Ahmed Al-Dawoody

Ahmed Al-Dawoody

Legal Adviser for Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Areas of expertise

Islamic Law and Jurisprudence  /  Islamic International Law  /  Islamic Law of Armed Conflict  /  Islam and International Humanitarian Law  /  Islamic Criminal Law  /  Islamic International Criminal Law  /  Islamic Constitutional Law  /  Conflict Resolution under Islamic Law  /  Terrorism and Islam  /  Islam and Human Rights

Dr Ahmed Al-Dawoody is the Legal Adviser for Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Prior to joining the ICRC, he was an Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies and Islamic law at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He was also the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies for the Institute for Islamic World Studies at Zayed University in Dubai.

Ahmed Al-Dawoody earned his PhD from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; his MA from Leiden University, the Netherlands; and BA from Al-Azhar University, Egypt.

He has published many articles, including on the relation between Islamic Law and international humanitarian law and is the author of The Islamic Law of War: Justifications and Regulations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Taught Courses

View of the old city from one of the roofs in Sana'a, Yemen. LLM - Course

Introduction to the Islamic Law of Armed Conflict

This course introduces students to the Islamic law of armed conflict and how it relates to the current conflicts in Muslim contexts.The course also discusses the distinction between the use of legitimate force and terrorism (both domestic and international) under Islamic law. It analyses the development of the classical Islamic public international law framework and its impact on the issues of the Islamic jus ad bellum and the jurisdiction of Islamic law.

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