Al-Qasimi Chair (Professor/Associate Professor) in Islamic Studies, IAIS, University of Exeter (Exeter, UK). The post holder will be a leading international figure with the ability to attract high quality researchers at doctoral and postdoctoral level to the Islamic Studies research group. Any area of Islamic Studies is an appropriate specialism including (but not limited to) history, theology, philosophy, literature, mysticism, law, jurisprudence, art and architecture, art history, anthropology and sociology, digital humanities, and any period of the study of Islam. Applications due 01 May 2017. Read more.

Calls for Papers/Conferences

International Conference on Justice and Ethics (ICJECA) ( 15-16 Apr | Mashhad, Iran). Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Faculty of Theology is looking for papers on what Islam teaches about a just polity, and the ways through which Islamic teachings about justice and ethics can be practically implemented. Participants are encouraged to frame their views in the light of Twelver Shia Islam, and how it views ethics and justice. Abstracts and bios due 30 Dec 2016. Read more.


Second Annual Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference (22-23 Apr | Providence, RI). The Brown Legal Studies Initiative invites paper submissions on the subject of “Law and Democracy” for its second annual graduate student conference. The conference will consider the interaction of law and democracy in a broad historical and comparatist context. Papers from any discipline, including (but not limited to) jurisprudence, history, ethnic studies, philosophy, anthropology, literature, classics, political science, and sociology are welcome to foster interdisciplinary conversation. Applications are due 15 Jan 2017. Read more.

Ocean of Law II: Islamic Legal Crossings in the Indian Ocean World

Center for the Study of Islam and Society
Leiden University, The Netherlands
December 12-14, 2016
Call for Papers

After the successful conference, “Ocean of Law: Intermixed Legal Systems across the Indian Ocean World” held at Leiden University in December 2015, most participants were enthusiastic about following it up with another event to further explore various aspects of legal interactions in the Indian Ocean world. The Ocean of Law II is a step towards that end.
How did legal ideas and texts travel across borders? How did ideas and texts shape legal traditions and systems they encountered during their journey? How and why did legal cultures negotiate, influence and contest each other at the moments and sites of their interactions? Ocean of Law II will focus on Islamic legal circulations across the Indian Ocean world.

Organizers aim this to be an interdisciplinary platform and therefore welcome a range of contributions from historians, anthropologists, legal scholars and others whose research is related to the Indian Ocean Islamic legal world. The conference is aimed at scholars who in their research combine Islamic legal history with regional and/or imperial (legal) history to deepen the discussions about the place and development of Islamic law in the Indian Ocean world, instead of limiting it exclusively to the Middle East.

The 2017 Law & Social Inquiry Graduate Student Paper Competition is now open!

The editors of Law & Social Inquiry are pleased to announce our annual competition for the best journal-length paper in the field of law and social science written by a graduate or law student. Law & Social Inquiry publishes empirical and theoretical studies of sociolegal processes from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Entries will be accepted starting January 1, 2017 and must be received by March 1, 2017.

LSI  invites direct submissions from graduate and law students and nominations of student work from faculty. The author must be a graduate student or law student at the time the paper was written and when submitted. Faculty nominations should include a short description along with the paper and contact details for the student. Submissions will be evaluated by our editors.  The winning submission will be sent to selected scholars for advisory reviews to aid with revisions prior to publication.  All submissions (direct and faculty nominated) are weighted equally in the competition. The winning paper will be published in Law & Social Inquiry and the author(s) will receive a total cash prize of $500 (US). The paper will also receive special recognition from LSI at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association.

Please send your article as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to  Please indicate that (1) you intend to be considered in the competition, (2) you are currently a graduate student, and (3) you have not submitted your article to other journals for publication. Submission is limited to one paper per student; articles may not be altered or resubmitted with corrections once they have been received by our office. 

Submissions must include a title page with a complete mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number(s). The second page should include a 100-150 (maximum) word abstract. Beginning on the third page, all pages should be paginated.  Text, footnotes, endnotes, and references should be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 point font and have 1.5” margins on all sides with no headers or footers.  Properly formatted submissions must not exceed 60 pages.

For additional information, please go to or Questions regarding the competition can be directed to Willa Sachs:, (312) 988-6517


Research and Graduate Programs


Junior Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Department of Law and Anthropology (Apr 2017 | Halle, Germany). The Max Planck Institute is establishing a junior research group to investigate the bureaucratization of Islam and its socio-legal dimensions in Southeast Asia. There are three PhD positions open; the positions would be for three years. Applications are due 15 Dec 2016. Read more.

Engagement Lab @ Emerson College: MA in Civic Media, Art, and Practice (Boston, MA). For those who have an interest in digital Islamic law/humanities, and want graduate training to better prepare for an academic or industry career in the field, the Engagement Lab is accepting applications for their graduate program. Read more.


The Temple Bar Foundation was created in 1991 by the Right Honorable Lord Denning of Whitchurch, former Master of the Rolls, and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger to strengthen ties between leading members of the English and American bars and to advocate greater attention to the professional ethical standards those establishments share.

What is the Temple Bar?

The Temple Bar is a great arched stone gate, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, which once stood as an entrance to central London. The area surrounding the Temple Bar was where guilds of lawyers organized into what would become the four English Inns of Court. This same area is now considered “Legal London.” The archway stood in place until 1878, when modern traffic forced its removal to the countryside. It is the last of the original gates to London to remain standing. The Temple Bar gate was returned to the City of London and opened to the public in November 2004. It now serves as an entrance to Paternoster Square just north of one of Wren’s other great achievements, Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Temple Bar Program Highlights

The scholarship is from October 2 through October 27, 2017.

First week highlights:

  • Attend the ceremonial opening of the legal year at Westminster Abbey
  • Attend a welcome reception held at the Old Hall, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Visit the four Inns of Court
  • Meet with preeminent leaders of the English bench and bar

Other highlights:

  • “Shadow” a barrister and observe and discuss English trial practice
  • Spend time with a justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • Observe appellate arguments
  • Discuss legal issues with the country’s highest judges

How are Temple Bar Scholars selected?

The three principal selection criteria for Temple Bar Scholars® are:

  • High academic achievement in law school
  • Experience as a law clerk for a judge or justice of a leading appellate court, including the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Demonstrated interest in international law issues

What are the costs?

  • Scholars are provided air transportation, lodging, and a modest stipend to help cover their expenses for the duration of the program.
  • Entertainment and additional travel expenses are the responsibility of the scholar, as are any costs associated with a lengthened stay.

How do I apply for a Temple Bar Scholarship?

  • Individuals interested in participating as a Temple Bar scholar must submit a resumé and short personal statement to the selection committee no later than April 30.
  • A link to the application brochure is in the “Resources” box above right. To receive a hard copy brochure or if you have questions, please send an e-mail to Cindy Dennis.
  • Applications should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the judge or justice for whom the applicant clerked.
  • Scholars will be selected by May 30.

Visiting Scholars Program

In order to promote scholarly research, exchange, and conversation about the medieval world, the Committee on Medieval Studies welcomes a small number of Visiting Scholars each academic year. Visiting Scholars may work in any field dealing with some aspect of medieval society, religion, or culture in Europe, Africa, or Eurasia, and are welcomed as full members of Harvard’s rich intellectual and social community of medievalists.

Visiting Scholars may be appointed to terms ranging from three to six months. They enjoy full access to Harvard libraries and many other university facilities, an email account, and shared office space during the period of their appointment. They are expected to be engaged in research projects that draw upon Harvard’s manuscript, library, and other resources; to remain in residence in the Cambridge/Boston area during their appointment; to participate fully in the seminars, colloquia, and other activities of the Committee on Medieval Studies; and to share the results of their research in a seminar or other public venue.

Please note that these are unpaid research positions. Visiting Scholars are responsible for providing their own funding and securing their own accommodations during the term of their appointment. Researchers who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must obtain a visa to enter the U.S., and must demonstrate that they will be able to support themselves and any dependents traveling with them for the duration of their visit. All applicants must have received the Ph.D., or equivalent terminal degree in their field, before the date on which they plan to begin their term as visiting scholars at Harvard.

Those wishing to apply to the Medieval Studies Visiting Scholar Program should submit a dossier containing the following:

1. Application form
2. Current curriculum vitae
3. A short research proposal (no more than 750 words)
4. Two letters of recommendation (sent by recommenders under separate cover); one of these must come from a Harvard faculty member familiar with the applicant and the applicant’s work.

Applications are accepted twice yearly. Those expecting to hold a visiting position at Harvard in Spring 2017 must submit all materials no later than 10 September 2016; those applying for Fall 2017 should submit applications by 10 February 2017. Materials may be submitted electronically to (with the subject line “Visiting Scholar Application”), or by regular mail to:

Visiting Scholar Program
Committee on Medieval Studies
Barker Center 120
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

The Belfer Center’s Iran Project offers non-stipendiary one-year fellowships for pre-doctoral candidates as well as PhD recipients with an interest in furthering their research projects within the Center’s collaborative intellectual environment. The fellowship exposes researchers to Harvard’s interdisciplinary and dynamic setting and encourages them to take full advantage of Harvard’s academic resources. Iran Project fellows are expected to be in residence during their fellowships and to be active members of Belfer’s research community. This includes participating in working groups and Iran Project events, presenting their research at a public event hosted by the Iran Project, and collaborating on research projects with the Iran Project Director, including contributing to Iran Matters and producing a working paper on their focus research area. The Iran Project seeks candidates who can make original contributions to the field and push forward a new understanding of Iranian policy-making.

Research Areas and Requirements

Researchers may apply to work on issues relating, but not limited to: the political economy of Iran; Iran’s political system and domestic politics; the Iranian nuclear program; Iranian regional security policy (including in Iraq, the Levant and its relations with Hezbollah, Hamas, and Syria); Iranian sponsorship of regional Shi’i movements; Iranian and Shi’a political ideology, including Islamization of social science debates in Iran; Iranian scientific progress and science policy; Iranian energy and environment policies; Persian Gulf security; Iran’s relations with its Gulf neighbors; and, Iran-US relations.

Fluency in Persian and English, and research ability in one other Middle Eastern language preferred. Applicants must be PhD recipients, or, as pre-doctoral fellows, must be enrolled in a doctoral program, have passed general examinations prior to appointment, and have made significant progress on their dissertations to be considered.

Additionally, the application requires:

  • CV;
  • Unofficial transcript (for pre-doctoral applicants);
  • Research statement (3-5 pages);
  • Writing sample (less than 50 pages);
  • Contact information of three recommenders.

Online Application

The 2017-2018 application period is now open and will close on January 15, 2017. Recommendations will be due on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Decisions will be announced by March 31, 2017. To apply, please complete the online application form.

Contact Information



The Law and Society Association Dissertation Award Committee is pleased to accept your nominations for the 2017 award.  Please see below for details and instructions on how to nominate a dissertation.

The Law and Society Association presents one award to the dissertation that best represents outstanding work in law and society research. The subject matter should be in the interdisciplinary tradition of law and society research, and should reflect the style of articles that appear in the Law & Society Review, such as work that examines law in culture and society, including interpretive, historical, social-scientific, and jurisprudential scholarship. 

The selection committee welcomes international submissions (in English). The award carries a cash prize of $500. 

Nominations require: 

  • The dissertation must have been filed with the institution of higher education (U.S or non-U.S) during the calendar year prior to the award ceremony.

  • One letter of nomination from a regular member of the Law and Society Association. No self-nominations or student-member nominations are accepted.

  • The full dissertation in English; translations from other languages into English are welcome.

  • An abstract of the dissertation, also in English.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the list of previous Dissertation Award winners

Submit your nomination for the 2017 Dissertation Award

2017 Committee:

Tamir Moustafa, Simon Fraser University (chair)

Onur Bakiner, Seattle University

Michael Campbell, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Paul Collins, UMass Amherst

Elaine Draper, California State University Los Angeles

Corey Shdaimah, University of Maryland


Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) 2017-2018 Fellowships (Sep 2017-May 2018 | Cairo or Amman). CASA offers advanced level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at The American University in Cairo and Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman (pending the security and funding for each location). Applicants to the CASA programs must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should have a minimum of 3 years of formal instruction in Arabic prior to joining CASA. Applications due Jan 9 2017. Read more.


Law and Society Association’s International Meeting on Law and Society ( 20-23 Jun | Mexico City, Mexico). Nominations for annual awards are open. The awards will be presented at the annual meeting. Nominations for the J. Willard Hurst Award, the Herbert Jacob Book Award, and the Ronald Pipkin Service Award close 2 Jan 2017. All others close 15 Jan 2017. Read more.


Abdallah S. Kamel Fellowships in Islamic Law and Civilization (Fall 2017-Spring 2018 | New Haven, CT). The Abdallah S. Kamel Center is seeking scholars from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines who have completed or are near completion of an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D., J.S.D., D.Phil.) and whose work engages with the intellectual and social history of Islam, Islamic legal and political theory, or law in contemporary Muslim societies. Scholars working or studying abroad are welcome to apply. Fellows are expected to be in residence for the duration of the one-year fellowship and will receive a stipend in the range of $45,000 and $60,000 commensurate with their education and experience. Traveling expenses of fellows coming from abroad will be covered. Applications due 01 Feb 2017.  Read more.

Max Planck Research Group “Changes in God’s Law: An Inner Islamic Comparison of Family and Succession Law”

Postdoctoral Associate Position
Hamburg, Germany
Application deadline: October 31, 2016

This research unit of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law carries out internationally acclaimed comparative research on the family and succession law in Muslim jurisdictions, making it one of the very few institutions dedicated specifically to this field of research. Established in 2009 its research paradigm is built on three pillars: first, an interdisciplinary approach and a consideration of the law in practice; second, a comparative examination of the law within the Islamic world; and, third, the influence procedural rules have on the shaping of the law. For specifics on the open postdoctoral association position, click here.