Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi Appointed Vice Dean

Haider Ala Hamoudi

Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi was promoted to Vice Dean on July 1, 2018. Hamoudi has been a faculty member at the Law School since 2007. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development. This past academic year, he was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. As Vice Dean, Hamoudi is a critical member of the leadership team. He serves as the principal advisor to the Dean as well as designee of the Dean in circumstances determined by the Dean. Specifically, in addition to retaining the responsibilities of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Hamoudi’s additional responsibilities include participation in the decision making process for major financial decisions as they arise, oversight of the budget planning process, being part of the leadership team to craft a new five year strategic plan pertaining to alumni relations and advancement, and participation in all key decision making regarding setting advancement goals, priorities, and initiatives for the Law School. 

Under his leadership as Associate Dean of Research, the Law School enjoyed consistently high faculty scholarship reputation rankings in U.S. News and World Report and high readership and engagement on the Social Science Research Network. As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Hamoudi was tasked with curriculum building, oversight of external accreditation processes, academic program procedures and policies for the School of Law, and the quality and accountability of academic programs. In that role, Hamoudi took the leading role in preparing the requisite documentation for, and managing, last year’s successful Site Accreditation Visit by the American Bar Association. He also managed a new examination administration system, implemented a new and thoroughly revamped mentoring system, took the lead in initiating changes to the curriculum, and assisted in updating the academic standards of the School of Law.

Hamoudi is a world recognized expert in Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. He has recently published with Aspen the first casebook on the application of Islamic law in modern court systems. He is also under contract to publish a Nutshell on Islamic law.  His most recent scholarship explores the manner in which tribal law, religious law and state law interact in southern Iraq, in particular as it concerns dispute resolutions in both family law and commercial matters. Hamoudi has also published a book with the University of Chicago Press on the Iraq Constitution, and he has written dozens of law review articles on Iraqi law, Islamic law, and Islamic finance.

Hamoudi also teaches Contracts, Commercial Transactions in Goods, and a seminar on Islamic Law.  He received the Robert T. Harper Award of Excellence in Teaching in 2014.

In addition to his new role as Vice Dean, Hamoudi will continue to devote time to his research and teaching as a member of Pitt Law’s faculty.

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