Siraj Khan, LLM

Country Manager and Research Fellow

Project Activities


Other Activities and Research Interests

Comparative Constitutional Law, Public International Law, Traditional Islamic Law and Islamic Jurisprudence (Shari’a, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Maqasid al-Shari’a), Modern Arab Legal Systems, Legal Pluralism, Human Rights, Islamic Theology (’Aqida, Usul al-Shari’a, Usul al-Din), History of Islamic Legal Theory

Professional and Academic Background

Since 6/2015 Country Manager, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

Since 1/2013 Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

9/2012–12/2012 Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law, Heidelberg (Germany)

4/20113/2013 Board Member – Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, SLCC, Scotland (United Kingdom)

Since 2012 PhD in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies – Deptartment of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

2011 MScR in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies – Dept. of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

2010 Called to the ‘Bar’ of England & Wales (‘Competent’) - Inns of Court School of Law, City Law School, City University, London (United Kingdom)

2010 Called as a ‘Barrister’ – The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London (United Kingdom)

Since 2008 Studies in Arabic, Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh al-Hanafi) and Principles of Qur’anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir), Cairo (Egypt)

20072010 Lawyer, Corporate Immigration, Mulberry Finch LL.P., London (United Kingdom)

2007 Master of Laws (LLM) (Hons), International Law (with Islamic Law), University of the West of England, Bristol (United Kingdom)

2006 Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons) Law, London (United Kingdom)


  • Three entries on: ‘Al-Māturīdī’; ‘Māturīdiyya’; ‘Blasphemy in Islamic Law’, in Mohammed in History, Thought and Culture. An Encyclopaedia of the Prophet of God in: Fitzpatrick, Coeli/Walker, Adam Hani (eds.), ABC-Clio Inc., 2014.

Participation in Conferences

  • Invited as a specialist on Constitutionalism in Arab and Islamic countries to present on “Constitutionalism in the Sharī’a & the Sharī’a in Constitutions” – Workshop on Law, Religion and Social Order: Unpacking the Promise of Shari’a', 17th Law, Justice and Society, Wolfson College, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • Invited as a specialist on Islamic Law to present on “International Human Rights Law and Invocation of the Sharī’a Clause by Islamic States: A Convenient Stalemate or a Viable Opportunity?” – International Conference: Islam & International Law, 14/15 June 2012, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
  • “Liberation and Takfīr through Fatāwa on TV: Remapping a traditional discipline” – “Iftā on Screens”, 27/28 June 2011, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Society, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, May 2013, Qatar Foundation, Doha (Qatar)
  • “The Importance of a multidisciplinary approach in Islamic & International Law”, 1 June 2011, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Doha (Qatar)
  • “De-spiritualising the Prophet: 18h C. Orientalists’ analyses on the Sīrah of Muḥammad”, ‘Modern Trends in Sīrah Writing’, 21–24 Mar. 2011, Int’l Islamic University, Islamabad (Pakistan) (Chaired final session and keynote speech)
  • “Islam at the legal crossroads: postcolonial translations of Islamic legal texts in 19th University of Sunderland”, 16–17 Apr. 2010
  • “The Fiqh of Jihād and the International Law of War: Collective Security within the Framework of the Laws of War, and the concept of ‘Ahd’ (compact) and ‘Ṣulḥ’ (treaty) in International Islamic Law”, BRISMES Annual Conference 4–6 July 2009, University of Manchester (United Kingdom)
  • “Al-Maqāṣid al-Sharī’a: Application of classical Islamic Law through an objective-driven methodology”,  Salzburg Global Seminar 2008 on Islamic and International Law, Session: 457, Salzburg (Austria) – see also: Salzburg Journal (Fall 2008): Islamic and International Law: Searching for common ground – Journal of the Salzburg Global Seminar (Session 457)
  • ‘Qur’ānic Perspectives on Conflict Resolution and Mediation’ – International Conference on Qur’ānic Frameworks for Society: ‘Islam, Multiculturalism, Pluralism & Peace’, Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic & Islamic Studies, 16–17 June 2008; Chaired panel on Islamic Law & International Law Top Conference on ‘Youth & Governance’, (13-14 C. British India – Conference on Islam & Postcolonialism)


  • Awarded full scholarship for The Islamic Manuscript Association for the ‘Intensive Introduction to Islamic Codicology’, 6–13 Feb. 2012, Cairo, Egypt, by The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA
  • Awarded ‘Best Graduate Paper’, 1sta Better Future: Islamic Law & Governance, (13–14 June 2011) Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, Doha
  • Awarded ‘Nippon Foundation’ Scholarship for the Salzburg Global Seminar 2008, ‘Session: 457 International Law & Islamic Law’; presented a paper at the Seminar
  • Appointed youngest-ever Board Member of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (April 2011)
  • Asst. Editorial Reviewer, ‘Law and Religion’, BRISMES New Middle Eastern Studies e-Journal (Aug 2010)
  • Called to the Bar of England & Wales; published as a ‘Barrister’ (Lincoln’s Inn) London (March 2010)
  • Runner-up (2nd Mooting Competition 2003 & 2004) in London Metropolitan University’s Lady Oliver Cup


Barrister – The Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, UK

Member of BRISMES – British Society for Middle Eastern Studies

Member of BIICL – British Institute for International and Comparative Law


  • Specialist Instructor and Advisor for the Judicial Studies (Training) Commission in Scotland on ‘Islamic Law and Muslims in Courts’, 2012
  • Training 60 Judges and Sheriffs on understanding the use, application and invocation of Islamic legal principles and Islamic customary norms in the Courts of Scotland
  • Engaged as an expert consultant for the JSTC to draft the relevant sections of the Judicial Studies Benchbook, detailing the principles and rules regarding administering the Oath for Muslims and the handling of the Qur’an in the Courts of Scotland