Panelist & Lectures

Media Commentator – Political & Legal

  • Al-Jazeera, January 2004 – November 2004, weekly
  • Political & Legal Commentator , December 2004 – Present, regularly
  • Appear on television and radio networks; over 200 appearances as a political and legal commentator for Al-Jazeera, including but not limited to PBS, ABC, CNN, Huffington Post Live, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CNNfn, BBC World Service Radio, BBC World Service Arabic Television, ART, NPR, LBC, Al-Rafidain TV, Al-Qataria, Al-Saah TV, Fox, Al-Arabia, Channel 4 (England), Shams Radio, Vatican-Arabic Radio, Monte Carlo Radio, and The Voice of Arabs Radio (Cairo)
  • Quoted in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, CNN.com, Fox.com, Salon.com, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, American Prospect, Star Ledger, Herald News, Bergen Record, Village Voice, New Jersey Law Journal, Chicago Lawyer, ABA Law Student Magazine, Hollywood Reports, Variety, and Screen International

Selected Lectures on Commercial Law

  • The Intersection of Islamic Finance and Corporate Insolvency, World Bank, Panelist, Washington, DC, November 20, 2015
  • Introduction to the Moral Foundation of Islamic Finance, The Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3), Panelist, July 28, 2015
  • Middle Eastern and Islamic Commercial Law, Eight International Conference on Contracts, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Panelist, February 22, 2013
  • Shari’a Law and Islamic Finance – A Threat to America?, New York City Bar Association, Panelist, NY, , November 29, 2011
  • Recognition & Enforcement of Foreign Money Judgment by American Courts and Middle East Courts, U.S. Department of State Training of Iraqi Judges, Lecturer, Washington, D.C., September 28, 2010
  • Islamic Capital Markets: Past, Present & Future, New York City Bar Association, CLE Panelist, NY, February 2010
  • Food, Clothing & Shelter – An Economic Human Right: Islamic Law of Bankruptcy, Journal of Law & Religion Symposium, Panelist, Hamline University Law School, October 16, 2009
  • Islamic Financial Products, American Bar Association, Panelist, Chicago, IL, August 2009
  • Structuring a Shari’a Compliant Transaction, New York City Bar Association, CLE Panelist, NY, June 2009
  • Business & Commercial Entities Approved Under Classical Shari’a Doctrine, New York City Bar Association, CLE Panelist, September 2008; March 2007
  • Fatwas to Solve Commercial Disputes, New York City Bar Association, CLE Panelist, January 2008
  • Islamic Commercial Law in Comparative Context, Rutgers Law School-Newark, Lecturer, 2006

Selected Lectures on General Shari’a

  • The Moroccan Legal System, University of Colorado Law School, Webinar, May 11, 2017
  • Muslim Leadership Training Program, Cordoba House, New York, NY, October-November 2016
  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Washington, DC, September 30, 2016, 2016 Convention
  • ISIS are a Bunch of Criminals Who Do Not Represent Islam and the Quran, says Rutgers Professor Smerconish, November 18, 2015
  • Islamic Law and U.S. Civil Law: Women’s Right from a Comparative Legal Perspective, Howard Law School, February 28, 2013
  • Why is Islamic Jurisprudence relevant today? Princeton Adult School, November 13, 2012
  • Religions in the Courtroom, Illinois Law School, Jewish Law Students Association, Panelist, IL, November 8, 2011
  • The Anti-Shari’a Movement-Unconstitutional Discrimination or Homeland Security? International Law Weekend, Panelist, ABILA & ILSA, NY, October 21, 2011
  • Women and Islam, U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Gender Equity Conference, Panelist, NY, April 7, 2011
  • Muslim America, Sharia & the Constitution, Murray State University, Lecturer, KY, March 25, 2011
  • Constitutionality of the Anti-Sharia Legislation, New York University, Panelist, NY, April 13, 2011
  • Sharia in American Courts & the Oklahoma Ban on Sharia, New York City Bar Association, Panelist, NY, December 9, 2010
  • Islamic Law 101, New York County Lawyer Association, Panelist, NY, May 2010
  • What You Need to Know about Islamic Law, New York City Bar Association, Panelist, NY, April 2010
  • Religion and Law: Cannon Law, Jewish Law & Islamic Law, Seton Hall School of Law, Panelist, NJ, March 25, 2010
  • Capital Punishment & Islamic Law, New York City Bar Association, Panelist, NY, July 2009
  • Honor Killing” & Islamic Law: Two Recent Fatwas, New York City Bar Association, Panelist, NY, May 2009
  • The Future of Islam in America, Channel 4 (UK), Expert, June 2008
  • Beyond Belief: Religion In Film, SilverDocs, Panelist, MD, June 2007
  • The Evolution of Gender Relations in the Cultures of the Near East from Assyria to Islam, New York University, Guest Lecturer, NY, April 2007
  • Arab & Muslim Cultural Issues in New Jersey Courts, New Jersey Bar Association Annual Convention, Panelist, NJ, May 2006
  • Introduction to Islam, Youth for Understanding Host Families and Staff Retreat, Lecturer, April 2006; June 2006
  • Introduction to Islamic Law, Seton Hall University-Whitehead School of Diplomacy & International Relations, Lecturer, Nov 2006
  • Islamic Law in New Jersey Court, Union County Women’s Bar Association, Lecturer, NJ, 2004

Selected Lectures on Family Law

  • The Intersection of Shari’a Law and State Divorce Law, ClearLaw Institute, Webinar, October 27, 2016
  • Islamic Marriage Contracts Workshop, Karamah, Washington, DC, September 17, 2016
  • Family Law: A Survey of Middle Eastern Family Law in American Courts, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Webinar, September 14, 2016
  • Islamic Marriage Contracts, Karamah, CLE Panelist, Washington, D.C., July 25, 2016
  • Islamic Family Law in American Courts, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, July 19, 2016, 79th Annual Conference. CLE Lecturer, Monterey, CA
  • International Parental Child Abduction, 2016 Family Division/Domestic Violence Education Conference, April 11, 2016
  • Matrimonial Law, New Jersey Association for Justice, CLE Lecturer, East Rutherford, NJ, November 19, 2015
  • International Family Law: Islamic Family Law in American Courts, American Bar Association, CLE Lecturer, November 17, 2015
  • Islamic Family Law in American Courts, Abed Awad, Esq. (Lecture and Informational Tour of the Bergen County Superior Court to Moroccan Magistrates), October 14, 2015
  • Islamic Marriage Contracts, Karamah, CLE Panelist, Washington, D.C., August 14, 2014
  • Islamic Family Law in America: A Rich, Diverse and Evolving Jurisprudence, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judge, July 16, 2013, 76th Annual Conference. CLE Lecturer, Seattle, WA
  • Islamic Family Law in American Court: Practitioner’s Perspective, Pennsylvania Bar Association, CLE Lecturer, July 12, 2013
  • Immigration and Cultural Issues in Family Law, New Jersey Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), CLE Lecturer, April 2012
  • International Family Law: Islamic Law & Culture in American Courts, The Iowa State Bar Association, CLE Lecturer, IA, October 28, 2011
  • The Impact of Religion & Culture in Divorce, Middlesex County Bar Association, Lecturer, NJ, October 17, 2011
  • Culture, Religion & Divorce in American Courts, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Ohio Chapter, Lecturer, October 10, 2011
  • Culture, Religion & Divorce in New Jersey, Middlesex County Bar Association, Panelist, NJ, June 15, 2011
  • International Child Abductions, Karamah, CLE Panelist, Washington, D.C. , March 31, 2011
  • Muslim Religious Divorces & American Divorce Litigation, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers- Florida Chapter, Panelist, February 19, 2011
  • Muslim Marriage Contracts in American Courts – Recent Cases, Karamah, CLE Panelist, Washington, D.C. , January 20, 2011
  • Islamic Family Law in American Courts, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Illinois Chapter, Lecturer, November 5, 2010
  • Muslim Marriage Contracts in American Courts – Recent Cases, Advanced Law and Leadership Program, Karamah, Lecturer, Washington, D.C., July 2010
  • Islamic Family Law in American Courts, Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services, Lecturer, MI, February 24-25, 2010; led a half-day workshop training for Michigan State Court Judges on Islamic family law in American courts; led a half-day workshop training for Michigan attorneys, court personnel & community service providers
  • Family Law Reform Trends in the Arab World: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates & Saudi Arabia, Karamah, Guest Lecturer, Washington D.C., November 18, 2009
  • Intersection of Islamic Law and Texas Family Law, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas Panelist, CLE Panelist, September 25, 2009
  • Muslim Americans and Family Law in U.S. Courts, National Association of Muslim Lawyers Convention, Panelist, November 2007
  • Caught Between Two Worlds: Islamic & American Family Laws Regarding Marriage, Divorce, & Child Custody, Islamic Society of North America Convention, Panelist, September 2006
  • American Muslim Divorce Litigation: A Practitioner’s Perspective from the Trenches, Muslim Women Leadership Conference, Karamah, Lecturer, 2004, 2006. 2008, 2009 (Summer)

Lectures – Other

  • Effective Long-Term Strategies to Understand and To Prevent Terrorism, Saint Joseph’s University, Guest Lecturer, Philadelphia, PA, October 31, 2009
  • Election Campaign Financing: An American Perspective with Skills & Strategies to Raise Money for Candidates, National Democratic Institute (NDI), Two-Day Workshop Trainer, Rabat, Morocco, February 2009
  • Skills & Strategies to Increase Voter Turnout, NDI, American GOTV, Two-Day Workshop Trainer, Casablanca, Morocco, February 2007
  • Sovereignty & Terrorism, Rutgers University School of Law, Lecturer, NJ, November 2006
  • Religious Discrimination in the Work Place, Rutgers University School of Law, Panelist, April 2016