Professor Michael Bohlander teaches at Al Azhar University
(20 April 2012)
With the support and on the initiative of Durham Law School's honorary professor and judge at the Egyptian Court of Cassation, Adel Maged, Professor Bohlander served as a visiting scholar at the English section of the Faculty of Shari'ah and Law of the renowned Al Azhar University in Cairo from 9 - 17 April 2012. He was the first non-Muslim academic to give lectures there. Michael taught selected topics from English and German criminal law to the 4th and 5th year students, and a seminar on lay participation in criminal proceedings to the entire cohort of students from the English section. The English section was established a few years ago with the aim of combining the teaching of state-sponsored and Shari'ah as well as international law with providing the students with a proper command of English legal terminology. The students were highly motivated and very much interested in issues such as human rights, citizen participation in the administration of justice and the relationship between religion and the law, all against the background of the Arab Revolution.
Apart from meeting the Vice-President of the University, Professor Ismail Shaheen, Professor Bohlander was also very fortunate to obtain a private audience with the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, during which the Sheikh expressed his interest in further cooperation with Durham.