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Islamic Law and International Commercial Arbitration

By Maria Bhatti Copyright 2019
    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book examines the intersection between contemporary International Commercial Arbitration and Shariʿa law in order to determine possible tensions that may arise between the two systems. It develops evidentiary and procedural rules under Shariʿa, as well as examining the consequences of stipulating qualifications of arbitrators based on gender and/or religion. The author extensively analyses the prohibition against interest (riba) and uncertainty (gharar) under Shariʿa and its impact on arbitration agreements, arbitral awards and public policy. The book also explores the prohibition against riba in light of international conventions, such as the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Case studies in the book include the Asian International Arbitration Centre, formerly the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, and the International Islamic Centre for Reconciliation and Arbitration, as well as the ‘Shari’a Standards’ developed by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions.

    The book will be a valuable resource for academics, students and practitioners working in the areas of Islamic law and the Islamic finance industry.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: The Theoretical and Practical Framework for Shariʿa Arbitration

    Chapter 3: Conflict of Laws and Shariʿa as Choice of Law

    Chapter 4: Composition of the Arbitral Tribunal

    Chapter 5: Evidence and Procedure in Shariʿa Arbitration

    Chapter 6: The Impact of Gharar and Riba on Arbitrability and Arbitration Agreements

    Chapter 7: Interest on Arbitral Awards and the Prohibition against Riba

    Chapter 8: Shariʿa Public Policy and the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards

    Chapter 9: Reform Proposals, Further Research and Conclusion


    Maria Bhatti is a lawyer and academic in Australia. She is currently teaching at University of Technology of Sydney Law School and was previously teaching at Monash Law School. She completed her PhD from Monash Law School, and her Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne.