SOAS University of London

School of Law

Professor Lynn Welchman

MA (Cantab), PhD (London)
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Lynn Welchmann
School of Law

REF Reader (from Term 2)

Honour Crimes Project


Centre for Global Media and Communications

Associate Member

Centre for Gender Studies


Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL)


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)


Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Centre for Human Rights Law


Professor Lynn Welchman
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On leave Term 1 of 2020/21

ACADEMIC SUPPORT HOURS Term 2: Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30

If your time zone makes such meetings impossible. Please email Prof Welchman to agree a time on Thursday afternoon.

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Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, The Suicide Bombing Girls of Boko Haram; Between State and Structural Violence
  • Ammar Shamsuddin, Gender parity in inheritance law in the United Arab Emirates
  • Bulama Bukarti, An Assessment of Boko Haram's War from Islamic Law of War Perspective
  • Erhan Kucuk, Asylum Seeking and Responsibility of States in Refugee Law: The Case of Turkish Asylum System
  • Haje Keli, An analysis of the gender-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan – state, society and family violence [working title]
  • Malik Kenewa, The Islamic Sacred Months as a contemporary peace agreement
  • Moataz El Fegiery,
  • Noora Al-Saai, Working title: Nationality and International, Mixed, and Minority Marriages in Qatar and select GCC Jurisdictions: A Sociolegal and Comparative Analysis
  • Riccardo Labianco, International Law and the Responsibility of States Engaged in Arms Transfers beyond Borders
  • Roopa Madhav, Beyond Judicial Veto: Public Trust Doctrine, Administrative Decision Making and Implementation of Mining Related Laws
  • Tariq Al-Timimi, (Working title) The Development of the Maqasid Model in the Modern Era and its utility to the application of Islamic law today
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Prof Lynn Welchman's Inaugural Lecture: Human Rights and the Middle East - A Thousand and One Stories Starting with Palestine


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Authored Books

Welchman, Lynn (2007) Women and Muslim Family Laws in Arab States. A Comparative Overview of Textual Development and Advocacy. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Welchman, Lynn (2000) Beyond the Code: Muslim Family Law and the Shar''i Judiciary in the Palestinian West Bank. Kluwer Law International.

Welchman, Lynn (1999) Islamic Family Law: Text and Practice in Palestine. Women's Centre for Legal Aid.


Salih, Ruba and Zambelli, Elena and Welchman, Lynn (2020) '‘From Standing Rock to Palestine We are United’: diaspora politics, decolonisation and the intersectionality of struggles'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, pp 1-20. [Forthcoming]

Welchman, Lynn and Zambelli, Elena and Salih, Ruba (2020) 'Rethinking justice beyond human rights. Anti-colonialism and intersectionality in the politics of the Palestinian Youth Movement'. Mediterranean Politics. [Forthcoming]

Hammoudeh, Doaa and Hamayel, Layaly and Welchman, Lynn (2016) 'Beyond the Physicality of Space: East Jerusalem, Kufr ‘Aqab, and the Politics of Everyday Suffering'. The Jerusalem Quarterly, (65), pp 35-60.

Welchman, Lynn (2011) 'Muslim Family Laws and Women's Consent to Marriarge: does the law mean what it says'. SocialDifferenceOnline. Journal of the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference at Columbia University, (1), pp 63-79.

Welchman, Lynn (2011) 'A Husband's Authority: Emerging Formulations in Muslim Family Laws'. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, (25) 1, pp 1-23.

Welchman, Lynn (2009) 'The Bedouin Judge, the Mufti, and the Chief Islamic Justice: Competing Legal Regimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories'. Journal of Palestine Studies, (38) 2, pp 6-23.

Welchman, Lynn (2007) 'Honour and Violence Against Women in a Modern Shar`i Discourse'. Hawwa Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, (5) 2-3, pp 139-165.

Welchman, Lynn (2004) 'Egypt: new deal on divorce'. The International Survey of Family Law, pp 123-142.

Welchman, Lynn (2004) 'Muslim World Journal of Human Rights'. Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, (1) 1.

Welchman, Lynn (2004) 'The Role of International Law and Human Rights in Peacemaking and Crafting Durable Solutions for Refugees: Comparative Comment'. Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, (9) 2002-2003, pp 88-109.

Welchman, Lynn (2003) 'In the Interim: Civil Society, the shar'i Judiciary and Palestinian Personal Status Law in the Transitional Period'. Islamic Law and Society, (10) 1, pp 34-69.

Welchman, Lynn (2001) 'Summary Report: CIMEL/INTERIGHTS Roundtable on Crimes of Honour'. Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, (vol. 6), pp 439-461.

Welchman, Lynn (2001) 'Jordan: Capacity, Consent and Under-age Marriage in Muslim Family Law'. The International Survey of Family Law, (2001 E), pp 243-265.

Welchman, Lynn (2000) 'Palestine: Pre-State Positioning on Family Law'. International Survey of Family Law, pp 289-307.

Edited Books or Journals

Hossain, Sara and Welchman, Lynn, (eds.), (2014) Remedies for Forced Marriage: A Handbook for Lawyers. (Online). London: Interights.

Baderin, Mashood and Monshipouri, M and Mokhtari, S and Welchman, Lynn, (eds.), (2006) Islam and Human Rights: Advocacy for Social Change in Local Contexts. New Delhi: Global Media Publications.

Welchman, Lynn and Hossain, Sara, (eds.), (2005) Honour: Crimes, Paradigms and Violence against Women. London: Zed Books.

Welchman, Lynn, (ed.), (2004) Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law: perspectives on reform. Zed Press.

Book Chapters

Welchman, Lynn (2018) 'The International Human Rights Clinic at SOAS'. In: Alemanno, Alberto and Khadar, Lamin, (eds.), Reinventing Legal Education: How Clinical Education is Reforming the Teaching and Practice of Law in Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 247-271.

Welchman, Lynn (2016) 'A Historiography of Islamic Family Law'. In: Emon, Anver M. and Ahmed, Rumee, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Welchman, Lynn (2016) 'Human rights, law and politics: a reflection on human rights work in the Middle East and North Africa'. In: Chase, Anthony Tirado, (ed.), Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 502-511.

Welchman, Lynn (2015) 'Qiwamah and Wilayah as Legal Postulates in Muslim Family Laws'. In: Mir-Hosseini, Ziba and al-Sharmani, Mulki and Rumminger, Jana, (eds.), Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition. London: Oneworld, pp 132-162.

Welchman, Lynn (2014) 'Foreword'. In: Gill, Aisha K. and Strange, Carolyn and Roberts, Karl, (eds.), 'Honour' Killing and Violence: Theory, Policy and Practice. Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp ix-xv.

Welchman, Lynn (2012) 'Rocks, hard places and human rights: anti-terrorism law and policy in Arab states'. In: Ramraj, Victor V. and Hor, Michael and Roach, Kent and Williams, George, (eds.), Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 621-654.

Welchman, Lynn (2012) 'Gulf Women and the Codification of Muslim Family Law'. In: El-Azhary Sonbol, Amira, (ed.), Gulf Women. London: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, pp 367-406.

Welchman, Lynn (2010) 'Bahrain, Qatar, UAE: First time Family Law Codifications in Three Gulf States'. In: Atkin, Bill, (ed.), International Survey of Family Law 2010 edition. Bristol: Jordan, pp 163-178.

Welchman, Lynn (2010) 'Women, Family and the Law. The Muslim personal status law debate in Arab states'. In: Hefner, Robert W., (ed.), New Cambridge History of Islam, Vol.6. Cambridge: CUP, pp 411-437.

Welchman, Lynn (2009) 'Family, Gender and Law in Jordan and Palestine'. In: Cuno, Kenneth M. and Desai, Manisha, (eds.), Family, Gender, and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University press, pp 126-144.

Welchman, Lynn (2005) 'Criminal Law: Overview'. In: Joseph, Suad, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Vol. II: Family, law and politics. Leiden: Brill, Netherlands, pp 388-402.

Welchman, Lynn and n/a, (2005) 'Developments on 'crimes of honour' in Jordan'. In: Welchman, Lynn and Hossain, Sara, (eds.), Honour': Crimes, Paradigms and Violence against Women. Zed Books UK, pp 199-208.

Welchman, Lynn (2005) 'Human Rights: Overview'. In: Joseph, Suad, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Vol. II: Family, law and politics. Brill, Netherlands, pp 265-268.

Welchman, Lynn (2005) 'Rocks, Hard Places and Human Rights: Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy in Arab States'. In: Ramraj, V. V. and Hor, M. and Roach, K., (eds.), Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy. Cambridge University Press, pp 581-608.

Welchman, Lynn and Hossain, S. (2005) 'Introduction: 'Honour', Rights and Wrongs'. In: Welchman, L. and Hossain, S., (eds.), 'Honour': Crimes, Paradigms, and Violence against Women. Zed Books, pp 1-21.

Welchman, Lynn (2002) 'Islamic Law: Stuck with the State?'. In: Huxley, A, (ed.), Religion, Law and Tradition. RoutledgeCurzon (London), pp 61-83.

Welchman, Lynn (2000) 'The Middle East Peace Process and the Rule of Law: Irreconcilable Objectives?'. In: E, eds and Yamani, M, (eds.), The Rule of Law in the Middle East and the Islamic World. IB Tauris, pp 51-65,.

Monographs and Working Papers

Salih, Ruba and Welchman, Lynn and Zambelli, Elena (2017) The Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM): transnational politics, inter/national frameworks and intersectional alliances. Rome: IAI Power2Youth Papers.

Conference Items

Welchman, Lynn (2005) 'How does change happen?'.

Welchman, Lynn (2005) 'Reframing Islam: Politics into Law' In: Reframing Islam: Politics into Law Conference, Galway. [Unpublished]


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