Professor of Law
Professor Powell previously taught at the University of Jordan and Loyola University Chicago, and his main area of research is comparative religious jurisprudence (with particular interests in Catholic social thought and Islamic legal theory). His recent projects have explored divorce, almsgiving and forgiveness in Islamic jurisprudence, and he is currently involved in a multiyear empirical research project studying religious identity and legal secularism in Turkey. He has recently served as the Chair of both the AALS Section on Islamic Law and the Islamic Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association. He was formerly the Chair of the Conference on Catholic Legal Thought. He continues to be an active contributor to the Mirror of Justice (a blog considering issues related to law and Catholicism) and the Religious Left Law blog.
Professor Powell was a corporate associate at Coudert Brothers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He also served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department. In addition to comparative religious jurisprudence, his areas of expertise include business entity law and corporate governance. Professor Powell has done graduate work in philosophy/theology and Near Eastern studies. He reads and speaks a number of languages including Turkish and Farsi.
Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity: A History, 1789-2007 by Carter V. Findley, FORTHCOMING (2011)
Forgiveness in Islamic Ethics and Jurisprudence. 4 BERKELEY J. OF MID. EAST. & ISLAMIC L. __ (2011)
The Study of Secularism and Religion in the Constitution and Contemporary Politics Of Turkey: The Rise Of Interdisciplinarity and the Decline of Methodology? __ ST. THOMAS LAW J. __ (2011)
Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey by M. Hakan Yavuz. 33 POL. & LEG. ANTHRO. REV. 396 (2010)
Forgiveness in Islamic Jurisprudence and Its Role in Intercommunal Relations. ISLAMIC LAW & LAW OF THE MUSLIM WORLD EJOURNAL (2010)
Zakat: Drawing Insights for Legal Theory and Economic Policy from Islamic Jurisprudence, 7 PITTSBURGH TAX REV. 43 (2010).
Book Review: FAITH & LAW: HOW RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS FROM CALVINISM TO ISLAM VIEW AMERICAN LAW. Edited by Robert F. Cochran, Jr., THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (2009)
Theology in Public Reason and Legal Discourse: A Case for the Preferential Option for the Poor, __ Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice __ (2009), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1111713.
Catharine MacKinnon May Not Be Enough: Legal Change and Religion in Catholic and Sunni Jurisprudence, 8 Geo. J. Gender & L. 1 (2007), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1033119.
The Enron Trial Drama: A New Case for Stakeholder Theory, 38 U. Tol. L. Rev. 1087 (2007), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1031476.
Toward Reconciliation in the Middle East: A Framework for Christian-Muslim Dialogue Using Natural Law Tradition, 2 Loy. Int'l L. Rev. 1 (2005), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1031269.
Beyond Lane: Who is Protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Who Should Be?, 82 Denv. U.L. Rev. 25 (2004), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1031255.
- B.A., cum laude, Near Eastern History, Harvard College, 1988
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996
- M.A., Social Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, 2003
- Business Entities
- Comparative Law: The Middle East
- Corporate Governance