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Dr Amel Makhlouf

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Dr. Amel Makhlouf
School of Law

Research Associate, School of Law

Dr Amel Makhlouf
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Dr Amel Makhlouf is an attorney-at-law (Paris bar) specialised in international arbitration and litigation, with a banking and finance background. She has gained extensive experience in international commercial law, cross-border disputes and arbitral proceedings based in various jurisdictions including the Arab Middle East.

Through her professional and academic career, Dr Makhlouf gained expertise in France, England, Luxembourg, and the United States of America. Her research interests include comparative law, international law, alternative dispute resolution in the MENA region, Islamic finance and insurance, Islamic contract law and its interaction with Western laws and legal systems. Besides, she recently worked on the historical transplantation of French law into the MENA region from the 19th century.

Dr Makhlouf is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) and the Managing Editor for the Country Surveys of the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (YIMEL). She is a qualified Avocate before the Court of Appeal of Paris, and a lecturer in law at the Sorbonne Law School (Paris, France) and at the Institute for Research and Studies on the Mediterranean and the Middle East (iReMMO, Paris, France).

Speaking Engagements:
  • 16 Dec. 2021, La liberté d’expression dans l’espace méditerranéen : approche comparée France/Tunisie/Turquie (Freedom of expression in the Mediterranean region: a comparative analysis between France, Tunisia, and Turkey), iReMMO (Paris). Virtual and Physical Participation.

  • 6 Nov. 2021, La résolution amiable des conflits au Maghreb et au Moyen-Orient (Alternative Dispute Resolution in the MENA), iReMMO (Paris), Virtual and Physical Participation.

  • 14 Oct. 2021, L’Union pour la Méditerranée (UpM) : bilan et défis en période (post)-pandémique (The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM): assessing the progress & challenges faced in (post)-pandemic era), iReMMO (Paris). Virtual and Physical Participation.

  • 9 Oct. 2021, Droit comparé des systèmes juridiques arabes (Comparative Law and Legal Systems in the Arab World), iReMMO (Paris). Virtual and Physical Participation.

  • 7 Oct. 2021, Droit des échanges euro-arabes en Méditerranée Moyen-Orient (Euro-Arab trade relations in the Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Region), iReMMO (Paris). Virtual & Physical Participation.

  • 10 June 2021, A Tale of Synergies – Uncovering Islamic Finance and Arbitration. Keynote address on “The Practice of third-party funding in Islamic Finance: A Practitioner’s perspective”, Webinar, Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

  • 08 April 2021, Alternative Dispute Resolution in Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, SOAS Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) & the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC), Virtual Participation.


Authored Books

MAKHLOUF, AMEL (2015) L’émergence d’un droit international de la finance islamique: origines, formation et intégration en droit français. Paris: IRJS Editions.


Makhlouf, Amel (2020) 'How to understand the role of the tribunal secretary'. CIArb’s The Resolver Magazine, (2020) 3, pp 10-10.

Ben Mansour, Affef and Hage Chahine, Joséphine and Leventhal, Alexander and Makhlouf, Amel (2020) 'L'influence du droit français en région MENA'. Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé 2, pp 639-649.

Makhlouf, Amel (2019) 'Roundtable on the Law and Practice of International Arbitration, 20 September 2019, Sorbonne Law School (Paris, France)'. ArbitralWomen Newsletter 36, pp 9-10.

Makhlouf, Amel (2014) 'Le Takaful : l'assurance shari'ah-compatible'. Lamy Assurances 215.

Makhlouf, Amel (2012) 'The Emergence of Islamic Finance in France'. Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) Alumni Bulletin, QMUL, (4).

Makhlouf, Amel (2011) 'Conventional vs Islamic Insurance'. Revue Droit & Affaires, (9).

Makhlouf, Amel (2009) 'Assessing the markets in financial instruments directive and its legal impact on the French capital markets'. Revue Droit & Affaires 7, pp 1-13.

Book Chapters

Makhlouf, Amel (2019) 'The transformation of islamic law: from classical fiqh to financial fiqh'. Islamic finance: between religious norms and legal pratice. Cambridge / Leuven: Intersentia.

Monographs and Working Papers

Makhlouf, Amel and Ben Mansour, Affef and Hage Chahine, Joséphine and Leventhal, Alexander (2020) L’influence du droit français dans la zone MENA. Paris, France: .


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