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Visiting Scholars


Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program

The Clarke Initiative contributes to the development of research and scholarship on the region in part by hosting scholars from the region. These scholars are able to benefit from the resources of a world-class research university to advance their work, as well as to dialogue with colleagues at Cornell and beyond in ways that may not otherwise be possible.


Professor Mohamed Arafa


For the fall semester, the Clarke Initiative is hosting Professor Mohamed Arafa as a Visiting Scholar. He is an Assistant Professor of Law at Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt on Sabbatical); Adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Brasília School of Law (Brazil). As part of his activities at Cornell, Professor Arafa delivered two lectures in the fall. On September 26, Professor Arafa discussed the topic “The Legitimacy of Shari’a Law: Whither Ijtihad?”On November 8, Professor Arafa delivered a lecture entitled, “Uniquely Human and Unthinkable: Is Compatibility Achievable between Islamic (Shari’a) and Human Rights Law?”

Professor Arafa received his Doctorate from Indiana University McKinney School of Law 2013, an LL.M. from University of Connecticut Law School 2008 and his LL.B. from Alexandria University Law School.

Mohamed Arafa
Mohamed Arafa
Professor Arafa serves as Managing Editor of the Arab Law Quarterly in London. He focuses his teaching and scholarship in the areas of criminal law; white-collar crime; Islamic law; international criminal law; human rights law with focus on terrorism and transitional justice. He has taught in Newcastle at Northumbria University, Manchester University in the UK, University of Parma and Bologna in Italy, Paris I (Sorbonne) in Paris, and Rijeka in Croatia. He has also lectured at venues around the world about Islamic law, terrorism, and the US Middle Eastern policies.


Professor Hani Sayed


The Clarke Initiative is pleased to welcome Dr. Hani Sayed, the Chair of the Law Department at the American University in Cairo, as a Clarke Initiative Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the Spring of 2010. Dr. Sayed will be lecturer in the Clarke Initiative Colloquium Series on Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa on April 13, where he will present "Law, Development and War: The Political Economy of Foreign Aid.

Dr Hani Sayed joined the American University in Cairo Department of Law in 2005. He received a Licence en Droit from the Faculty of Law at Damascus University, a D.E.S. in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies at the HEI in Université de Genève, and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School. He teaches and writes in a diverse set of topics in international law including human rights and humanitarian law, law and development, international economic law, global governance and legal theory.

Professor Amr Shalakany

The Clarke Initiative was pleased to welcome Dr. Amr Shalakany from the American University in Cairo - Department of Law, as a Clarke Initiative Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Fall 2009. Professor Shalakany writes and teaches in Islamic Law Reform, Egyptian Legal History, and Comparative Law.

Amr Shalakany has served as Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the LL.M. Program at the American University in Cairo (AUC) since the Law Department's establishment in 2005. He also holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Civil Law at Cairo University Faculty of Law.

Before joining AUC, Professor Shalakany was the Jeremiah Smith Junior Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School, where he taught Comparative Law and Islamic Law.  Earlier, he served as legal advisor to the PLO Negotiations Support Unit in Ramallah during the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process and also received a Ford Foundation grant to establish a Law Clinic at Birzeit University Faculty of Law and Public Administration in Ramallah.  Shalakany also worked as a securities lawyer with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in London.  He has 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.

Professor Shalakany is currently on a research fellowship leave from AUC, as part of his appointment as a Carnegie Scholar from 2008-2010. His current research and scholarly projects include: co-editing the collected papers from "New Approaches to Modern Egyptian Legal History," a symposium supported by the Ford Foundation which will be published with American University in Cairo Press; "Modern Egyptian Legal Historiography" (forthcoming in Boutiveau & Maugiron eds., Egypt and Its Laws (2010)); and his book manuscript "Restless Jurists Compared: The Critique and Reconstruction of Contract Law Theory in the US, France and Egypt 1900-1968" (forthcoming from Brill Academic Publishers in 2009).