PROF. DR. MALIK R. DAHLAN IS THE PRINCIPAL OF QURAYSH. HE HAS LED AN INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED CAREER IN LAW AND POLICY

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Prof. Dr. Malik R. Dahlan

He is a multi-jurisdictional legal practitioner and a transnational regulatory lawyer

Prof. Dr. Malik R. Dahlan is Principal of iQ’s Advisory Council. He is a multi-jurisdictional legal practitioner and a transnational regulatory lawyer. He originally trained as an international lawyer focusing on international trade law, transnational legal problems and investment law. He developed a career in international alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in parallel. He is a CEDR certified mediator and focuses on political mediation and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Prof Dahlan serves on the Board of Directors of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) in The Hague. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

As for policy and academic activism, he is an expert in transitional political economy, development and trade regionalism, negotiation theory, transnational political entrepreneurship and track-two diplomacy. He has written and advised on matters regarding international law, dispute resolution, global and regional governance, legislative affairs, defence, energy, and foreign relations.

He is a UN Constitutional Expert (and one of ten Regional Experts in Constitutional Affairs, Oil and Gas selected by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq). After having practiced at White & Case LLP in New York and Washington DC for several years, he spearheaded the establishment of the Brookings Center in Doha and was the Centre’s founding Director. He was also the founding Director of the Qatar Law Forum of Global Leaders in Law. He was Special Adviser to The Rt. Hon. the Lord Woolf of Barnes, Former Chief Justice of England and Wales. Inspired by the transformative time and promise of the Obama Administration, he established and affiliated the Middle East Practice of the late US Secretary of State Dean Acheson’s Washington DC-based firm, Covington & Burling LLP, and headed it for more than six years.

He acts as an outside counsel for many businesses, institutions, organizations, and government entities. He represented Twitter Inc., Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, The Smithsonian, Lloyd’s and others. He has worked extensively on numerous ground breaking initiatives in the Arabian Peninsula, including Doha’s $8.67 billion Specialty Teaching Hospital and the $47 billion Saudi Economic Cities Project. He was the Senior Executive at the Qatar Financial Center, establishing its Judiciary; the Qatar Financial Centre’s Civil and Commercial Court, and Regulatory Tribunal, where he also served as the first Director for the International Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre.  He advised the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) on post 9/11 Islamic relations. He also advised the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on the accession of Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Prof Dahlan is a dedicated philanthropist and advocate for ethical investment. He is also serving as a member of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) President’s Council, International Advisory Council and Partners HealthCare Corporation Member.

He is an Adjunct of the Rand Corporation, an Advisory Board member of the Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research at the University of St. Andrew’s, and a member of the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies Dean’s Advisory Board. He also sits on the editorial board of Defence Strategic Communications, NATO’s academic journal.

Professor Dr Malik R. Dahlan holds the Chair of International Law and Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London. He held several visiting professorships. In 2019, Professor Dahlan was named Senior Mediation Fellow at Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies the Negotiation Task Force. 

He was the Chair of the International Section of the Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) and member of the Executive Committee (2012-16). He is the founding President of the Harvard Law School Association of Arabia (HLSA-A).

Prof Dahlan attended Belmont Hill School (BHS) Belmont, Massachusetts. He completed his Civil Law and Jurisprudential Studies in Jordan, first at Āl Al-Bayt University in Al-Mafraq, where he studied Law and Jurisprudence and then at the Faculty of Law at the University of Jordan in Amman where he obtained his (LL.B.). He studied for a Masters at Harvard University, in special studies in Government at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in addition to receiving his American legal training at Harvard Law School (LL.M.). He further completed a Master’s Degree (AM in Regional Studies) at the Harvard Center for Middle East Studies (CMES). He attended Selwyn College, Cambridge University to receive his English Legal Methods (ELM) training. He obtained his professorial qualification the (Āleimiyya) Habilitation Professorial Doctorate (Prof. Dr. jur.) in Law and Legitimate Public Policy at Al-Azhar University, completing the Habilitation Higher Doctorate with Distinction and Honor Merit in the First Rank.

In 2019, Professor Dahlan was named Senior Mediation Fellow at Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies the Negotiation Task Force. He held several visiting professorships: at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Middle East Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He developed his theory on “Regionalism and Integration” in Singapore.Prof Dahlan was a Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University and Peterhouse College.

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