SOAS University of London

School of Law

Jonathan Ercanbrack

(BA) Utah, (Vordiplom) Heidelberg, (MSc) LSE, (PhD) SOAS
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Jonathan Ercanbrack
Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL)

Chair, Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

School of Law

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London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Dr Jonathan Ercanbrack
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4095
Senate House
Office No:
‚Äč S230
Academic Support Hours:
Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00
On Sabbatical:
Term 2 (2018/19)


I am interested in legal change and transformation and the ways in which globalisation acts as a facilitator of legal change. I focus on the financial systems of Arab state jurisdictions. I am particularly interested in the interplay between legal systems: the heterogeneous ways in which pluralistic legal systems interact in the global economy. The Arab states of the Middle East are very insightful in this regard since their legal systems are grounded in pluralistic approaches to lawmaking. The analysis of financial practices in these jurisdictions reveals aspects and patterns of legal change that sometimes resonate globally and others that evince mainly local characteristics.

Prior to my appointment as lecturer at SOAS, I gained diverse experience in the private and public sectors. I also hold several academic degrees from universities in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.

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Dr Jonathan Ercanbrack speaking at the Conference CENF. 8th June 2016



Authored Books

Ercanbrack, Jonathan G (2015) The Transformation of Islamic Law in Global Financial Markets. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Ercanbrack, Jonathan (2011) 'The Regulation of Islamic Finance in the United Kingdom'. Ecclesiastical Law Journal, (13) 1, pp 69-77.

Book Chapters

Ercanbrack, Jonathan (2012) 'Regulating Islamic Finance in the United Kingdom'. In: Cattelan, Valentino, (ed.), Islamic Finance in Europe: Towards a Plural Financial System. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp 157-178.

Book Reviews

Ercanbrack, Jonathan (2013) 'Islamic Finance: Law and Practice'. Journal of Business Law, (5).


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