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Sharia Law Expert

Abed Awad has native fluency in Arabic and is a national expert in Islamic law and the laws of the Middle East. He is regularly called upon to testify, write expert reports and consults concerning the interpretation and application of Shari'a (Islamic law), Egyptian law, Syrian law, Qatari law, Kuwaiti law, United Arab Emirates law, Moroccan law, Palestinian law, Jordanian law, Bangladeshi law, Pakistani law, Iranian law, Lebanese law, Saudi Arabian law, Iraqi law, Libyan law, Shia (Ja'fari law), Indonesian law, Djibouti law, Gambia law, Singapore law, Jewish law (Morocco and Egypt) and Canon law (Coptic Orthodox, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Protestant). Awad combines his academic knowledge of shari’a (Islamic law) and the laws of Arab countries with seasoned practical litigation acumen and strategy to provide his clients with added value and a decisive edge.

TV & Media Commentator

A frequent public speaker at bar associations, universities, conventions and political events, lecturing on subjects ranging from law, politics, gender, religion and culture internationally, with over 200 television and radio appearances. Awad is a regular contributor to many media outlets including but not limited to PBS, ABC, CNN, Huffington Post Live, Aljazeera, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CNNfn, BBC World Service Radio, BBC World Service Arabic Television, ART, NPR, LBC, Al- Rafidain TV, Al-Qataria, Al-Saah TV, Fox, Al-Arabia, Channel 4 (England), Shams Radio, Vatican-Arabic Radio, Monte Carlo Radio, and The Voice of Arabs Radio (Cairo). Mr., Awad is consulted and quoted on a regular basis in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, CNN.com, Fox.com, Salon.com, Fort Worth Star- Telegram, American Prospect, Star Ledger, Herald News, Bergen Record, Village Voice, New Jersey Law Journal, Chicago Lawyer, ABA Law Student Magazine, Hollywood Reports, Variety, and Screen International

New Jersey Lawyer

Abed Awad has been a practicing attorney since 1999. He is admitted to the New Jersey State Courts, New Jersey Federal Court and Third Circuit and New York State Courts and New York Federal Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts. Presently he is a partner at the Awad & Khoury Law Firm with offices in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Practice areas include complex civil and family law litigation cases with international or multi-jurisdictional components; commercial litigation including the enforcement of foreign judgments; litigation of shareholder disputes; providing legal and business advice to foreign and domestic investors on legal affairs in the United States. Abed Awad is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbel and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Law Professor

Awad is an Adjunct Law Professor at Rutgers Law School, Newark. He taught at Pace Law School and Seton Hall Law School. He has taught courses on Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic Banking & Finance and Matrimonial Litigation. Awad is a contributor and the US Editor for ShariaSource. ShariaSource is a new initiative of Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program. It will provide an online portal of resources and analysis on Islamic law in cooperation with scholars of Islamic law and policy in the United States and around the world. Awad was a Managing Editor on Pace International Law Review and has published extensively on different areas of law in various publication including the International Lawyer, Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, New Jersey Law Journal, CNN, National Law Journal, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, and The Nation, Star Ledger, Jurist, among others.