Harvard Law Prof. Feldman to Speak at Quinney College and in Park City

On January 14 at 12:15 p.m., Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will discuss the Rule of Law in the Middle East at the S.J. Quinney College of Law Sutherland Moot Court Room. 

A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Noah Feldman has also been profiled in Esquire magazine’s Portraits of the 21st Century video series and appeared on National Public Radio and the Colbert Report.  He is the author of four books, including Fall and Rise of the Islamic State and Divided by God:  America’s Church-State Problem. In addition, he was a senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law or interim constitution. 

At the College of Law, Feldman will discuss how the classical Islamic constitution governed through and was legitimated by law. He will show how executive power was balanced by the scholars who interpreted and administered the shari’a, or Islamic law, and how this balance of power was finally destroyed by the tragically incomplete reforms of the modern era. Feldman will argue that a modern Islamic state could provide political and legal justice to today’s Muslims, but only if new institutions emerge that restore this constitutional balance of power.

The event is free and open to the public. One hour of CLE credit has been applied for. 

For more information, contact Miriam Lovin at 801-581-7356.

On January 16 at 9:00 a.m., Feldman will speak in Park City as part of the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Global Justice at Home series.  In that discussion, to be held at the Park Meadows Country Club, 2000 Meadows Drive, he will be joined by College of Law Professor Amos Guiora, who will provide expert commentary.  The two will speak on contemporary challenges in the Middle East.

Guiora served 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces, Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  He is a widely recognized expert on international law and operational counterterrorism and the Middle East. His books including Fundamentals of CounterterrorismConstitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation, and Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism.  Guiora was legal adviser to the Gaza Strip from 1994-1997.

The Park City event will include a breakfast buffet. A $75 donation is requested per person.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Karen McLeese at 801-581-6666 or mcleesek@law.utah.edu.