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School of Law

Mr Nicholas H D Foster

MA (Cantab), DESU (Aix-Marseille III)

Overview

Nick Foster
School of Law

Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL)

Member

Name:
Mr Nicholas H D Foster
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4666
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
225
Office Hours:
Mon 17:30-18:30 + Wed 16:30-18:30
Curriculum Vitae:
CV Nick Foster (msword; 85kb)

Teaching

Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Anselmo Ricardo Augusto Samussone, Corporate Governance and the Legal Protection of Employee-Shareholders in Mozambique
  • Ebbe Rogge, Moving Towards Good Corporate Governance at UK Banks: A Comparative Analysis including Case Studies of Japan's Financial Sector Reforms and of State-owned Banks.
  • Fatima Swehli, The role of the property law in post-conflict Libya
  • Hani Zedan, A Critical Analysis of State Legal Policy Making in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Systems, Reforms, and Determining Factors
  • Jiaqi Xie, Transitional Economic Law and China's Economic Legal System reform
  • Lucja Magdalena Nowak,
  • Sulaiman Al-Turki, Codification of Islamic Law in Saudi Arabia
  • Virginie Rouas, The Development of Foreign Direct Liability Litigation for Corporate Responsibility in Europe
Undergraduate Company Law; LLM/MA International and Comparative Commercial Transactions; LLM/MA International and Comparative Corporate Law

Research

Comparative commercial and company law with particular reference to Islamic commercial law, the commercial law of the Arab Middle East, and company law theory. Founding editor of the Journal of Comparative Law (present editors are Professor William Butler (web15@psu.edu) and Professor Michael Palmer (mp@soas.ac.uk))

Expertise

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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • United Arab Emirates
Languages
  • French
  • Italian

Publications

Book Chapters

Foster, Nicholas HD (2011) 'Using Comparative Commercial Law in the Study of Legal Transformation: Commercial Aspects of the Early Stages of Ottoman Legal Transition.' In: Layish, A. and Shaham, R., (eds.), Islamic Law Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century. The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. (Forthcoming)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2010) 'The “Mixed Systems” of the Arab Middle East.' In: The proceedings of the 2nd Comparative Law Days, Yaremche, the Ukraine, 22-25 April 2010. UNSPECIFIED. (Forthcoming)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2007) 'Comparative Commercial Law: Rules or Context?' In: Nelken, D. and Örücü, E., (eds.), Comparative Legal Studies: A Handbook. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 263-285.

Foster, Nicholas HD and Ball, Jane (2006) 'Imperialism and accountability in corporate law: the limitations of incorporation law as a regulatory mechanism.' In: McLeod, Sorcha and Brownsword, Roger, (eds.), Global Governance and the Search for Justice: Corporations and Corporate Governance. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2006) 'Owing and Owning in Islamic and Western Law.' In: Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law. Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 1-37.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2005) 'The Theoretical Background: The Nature of the Actors in Corporate Social Responsibility.' In: Tully, S, (ed.), Research Handbook on Corporate Social Responsibility. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2002) 'Transmigration and Transferability of Commercial Law in a Globalised World.' In: Örücü, E. and Harding, A., (eds.), Comparative Law in the 21st Century. The Hague: Kluwer, pp. 55-73.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2002) 'Transfers of Rights and Obligations in the UAE: A Comparative Analysis in the Light of English Law, French law and the shari'a.' In: Cotran, E., (ed.), Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, Volume 7 2000-2001. Brill, pp. 3-70.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2000) 'Islamic Law as Tradition.' In: Glenn, Patrick, (ed.), Legal Traditions of the World. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 147-150.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2000) 'Kindling the Debate on Diversity.' In: Glenn, Patrick, (ed.), Legal Traditions of the World. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 174-176.

Foster, Nicholas HD (1999) 'Guarantees in the UAE: a Comparative Analysis in the Light of English Law, French Law and the Shari'a.' In: Eugene, Cotran and Mallat, Chibli, (eds.), Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law. Volume 5 (1998-1999). Brill, pp. 42-87.

Articles

Foster, Nicholas HD (2010) 'Islamic Perspectives on the Law of Business Organisations I: An Overview of the Classical Sharia and a Brief Comparison of the Sharia Regimes with Western-Style Law.' European Business Organization Law Review, 11 (1). pp. 3-34.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2010) 'Islamic Perspectives on the Law of Business Organisations II: The Sharia and the Western-style Law of Business Organisations.' European Business Organization Law Review, 11 (2). pp. 273-307.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2007) 'Islamic Commercial Law: An Overview (II).' InDret: revista per a analisi del dret, 1 . p. 405.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2007) 'Islamic Finance Law as an Emergent Legal System.' Arab Law Quarterly, 21 (2). pp. 170-188.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2006) 'Islamic Commercial Law: An Overview (I).' InDret: revista per a analisi del dret, 4 . p. 384.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2006) 'The Journal of Comparative Law: A New Scholarly Resource.' Journal of Comparative Law, 1 . pp. 1-12.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2006) 'Encounters between Legal Systems: Recent Cases concerning Islamic Commercial Law in Secular Courts.' Amicus Curiae (November/D). pp. 2-9.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2006) 'Perception, Language and “Reality” in Corporate Law Theory.' King’s College Law Journal, 17 (2). pp. 299-324.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2006) 'A Fresh Start for Comparative Legal Studies? A Collective Review of Patrick Glenn's Legal Traditions of the World, 2nd edition.' Journal of Comparative Law, 1 (1). pp. 100-199.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2005) 'Foundation Myth as Legal Formant: The Medieval Law Merchant and the New Lex Mercatoria.' Forum Historiae Juris (online journal) .

Foster, Nicholas HD (2004) 'An Unstoppable Force meets a Movable Object? Assignment of Rights in the UAE.' Arab Law Quarterly . pp. 165-186.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2001) 'The Islamic Law of Guarantees.' Arab Law Quarterly, 16 (2). pp. 133-57.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2000) 'Company Law Theory - England and France.' American Journal of Comparative Law, 48 . pp. 573-621.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2000) 'The Islamic law of Real Security.' Arab Law Quarterly, 15 (2). pp. 131-155.

Foster, Nicholas HD (1998) 'Commercial Security over Movables in the UAE: a Comparative Analysis in the Light of English Law, French Law and the Shari’a.' Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, 4 . pp. 1-61.

Conference or Workshop Items

Foster, Nicholas HD (2010) The Law of Islamic Finance. In: Islamic Finance and Financial Markets: An alternative to the Anglo-American Finance Model?, 4 March, University College London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2010) Making People Behave Properly in Islamic Finance: Some General Thoughts. In: Fourth Harvard-LSE Workshop, 25th February, London School of Economics. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2009) Commercial Law: The Thin End of the Wedge in the Westernisation of Law in the Middle East. In: Islamic Law Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century, 19-21 October, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2009) The Law of Islamic Finance: Re-imagination or Reception? In: Re-imagining the Shari’a: Theory, Practice and Muslim Pluralism at Play, 13-16 September, Venice, Italy. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2009) Transnational Legal Studies, Relatively Speaking. In: Georgetown Law School, Center for Transnational Legal Studies: Pierre Legrand, 21 January. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2007) ‘Problematic at Best and Uninteresting at Worst?' Comparing the Sharia and Western Civil and Commercial Law. In: Asian Constitutionalism in Transition: A Comparative Perspective, 14-15 December, University of Siena. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2007) The “Mixed Systems” of the Arab Middle East. In: Second Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, 27-30 June, University of Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2006) Comparing Shari’a and Western Commercial Law: An Impossibility? In: Society of Legal Scholars Joint Annual Conference, 4 September, University of Keele. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2006) Use and Abuse of PowerPoint: Confessions of a Repentant Sinner. In: School of Oriental and African Studies, Learning and Teaching Unit Seminar, 31 January, London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2005) Unstoppable Forces and Movable Objects? Islam and Western Commercial Law. In: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Seminar, 2 June, London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2005) Islamic Finance: A Quasi-Independent Legal System? In: Commonwealth Law Conference 2005: Developing Law and Justice, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2005) Begin at the Beginning: Corporate Law Theory and Metaphysics. In: Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2005, University of Strathclyde. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2005) The Re-Reception of Islamic Law: Perspectives from a Commercial Comparatist. In: Legal Transfer in History European Forum of Young Legal Historians, 27-29 May, University of Lucerne, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2004) Good Faith as Multivalence in Bivalent Legal Orders. In: Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2004, 13-16 September, Sheffield University. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2004) Owing and owning in Islamic and Western law. In: Sixth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance, 8-9 May. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2004) The New Shari'a - Islamic Finance as an Emergent Legal System. In: Centre for Finance and Management Studies Seminar, SOAS. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2004) What is Culture? Lessons from Comparative Commercial Law (and Elsewhere). In: University of Victoria, British Columbia. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2003) The lex mercatoria - mythical history as legal formant. In: Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2003, 17-20 September, Oxford University. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2003) Is security law necessary? In: Centre for Finance and Management Studies (SOAS) Seminar, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2003) Imperialism and accountability in corporate law: two globalisations. In: Global Governance and the Search for Justice, University of Sheffield. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2003) Fact and Fiction in Islamic Banking. In: Centre for Finance and Management Studies (SOAS) Seminar, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2002) Teaching legal understanding. In: Academic Literacies Seminar, 14 June, SOAS, London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2002) Researching Islamic commercial law. In: Comparative Law Methodology, UKNCCL Seminar, 21 March, SOAS, London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2002) Teaching company law comparatively: Or how do you teach a subject which doesn't exist yet? In: Society of Public Teachers of Law Annual Conference, September 9-12, University of Leicester. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2002) Transfers of Rights and the Concept of Property. In: Centre for Finance and Management Studies (SOAS) Seminar, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2000) Thoughts on the Essence of Being - What Exactly is a Company? In: Centre for Financial and Management Studies (SOAS) Seminar, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2000) The Hidden Purposes of Corporate Theories. In: SOAS Law Department Research Seminar, SOAS, University of London. (Unpublished)

Foster, Nicholas HD (2000) Transmigration and Transferability of Commercial Law in a Globalised World. In: WG Hart Legal Workshop - Comparative Law in the 21st Century, London. (Unpublished)

Monographs

Foster, Nicholas HD (1998) Company law theory - comparative aspects. SOAS Law Department Research Seminar, 27 January 1998. (Unpublished)

Book Reviews

Foster, Nicholas HD (2006) 'Key Ideas in Islamic Law: Wael B Hallaq, The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law.' Rechtsgeschichte, 8 . pp. 177-180.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2006) 'Challenges in the Study of Ancient Legal Influence: Gideon Libson, Jewish and Islamic Law. A Comparative Study of Custom during the Geonic Period.' Rechtsgeschichte, 8 . pp. 181-184.

Foster, Nicholas HD (2001) 'A Review of William M Ballantyne, "Essays and Addresses on Arab Laws".' Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, 6 .

Foster, Nicholas HD (2000) 'A Review of N. D. Ray, "Arab Islamic Banking and the Renewal of Islamic Law".' Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, 5 .

Foster, Nicholas HD (2000) 'A Review of Nayla Comair-Obeid, "The Law of Business Contracts in the Arab Middle East".' Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, 5 .

Foster, Nicholas HD (1998) 'A Review of Uvieghara, E. E., "Sale of Goods (And Hire Purchase) Law in Nigeria".' Journal of African Law, 42 . pp. 144-146.

Foster, Nicholas HD (1998) 'A Review of Manase, A.J. and Madhuku, L., "A Handbook on Commercial Law in Zimbabwe".' The African Book Publishing Record, 24 (2). pp. 134-135.

Foster, Nicholas HD (1998) 'A Review of K. Eso, "The Mystery Gunman: History. Politics. Power-play".' The African Book Publishing Record, 24 (2). pp. 138-139.

Foster, Nicholas HD (1997) 'A Review of Ogundere, J. G., "The Nigerian Judge and His Court".' The African Book Publishing Record, 23 (2). p. 140.

Other

Foster, Nicholas HD (2013) '‘Lead Us Not into Temptation’: the Formulation of the Present Orthodoxy and the Deficiencies of Regulation.' SOAS Law of Islamic Finance Working Papers: No 1 . (Unpublished)

Foster, Nick HD (2006) 'Editorial Note: Symposium on 'Legal Transplants'.' Journal of Comparative Law, 1 . pp. 235-236.

Foster, Nick HD (2005) 'The Journal of Comparative Law.' Rechtsgeschichte, 7 . pp. 230-231.

Foster, Nick HD (1998) 'The Civil Law/Commercial Law Distinction in Arab Commercial Law.' Wig and Gavel (University of London Law Journal) . pp. 142-144.

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