News Release

19th Annual Detroit Mercy Law McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will host its 19th McElroy Lecture on Law and Religion on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  This year's lecturer is Intisar A. Rabb, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of its Islamic Legal Studies Program. Rabb holds an appointment as a Professor of History at Harvard University and as the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The title of her lecture is, "Qāḍī Justice: Islamic Law as Procedure."

Intisar A. Rabb
Intisar A. Rabb

The lecture will be held at the School of Law's Riverfront Campus, 651 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit on March 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. in room 226, followed by a complimentary reception in the atrium.

Rabb has published on the topic of Islamic law in historical and modern contexts, including the monograph, Doubt in Islamic law (Cambridge University, Sept. 2016), an edited volume, Law and tradition in classical Islamic thought (with Michael Cook et al., Palgrave 2013), and numerous articles on Islamic constitutionalism, Islamic legal maxims, and on the early history of the Qur'an text. 

The McElroy Lecture Series provides a forum for prominent thinkers and leaders to address fundamental issues of law, religion and society. It seeks to educate students, legal professionals and the wider public on a variety of questions related to moral philosophy, freedom of conscience, the interaction of legal and religious institutions and the role of religion in public life. Its goal is to encourage discussion of these issues in our community and deepen our understanding of them.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was the first to give the McElroy lecture in 1995. Since then, other notable lecturers have included Stephen L. Carter, Cardinal Adam Maida, Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr., Michael John Perry, Jaroslav Pelikan, Ph.D., Dennis W. Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Cass R. Sunstein, Noah Feldman, Leslie Griffin, Ph.D., Cardinal Roger Mahony, John Witte, Jr., Douglas M. Laycock, Marci A. Hamilton, Sarah Barringer Gordon, Nelson Tebbe, Kent Greenawalt, Andrew Koppelman and Michael Moreland.

The annual McElroy Lecture is made possible through a gift from the estate of alumnus Philip J. McElroy. Mr. McElroy received a bachelor of science and bachelor, master, and doctor of law degrees from the University.

The lecture is complimentary, but advance registration is required. Parking is provided nearby at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in the parking garage at 611 Congress Street.

For additional details and to register online, visit Detroit Mercy Law.

Release date: February 14, 2017

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