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Visiting Scholars



Dr. 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.

Professor Sayed's CV


Dr. 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).