On February 1, 2013, The Center for Civil and Human Rights hosted Dr. Seyed Masoud Noori, former Faculty member of Department of Law, Mofid University (Qom, Iran) and Member of Academic Council of the Center for Human Rights Studies (CHRS).
One of most important and challenging debates in Muslim world, from North Africa to Middle East and South Asia is the relation between “Shariah” and “State Law”. In sensitive times such as when preparing a new constitution, or enactment of a new family law, this question becomes a critical issue. Beginning with a review of the concept of “Shariah”, its bases and sources, as well as “Ijtihad”, the method of understanding Shariah, Dr. Noori focused on “Justice-Based Ijtihad” as a bridge between “Shariah” and “Human Rights” and examined the results of this theoretical debate on the 2012 Constitution of Egypt.
Dr. Noori has served as Deputy Director and Director of Research and Education for the CHRS. His interests include comparative studies between Islam (with special emphasis on Shi’a school) and International Human Rights Law, and legal clinical education. In April 2007 he and his colleagues in CHRS founded the first academic legal clinic in Iran.