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Professor Malik R. Dahlan, LLB (Jordan) GAS, 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.

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 sat 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 teaches Energy Law and Ethics, Renewable Energy Law and Energy Geopolitics; and supervises LLM and PhD dissertations on trade, energy and ethics, investment, Investor-State Disputes (ISDS), and dispute resolution (please see supervision areas section for greater detail.)

External Functions:

In parallel to his academic work, Professor Dahlan is the Principal of Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (iQ), a multifaceted transnational professional services company in London. He is a multijurisdictional lawyer, a CEDR Senior International Mediator, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He is an Adjunct of the Rand Corporation, an Advisory Board member of the Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research at the University of St. Andrew’s, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He also sits on the editorial board of Defence Strategic Communications, NATO’s academic journal.

He held several visiting professorships around the world. In 2019, Professor Dahlan was named Senior Mediation Fellow at the Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies the Negotiation Task Force, where he was leading the ‘Jerusalem First’ and the ‘Harvard ISDS Mediation Colloquium’ projects. Professor Dahlan continues to lead institutional collaborations with the and Harvard University and the University of Cambridge (Centre of Geopolitics and Grand Strategy). Between 2014 and 2015, he was at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge. His fellowship focused on the concept of statehood in international law contrasted with Islamic law (The Hijaz). He was also visiting at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and a current honorary fellow, with a research focus primarily driven by international law and international relations methods and the application of neo-functionalism theory on the model of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Professor Dahlan completed his Professoriate qualification (al-‘Alemiyyah’) Habilitation Higher Doctorate (LLD) in Law and Public Policy at Al-Azhar University. He completed three Harvard University master’s degrees: in Government at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS); an LLM at Harvard Law School, and; an AM in Regional Studies at the Center for Middle East Studies (CMES). Professor Dahlan earned his LLB from the University of Jordan.

Professor Dahlan continues to share his insights on impactful subjects through media interventions and publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the BBC.


Trade (Law and Policy), International Law and Statehood, International Trade Law, Dispute Resolution (Mediation, Arbitration, ISDS), Energy Law and Ethic Renewable Energy, Islamic Law, Middle East Studies, Dispute Resolution in the Middle East, Political Economy, Geopolitics, Global Investment Law and Policy, and Belt and Road Initiative.

Professor Dahlan is working on developing a student research handbook on energy law and ethics, as well as an introduction to renewable energy law with a particular focus on solar and wind energy.



  • ‘The Research Handbook on Energy Law and Ethics’ (Edward Elgar Publishing forthcoming 2021.) 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.


  • ‘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

Conferences / conference papers

  • 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, 4th December 2019
  • The IISS Manama Dialogue, 15th Regional Security Summit. Manama, Bahrain, 22nd-24th 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. 11th November 2019
  • Jerusalem First: Mediated the Westphalia Simulation for for Peace in the Middle East conference, University of Cambridge UK 8th 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’. 6th-7th November 2019
  • Lecture at ECULP in Shanghai to masters and PhD student and academic staff. 4th November 2019
  • Harvard University ‘Negotiating Peace in Global Complexity: Chaos, Conflict, and Cooperation in Central Asia and the Middle East’. 21st September 2019
  • Panellist, co-host and presenter at the Philip Lader Renaissance Weekend in Jackson Hole Labour Day 29th August- 3rd 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. 3rd 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) 2nd May 2019
  • CCLS Debate: Future in Energy Law. 21st March 2019
  • International Law Summit: Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa, London 7th March 2019
  • BCLP and BIICL Conference. 5th March 2019
  • Talk at Cambridge University on the recently published book ‘The Hijaz’. 25th February 2019
  • Evolution not Revolution: CIArb’s work on ISDS reform at UNCITRAL WG III 13th February 2019
  • Forbes Global CEO Conference, Bangkok, 30th-31st October 2018
  • CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission), Beijing 19th October 2018
  • Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC). 19th October 2018
  • Chinese Academy for Social Sciences, International Seminar on the Belt & Road initiative and Energy Connectivity, Beijing 15th-19th 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 5th-6th 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 2nd - 3rd July 2018
  • Speaker at the Aspen Ideas, Festival, 24th-27th June 2018
  • Book Launch for ‘The Hijaz’, book launch which was attended by the University Vice Chancellor, Oxford. 7th June 2018
  • Oxford Union Debate, 7th June 2018
  • Beirut Institute Summit Edition II, 12th -13th May 2018
  • Conference/workshop: Saudi Arabia and Iran - Beyond Conflict and Co-Existence, London School of Economics, 8th 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, 6th-7th March 2018.
  • China-Middle East Relations: The Belt & Road. Center for Middle East Policy Development at UCLA. 24th 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, 30th November 2017.

Public Engagement


  • Board Member, International Mediation Institute (IMI), The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Member, International Advisory Council, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, US (MGH)
  • Member, Partners HealthCare Corporation, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Member, President’s Council, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Advisory Board of the St Andrews Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research (ILCR)
  • Board of Trustees of Coexist House, London
  • Justice Associate , Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program
  • Member, Timbuktu Renaissance Presidential Action Group, Mali
  • Advisory Board of the University of Toronto-Yale Middle East Law and Governance Interdisciplinary Journal (MELG)
  • Working Group, Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute.


  • Board of Trustees for the Arab British Centre, London
  • Board of Directors of the Qatar Medical Corporation (Hamad), Qatar
  • 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
  • Secretary, Harvard Law School Association of the United Kingdom
  • International Chair, Harvard Law School Association
  • Editorial Board of the UCLA Journal of Middle East Development
  • 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.

Conferences / conference papers