In light of developments in Syria, Iraq, Mali, and elsewhere, with hostilities between Islamist armed groups and states and other entities becoming more heated, the relevant questions for the humanitarian community regarding Islamic Law and applicable international legal frameworks have moved well beyond humanitarian access negotiations. The use of armed force both by and against Islamist groups has increased. This alters the dynamic of conflict situations, affecting the nature of humanitarian need as well as the possibilities to respond to it. On Tuesday, 16 December 2014, PHAP offered a special live online briefing with experts Naz Modirzadeh and Andrew March on the topic of Islamic Law, Terrorism, and Counterterrorism.

This event explained the scope and rationale behind developing a program on this topic, and answered questions from prospective participants. While open to the public, advance registration was required. A recording of the briefing is now available exclusively to PHAP members in good standing.


Andrew March Andrew March is Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He teaches classes on Islamic law, Islamic political thought, and contemporary Western political philosophy. He has published a book on Islamic law and Muslim minorities living in the West, as well as articles on similar topics. His main research and teaching interests are in the way Islamic law functions in the modern world as a place for active debates on justice, ethics and legitimacy in such spheres as the modern state, relations with non-Muslims, and warfare. He has a DPhil from Oxford University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Naz K. Modirzadeh Naz K. Modirzadeh is the founding Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC). She regularly advises and briefs international humanitarian organizations, UN agencies, and governments on issues related to international humanitarian law, human rights, and counterterrorism regulations relating to humanitarian assistance. For more than a decade, she has carried out legal research and policy work concerning a number of armed conflict situations. Her scholarship and research focus on intersections between the fields of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and Islamic law.



A full recording of the event is available to PHAP members. You can access the recording by clicking on the image below.