January 11, 2013 -- Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl, Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law, was named one of the “50 Smartest People of Faith” by TheBestSchools.org, an educational web site. According to the site, the list includes living men and women who are both people of faith and people of exceptional intellectual brilliance and professional accomplishment. For more information, or to see the list, please click here.
Professor Abou El Fadl is one of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic law and Islam, and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights. He teaches International Human Rights, Islamic Jurisprudence, National Security Law, Law and Terrorism, Islam and Human Rights, Political Asylum and Political Crimes and Legal Systems. He also holds the chair in Islam and Citizenship at the University of Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Among his many honors and distinctions, Professor Abou El Fadl was awarded the University of Oslo Human Rights Award, the Leo and Lisl Eitinger Prize in 2007, and was named a Carnegie Scholar in Islamic Law in 2005. He was previously appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch. He continues to serve on the advisory board of Middle East Watch (part of Human Rights Watch) and regularly works with human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (Human Rights First) as an expert in a wide variety of cases involving human rights, terrorism, political asylum, and international and commercial law. In 2005, he was listed as one of LawDragon’s Top 500 Lawyers in the Nation.