Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Ph.D. Student, Rabea Benhalim, named Hastie Fellow

Fri, October 19, 2018
Ph.D. Student, Rabea Benhalim, named Hastie Fellow
Rabea Benhalim

For over 40 years, the William H. Hastie Fellowship Program has provided aspiring scholars from under-represented communities as an outstanding opportunity to prepare for a career in law teaching.The Fellowship is a two-year program during which Fellows pursue a scholarly agenda of their choice, preparing at least one major piece for publication, and receive mentoring to prepare them as scholars and teachers in the legal academy. 

Rabea Benhalim is an Islamic Studies Ph.D. student at UT Austin, the 2017 William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School,  and lawyer with expertise in Islamic Law, the Middle East, and commercial law. Her research focuses on comparative Islamic and Jewish Law. Her article "The Case for American Muslim Arbitration" is forthcoming in the Wisconsin Law Review and her article "Religious Courts in Secular Jurisdictions" is forthcoming in the Brooklyn Law Review. Her other publications include "The Emerging Law of Detention: The Guantánamo Habeas Cases as Lawmaking" and "Rationalizing Government Collection Authorities: A Proposal for Radical Simplification." 

After law school, she worked as a Legal Fellow at the Brookings Institution, researching conflict resolution post-Arab Spring and national security law. She also practiced with the finance group at Mayer Brown LLP and as in-house counsel at Maersk Oil. Prior to law school, she worked for President Carter at the Carter Center, researching democratic developments in the Middle East and North Africa. Ms. Benhalim studied at the University of London School of Oriental and Africans Studies, holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Texas.

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