Prof. Dr. Malik R. Dahlan

LLB (Jordan) GAS, LLM, AM (Harvard) LLD (Azhar)
FCIArb (CIArb) CorrFSE (RSE) Emeritus Professor (QMUL)

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


Professor Dahlan is the Principal of Quraysh. He 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 in parallel. He is a CEDR certified mediator and focuses on political mediation and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Professor Dahlan served on the Board of Directors of the International Mediation Institute in The Hague. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

As for policy and academic activism, he is an expert in transitional political economy, energy law, 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 was appointed 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 founded iQ and was the founding Director of the Qatar Law Forum of Global Leaders in Law and 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 a Middle East Practice affiliation between iQ and the law firm of late US Secretary of State Dean Acheson’s Washington DC-based, Covington & Burling LLP, and headed it for more than six years.

During his time in practice, he acted as an outside counsel for many businesses, institutions, organisations, and government entities, including: Twitter Inc.; Microsoft; Northrop Grumman; The Smithsonian; Lloyd’s and others. He has worked 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 on post 9/11 Islamic relations. He also advised the United States Trade Representative on the accession of Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council to the World Trade Organisation.

Professor Dahlan holds the Chair of International Law and Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London. He held and continues to hold adjunct and visiting professorships around the world, including, Shanghai, Singapore, Cambridge and Harvard. He is an Adjunct of Rand Europe and sits on its Board of Advisers, 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 is an Honorary Fellow of National University of Singapore Middle East Institute, and sits on the editorial board of Defence Strategic Communications, NATO’s academic journal.

Professor Dahlan is a dedicated philanthropist and advocate for ethical investment. He serves as a member of Massachusetts General Hospital President’s Council, International Advisory Council and Mass General Brigham Corporation Member. He was Chair of the International Section of the Harvard Law School Association and member of the Executive Committee (2012-16). He is the founding President of the Harvard Law School Association of Arabia.

Prof Dahlan attended Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts. He read law at the University of Jordan in Amman where he obtained his (LL.B.). He studied for three Masters degrees at Harvard University, in special studies in Government at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, at Harvard Law School where he received an (LL.M.), and at the Harvard Center for Middle East Studies (AM in History). He attended Selwyn College Cambridge to receive his English legal training. He obtained the (Āleimiyya) Professorial Habilitation (Prof. Dr. jur.) in Law and Legitimate Public Policy at Al-Azhar University, completing the Higher Doctorate of Law with Distinction and Honor Merit in the First Rank.

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Trade (Law and Policy), International Law and Statehood, International Trade Law, Dispute Resolution (Mediation, Arbitration, ISDS), Energy Law and Ethic Renewable Energy, Islamic Law, Middle East Studies, Dispute Resolution in the Middle East, Political Economy, Geopolitics, Global Investment Law and Policy, and Belt and Road Initiative.

Professor Dahlan is working on developing a student research handbook on energy law and ethics, as well as an introduction to renewable energy law with a particular focus on solar and wind energy.



  • ‘The Research Handbook on Energy Law and Ethics’ (Edward Elgar Publishing forthcoming 2021.) Co-editor with Rosa Lastra
  • ‘The Hijaz: The First Islamic State’ Hurst Publishing, jointly with Oxford University Press, 2018
  • The Application of the Objectives of Islamic Law on Public Policy’ Al-Azhar, Samo Press, Beirut 2017
  • ‘Manliness. A Translation and Commentary on Hamza Shihata’s lecture: Ar-Rujulah Imad Al-Khuluq Al-Fadel’ (Manliness: The Pillar of Virtuous Ethic) Haus Publishing 2016.


  • ‘Envisioning Foundations for the Law of the Belt and Road Initiative: Rule of Law and Dispute Resolution Challenges’ Harvard International Law Journal Essay – Volume 62/2020
  • ‘Encyclopaedia of Islam III – The Hijaz Brill (Forthcoming)
  • ‘The Hijaz and International Law’, Oxford Bibliographies in International Law (Forthcoming)
  • ‘Dispute Regulation in the Institutional Development of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Establishing the Normative Legal Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative’, Brill | Nijhoff, AIIB Yearbook of International Law, Volume: 2, 121-144, 2019
  • ‘On finding the ethical in the age of digital battle spaces’ NATO Defense Strategic Communications, Volume 6, 245-57, Spring 2019
  • ‘Dispute Resolution and the Institutional Development of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: The Normative Legal Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative’, Asia Business Law Journal.
  • ‘The Hijaz in Perspective: Islamic Statehood and The Origins of Arab Self-Determination (1916-2016)’ Hurst Publishing, Centre for Global Constitutionalism, University of St Andrews, Working Paper No. 3, January 2018
  • Dimensions of the New Belt Road Order: An Analysis of the Emerging Legal Norms and a Conceptionalisation of the Regulation of Disputes, Beijing Law Review, 2018
  • ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Reconceptionalized: Regulation of Disputes, Standards, and Mediation.’ Pepperdine University, 2018

Conferences / conference papers

  • Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research, “The ‘Breathing Space’ Project – Rule of Law’s Past and Future, Virtual Conference, 22 September 2020
  • China Arbitration Summit 2020, “Work Together, Win Together – Global Innovation and Development of Dispute Resolution in Face of COVID-19”, Virtual Conference, 22 September 2020
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) ‘Collaborative Resolution of Disputes and COVID-19’, Webinar, 26 June 2020
  • IMI/SIMI ‘Investor State Mediation: An Expert Round Table’, 17 July 2020
  • Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Mediation Colloquium, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Boston, 4th December 2019
  • The IISS Manama Dialogue, 15th Regional Security Summit. Manama, Bahrain, 22-24 November 2019
  • Lecture on legal and political issues related to the Belt and Road Initiative to senior management at Department for International Trade Legal Advisers. 11 November 2019
  • Jerusalem First: Mediated the Westphalia Simulation for for Peace in the Middle East conference, University of Cambridge UK 8 November 2019
  • Presentation at the annual Summit for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Beijing; and participated in the Belt & Road Arbitration Summit ahead of the ‘Beijing Joint Declarations for BRI Arbitration Institutions’. 6-7 November 2019
  • Lecture at ECULP in Shanghai to masters and PhD student and academic staff. 4 November 2019
  • Harvard University ‘Negotiating Peace in Global Complexity: Chaos, Conflict, and Cooperation in Central Asia and the Middle East’. 21 September 2019
  • Panellist, co-host and presenter at the Philip Lader Renaissance Weekend in Jackson Hole Labour Day 29 August- 3 September 2019
  • Chaired and lead panel discussion for trial with academic students and researchers at St Andrews University. This included an expert panel discussing modern legal issues arising from trial. 3 May 2019
  • Hosted and co-convened with BIICL the Belt and Road Initiative and Global Dispute Resolution Forum for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) 2 May 2019
  • CCLS Debate: Future in Energy Law. 21 March 2019
  • International Law Summit: Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa, London 7 March 2019
  • BCLP and BIICL Conference. 5 March 2019
  • Talk at Cambridge University on the recently published book ‘The Hijaz’. 25 February 2019
  • Evolution not Revolution: CIArb’s work on ISDS reform at UNCITRAL WG III 13 February 2019
  • Forbes Global CEO Conference, Bangkok, 30-31 October 2018
  • CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission), Beijing 19 October 2018
  • Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC). 19 October 2018
  • Chinese Academy for Social Sciences, International Seminar on the Belt & Road initiative and Energy Connectivity, Beijing 15-19 October 2018
  • ECT Research Centre and CEC (China Electricity Council), Beijing 26 September 2018
  • Speaker at the AIIB Conference – International Organisations and the Promotion of Effective Dispute Resolution, Beijing 5-6 September 2018
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore 5-6 July 2018
  • GIGA-Pin Conference – New Diplomacy for new types of Conflicts.  From Regional Conflicts to Regional Negotiations:  Rethinking Peace Processes. Hamburg, Germany 2-3 July 2018
  • Speaker at the Aspen Ideas, Festival, 24-27 June 2018
  • Book Launch for ‘The Hijaz’, book launch which was attended by the University Vice Chancellor, Oxford. 7 June 2018
  • Oxford Union Debate, 7 June 2018
  • Beirut Institute Summit Edition II, 12-13 May 2018
  • Conference/workshop: Saudi Arabia and Iran – Beyond Conflict and Co-Existence, London School of Economics, 8 May 2018
  • LCILP 3rd Annual Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa Conference, ‘Saudi Aramco – What does flotation mean for the sector’, London, 6-7 March 2018.
  • China-Middle East Relations: The Belt & Road. Center for Middle East Policy Development at UCLA. 24 February 2018
  • ‘Islamic Statehood and the Origins of Arab Self-Determination (1916-2016)’, a talk by Professor Malik R. Dahlan (Quraysh), Old Class Library, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, 30 November 2017.


[PhD and MA candidates in politics and public policy are also encouraged to submit requests for supervision in relevant topics.]

  • International Trade Law
  • Investment Law and Policy
  • Dispute Resolution – Mediation & Negotiation
  • Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Renewable Energy Law and Policy
  • Law and Ethics; Islamic Law

He is currently accepting PhD supervision applications on the following specific topics:

  • International Trade & Innovation:
  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) or ‘One Belt One Road’
  • Trade Fragmentation 
  • Brexit Policy; Brexit: negotiations & policy implications
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs)
  • Regionalism 
  • Soft Law / Sharp Law
  • Regulation of Digital Spaces
  • Trade Policy: BITs, FTAs, FDI among others
  • Artificial Intelligence and Disruptive Innovation.

In Dispute Resolution:

  • Mediation and Negotiation
  • Mixed-Mode Dispute Resolution
  • Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

In Energy Law:

  • Law and Ethics
  • Energy Transition
  • Energy Law
  • Renewable Energy Law
  • Climate Change.

In International Law and Public Policy

  • Regulation and Public Policy
  • Statehood 
  • International Organization
  • Islamic Law, Middle East Studies, Political Economy, Geopolitics.

Public Engagement


  • Board Member, International Mediation Institute (IMI), The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Member, International Advisory Council, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, US (MGH)
  • Member, Partners HealthCare Corporation, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Member, President’s Council, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Advisory Board of the St Andrews Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research (ILCR)
  • Board of Trustees of Coexist House, London
  • Justice Associate , Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program
  • Member, Timbuktu Renaissance Presidential Action Group, Mali
  • Advisory Board of the University of Toronto-Yale Middle East Law and Governance Interdisciplinary Journal (MELG)
  • Working Group, Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute.


  • Board of Trustees for the Arab British Centre, London
  • Board of Directors of the Qatar Medical Corporation (Hamad), Qatar
  • World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Middle East, Davos
  • Founding President of Harvard Law School Association of Arabia, Middle East & North Africa
  • Secretary, Harvard Law School Association of the United Kingdom
  • International Chair, Harvard Law School Association
  • Editorial Board of the UCLA Journal of Middle East Development
  • Advisory Board of the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law’s (CIMEL’s) Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law.

Conferences / conference papers