ILSP Director Kristen Stilt was recently awarded the 2016 I•CON Prize for the most outstanding article published in Volume 13 of the International Journal of Constitutional Law. I•CON ‘s Board of Editors and the Scientific Advisory Board awarded Stilt the prize for her article, “Contextualizing Constitutional Islam: The Malayan Experience.” The article proposes a contextual approach to constitutional Islam and uses it to examine the making of the Federation of Malaya independence Constitution of 1957.
The four students to whom ILSP awarded January-term travel grants are back from their journeys and ready to share their experiences. Sarah Abraham and Lauren Blodgett worked on a joint project in Jordan on “Statelessness and the Syrian Refugee Crisis”; Mariam Boxwala traveled to Karachi, Pakistan for a legal aid internship and research on women and minorities; and Ari Schriber traveled to France to research “The Evolution of Sharia in Early Protectorate Morocco.” Click on each student’s name to see his or her report as they are received and posted.
Former ILSP Visiting Fellow Hauwa Ibrahim was recently named “Person of the Year 2015” in Cavaglià, Italy, where she now makes her home. Mayor Giancarlo Borsoi praised Ibrahim’s work, saying, “We have the honor to know and reward an exceptional person. This is a woman who has done and is doing so much to protect human rights. It is an honor to be by her side this special night.”
Zeeshaan Hashmi (LLM ’16) is the winner of this year’s ILSP Writing Prize on Islamic Law. Hashmi won the prize for his paper, “Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments or Amending the Unamendable? A Critique of District Bar Association Rawalpindi v. Federation of Pakistan.”
The Islamic Legal Studies Program invites Harvard Law School students to submit travel grant proposals to secure funding for proposed research trips related to work on or the study of Islamic law. All projects associated with Islamic law or with the legal systems of Muslim countries qualify, internships included. The Program distributes a limited number of awards on a competitive basis, up to a maximum of $1,000 per student. Selected grantees may use ILSP travel grants to supplement an award from another source. All proposals should be submitted via the online application process.
Read the Harvard Law Today article on the Henry Luce Foundation’s $400,000 award to ILSP for the development of SHARIAsource, a project designed to be an online portal of resources and analysis on Islamic law and directed by Harvard Law School Professor Intisar A. Rabb.
The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded $400,000 over two years for the development of SHARIAsource, a project designed to be an online portal of resources and analysis on Islamic law and directed by Harvard Law School Professor Intisar A. Rabb. SHARIAsource is a joint project of Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Marzieh Tofighi Darian (LLM ’15) is the first winner of the ILSP Writing Prize on Islamic Law. Tofighi’s paper, “Jurisprudential Differences in Sunni Law and Shii Law and Their Impact on Constitutional Drafting and Design,” was chosen from among a strong field of submissions.
HLS 3L Paul Lee received an ILSP travel grant to fund his January-term research on Islamic securities regulation in Dubai. Lee has held several internships in the field and recently led a team of students writing a report on waqf for HLS’s Law and International Development Society. Check back soon to read the text of his research report when it become available.
The deadline to apply for an HLS travel grant for Winter Term 2015 has now passed. Check the website’s Student Grants page next fall for updated information. Congratulations to HLS third-year Paul D. Lee, winner of an ILSP travel grant for research on securities regulation in Dubai.