Mindie Paget
School of Law

Media advisory: Islamic law expert available to discuss post-Gadhafi Libya

Wed, 08/24/2011
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WHAT: Raj Bhala, Rice Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, is available to discuss Islamic law in the wake of the toppling of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya and the Arab spring.

BHALA CAN DISCUSS: U.S. policy toward the Middle East; Islamic law; terrorism, al-Qaida, Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban; international trade law and policy; the World Trade Organization; Arab revolutions and democracy; Syria; Iran; Gulf countries; Pakistan, India, and Kashmir; and Israel and Palestine.

To schedule an interview, contact Mindie Paget at 785-864-9205 or

BIOGRAPHY: Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala has a global reputation in the scholarship of international trade law, having lectured around the world and published an acclaimed treatise, “Modern GATT Law,” a leading textbook, “International Trade Law,” and more than two dozen articles. His latest book, “Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a),” was just published by LexisNexis. Bhala practiced international banking law at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before entering academia and currently serves as a foreign legal consultant to Heenan Blaikie LLP, Canada. He has worked in 25 countries, including Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Turkey.

UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC LAW: Bhala will present the lecture “Understanding Islamic Law” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

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