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Professor Malik R. Dahlan, LLB (Jordan) GSA, LLM, AM (Harvard) LLD (Azhar) FCIArb (CIArb)

Malik R.

Emeritus Professor

Telephone: +44(0)20 7882 8100
Website: @malikdahlan


Professor Dr Malik R. Dahlan is Emeritus Professor at Queen Mary University of London. He held the Chair of International Law and Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London until the end of 2021.

He was the Professor of International Law, Trade and Policy at CCLS until 2018. His academic career, distinguished by its breadth disciplines and his wealth of experience and expertise, is known for being at the cutting edge of the intersection of law and policy. Before joining the Queen Mary faculty, Professor Dahlan practiced regulatory law for fifteen years across many sectors including energy, defence, trade, government affairs, rule of law among others. His experience in renewable energy extends beyond legal practice into investment and entrepreneurship, as he owned the Gulf’s first private renewable energy company and was the international chair of the largest renewable energy private equity fund in the world.

At CCLS, Professor Dahlan sits on the Advisory Council. He was also a Professor of the Energy Law Institute (ELI) and a member of the ELI Steering Board. He leads the Trade Initiative and sits on the Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) Working Group. He taught Energy Law and Ethics, Renewable Energy Law and Energy Geopolitics; and supervised LLM and PhD dissertations on trade, energy and ethics, investment, Investor-State Disputes (ISDS), and dispute resolution.

External Functions;

Professor Dahlan is the Principal of Quraysh. He trained as an international lawyer focusing on international trade law, transnational legal problems and investment law. He developed a career in international alternative dispute resolution in parallel. He is a CEDR certified mediator and focuses on political mediation and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Professor Dahlan served on the Board of Directors of the International Mediation Institute in The Hague. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

As for policy and academic activism, he is an expert in transitional political economy, energy law, development and trade regionalism, negotiation theory, transnational political entrepreneurship and track-two diplomacy. He has written and advised on matters regarding international law, dispute resolution, global and regional governance, legislative affairs, defence, energy, and foreign relations.

He was appointed a UN Constitutional Expert (and one of ten Regional Experts in Constitutional Affairs, Oil and Gas selected by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq). After having practiced at White & Case LLP in New York and Washington DC for several years, he founded iQ and was the founding Director of the Qatar Law Forum of Global Leaders in Law and was Special Adviser to The Rt. Hon. the Lord Woolf of Barnes, Former Chief Justice of England and Wales. Inspired by the transformative time and promise of the Obama Administration, he established a Middle East Practice affiliation between iQ and the law firm of late US Secretary of State Dean Acheson’s Washington DC-based, Covington & Burling LLP, and headed it for more than six years.

During his time in practice, he acted as an outside counsel for many businesses, institutions, organisations, and government entities, including: Twitter Inc.; Microsoft; Northrop Grumman; The Smithsonian; Lloyd’s and others. He has worked on numerous ground breaking initiatives in the Arabian Peninsula, including Doha’s $8.67 billion Specialty Teaching Hospital and the $47 billion Saudi Economic Cities Project. He was the Senior Executive at the Qatar Financial Center, establishing its Judiciary; the Qatar Financial Centre’s Civil and Commercial Court, and Regulatory Tribunal, where he also served as the first Director for the International Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre. He advised the Foreign Commonwealth Office on post 9/11 Islamic relations. He also advised the United States Trade Representative on the accession of Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council to the World Trade Organisation.

He held and continues to hold adjunct and visiting professorships around the world, including, Shanghai, Singapore, Cambridge and Harvard. He is an Honorary Professor of Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, an Adjunct of Rand Europe and sits on its Board of Advisers, an Advisory Board member of the Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research at the University of St. Andrew’s, and a member of the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies Dean’s Advisory Board. He is an Honorary Fellow of National University of Singapore Middle East Institute, and sits on the editorial board of Defence Strategic Communications, NATO’s academic journal.

Professor Dahlan is a dedicated philanthropist and advocate for ethical action and investment period. In the area of climate action he was the founder of The Scotia Group which was dedicated to support the success of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at COP26 in Glasgow. He serves as a member of Massachusetts General Hospital President’s Council, International Advisory Council and Mass General Brigham Corporation Member. He was Chair of the International Section of the Harvard Law School Association and member of the Executive Committee (2012-16). He is the founding President of the Harvard Law School Association of Arabia.

Professor Dahlan attended Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts. He read law at the University of Jordan in Amman where he obtained his (LLB). He studied for three Masters degrees at Harvard University, in special studies in Government at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, at Harvard Law School where he received an (LLM), and at the Harvard Center for Middle East Studies (AM in History). He attended Selwyn College Cambridge to receive his English legal training. He obtained the (Āleimiyya) Professorial Habilitation (Prof. Dr. jur.) in Law and Legitimate Public Policy at Al-Azhar University, completing the Higher Doctorate of Law with Distinction and Honor Merit in the First Rank.




  • ‘The Scotia Group Report’, published by Institution Quraysh for Law and Policy, 2021
  • ‘The Research Handbook on Energy Law and Ethics’ (Edward Elgar Publishing forthcoming 2022.) Co-editor with Rosa Lastra
  • ‘The Hijaz: The First Islamic State’ Hurst Publishing, jointly with Oxford University Press, 2018
  • The Application of the Objectives of Islamic Law on Public Policy’ Al-Azhar, Samo Press, Beirut 2017
  • ‘Manliness. A Translation and Commentary on Hamza Shihata’s lecture: Ar-Rujulah Imad Al-Khuluq Al-Fadel’ (Manliness: The Pillar of Virtuous Ethic) Haus Publishing 2016.


  • Malik Dahlan. “The Hijaz and International Law” Oxford Bibliographies in International Law. Ed. EIC Name. New York: Oxford University Press, 21 APRIL 2021. Available here.
  • “A Modern Marshall Plan for the Middle East”, Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum Project Report November 2020
  • ‘Book review of The House of Sciences: The First Modern University in the Muslim World (Darülfünun) by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu’, hardcover, published: 18 July 2019 by Oxford University Press, 312 Pages, ISBN: 9780190051556
  • ‘Envisioning Foundations for the Law of the Belt and Road Initiative: Rule of Law and Dispute Resolution Challenges’ Harvard International Law Journal Essay – Volume 62/2020
  • ‘Encyclopaedia of Islam III – The Hijaz Brill (Forthcoming)
  • ‘The Hijaz and International Law’, Oxford Bibliographies in International Law (Forthcoming)
  • ‘Dispute Regulation in the Institutional Development of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Establishing the Normative Legal Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative’, Brill | Nijhoff, AIIB Yearbook of International Law, Volume: 2, 121-144, 2019
  • ‘On finding the ethical in the age of digital battle spaces’ NATO Defense Strategic Communications, Volume 6, 245-57, Spring 2019
  • ‘Dispute Resolution and the Institutional Development of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: The Normative Legal Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative’, Asia Business Law Journal.
  • ‘The Hijaz in Perspective: Islamic Statehood and The Origins of Arab Self-Determination (1916-2016)’ Hurst Publishing, Centre for Global Constitutionalism, University of St Andrews, Working Paper No. 3, January 2018
  • Dimensions of the New Belt Road Order: An Analysis of the Emerging Legal Norms and a Conceptionalisation of the Regulation of Disputes, Beijing Law Review, 2018
  • ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Reconceptionalized: Regulation of Disputes, Standards, and Mediation.’ Pepperdine University, 2018

Public Engagement


  • Serves on the Board of Advisors of RAND Europe, Cambridge, UK.
  • Serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Pardee School for Global Affairs, Boston University, Boston.
  • Serves on the Editorial Board of Defence Strategic Communications, NATO StratCom COE, Riga, Latvia.
  • Serves on the Advisory Board of the St Andrews Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research (ILCR), Scotland.
  • Serves on the Advisory Council of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London.
  • Serves on the International Advisory Board at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, US (MGH)
  • Serves as member of the Partners HealthCare Corporation, MGH
  • Serves on the President’s Council at MGH.
  • Serves on the Board of Trustees of Coexist House, London.


  • Served on the Board of Trustees of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), London.
  • Served on the Board of the Energy & Natural Resources Law Institute (ELI), UK.
  • Served on the Board of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Served on the Board of Trustees for the Arab British Centre, London.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Qatar Medical Corporation (Hamad), Qatar.
  • Served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Middle East, Davos.
  • Founding President of Harvard Law School Association of Arabia, Middle East & North Africa.
  • Served as Secretary of Harvard Law School Association of the United Kingdom.
  • Served as International Chair, Harvard Law School Association.
  • Served on the Editorial Board of the UCLA Journal of Middle East Development.
  • Served on the Advisory Board of the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law’s (CIMEL’s) Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law.
  • Served on the Advisory Board of the University of Toronto-Yale Middle East Law and Governance Interdisciplinary Journal (MELG).

Conferences / conference papers

  • The Scotia Group Majlis’ and Forum, January – November 2021
  • Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research, “The ‘Breathing Space’ Project - Rule of Law’s Past and Future, Virtual Conference, 22 September 2020
  • China Arbitration Summit 2020, “Work Together, Win Together – Global Innovation and Development of Dispute Resolution in Face of COVID-19”, Virtual Conference, 22 September 2020
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) ‘Collaborative Resolution of Disputes and COVID-19’, Webinar, 26 June 2020
  • IMI/SIMI ‘Investor State Mediation: An Expert Round Table’, 17 July 2020
  • Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Mediation Colloquium, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Boston, 4 December 2019
  • The IISS Manama Dialogue, 15th Regional Security Summit. Manama, Bahrain, 22-24 November 2019
  • Lecture on legal and political issues related to the Belt and Road Initiative to senior management at Department for International Trade Legal Advisers. 11 November 2019
  • Jerusalem First: Mediated the Westphalia Simulation for for Peace in the Middle East conference, University of Cambridge UK 8 November 2019
  • Presentation at the annual Summit for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Beijing; and participated in the Belt & Road Arbitration Summit ahead of the ‘Beijing Joint Declarations for BRI Arbitration Institutions’. 6-7 November 2019
  • Lecture at ECULP in Shanghai to masters and PhD student and academic staff. 4 November 2019
  • Harvard University ‘Negotiating Peace in Global Complexity: Chaos, Conflict, and Cooperation in Central Asia and the Middle East’. 21 September 2019
  • Panellist, co-host and presenter at the Philip Lader Renaissance Weekend in Jackson Hole Labour Day 29 August - 3 September 2019
  • Chaired and lead panel discussion for trial with academic students and researchers at St Andrews University. This included an expert panel discussing modern legal issues arising from trial. 3 May 2019
  • Hosted and co-convened with BIICL the Belt and Road Initiative and Global Dispute Resolution Forum for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) 2 May 2019
  • CCLS Debate: Future in Energy Law. 21 March 2019
  • International Law Summit: Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa, London 7 March 2019
  • BCLP and BIICL Conference. 5 March 2019
  • Talk at Cambridge University on the recently published book ‘The Hijaz’. 25 February 2019
  • Evolution not Revolution: CIArb’s work on ISDS reform at UNCITRAL WG III 13 February 2019
  • Forbes Global CEO Conference, Bangkok, 30-31 October 2018
  • CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission), Beijing 19 October 2018
  • Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC). 19 October 2018
  • Chinese Academy for Social Sciences, International Seminar on the Belt & Road initiative and Energy Connectivity, Beijing 15-19 October 2018
  • ECT Research Centre and CEC (China Electricity Council), Beijing 26th September 2018
  • Speaker at the AIIB Conference - International Organisations and the Promotion of Effective Dispute Resolution, Beijing 5-6 September 2018
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore 5th-6th July 2018
  • GIGA-Pin Conference - New Diplomacy for new types of Conflicts.  From Regional Conflicts to Regional Negotiations:  Rethinking Peace Processes. Hamburg, Germany 2 - 3 July 2018
  • Speaker at the Aspen Ideas, Festival, 24-27 June 2018
  • Book Launch for ‘The Hijaz’, book launch which was attended by the University Vice Chancellor, Oxford. 7 June 2018
  • Oxford Union Debate, 7 June 2018
  • Beirut Institute Summit Edition II, 12 -13 May 2018
  • Conference/workshop: Saudi Arabia and Iran - Beyond Conflict and Co-Existence, London School of Economics, 8 May 2018
  • LCILP 3rd Annual Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa Conference, ‘Saudi Aramco – What does flotation mean for the sector’, London, 6-7 March 2018.
  • China-Middle East Relations: The Belt & Road. Center for Middle East Policy Development at UCLA. 24 February 2018
  • ‘Islamic Statehood and the Origins of Arab Self-Determination (1916-2016)’, a talk by Professor Malik R. Dahlan (Quraysh), Old Class Library, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, 30 November 2017.
  • Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week: World Future Energy Summit 15-18 January 2017
  • Speaker at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore NUS conference on- Saudi Arabia after the Arab Uprisings: Domestic, Regional and International Challenges, 12-13 December 2016
  • 16th Annual Forbes Global CEO Conference: Rising to the Challenge, 29 November -1 December 2016
  • 163rd Bergedorf Round Table: A Westphalia for the Middle East Korber Foundation, 11-13 November 2016
  • Interviewed for ILCR University of St Andrew’s project on The Law’s Two Bodies, 7 November 2016
  • International Task Force Summit for Mixed Mode Dispute Resolution, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University 23 and 24 September 2016
  • Opening address, PIMIC-ITN Forum. Inquiry into the Consequences of PIMIC in the Contemporary World, 24-25 June 2016
  • Speaker on the Implications of Recent Events in Iran and the Middle East at Dentons’ Global Energy Summit 17 May 2016.
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