Professor Hamoudi received his J.D. (1996) and J.S.D. (2008) from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. His 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,,, 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.


Selected Projects of Note

  • Through a grant funded by the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, I served for most of 2009 as Deputy Chief of Party for a University of Utah project responsible for overseeing a program of offering technical, legal advice to the Iraqi Council of Representatives on a variety of legislative and constitutional matters.  I also served as manager of the specific work relating to constitutional amendment and reform.
  • Through a series of grants funded by the Department of State,  I have worked with the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University School of Law, I have served in various capacities from 2005 through 2011 to organize and administer the participation of Iraqi law schools in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition.  From 2005 through 2009 I was the  head coordinator of that effort.
  • Through a grant funded by USAID, I worked from 2003 through 2005  with the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University School of Law as manager of an effort to introduce clinical legal education into Iraqi law schools.

Recent Publications

  • “The Will of the (Iraqi) People”, 2011 Utah Law Review __ (forthcoming)
  • “Ornamental Repugnancy: Identitarian Islam and the Iraq Constitution”, 23 St. Thomas Law Review 692 (2011)
  • “Book Review: Islam and Liberal Citizenship”, 26 Journal of Law & Religion 387 (2011)
  • “Identitarian Violence and Identitarian Politics: Elections and Governance in Iraq” 51 Harvard International Law Journal Online 82 (2010)
  • “The Death of Islamic Law”, 38 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 293 (2010).
  • “Between Realism and Resistance: Shi’i Islam and the Contemporary Liberal State, 11 Journal of Islamic Law and Culture 111 (2009).
  • “Book Review: The Crisis of Islamic Civilization”, 47 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 159 (2009).
  • “Dream Palaces of Law: Western Constructions of the Muslim Legal World”, 32 Hastings International and Comparative Law Review. 803 (2009).
  • Howling in Mesopotamia (Beaufort Books 2008)

Substantive Areas

  • Rule of Law
  • Conflict Stabilization


  • Central Asia and the Middle East

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