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DavidPruitt1100 Eck Hall of
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 David R. Pruitt is a partner in the Litigation Department in the firm’s South Bend, Indiana office. He concentrates his practice in commercial and intellectual property litigation. He has represented clients in state and federal courts around the country. Pruitt received his B.B.A. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. After working for a consulting company for a number of years, Pruitt received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School. During law school, he was a member of the Notre Dame Law Review and taught legal writing. He recently was a contributing author for the American Bar Association Model Jury Instructions regarding model trademark litigation jury instructions. In 2009, Mr. Pruitt was selected for inclusion as an "Indiana Rising Star" in Indiana Super Lawyers®.  Pruitt is admitted to practice in the Indiana courts as well as a number of courts around the country. He is a member of the Indiana State, St. Joseph County and American Bar Associations. Pruitt served on the Attorney Advisory Committee for the Electronic Case Filing System for the Northern District of Indiana. He is a member of the board of directors for the American Heart Association - South Bend, and a past board member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of St. Joseph County, Inc. He currently serves as the school board president for St. Joseph Grade School. In addition, he teaches a Business Torts class at the University of Notre Dame Law School. Prior to returning to South Bend, he practiced with Kirkland & Ellis in Washington D.C. LAW70109, Business TortsAdjunct Professor
DavidSmith2120 Eck Hall of Law574.631.6627
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  Associate Adjunct ProfessorRebecca WardDSMITH43
DebFox2351 Biolchini
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Resource Acquisitions Specialist 
DebbieSumption2140 Eck Hall of
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  Faculty Admin Assistant for Professors: Robinson; Smith; Snead; Pojanowski; Yelderman; Venter; Legal Writing Adjuncts/Moot Ct Appell; Emeriti Faculty; Notre Dame Law Review
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DeniseWager1332 Biolchini Hall of
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/assets/224862/fullsize/img_3134_1webresize.jpgInterdisciplinary Senior Coordinator
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 Donald L. Drakeman is a Fellow in Health Management at the University of Cambridge, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Notre Dame Law School. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, where he taught for two decades in the Department of Politics. He has written several books on law, religion, and constitutional interpretation, most recently, Church, State, and Original Intent, which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His scholarly work has been cited by the supreme courts of the United States and the Philippines. His next book, Why We Need the Humanities, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. It discusses the importance of the humanities for medical research and civil liberties. Additionally, with a colleague, he is completing a book titled, Following the Map of the Genome: The Future of the Biotechnology Industry. In addition to his teaching and writing, he was, for many years, an entrepreneur and executive in the biotechnology industry, and he is a Venture Partner of Advent Life Sciences, a London-based venture capital firm. He was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and has published numerous articles on immunology and drug development. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Biology, and has served as a member of the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals. He has also served as a Trustee of Drew University, the University of Charleston, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He began his career as an attorney with the firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Associate ProfessorDDRAKEMA
DonaldKommers1139 Flanner
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  • Emeriti
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Courts Around the World
  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Law & Religion
Kommers is the author of well over 100 major articles and books, including the widely acclaimed work, The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany, the 3rd edition of which was published in 2012 by the Duke University Press and recently reviewed with high praise in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He is also the co-author of a leading course book, American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes, also in its 3rd edition. His next book, Germany’s Constitutional Odyssey, is expected to be published in 2017. Kommers has lectured widely in dozens of American colleges and universities as well as at selected universities in Germany, Japan, Austria, Chili, Italy, and Croatia. At Notre Dame, he has served as the director of the Law School’s Center for Civil and International Human Rights from 1976 to 1981 and as the editor of The Review of Politics from 1981 to 1992. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, among them an honorary doctor of laws degree from Heidelberg University (Germany), an honorary doctorate from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin, the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Senior Scholars, and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin which offered him a coveted residential fellowship at the American Academy in 2009 where he continued his work on various aspects of German law and politics. He is also the recipient of major fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Max Planck Society, Rockefeller Foundation, German Marshal Fund of the United States, U.S. Fulbright Program, Andrew Mellon Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He has also served as President of the National Conference Group on German Politics and as an advisor to President Carter’s Commission on the Holocaust. On 8 November 2010, Germany’s Federal President awarded him the Distinguished Service Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his three decades of scholarship on German life and law and for having “remarkably enriched both the American and German legal systems and building a bridge between our two countries as few others have.” More recently, on 26-27 October 2012, the American Academy of Berlin, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Justice, and Berlin’s renowned Institute of Advanced Study cosponsored a symposium in his honor in Berlin. The symposium, which celebrated what was called “his extraordinary body of work in German constitutional scholarship,” was entitled “The Curious Life of the Grundgesetz (Germany’s Constitution) in America.” Over the years Professor Kommers has taught a wide variety of courses in German and American politics, American and comparative constitutional law, civil liberties legislation, religion and politics, and international human rights law. He earned his B.A. in philosophy and English literature from the Catholic University of America and his advanced degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also studied law. As Professor Emeritus, he continues to teach in the undergraduate constitutional studies program and offers an advanced seminar in comparative constitutional law in the Notre Dame Law School. About The Robbie Chair The Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Chair in Government and International Studies, established in 1976, is the gift of Joseph Robbie in memory of his son, Dr. David L. Robbie, a 1966 cum laude graduate of the University who died in 1976. A native of South Dakota, Mr. Robbie practiced law early in his career in his home state before moving to Minneapolis in 1953, where he became active in urban governmental planning. In 1965, he founded the Miami Dolphins franchise of the National Football League and engaged in numerous Dade County, Florida, civic, charitable and political activities. He also served on the Advisory Council for the University’s College of Arts and Letters. Joseph Robbie died in 1990, and his wife Elizabeth died in 1991. /assets/185574/fullsize/rsz_11rsz_mc2_2771.jpgLAW73449, Comparative Constitutional LawSelected Books American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes, 3rd ed. (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009) with John Finn and Gary Jacobsohn. The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany (Duke University Press, 1997). The Federal Constitutional Court (American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1994). Germany and its Basic Law, edited with Paul Kirchoff (Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 1994). Human Rights and American Foreign Policy, edited with Gilbert Loescher (University of Notre Dame Press, 1979). Judicial Politics in West Germany: A Study of the Federal Constitutional Court (Sage Publications, 1976). The Governments of Germany, with Arnold J. Heidenheimer (Crowell, 1975). Recent Essays Das Bundesverfassungsgericht: Procedure, Practice and Policy of the German Federal Constitutional Court, 3 JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW 194-211 (with Russell Miller) (2008). Germany: Balancing Rights and Duties, in Interpreting Constitutions: A Comparative Study, (Jeffrey Goldsworthy ed., 2006): 161-214. American Courts and Democracy: A Comparative Perspective, in The Judicial Branch (Kermit L. Hall & Kevin T. McGuire eds., 2005) 200-230. Comparative Constitutional Law: Its Increasing Relevance in Defining the Field of Comparative Constitutional Law (Praeger, 2002): 61-70. Die freie Meinungsäußerung in der Rechstprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts und des Supreme Court: Ein Vergleich in Verfassungswirklichkeit (Springer-Verlag, 2002): 1-30. The Basic Law: A Fifty-Year Assessment, 53 Southern Methodist University Law Review 447-492 (2000). Autonomy Versus Accountability: The German Judiciary in Judicial Independence in Comparative Perspective (University of Virginia Press, 2001): 131-154. The Constitutionalism of Mary Ann Glendon, 73 Notre Dame Law Review 1333-1354 (1998). Transitional Justice in East Germany, 22 Law and Social Inquiry 829 (1997). The Constitutional Law of Abortion in Germany: Should Americans Pay Attention?, 10 Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 1-32 (1994). (This article based on the author's Brendan Brown Lecture delivered in the Law School of The Catholic University of America.)Constitutional Scholar Donald Kommers Honored in Germany December 5, 2012 Kommers receives high honor from German government – ND Newswire (November 11, 2010) What distinguishes Germany’s Basic Law from the United States Constitution? Published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, FAZ.NET (May 18, 2009)Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science andConcurrent Professor Emeritus of LawDKOMMERS
DouglassCassel2155 Eck Hall of
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  • Full Time Faculty
  • English Legal History
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
Douglass Cassel is a scholar, practitioner and commentator on international human rights law, specializing in issues of business and human rights, regional human rights systems, and international criminal and humanitarian law. His scholarly articles in English and Spanish are published in the United States, Latin America and Europe, and he lectures at universities and conferences worldwide. On behalf of retired United States diplomats, and leading experts on international law, he has filed several amicus curiae briefs in the United States Supreme Court involving the rights of prisoners at Guantanamo and accountability for human rights violations under the Alien Tort Claims Act. He has represented victims of human rights violations in Colombia, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela, and appeared as an expert witness, in cases before the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Cassel has served as Legal Advisor to the United Nations Commission on the Truth for El Salvador; Executive Council member of the American Society of International Law; co-chair of the International Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Chair of the Independent International Panel on Alleged Collusion in Sectarian Killings in Northern Ireland; and consultant to the Department of State, Department of Justice, Ford Foundation, the President of the American Bar Association, and non-governmental human rights organizations. In 2000, 2003 and 2012, he was nominated by the US Government and elected by the Organization of American States to four-year terms on the Board of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas, of which he was elected President during 2002-04 and again in 2014. He served as President of the Due Process of Law Foundation ("DPLF"), based in Washington, D.C., from 2000 to 2012. Cassel is also an award-winning commentator. Until 2012 his regular commentaries on human rights were broadcast on Chicago Public Radio and published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. His commentaries have also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Christian Century, and other publications. Cassel earned a B.A. cum laude from Yale in 1969 and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1972. After serving for three years as a Lieutenant in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, he practiced law for 16 years as staff counsel and later General Counsel of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest in Chicago, where he handled test cases and class actions involving civil rights, civil liberties, consumer and environmental law. After visiting at Notre Dame in 2002, Cassel joined the faculty in 2005, and served as director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights form 2005-2012. He previously directed human rights centers at DePaul College of Law and Northwestern University School of Law. His current research interests include the human rights responsibilities of transnational corporations, strengthening of regional human rights institutions, accountability for gross violations of human rights, international law options for combating terrorism, and the history of human rights. /assets/71620/original/cassel.jpgLAW70409, Accountability for Gross Violations Human Rights LAW70443, Transnational Corporations & Human Rights LAW70421, Regional Protection of Human Rights Seminar LAW70417, Universal Protection of Human Rights LAW70401, Public International Law LAW70411, International Criminal Justice, Human Rights & Humanitarian Law LAW88700, LLM Thesis In Notre Dame London Summer Programme: Public International Law English Legal History(For full list see Prof. Cassel's CV) Articles Suing Americans for Human Rights Torts Overseas: The Supreme Court Leaves the Door Open, 89 NOTRE DAME LAW REVIEW 1773-1812 (2014). Garry Wills on Providence, Peace and Presidential Powers, in Kenneth L. Vaux and Melanie Baffes, eds., NATION AND WORLD, CHURCH AND GOD: THE LEGACY OF GARRY WILLS (Northwestern University Press, 2014), pp. 203-217. Regional Human Rights Systems and State Pushback: The Case of the Inter-American Human Rights System (2011-2013), 33 HUMAN RIGHTS LAW JOURNAL 1-10 (30 August 2013). El Sistema Internacional de Protección de los Derechos Humanos y el Desafío de Washington, in A REALIZAÇÃO E A PROTEÇÃO INTERNACIONAL DOS DIREITOS HUMANOS FUNDAMENTAIS: DESAFIOS DO SÉCULO XXI (INTERNATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION AND PROTECTION OF FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS: CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY) (N. Baez and D. Cassel, eds.) (Editora Unoesc 2011), pp. 83-108. El Alcance e Impacto Cada Vez Mayores de las Reparaciones Ordenadas por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, in LA JUSTICIA CONSTITUCIONAL Y SU INTERNACIONALIZACIÓN. ¿HACIA UN IUS CONSTITUTIONALE COMMUNE EN AMÉRICA LATINA?, Tomo II, pp. 215-47, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la Universidad Autónoma de México, eds., (2010). International Human Rights Law and Security Detention, 40 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 383 (2009). Empresas Multinacionales y Complicidad en Violaciones de los Derechos Humanos: Confusión Judicial Estadounidense, en la revista DERECHO PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DEL PERÚ (2009) (updated version in Spanish of Corporate Aiding and Abetting of Human Rights Violations: Confusion in the Courts, 6 NW. U. J. INT’L HUM. RTS. 304 (2008)). Honduras: Coup d’Etat in Constitutional Clothing?, ASIL INSIGHT, American Society of International Law, July 29, 2009. Spanish language version: Honduras: ¿Golpe de Estado en Vestido Constitucional? International Human Rights Law and Security Detention, 40 CASE WESTERN RESERVE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 383-401 (2009). Pretrial and Preventive Detention of Suspected Terrorists: Options and Constraints under International Law, 98 JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY 811-52 (2008) (published by Northwestern University School of Law). Corporate Aiding and Abetting of Human Rights Violations: Confusion in the Courts, 6 NORTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS 304-26 (2008). Transnational Corporate Accountability and the Rule of Law (co-authored with Sean O'Brien), in Oliver Williams, ed., PEACE THROUGH COMMERCE (2008), pp. 77-95. Liberty, Judicial Review and the Rule of Law at Guantanamo: A Battle Half Won, 43 NEW ENGLAND LAW REVIEW 37-59 (2008). La Justicia Frente a los Actos Terroristas, in J. Arjona and C. Hardaga, eds., TERRORISMO Y DERECHOS HUMANOS 95-106 (Universidad Iberoamericana, México) (2008). Los Juicios Militares en Estados Unidos a la Luz del Derecho Comparado, in PANORAMA INTERNACIONAL SOBRE JUSTICIA PENAL: PROCESO PENAL Y JUSTICIA PENAL INTERNACIONAL, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurí¬dicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2007, pp. 17-23. Las Mejores Prácticas para el Procesamiento Judicial de las Violaciones de Derechos Humanos, in LOS CAMINOS DE LA JUSTICIA PENAL Y LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS 167-74, Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2007. La responsabilidad penal de los superiores por los crímenes de guerra cometidos por sus subordinados: omisión y negligencia, LA ADECUACION DEL DERECHO PENAL NACIONAL A LOS TRATADOS DE DERECHO INTERNACIONAL HUMANITARIO, Memoria, Ciudad de México, Reunión Regional, 7 al 8 de diciembre de 2004, pp. 146-52 (International Committee of the Red Cross, 2007). The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in VICTIMS UNSILENCED: THE INTER-AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM AND TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA, Due Process of Law Foundation (2007), pp. 151-66. Human Rights and Human Responsibilities, in FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES (S. Parmentier and H. Werdmolder, eds.), Intersentia (forthcoming 2008). Defending Human Rights in the "War" Against Terror, 4 REGENT JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 223 (2006). Equal Labor Rights for Undocumented Migrant Workers, in HUMAN RIGHTS AND REFUGEES, INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS AND MIGRANT WORKERS: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF JOAN FITZPATRICK AND ARTHUR HELTON, Anne Bayefsky ed. (Martinus Nijhoff 2006), pp. 477-516. The Expanding Scope and Impact of Reparations Awarded by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in OUT OF THE ASHES: REPARATIONS FOR GROSS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS, K. De Feyter, S. Parmentier, M. Bossuyt and P. Lemmens eds. (Intersentia 2005), pp. 191-223. The Globalization of Human Rights: Consciousness, Law and Reality, 2 NORTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS 6 (2004). Does International Human Rights Law Make a Difference?, 2 CHICAGO JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 121-35 (2001).Revelations Emerge from Senate C.I.A. Investigation - (Interview with Douglass Cassel) America, April 17, 2014 Behind the Chevron Case – (Quotes: Doug Cassel) New York Times, Sept. 22, 2014 Was the Deal to Free Bowe Bergdahl Justified? - (By: Doug Cassel), June 2, 2014 Guatemala full of questions after genocide conviction annulled - (Quotes: Douglass Cassel) LA Times, May 21, 2013 Will a Military Trial of the 9/11 Suspects be Credible? – (by: Doug Cassel), May 7, 2012 Can Ex-Somali Official Living in U.S. Be Sued for Torture? – ABC News – March 3, 2010 Return democracy to Honduras (by: Doug Cassel) Chicago Tribune, October 22, 2009 Prof. Cassel participates in a briefing to the U.S. Congress – October 21, 2009 ND human rights scholar says Musharraf should resign – ND Newswire, February 26, 2008Notre Dame Presidential FellowProfessor of LawSharon Loftusdcassel1
DwightKingB.2303 Biolchini
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  • Library
  • Legal Research
Dwight B. King Jr. joined the Kresge Law Library faculty in 1986 as a research librarian and became head of research services in 1990. He earned his B.A., J.D. and M.L.S. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1977, 1980 and 1981, respectively. Prior to joining the library faculty, he worked at the University of Baltimore as public-services librarian (1981-84) and associate law librarian (1985-86). Mr. King currently teaches legal research to first-year students. He has belonged to several committees of the American Association of Law Libraries including the Committee on Minorities (member 1985-88, chair 1987-88), the Committee on Recruitment (member 1991-92, chair 1992-93), the Task Force for the National Conference on Legal Information Issues (member 1994-95), Grants Committee (member 1999-2000, chair 2000-01), Appointments Committee (member 2012), and Leadership Development Committee (member 2009-2012, chair 2012-13). He also served as chair of the AALL Black Caucus from 2005-2006. /assets/71764/original/king.jpgLAW60703, Legal ResearchArticles The Next Generation: Partnering with High Schools for Future Minority Librarians, 71 College & Research Libraries News 201-204 (April 2010). Profiling Minority Law Librarians: An Update, with R.A. Ballard and G.M. Mills, 101 Law Library Journal 267 (2009). User Surveys: Libraries Ask, '€œHey, How Am I Doing?' 97 Law Library Journal 103-115 (2005). Green is Good, Red is Bad: LibQUAL Ratings for the Notre Dame Law Library, Notre Dame Lawyer 20 (Fall 2004). Legislative History Research on the Internet Using Thomas and GPO Access, Notre Dame Lawyer 46 (Spring 2000). A Day in My Law Library Life, Circa 1997, with others, 89 Law Library Journal 157 (1997). Profiling Minority Law Librarians: A Report on the 1992-93 Survey, with R.A. Ballard, H. Lai and G.M. Mills, 87 Law Library Journal 247 (1995). Library Budgeting for Law Libraries: A Selected Bibliography 1965-1986, 80 Law Library Journal 291 (1988).Associate Director for Patron ServicesDKING
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 Ebrahim Moosa (Ph.D., University of Cape Town 1995) is Professor of Islamic Studies in Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Department of History, and Keough School of Global Affairs. Moosa co-directs, with Scott Appleby and Atalia Omer, Contending Modernities, the global research and education initiative examining the interaction among Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces in the world. Moosa came to Notre Dame in the fall of 2014 from Duke University, where he taught in the Department of Religious Studies for 13 years. He previously taught in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town (1989-1998) and in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University (1998-2001). Moosa’s interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. He is the author of Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination, winner of the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions (2006) and editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism. In 2005 Moosa was named a Carnegie Scholar to pursue research on Islamic seminaries of South Asia. His book What Is a Madrasa? was published in March 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press. His publications also include the co-edited book The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring (Georgetown University Press, 2015); Islam in the Modern World (Routledge, 2014) and, Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Post-Colonial Challenges, (Amsterdam University Press, Spring, 2010). Born in South Africa, Moosa earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cape Town. Prior to that he earned a degree in Islamic and Arabic studies from Darul Ulum Nadwatul `Ulama in Lucknow, India. He also has a B.A. degree from Kanpur University and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the City University in London. /assets/211266/fullsize/rsz_moosa_web_1.jpgProfessor of Islamic StudiesConcurrent Professor of Law