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Dr Anicee Van Engeland

Maitrise (Paris II Assas), LL.M (Harvard Law), Ma (Paris II and Paris III), PhD (IEP), HEA Fellow


Anicee Van Engeland
School of Law

Lecturer in Law

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL)

Deputy Director (Programmes), Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

Centre for Gender Studies


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Iranian Studies


Dr Anicee Van Engeland
Email address:
0207 898 4646
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Monday 15:15 to 16:15 and Wed 11.00 to 12.00


Anicée Van Engeland holds Ph.D. (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, a LL.M. (Harvard Law School), a M.A. in Iranian Studies (Université de Paris III Sorbonne and a MA in International Relations (Université Paris II Assas).

Prior to joining the School of Law in August 2012, Anicée was an adjunct professor at James Madison University (Florence), a reader at the University of Bedfordshire and a lecturer at the University of Exeter. She also held post doc fellowship positions at McGill University and at the European University Institute. Before entering academia, Anicée worked 7 years in human rights and humanitarian organisations.

Anicée’s main areas of research and practice are Iranian law, Afghan law Shia law, Islamic law, international humanitarian law, international human rights, Islamic human rights and Islamic humanitarian standards. Her main field work is the Islamic Republic of Iran.

She has acted as a consultant for several international organisations and NGOs such as UNDP, ICRC, UNHCR, ILO, IOM, UNDP, CBI, MSF, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others. She is also a legal research associate for the ABA International Legal Resource Centre. She is recurrently acting as an expert witness to courts in the UK and the USA, as well as an advisor on Iranian law and Islamic law. She has for example contributed to gender analysis at the interface of crisis and natural disaster or to an evaluation of the status of Afghan asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in different countries.

Fluent in French and Persian, Anicée serves on the advisory board of the Irmgard Coninx Foundation in Berlin and is an associate editor for the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights.


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Birju M Dattani, From Lawfare to Legicide: the Enabling effect of International Humanitarian Law upon Sub-state Terrorism
  • Nargess Tavassolian, Freedom of Thought and Expression in post-1979 Iran ( a Comparative Study Between Iranian law, Islamic Law and International Law)


Iranian law, Islamic law, Shia law, international human rights, international humanitarian law, gender, refugee law.


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Regional Expertise  Muslim World  Muslims in the West  Country Expertise  Iran  Afghanistan

Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • English
  • French
  • Persian Modern


Authored Books

Van Engeland, Anicee (2011) Civilian or Combatant? A Challenge for the 21st century. New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

Van Engeland, Anicee and Rudolph, Rachael (2008) From Terrorism to Politics. London, UK: Ashgate. (Ethics and Global Politics)

Book Chapters

Van Engeland, Anicee (2014) 'Bridging Civilizations: The New Hermeneutics of Islamic Law.' In: Karim, Karim H. and Eid , Mahmoud, (eds.), Engaging the Other: Public Policy and the Clash of Ignorance. Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press)

Van Engeland, Anicee (2014) 'Islam as Religion of Peace: an Articulated Reply to Terrorism.' In: Barnidge, Robert, (ed.), The Liberal Way of War: Legal Perspectives. London, UK: Ashgate, pp. 239-258.

Van Engeland, Anicee (2010) 'On the Path to Equal Citizenship and Gender Equality: Political, Judicial and Legal Empowerment of Muslim Women.' In: McClain, Linda and Grossman, Joanna, (eds.), Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women Equal Citizenship. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 390-408.

Van Engeland, Anicee (2010) 'Islam and the Protection of Civilians in the Conduct of Hostilities: The Asymmetrical war from the Transnational Terrorist Groups’ Viewpoints and from the Muslim Modernists’ Viewpoints.' In: Guellali, Amna and Bassiouni, Cherif, (eds.), Jihad and the challenges of international and domestic law. The Hague, The Netherlands: Hague Academic Press, pp. 139-166.

Van Engeland, Anicee (2007) 'Islamic law, terrorism and humanitarian law.' In: Malleswari, V.B., (ed.), Antiterrorism: A Global Scenario. Hyderabad, India: ICFAI University Press.

Van Engeland, Anicee (2007) 'Terrorism: a New Challenge for International Humanitarian Law.' In: Butler, Clark, (ed.), Judicial Treatment of Aliens. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press, pp. 93-114.


Van Engeland, Anicee (2011) 'Transcending the Human Rights Debate: Iranian Intellectuals’ Contemporary Discourses and the New Hermeneutics of the Sharia.' Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 4 (1). pp. 72-89.

Van Engeland, Anicee (2011) 'Human Rights and Strategies to avoid Fragmentation as a Threat to Peace: Iran as a case-study.' Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law, 5 (1). pp. 25-47.

Van Engeland, Anicee (2008) 'Refugees in Iran – The Afghan and Iraqi Communities: Voluntary Repatriation Process.' International Journal on Multicultural Societies, 10 (2). pp. 144-168.

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