Professor Hamoudi received his B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993, with a double major in Physics and Humanities with a Near Eastern Studies Concentration. He was both a member of the Physics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma, and a Burchard Scholar for Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1996, Professor Hamoudi received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After graduating, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Constance Baker Motley in the Southern District of New York and then worked as an Associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton until 2003. In 2003 and 2004, Professor Hamoudi served as a legal advisor to the Finance Committee of the Iraq Governing Council, as well as a Program Manager for a project managed by the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University School of Law to improve legal education in Iraq.
Haider Ala Hamoudi’s scholarship focuses on Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, particularly, but not exclusively, as it pertains to matters of commerce. He has called for a reassessment of the manner in which law in the Muslim world is understood and approached, with less reliance on medieval texts and more emphasis on the positive law of the nation states of the Muslim world and on the political, social, economic and ideological influences that influence its interpretation. He has written for numerous law reviews, spoken at conferences sponsored by the MacMillan Center at Yale University, the American Association of Law Schools and the New York City Bar Association, and given interviews to various news organizations including The New York Times, Forbes.com, Slate.com, the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour Online and the New York Law Journal. In 2009, Professor Hamoudi was awarded the Hessel Yntema prize, awarded by the American Society of Comparative Law for the best article produced in the American Journal of Comparative Law the previous year by an author under the age of 40.
Professor Hamoudi spent most of 2009 in Baghdad advising the Constitutional Review Committee of the Iraqi legislature, responsible for developing critical amendments to the Iraq Constitution deemed necessary for Iraqi national reconciliation, on behalf of the United States Embassy in Baghdad. He also advised on other key pieces of legislation, including a hydrocarbons law, a revenue management law, and an antitrust law. From this work, and from extensive contemporaneous research into the records and legislative history of the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution in 2005, Professor Hamoudi has been spending most of his time preparing a book on the drafting and subsequent evolution of the Iraq Constitution, to be published with the University of Chicago Press.
Professor Hamoudi is also the author of a blog on Islamic Law entitled Islamic Law in Our Times.
- Islamic Law In Modern Courts: Cases And Materials (Aspen 2014 forthcoming).
- Negotiating in Civil Conflict: Constitutional Construction and Imperfect Bargaining in Iraq, (U. Chicago Press 2013).
- Toward a Legal Understanding of the Shari'a (Columbia University Dissertation, 2009).
- Howling in Mesopotamia, (Beaufort Books, 2008).
Book Chapters and Articles:
- The Impossible, Highly Desired Islamic Bank, 5 William & Mary Bus. L. Rev. __ (2014)(forthcoming).
- Book Review: Islamic Law in Action, 28 J. L. & Rel. 101 (2013).
- On the Political Appeal of Islamic Finance, 2013 Sarajevo Conference Proceedings, Business In Between Cultures (European Association of Banking and Financial History)(forthcoming).
- Transparency and the Shi’i Clerical Elite, in International Transparency Handbook, (E.Elgar 2013)(forthcoming).
- Arab Spring, Libyan Liberation and the Externally Imposed Democratic Revolution, 89 Den. U. L. Rev. 699 (2013). Available on SSRN.
- Religious Minorities and Shari’a in Iraqi Courts, 30 Boston U. Int. L. J. 387 (2013). Available on SSRN.
- Repugnancy in the Arab World, 48 Willamette L. Rev. 427 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- The Surprising Irrelevance of Islamic Bankruptcy, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 505 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- The American Commercial Religion, 10 DePaul Bus. & Com. L. J. 107 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- Notes in Defense of the Iraqi Constitution, 32 U. Pa. J. Int'l L. 1117 ; 14 U. Pa. J. L. & Soc. Change 395 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- International Law and Iraqi Courts, International Law in Domestic Courts: Rule of Law Reform in Post-Conflict Societies, (Intersentia, 2012).
- The Arabs in the (Inter)national, 10 Santa Clara J. Int'l L. 187 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- The Will of the (Iraqi) People, 2011 Utah L. Rev. 45 (2011). Available on SSRN.
- Identitarian Violence and Identitarian Politics: Elections and Governance in Iraq, 51 Harvard Int. L. J. Online 82 (2010). Available online.
- Ornamental Repugnancy: Identitarian Islam and the Iraqi Constitution, 7 St. Thomas L. Rev. 3 (2010). Available on SSRN.
- The Death of Islamic Law, 38 GA. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 294 (2010). Available on SSRN.
- Dream Palaces of Law: Western Constructions of the Muslim Legal World, 32 Hastings Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 803 (2009). Available on SSRN.
- Between Symbiosis and Schizophrenia: The Rights of Iraqi Refugees under Iraqi Law, 34 Rutgers L. Rec. 31 (2009).
- Baghdad Booksellers, Basra Carpet Merchants, and the Law of God and Man: Legal Pluralism and the Contemporary Muslim Experience 1 Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law 1 (2008). Available on SSRN
- The Muezzin’s Call and the Dow Jones Bell: On the Necessity of Realism in the Study of Islamic Law, 56 Am. J. Comp. L. (2008). Available on SSRN.
- You Say You Want a Revolution: Deviationist Doctrine, Interpretive Communities and the Origins of Islamic Finance, 48 Va. J. Int. L. 249 (2008). Available on SSRN.
- Muhammad’s Social Justice or Muslim Cant?: Langdellianism and the Failures of Islamic Finance, 40 Cornell Int. L. Rev. 89 (2007). Available on SSRN.
- Money Laundering Amidst Mortars: Legislative Process and State Authority in Post-Invasion Iraq, 16 Trans. L. & Contemp. Prob. 523 (2007). Available on SSRN.
- Jurisprudential Schizophrenia: Form and Function in Islamic Finance, 7 Chi. J. Int. L. 605 (2006). Available on SSRN.
- Toward a Rule of Law Society in Iraq: Introducing Clinical Legal Education into Iraqi Law Schools, 23 Berkeley J. Int. L. 113 (2005). Available on SSRN.
- Islamic Law in Action, 28 J. L. & Rel. (2013)(forthcoming). Available on SSRN.
- Constitutional Theocracy,, 49 Osgoode Hall L.J. 151 (2011).Available on SSRN.
- Islam and Liberal Citizenship, 26 J.L. & Rel. 387 (2010).Available on SSRN.
- Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, 2 Middle East L. & Gov. 81(2010). Available on SSRN.
- The Crisis of Islamic Civilization, 47 Osgoode Hall L.J. 159(2009). Available on SSRN.
- Religious Minorities in the Islamic State: The Example of Iraq, Boston University Law School (March 25, 2013).
- Legality in the Revolution, Osgoode Hall, York University (March 15, 2013).
- The Myth of the Islamic State, Islamic Law Section, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (Jan. 6, 2013).
- The Politics of Islamic Finance, Business in Between Cultures, University of Sarajevo (November 16, 2012).
- US Regulation of Islamic Finance, International Law Weekend, Fordham University School of Law (October 27, 2012).
- Islamic Law and the Islamic State, (Keynote Address) West Point Conference on Islam and the Rule of Law (March 2012).
Selected Professional Activities
- Chair Elect, Islamic Law Section of AALS.
- Nonresident Senior Fellow, Boston University Institute for Iraq Studies.
- Co-Rapporteur, Islamic Law Section of International Bar Association.
- Member of Executive Committee, Comparative Law Section of AALS.