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SOAS in the media 2 May 2014

2 May 2014

Dr Anicee Van Engeland commented extensively on Sharia Law being introduced in Brunei. She was interviewed by BBC World and featured in The Financial Times (Singapore and US) and The Independent. Emma Dabiri wrote for The New Statesman highlighting issues surrounding the misinformation of kidnapped girls in Nigeria. Atta Barkindo also wrote on the latest wave of Boko Haram terrorist attacks, published in the Toronto Star. Dr Roberto Mazza reviewed Anita Shapira's latest book on Israel in BBC History. Professor Costas Lapavitsas was interviewed (video streamed online) by The Real News Network about the recent successes of far right parties in France. SOAS experts continue to provide commentary on the elections in India - Dr Subir Sinha was interviewed by Wall Street Journal and Dr Simona Vittorini by NBC News. Finally, following George Clooney's recent engagement to Amal Alamuddin, SOAS was cited in New York Daily and The Telegraph as the human rights lawyer was rumoured to have lectured here at the school!

International outcry as Brunei introduces sharia law and takes country back to the dark ages
The Independent - 30/04/2014
“When rulers do this, it is usually for domestic political reasons,” said Dr Anicée Van Engeland, a lecturer in law at SOAS, University of London."

Les femmes afghanes entre espoir et lucidité à l’heure de l’élection présidentielle
Opinion International - 01/05/14
"Selon Anicée Van Engeland, spécialiste du droit islamique et professeure à SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) à Londres, « cet amendement est contraire au droit islamique, car la présence de témoins est requise en droit islamique et nulle part il n’est dit que ce ne peut pas être un membre de la famille ; au contraire, on encourage le fait que ce soit des membres de la famille."

Divorce rates rise in Iran, as population growth falls
Middle East Eye - 22/04/14
"Anicee Van Engeland, a lecturer in Iranian law at the Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS, attributed the trend to worsening prospects for Iran's young people. With fewer options, they are now getting married earlier which has led to marriage instability, she said."

The Rise of the Far Right as the Euro-Crisis Hits France
The Real News.com - 27/04/2014
Professor Costas Lapavitsas interviewed.
Watch now.

Parents desperately search for 230 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls
The Star (Toronto) - 26/04/2014
Article written by PhD student Atta Barkindo

Why is there such a culture of misinformation surrounding the case of Nigeria’s kidnapped girls?
New Statesman - 01/05/14
Article written by Teaching Fellow Emma Dabiri

Longevity and bling in the court of King Mugabe
The Conversation UK - 28/04/14
Article written by Professor Stephen Chan

Syria: open letter to the UN on humanitarian aid
International Bar Association - 28/04/14
SOAS academics sign an open letter to the UN on humanitarian aid to Syria

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