Assistant Professor
Department of Law


Brief Biography

Mai Taha is an assistant professor at the Department of Law, AUC. Before joining AUC, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School (2015-2016). Previously, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Catalyst Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2014-2015). She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Law (2015). Her research broadly tackles the historical relationship between international law, empire and capital. Using a ‘law and humanities’ approach, she examines questions pertaining to class, gender, nationality, labor relations and extraterritoriality in the Middle East during the colonial period. She received her LLM from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and her MA in International Human Rights Law and BA from the American University in Cairo. She worked briefly in international criminal law at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, and as a legal adviser for refugees at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) in Cairo.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

2018  ‘The Mixed Courts of Egypt and the Entrepreneurship of Modern Law in the Colonies (1876-1949)’ in Daniel S. Margolies, Umut Özsu, Maïa Pal and Ntina Tzouvala, Standards and Sovereigns: Legal Histories of Extraterritoriality (Routledge) (forthcoming, 2018).

2017  ‘Reimagining Bandung for Women at Work in Egypt: law and the woman between the factory and the ‘social factory’’ in Luis Eslava, Michael Fakhri and Vasukia Nesiah (eds.), Bandung, Global History, and International Law: Critical Pasts and Pending Futures (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming, 2017).

2016   ‘Reading Class in International Law: The Labour Question in Interwar Egypt’ Social and Legal Studies: An International Journal, Vol. 25, No. 5.

2014  ‘The Egyptian Revolution in and Out of the Juridical Space: An Inquiry into Labour Law and the Workers’ Movement in Egypt’ International Journal of Law in Context, Vol. 10, No. 2.

2013  ‘Self-Determination, Oil and Islam in the Face of the League of Nations: The Mosul Dispute and the ‘Non-European’ Legal Terrain’ in Duncan French (ed.), Statehood, Self-Determination and Minorities: Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in International Law (Cambridge University Press).

2011  ‘The Mystic Wand of Participation: An Appraisal of Mark Mazower’s “No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations”’ German Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 7.

Other Publications

2016       ‘Histories of International Labour Governmentality,’ Social and Legal Studies Blog, November.


Teaching Areas

Human Rights in the Middle East

Human Rights in Africa

Law and Patriarchy

Public International Law