Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair for the Law and Economics of Islamic Law

Flavelle House
Room 403
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5   

Tel.: 416-946-0589

Research interests
Business Corporations
Economic Analysis of Law
Family Law
International Human Rights Law
International Investment Law
Islamic Law
Law and Globalization
Political Philosophy and Theory
Securities Regulation

Mohammad H. Fadel is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, which he joined in January 2006. Professor Fadel wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago. Professor Fadel was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. Professor Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history and Islam and liberalism.

B.A. - University of Virginia (1988)
Ph.D. - University of Chicago (1995)
J.D. - University of Virginia (1999)
Academic appointments
Cross-appointed in the Department of Religion and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
Awards and distinctions
Canada Research Chair (2006, 2011)
Selected Publications

"The True, the Good and the Reasonable: The Theological and Ethical Roots of Public Reason in Islamic Law" (2008) 21:1 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 5. (download article)

"Public Reason as a Strategy for Principled Reconciliation: The Case of Islamic Law and International Human Rights" 8(1) Chicago Journal of International Law 1 (Summer 2007). (download article)

"Back to the Future: The paradoxical Revival of Aspirations for an Islamic State," 14(1) Review of Constitutional Studies (2009). (download article)

"Political Liberalism, Islamic Law and Family Law Pluralism: the Contrasting Cases of New York and Ontario," forthcoming as a chapter in Marriage and Divorce in a Multi-Cultural Context: Reconsidering the Boundaries of Civil Law and Religion, Cambridge University Press (Nov. 2011), ed. Joel Nichols. (download article)

"Muslim Reformists, Female Citizenship and the Public Accommodation of Islam in Liberal Democracy,"Politics and Religion, Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming, 2012) (download article)