AGYA Member

Lena-Maria Möller

Law, Middle East Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Islamic Law; Muslim Family Law, particularly in the Arab Gulf States; Private International Law; Comparative Law


About me

I am a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. Holding an M.A. in Middle East Studies and a Ph.D. in Law, my research areas are Islamic law, in particular contemporary Muslim family law, as well as private international and comparative law. Currently, I am working on a research project which explores how contemporary Muslim jurisdictions frame and engage with vague and still undefined legal concepts.
I have been following the work of AGYA with great interest for some years now. I am very enthusiastic about the idea of bringing together scholars from Germany and the Arab world to collaborate in joint research projects. With a scholarly focus on Muslim and international family law, my research has traditionally been interdisciplinary. I profit tremendously from exchanging ideas with colleagues in the social and political sciences as well as Islamic studies and history. Similarly, I find it of great importance to conduct research internationally and particularly in exchange with scholars in the region that my own research focuses on.
As an AGYA member, I collaborate with fellow academics on projects involving contemporary debates about legal methodology, legal education, and law as cultural heritage.


Current projects

  • AGYA Working Groups Arab and German Education; Common Heritage and Common Challenges; Transformation
  • Max Planck Working Group on Child Law in Muslim Countries: An interdisciplinary research collaboration of over twenty renowned scholars working in the field of child law.

Academic Career

 

Since 2016

 
 

Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany

 
 

2014 - 2018

 
 

Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of Augsburg, Germany

 
 

2016

 
 

Visiting Professor of Islamic Law, Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Münster, Germany

 
 

2014 - 2016

 
 

Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany

 
 

2014

 
 

Ph.D. in Law, University of Hamburg, Germany

 
 

2013 - 2014

 
 

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Middle East Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany

 
 

2010 - 2013

 
 

Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany

 
 

2010

 
 

M.A. in Middle East Studies and Law, University of Hamburg, Germany

 

Selected Publications

  • Family Law in the GCC and the Best Interests of the Child: The Multiple Meanings of a Vague Legal Concept, Hawwa - Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, Vol. 18, 3 (2018), 309–332.
  • An Enduring Relic: Family Law Reform and the Inflexibility of Wilāya, American Journal of Comparative Law Vol. 63, 4 (2015), 893-925.
  • No Fear of Ṭalāq: A Reconsideration of Muslim Divorce Laws in Light of the Rome III Regulation, Journal of Private International Law Vol. 10, 3 (2014), 461-487.

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Contact

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Mittelweg 187, 20148 Hamburg

+49 40 419 00 254
moeller(at)mpipriv.de

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