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SLP co-organizes conference in Belgium

Thursday, December 07, 2017

On 07 December 2017, UMT School of Law and Policy (SLP) co-organized an international conference, titled “Islamic Finance: Between Religious Norms and Legal Practice,” at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. SLP was represented at the conference by a five-member delegation led by Syed Imad-ud-Din Asad [Founding Director and Associate Professor, SLP].

Professor Asad was also one of the speakers and the title of his presentation was “Islamic Finance: Concepts, Transactions, Developments, and Critique.” Rodney Wilson (Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance, UK), Mathias Rohe (Erlangen Center for Islam and Law in Europe, Germany), Hans Vesser (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands), Reza ZainJaufeerally (KatholiekeUniversiteit Leuven, Belgium), Martin Bunning (Ashurst, Germany), Mohamed Boulif (Islamic Finance Advisory and Assurance Services, Morocco), AmelMakhlouf (AffakiAvocats, France), and Mahmoud Al-Gamal (Rice University, U.S.A.) were the other speakers at the conference.

While introducing the conference, Wim De Cock [Professor, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven] paid a generous tribute to Professor Asad. Among other things, Professor De Cock mentioned that Islamic finance got introduced at KU Leuven’s faculty of law due to the academic collaboration between KU Leuven’s faculty of law and SLP, which Professor Asad negotiated in 2014. He also mentioned that it was Professor Asad who conceived the idea of the conference.Bernard Tilleman [Dean, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven] warmly reiterated the same at the conference dinner that was held on the same evening. Professor Tilleman also mentioned, among other things, that the course on Islamic finance taught by Professor Asad, at KU Leuven, is one of the most popular courses.  Professor Asad thanked Professor Tilleman for patronizing such activities. He also thanked Professor De Cock for making all the arrangements for the conference.

The conference program is available at https://www.law.kuleuven.be/apps/activiteiten/en/portaal/index/view_activiteit/3739. The photographs can be viewed at https://web.facebook.com/pg/UMTschooloflawandpolicy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1220438944756443. The recording of the conference will also be available soon.

No other Pakistani law school holds the distinction of co-organizing an international conference in Europe; let alone, at one of its ancient and prestigious universities.

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