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Professor Malik R. Dahlan, LLB (Jordan) GAS, LLM, AM (Harvard) LLD (Azhar) FCIArb (CIArb)

Malik R.

Chair of International Law, Trade, and Policy

Telephone: +44(0)20 7882 8100
Website: @malikdahlan


Professor Dr Malik R. Dahlan is the Chair of International Law, Trade, and Policy and a Professor and Working Group Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He is currently teaching in Energy Law and Ethics, Renewable Energy Law and Energy Geopolitics.

Professor Dahlan is the Principal of Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (iQ), a multifaceted transnational Professoressional service company, with offices in Doha, Jeddah and London. He is also the Chairman of Green Gulf Inc, a green energy company. He is an Advisory Board member of the St Andrews Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research (ILCR).

Professor Dahlan is a GCC qualified lawyer, a CEDR accredited mediator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Professor Dahlan was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge between September 2014 and September 2015. His fellowship focused on the concept of statehood in international law contrasted with Islamic law.

In 2010, Professor Dahlan was a Visiting Academic and lecturer at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a research focus primarily driven by international law/international relations methods and applying neo-functionalism theory on the model of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to mould a new Middle East open regional system taking into account the failures of past attempts. He also lectured Persepctives on the Modern Middle East to the Executive MPA candidates.

Professor Dahlan completed his LL.B at the University of Jordan. He he read special studies in Government at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Harvard University and then went on to pursue an LL.M at Harvard Law School. He also completed a Masters Degree (AM in Regional Studies) at the Center for Middle East Studies, (CMES) also at Harvard University. 

Professor Dahlan completed his Professoriate qualification the (‘Almeyyah ’ Aliyah) or Habilitation Higher Doctorate (LLD) in Law and Public Policy at the renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo.


Professor Dahlan is working on developing a student textbook on energy law and ethics as well as an introduction to renewable energy law with a particular focus on solar and wind energy.

International Law and StatehoodInternational Trade Law, Dispute Resolution (Mediation, Arbitration, ISDS), Energy Law and Ethic Renewable Energy, Islamic Law, Middle East Studies, Political Economy, Geopolitics.




  • The Application of the Objectives of Islamic Law on Public Policy’ Al-Azhar, Samo Press, Beirut 2016
  • ‘Manliness. A Translation and Commentary on Hamza Shihata’s lecture: Ar-Rujulah Imad Al-Khuluq Al-Fadel’ (Manliness: The Pillar of Virtuous Ethic) Haus Publishing 2016
  • ‘The Hijaz: Integration, Islamic Statehood and the Origins of Self-Determination’ (Hurst).


  • ‘The Hijaz in Perspective: Islamic Statehood and The Origins of Arab Self-Determination (1916-2016)’ Hurst Publishing (forthcoming)
  • ‘Investor-State Dispute Settelment (ISDS) Reconceptionalized: Regulation of Disputes, Standards, and Mediation.’ Pepperdine (forthcoming).
  • ‘The World Needs an International Islamic Court’ Commentary for the Brief, The Times Wednesday January 13 2016
  • ‘Islamic Law in the Gulf Region’ in Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law (2014).
  • Rethinking Regional Organization in the Gulf and Middle East’ Chapter in Gulf Politics and Economics in a Changing World, Singapore volume edited by M Hudson, World Scientific Printers (2014).
  • ‘Introspective Reflections on the Islamic Financial Industry After the Downturn: Ethics and the Rule of Law’ Law and Financial Markets Review, Volume 6, No. 2, Mar 2012.
  • ‘Qatar Leadership’ Global Business Magazine, Sept 2011.
  • ‘Fighting for the Crown’ Dispute Resolution Special Report, The Brief, 1 Mar 2010.
  • ‘Rethinking Global Redesign and Regional Organization’, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council Report, 2009.
  • ‘Saudi Arabia: Royal Succession Reforms, Judicial Reforms, SAGIA Economic Cities Initiative, and WTO Accession’ Malik R. Dahlan & Hani Zedan in the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, Volume 14 (2008-2009).
  • Qatar: A Hybrid of Legal Traditions’ Malik R. Dahlan & Khalid El-Sherif in the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, Volume 14 (2008-2009).
  • ‘Message in a Bottle (from Mecca)’ Arabian Business, Thursday 4th June 2009.
  • ‘Qatar National Policies: Global Impact’ Malik R Dahlan & Peter A. Laveran-Stiebar in the American Lawyer, May 2009.
  • The Political Economy of Legal Reform: Saudi Arabia and the WTO. (Featured Article) The Saudi Review. Vol. 10 September 2001.
  • ‘A Report on the Urgent Need for Reconsidering Labour Laws Concerning Women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’ (1998), the Supreme Economic Council Review, Saudi Arabia.
  • ‘The WTO, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Foreign Investment: Finding the Transnational Paradigm.’ (A Brookings Public Policy Study) Independent publishing.

PhD Supervision

International Trade, Dispute Resolution (Mediation and Negotiation), Investor-State Dispute Settelment (ISDS), Law and Ethics, Energy, Islamic Law.

Public Engagement


  • Board Member, International Mediation Institute (IMI), The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Member, International Advisory Council, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, US (MGH)
  • Member, Partners HealthCare Corporation, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Member, President’s Council, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Advisory Board of the St Andrews Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research (ILCR)
  • Board of Trustees of Coexist House, London
  • Justice Associate , Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program
  • Member, Timbuktu Renaissance Presidential Action Group, Mali
  • Advisory Board of the University of Toronto-Yale Middle East Law and Governance Interdisciplinary Journal (MELG)
  • Working Group, Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute.


  • Board of Trustees for the Arab British Centre, London
  • Board of Directors of the Qatar Medical Corporation (Hamad), Qatar
  • World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Middle East, Davos
  • Founding President of Harvard Law School Association of Arabia, Middle East & North Africa
  • Secretary, Harvard Law School Association of the United Kingdom
  • International Chair, Harvard Law School Association
  • Editorial Board of the UCLA Journal of Middle East Development
  • Advisory Board of the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law’s (CIMEL’s) Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law.

Conferences / conference papers

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