Editor, Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World Research Paper Series (SSRN Journal)
2010 NYLS Otto Walter Award, Best Faculty Article, for “Islam’s Fourth Amendment”
2009 Chair, Section on Islamic Law, Association of American Law Schools
2008 Carnegie Scholar
2007 NYLS Teacher of the Year
A scholar and teacher of criminal law and procedure (American, comparative, and Islamic), Professor Reza is a former public defender in Washington, D.C., and award-winning teacher at Harvard in courses on Islam and the modern Middle East.
Professor Reza’s scholarship focuses on criminal law and procedure under Islamic law (sharia) and in the countries of today’s Muslim world. In 2008 he was named a Carnegie Scholar for his research on identifying rules and principles of criminal due process in Islamic jurisprudence.
Professor Reza has been a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Islamic Legal Studies Program and a visiting professor at Boston University School of Law, Suffolk University Law School, New England School of Law, and American University’s Washington College of Law. In 2007 he was named New York Law School’s Teacher of the Year.
While in law school, Professor Reza was an articles editor for the Harvard International Law Journal, a member of the Criminal Justice Institute and Prison Legal Assistance Project clinics, president of the Middle Eastern Law Students Association, and a teaching fellow in Harvard undergraduate courses on Islam and the modern Middle East, for which he received a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching in 1990. Before law school Professor Reza spent two years at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, teaching English and studying Arabic at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad.
Chapters in Books
“Egypt,” chapter in Stanford Handbook on Comparative Criminal Law (Stanford University Press, 2011).
“Egypt,” chapter in Criminal Procedure: A Worldwide Study (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2007).
“Criminal Suspects and Arrestees,” 1 Encyclopedia of Privacy 143 (Greenwood, 2006).
Law Review and Other Scholarly Articles
Due Process in Islamic Criminal Law, 40 George Washington J. Int’l Law 1 (2013).
“Islam’s Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizure in Islamic Doctrine and Muslim Practice,” 40 GEORGETOWN J. INT’L LAW 703 (2009). SSRN
“Endless Emergency: The Case of Egypt,” 10 New Criminal Law Review 532 (2007). SSRN
“Torture and Islamic Law,” 8 Chicago Journal of International Law 21 (2007). SSRN
“Transnational Criminal Law and Procedure: An Introduction,” 56 Journal of Legal Education 430
“Privacy and the Criminal Arrestee or Suspect: In Search of a Right, In Need of a Rule,” 64 Maryland Law Review 755 (2005). SSRN
“Unpatriotic Acts: An Introduction,” Symposium, Criminal Defense in the Age of Terrorism, 48 New York Law School Law Review 3 (2003–04). HeinOnline
“Privacy and the Post-September 11 Immigration Detainees: The Wrong Way to a Right (And Other Wrongs),” 34 Connecticut Law Review 1169 (2002). HeinOnline
“Religion and the Public Defender,” 26 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1051 (1999). HeinOnline
“Dispute Over the United States’ Denial of a Visa to Yasir Arafat,” 30 Harvard International Law Journal 536 (1989). HeinOnline
Newspaper Articles, Practice Materials and Other Publications
“Divorce lies and litigation: curbing both with evidentiary hearings,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Op-Ed), April 11, 2016 at 39.
“SJC should embrace inclusive definition of parentage,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Op-Ed), April 7, 2016, at 38.
“Israel’s Example,” The Washington Post (Op-Ed), June 14, 2004, at A17.
“A Trap for Middle Eastern Visitors,” The Washington Post (Op-Ed), January 10, 2003, at A21.
“The Events of 9/11 Under Islamic Law,” L Magazine (January 2002).
“Absolutely 100% Guilty: The Professional Edition,” New York Law Journal, September 12, 2000, at 2 (review of Vincent Bugliosi’s video series on the O.J. Simpson trial).
“Out of Sync: A Curfew Is No Answer to Teenage Crime in D.C.,” The Washington Post Outlook (Op-Ed), September 14, 1997, at C1.