT AL-TASHRI’YYA 2012 [In Arabic]
Comparative Law: Problems and Prospects, 26 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW, 4 (2011)
Islamic Legal Histories, 1 BERKELEY JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST & ISLAMIC LAW 3 (2008)
On a Certain Queer Discomfort with Orientalism, 101 PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2007).
The Closeted Comparative Lawyer: On How to Pass for Human-Rights-Material, 20 HARVARD HUMAN RIGHTS JOURNAL 41 (2007).
I heard it all before: Egyptian Tales of Law & Development, 27 THIRD WORLD QUARTERLY 833 (2006).
Scenes from a Ramallah Law School, 31 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEGAL INFORMATION 330 (2003).
PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYERING: AN INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADVOCACY IN THE US COMPARED WITH PALESTINE (Birzeit University Publications: 2003) [in Arabic].
Privatizing Jerusalem, or an Investigation into the City’s Future Legal Stakes, 15 LEIDEN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 431 (2002).
Violent Jurisdictions: on the Fragmentation of Space under Oslo, ADALAH’S REVIEW (2002) [in English, Arabic & Hebrew].
The Origins of Comparative Law in the Arab World, or how sometimes losing your Asalah can be Good for you, in ANNELISE RILES, ED., RETHINKING THE MASTERS OF COMPARATIVE LAW (Hart Publishing: 2001).
Between Identity and Redistribution: Sanhuri, Genealogy and the Will to Islamise, 8 ISLAMIC LAW & SOCIETY JOURNAL 201 (2001).
Arbitration and the Third World: Bias under the Scepter of Neo-Liberalism, 41 HARVARD INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 419 (2000).
Book Review: Lillich, Richard B. and Charles N. Brower (eds). International Arbitration in the 21st Century: Towards ‘Judicialisation’ and Uniformity? New York: Transnational Publishers, 1994, 3 EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 574 (1998).