Ahmed Al-Dawoody

Ahmed Al-Dawoody

Legal Adviser for Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Areas of expertise

Islamic Law and Jurisprudence  /  Islamic International Law  /  Islamic Law of Armed Conflict  /  Islam and International Humanitarian Law  /  Islamic Criminal Law  /  Islamic International Criminal Law  /  Islamic Constitutional Law  /  Conflict Resolution under Islamic Law  /  Terrorism and Islam  /  Islam and Human Rights

Dr Ahmed Al-Dawoody is the Legal Adviser for Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Prior to joining the ICRC, he was an Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies and Islamic law at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He was also the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies for the Institute for Islamic World Studies at Zayed University in Dubai.

Ahmed Al-Dawoody earned his PhD from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; his MA from Leiden University, the Netherlands; and BA from Al-Azhar University, Egypt.

He has published many articles, including on the relation between Islamic Law and international humanitarian law and is the author of The Islamic Law of War: Justifications and Regulations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Taught Courses

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Introduction to the Islamic Law of Armed Conflict

This course introduces students to the Islamic law of armed conflict and how it relates to the current conflicts in Muslim contexts.The course also discusses the distinction between the use of legitimate force and terrorism (both domestic and international) under Islamic law. It analyses the development of the classical Islamic public international law framework and its impact on the issues of the Islamic jus ad bellum and the jurisdiction of Islamic law.

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Islamic Law and International Humanitarian Law: An Introduction to the Main principles


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International Review of the Red Cross, Cambirdge University Presss

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International Terrorism and the Jurisdiction of Islamic Law


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International Criminal Law Review, Vol. 15, Issue 3, Spring

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Conflict Resolution in Civil Wars Under Classical Islamic Law


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Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 27, Issue 3

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The Islamic Law of War: Justifications and Regulations


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Palgrave Mc Millian

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New Working Paper Examines the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL

5 October 2021

The UN Security Council and Common Article 1: Understanding the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL examines the applicability of article 1 common to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 – on the obligation to respect and ensure respect for IHL – to the UN, with a specific focus on peacekeeping operations.

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New Working Paper Discusses the Relevance of Smart Mix Measure in AI Governance and Regulation

1 October 2021

Our new Working Paper discusses how current initiatives on the regulation of artificial intelligence technologies should incorporate the protection and respect for human rights.

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28 October 2021, 15:00-16:00

This online IHL talk aims at shining light on some of the many legal, political and protection-related challenges stemming from the situation in Afghanistan.

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