Research Fellows 2007/2008
Mohammad Rasekh has studied both traditional and modern law in Iran and the UK. Soon after completing his PhD at the University of Manchester, he has been lecturing in Tehran since 1999. At the same time, he has been researching, writing and translating in three major fields: legal philosophy, public law and bioethics. With regard to legal philosophy, he has published "Rights and Interests: Essays in Philosophies of Law, Rights and Value"; "Liberty as Value"; "Liberty, Truth and Justice" and "A Theory of Rights and International Human Rights". He has also written the following works relating to public law: "Are Islamism and Republicanism Compatible?"; "Checks and Balances: Concept and Structure" and "The Iranian Constitutional System in Context". In the field of bioethics, he has published: "The Battle of Life: A Short Study of Theories of Abortion"; "The Problem of Abortion: Jurisprudential or Philosophical?"; "Biotechnology and Human Beings: Problems and Perspectives" and "The Concept of Death: A Religio-Philosophical Analysis". His recent research interests relate to theory of justice, impact of modern law on Muslim societies and history of Islamo-Iranian legal theory.
Ali Mezghani, originally from Tunisia, Professor Ali Mezghani is Professor of Law within the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences, Tunis II University and at Paris I Sorbonne University, where he has taught for over eight years. Mezghani's major field of research is in international private law - exploring the relationship between people living in, or who hold the nationality of different states. International private law looks at different types of private relationships, including family relationships (eg marriage between two people from different states) and attempts to explore what legal conditions should be applied in the presence of a variety of legal systems. His sub-speciality is commercial international law, which explores commercial relationships in the context of international legal systems. In addition to this, his research interests include the role of law in social change in Islamic society, especially within Arab countries. Besides international law, Mezghani's major research areas are: theories of law, philosophy of law, historical aspects and present problems that challenge Arab societies. Mezghani's publications include L'égalité entre hommes et femmes en droit successoral (co-authored with K. Meziou, in Des successions des femmes, Z. Jouirou, 2006) and Méthodes de droit international privé et contrat illicite (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2005). To download a full list of Mezghani's publications, please click here.