Reinterpreting Islamic Law on Issues from Women to War Event as iCalendar

(Faculty of Law events, Public lectures, New Zealand Centre for Law and Business, Commercial Law)

08 June 2017

5:30 - 7pm

As a sacred legal system, Islamic Law (Sharī‘a) has prescribed sources for its rules. Four of them are agreed on, but additional sources are disputed. One of the most important such additional sources is independent reasoning (ijtihād).

This lecture will begin with an analysis of the conventional and controversial sources. It then will provide poignant examples of how they are used – and abused – in practice, such as domestic violence, abortion, laws of war, and terrorism.

Speaker: Rakesh (Raj) Kumar Bhala
Raj is Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law, and Rice Distinguished Professor, at the University of Kansas School of Law.
He practiced at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he twice won the President’s Award for Excellence, thanks to his service as a delegate to the United Nations Conference on International Trade Law.
A Harvard Law School graduate, he completed masters degrees at LSE and Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and an undergraduate degree at Duke as an Angier B Duke Scholar.
Raj is author of a leading textbook in international trade law, the first treatise on GATT in nearly 50 years, and a new book on TPP, is the first non-Muslim American scholar to write a textbook on Islamic Law, and writes the “On Point” monthly column for BloombergQuint (India). He is on his fourth trip to New Zealand, a country he dearly loves.

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Raj Bhala photo
Date: Thursday, 8 June 2017
Time: 5.30-7pm Lecture: 5.30-6.30pm
Light refreshments: 6.30pm
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School
Owen Glenn G Building
Lecture Theatre OGGB4, Level 0
12 Grafton Road