Chibli Mallat is Presidential Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah and holds the EU Jean Monnet Chair of Law at Saint Joseph’s University in Lebanon.

About Chibli Mallat

Chibli Mallat joined the faculty of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law as Professor of Middle Eastern Law and Politics in 2007. He was named Presidential Professor in 2009, and served between 2008 and 2010 as Senior Legal Advisor to the Global Justice Project: Iraq. He also holds the EU Jean Monnet Chair of Law at Saint Joseph’s University in Lebanon. He has held research and teaching positions in the United States at Princeton University, Yale Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, the Library of Congress, University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, in Europe at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of Lyon, and in Lebanon at Saint Joseph’s University and the Islamic University.  As a legal practitioner and consultant Professor Mallat has litigated several international criminal law cases, and advises governments, corporations, and individuals in Middle Eastern and international law. Mallat spent 2011 at Harvard Law School as the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies. In Fall 2012, he will be Visiting Professor at Yale law school to teach Islamic and Middle Eastern law and a seminar on comparative contracts.

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The Constitutional Moment

“The Constitutional Moment” is the second chapter of a small book on the Middle East Nonviolent Revolution (in progress), which consists of three chapters: 1. Nonviolence; 2. The Constitutional Moment; and 3. Justice (and International Law).  The book is an essay or a manifesto for what I prefer to call the Middle East Nonviolent Revolution over the Arab Spring. The chapter seeks to distil patterns and limitations of constitutionalism beyond the rapidly changing scene, and will distinguish the chaff of transient texts and themes from the wheat of constitutions that work at the historic level that 2011 has brought to the world.