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Professor Khaled Abou el Fadl Awarded the University of Oslo's Human Rights Award, the Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize
Khaled Abou el Fadl, The Omar and Azmeralda Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law, has been awarded The University of Oslo's Human Rights Award, The Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize.
This annual award is given to a person that has been committed to human rights issues. The awards ceremony will take place at Gamle Festsal, Domus Academica, Faculty of Law, Karl Johans gate 47 on Monday, November 12th.
Professor Abou el Fadl is one of the leading authorities in Islamic law in the United States and Europe. He was named as a 2005 Carnegie Scholar in Islamic studies. His personal library contains over 6500 Islamic books and manuscripts, some dating from the thirteenth century. He teaches Islamic law, Middle Eastern Investment Law, Immigration Law, and courses related to human rights and terrorism. He works with various human rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch and the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights. He often serves as an expert witness in international litigation involving Middle Eastern law, and in cases involving immigration law and political asylum claims.
This award is in honor of Leo and Lisl Eitinger, who devoted their life to promotion of human rights and the fight against injustice and racism. They had a tremendously important role for the human rights movement in our country. Thanks to their effort, Norway also became the first country in the world to appoint a chair for disaster psychiatry. When the World Health Organisation published their new classification of mental disorders in 1992 (ICD-10), they included a category called 'Enduring personality change after catastrophic experience', a diagnostic concept based on the work of Eitinger.
For more information, see http://www.uio.no/om_uio/priser/eitinger/