Lama Abu-Odeh

Professor of Law

LL.B., University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; LL.M., University of Bristol, England; M.A., University of York, England; S.J.D., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Comparative and Foreign Law, Family Law

LL.B., University of Jordan, Ammam, Jordan; LL.M., University of Bristol, England; MA, University of York, York, England; S.J.D., Harvard. Prior to joining the Law Center,...

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LL.B., University of Jordan, Ammam, Jordan; LL.M., University of Bristol, England; MA, University of York, York, England; S.J.D., Harvard. Prior to joining the Law Center, Professor Abu-Odeh was a consulting assistant professor at Stanford Law School, where she taught Criminal Law, Comparative Family Law, Islamic Law, and a seminar entitled "Nations, Races, and Religion." Professor Abu-Odeh was a writing instructor in the Graduate Program and Coordinator of Special Academic Projects, Islamic Legal Studies Program, at Harvard Law School. She worked at the World Bank as legal counsel in the Middle East/North Africa Division, Legal Department. As an elections observer for the United Nations, South Africa, Professor Abu-Odeh participated in voter education, party monitoring, and election supervision during the period leading to the first democratic elections in South Africa. Professor Abu-Odeh has written articles on Feminism and Islam.

Recent Scholarship

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Lama Abu-Odeh , Feminist Dissent (forthcoming), (reviewing Saba Mahmood, Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (2016)).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Syria: The Name of Our Shame, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Lama Abu-Odeh, 46 Int'l J. Middle E. Stud. 216-218 (2014) (reviewing Wael B. Hallaq, The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament (2012)).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Of Law and the Revolution, 34 U. Pa. J. Int'l L. 341-363 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Egypt's New Constitution: The Islamist Difference, in Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival 160-174 (Susanna Mancini & Michel Rosenfeld eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
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Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Lama Abu-Odeh , Feminist Dissent (forthcoming), (reviewing Saba Mahmood, Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (2016)).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Syria: The Name of Our Shame, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Of Wife and the Domestic Servant in the Arab World, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Lama Abu-Odeh, 46 Int'l J. Middle E. Stud. 216-218 (2014) (reviewing Wael B. Hallaq, The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament (2012)).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Of Law and the Revolution, 34 U. Pa. J. Int'l L. 341-363 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Islam in the (Inter)National, 10 Santa Clara J. Int'l L. 179-186 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt: The Limits of Liberal Political Science and CLS Analysis of Law Elsewhere, 59 Am. J. Comp. L. 985-1007 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Honor Killings and the Construction of Gender in Arab Societies, 58 Am. J. Comp. L. 911-952 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, On Law and the Transition to Market: The Case of Egypt, 23 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 351-381 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Reactions: Natsu Taylor Saito's 'Colonial Presumptions: The War on Terror and the Roots of American Exceptionalism', 1 Geo. J.L. & Mod. Critical Race Persp. 111 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, A Radical Rejection of Universal Jurisdiction, 116 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 393-396 (2007).    [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Commentary on John Makdisi's "Survey of AALS Law Schools Teaching Islamic Law", 55 J. Legal Educ. 589-591 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, 58 Middle E. J. 150-152 (2004) (reviewing Amira El-Azhary Sonbol, Women of Jordan: Islam, Labor, and the Law (2003)).    [W]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, 36 Int'l J. Middle E. Stud. 506-507 (2004) (reviewing Lynn Welchman, Beyond the Code: Muslim Family Law and the Shari Judiciary in the Palestinian West Bank (2000)).   
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Egyptian Feminism: Trapped in the Identity Debate, 16 Yale J.L. & Feminism 145-191 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Modernizing Muslim Family Law: The Case of Egypt, 37 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 1043-1146 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, The Politics of (Mis)recognition: Islamic Law Pedagogy in American Academia, 52 Am. J. Comp. L. 789-824 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Lecture Commentary on Islam and International Law: Toward a Positive Mutual Engagement to Realize Shared Ideals, 98 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 167-168 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, 57 Middle E. J. 684-687 (2003) (reviewing Islamic Family Law in a Changing World: a Global Resource Book (Abdullahi A. An-Na'im ed. 2002)).    [W]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Comparatively Speaking: The "Honor" of the "East" and the "Passion" of the "West", 1997 Utah L. Rev. 287-307.    [HEIN] [W]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Post-Colonial Feminism and the Veil: Considering the Differences, 26 New Eng. L. Rev. 1527-1537 (1992).    [HEIN]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Egypt's New Constitution: The Islamist Difference, in Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival 160-174 (Susanna Mancini & Michel Rosenfeld eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Foreword: Yehouda Shenhav's Beyond the Two-State Solution, in Yehouda Shenhav, Beyond the Two-State Solution: A Jewish Political Essay vii-xvii (Cambridge, U.K.: Polity Press 2012).   
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Crimes of Honor: Overview, Entry, in 2 Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures 221 (Suad Joseph ed., Boston: Brill 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Honor: Feminist Approaches to, Entry, in 2 Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures 225-227 (Suad Joseph ed., Boston: Brill 2005).   
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Law: Modern Family Law, 1800 - Present: Arab States, Entry, in 2 Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures 459-463 (Suad Joseph ed., Boston: Brill 2005).   
  • Lama Abu-Odeh, Egyptian Feminism: Trapped in the Identity Debate, in Islamic Law and the Challenges of Modernity 183-212 (Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad & Barbara Freyer Stowasser eds., Walnut Creek, Cal.: AltaMira Press 2004).    [BOOK]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Lama Abu-Odeh, The Case For Binationalism: Why One State--Liberal and Constitutionalist--May Be the Key to Peace in the Middle East, Boston Rev., Dec. 2001/Jan. 2002, at 4-7.    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
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