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.
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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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