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Workshop on International Law and Islamic Law

26th June 2007

The relationship between international law and Islamic law is of growing global interest. To date, of the 192 member states of the United Nations, 55 are members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, with over a billion adherents. With talk of revitalising an International Islamic Court in Kuwait, a study of the impact of Islam on international law and vice-versa is more relevant than ever. But despite increasing interest in the subject in recent years, there remains a dearth of quality empirical research in this area.

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law explores the relationship between Islamic law and international law, through a comparative analysis.

The objectives are:

  • to foster understanding of Islamic law amongst international lawyers in the UK
  • to foster understanding of international law amongst Islamic lawyers (particular countries the Institute aims to work with in this study include Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia)

For further information on this event please contact Victor Kattan on:

Human Rights in International Law and Iran

Since January 2005, the British Institute on International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is engaged in a three-year project on "Human Rights in International Law and Iran" under the direction of Dr Aphrodite Smagadi.

The project is run in the framework of the Iran-EU dialogue and aims at the continuation and promotion of an open dialogue on human rights between Iran and the European Union.

More information on this project can be found here.

For more information about the Institute's Iran Project please contact Dr Aphrodite Smagadi at


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