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Scott Morrison spoke on the law of cultural property at the UNESCO and the Qatar National Library (in Doha) meeting 'Supporting Documentary Heritage Preservation' at the Qatar National Library on 1-2 December, 2019.
The Constitutional Affairs Division of the European Parliament cited Scott Morrison’s article ‘Third-country equivalence: a Brexit scenario for UK financial services’ (International Company and Commercial Law Review, Volume 29, Issue 1, 2018) in its February 2018 Brexit Literature update. The Division selected the article based on ‘Originality and interest,'Constitutional or institutional relevance’ and 'Scholarly rather than a journalist character of the publication.’ This Brexit Literature update was the basis for the 13 March 2018 Plenary Debate in Strasbourg ‘Guidelines on the framework of future EU-UK relations.’
LLB and GDL
*Equity and Trusts
English and International Commercial Law
*Law of International Business Transactions
*Banking and Financial Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Advanced Issues of International Business Transactions
International Intellectual Property Law
International Investment Law
Law of the Sale of Goods
English Commercial Law
International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
*currently teaching (2019-2020)
I welcome research candidates in the areas in which I conduct research.
Scott Morrison’s principal research interests deal with capital markets, corporate finance, fixed income securities, structured financial instruments and securitisation, and banking law more broadly; in particular he is currently engaged in research concerning the development and regulation of Islamic finance and investment, and retail banking -- both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Currently co-authoring with Dr Ronan Feehily of the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) an article on arbitration in New Zealand.
The Law of Sukuk: shari'a compliant securities (London: Sweet and Maxwell, 2017)
This book is the first authoritative guide to Sukuk, or shari’a-compliant securities. The book offers clear guidance for legal and finance professionals on the sale, purchase, origination and issuance of sukuk, including standard form documents and financial services contracts. * Offers guidance to solicitors, barristers and legal and finance professionals on the sale, purchase, origination and issuance of sukuk, the Islamic equivalent of bonds. * Gives an account of how to run Islamic finance transactions, including standard form documents and shari’a-compliant financial services contracts. * Explains the meaning of sukuk, both modern and pre-modern, and compares bonds and sukuk. * Provides an up-to-date treatment of the legal, regulatory, and policy issues pertinent to shari’a-compliant securities specifically in the UK and the utility of passporting to the European Economic Area. * Explains English case law and statute on banking and company law as pertinent to the principles and practices of Islamic financial law. * Authored by a leading English lawyer with experience of financial services in a shari’a compliant context. * Sets out the steps to floating a sukuk on the LSE and includes the forms with which to do so, together with procedural and documentary timetables for sukuk and for listing on the LSE. * Contains UK and international case studies of notable sukuk issuances and structures, to highlight issues of disclosure, liability, and insolvency or default specific to the sale of sukuk. * Analyses the state of the art regarding benchmarks, rating and accounting for sukuk; offers some conjectural observations on the impact of Brexit upon Islamic finance in the UK and abroad. * Explains and categorises nominate shari’a-compliant contract types; sets out the required document lists. * Analyses the use of corporate service providers and offshore trusts and financial service centres. * Analyses securitisation, asset backing and Islamic finance. * Contains a glossary and explanation of Arabic terms pertinent to sukuk and classical Islamic commercial law. * Sets out international hard and soft law on sukuk. * Advises on and provides precedent language for sukuk prospectuses. * Takes into account the usufruct and tangible property requirements. * Presents alternative to litigation for sukuk: Islamic Dispute Resolution. * Considers the costs and provides a cost-benefit analysis of sukuk. * Covers corporate governance and Islamic banking and finance reviews Islamic securities and deals in the UK. * Supports investigation of sukuk as a financing option and associated investment and asset classes. * Identifies areas of legal uncertainty and attendant risk, and its related measurement and management, considering the respective utility and function of shari’a compliant and conventional instruments. * Sets out analysis of completed or prospective deals in Islamic securities. * Analyses and categorises nominate shari’a-compliant contract types.--Provided by publisher.
This article analyses one among possible means of facilitating the supply of financial services from the UK into the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area ( EEA), post-Brexit. It sets out the legal framework and the relevant EU authorities that determine third-country equivalence.
Assesses the potential impact of Brexit on the UK's Islamic banking and finance sector. Reviews developments in the sector, both at the domestic and global levels. Considers how Islamic financial institutions (IFIs) might be affected by the probable lack of passporting privileges for UK banks after Brexit. Discusses the attractive features of the UK that are likely to persist for IFIs post-Brexit.
Islamic investment certificates (sukuk) have raised over US $51 billion on the London Stock Exchange ( LSE). Listing on an authorised exchange ( LSE or other) is required for sukuk to receive regulatory and tax treatment without which they could not compete economically with conventional bonds. Like all securities marketed to the public, sukuk are subject to Listing and Prospectus Rules under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and secondary legislation. This article identifies the requirements under the Prospectus Rules as they apply to sukuk and highlights a distinctive issue that arises in the drafting and regulatory screening of a sukuk prospectus.
The contemporary prevalence of complex business structures, and the limited resources and time of regulatory authorities charged with policing business organisations has increased the importance of whistleblowers for modern corporate governance. This article aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion in relation to the effectiveness of the existing regulatory regime, a regime that is intended to encourage whistleblowing in general and to provide sufficient safeguards to whistleblowers from dismissal or retaliation. The countries of the uk and Japan have been selected for this comparative study because they exhibit contrasting business and employment practices and because the relevant authorities have adopted distinct regulatory approaches. The comparative analysis intends to support the claim that, irrespective of the primary and secondary legislation in place in these two jurisdictions and the disparate corporate cultures existing in each, whistleblowers all too frequently end up as victims even when they have complied with the requirements and the procedures stipulated by the law, followed their conscience and reported wrongdoing.
Reviews the debut international sukuks issued in 2014 by Hong Kong, South Africa, Indonesia and the UK, and considers their potential implications. Examines the regulatory significance of such sukuks, the competition to become a centre of Islamic finance, the background to the 2014 sukuks, and key features of each of the four issues, including their duration, the type of investors involved, and their locations.
In formulating his understanding of Islamic history, thought and politics, the Turkish Muslim thinker Ahmet Davutoğlu approves and adopts the German philosopher Edmund Husserl's formulation of phenomenology — or, philosophy of consciousness. Both Husserl and Davutoğlu perceive a crisis in humanity and identify its causes in scientism and logical positivism, against which they develop their respective phenomenological alternatives. This article places in parallel Husserl's stylised history of Western thought and Weltanschauung method with that of Davutoğlu's Muslim worldview, in order to illuminate the latter's putatively comprehensive interpretation of Islam, diagnosis of the ills of secularism, modernisation, and crisis of values he finds in Muslim societies; and his prescribed treatment for those ills: the privileging of ontology over epistemology, and the full unfolding of core theological concepts of revelation, monotheism, and prophecy. Davutoğlu seeks to reconcile tensions and disputes within Islamic intellectual traditions concerning the nature of God and God's attributes, and the tension between mysticism and rationalism, and the historical and the atemporal. In summary, Davutoğlu's intervention in Islamic traditions is interesting in the effort it makes to appropriate elements of both Husserl and GWF Hegel for the purpose of reconciling a phenomenological reading of Islam with established Islamic authorities and commitments.
As the world’s third largest economy, strategically proximate to China, and firm friend of the US, Japan is by any measure a crucial force – albeit an economic rather than a military one – in the Asia Pacific and East Asia. In keeping with the theme of this issue, therefore, the position and economic potential of the countries in the Asia Pacific may extend in importance even more visibly and consequentially outside of the region, – most likely in coalition with friends and allies, as it already does (as measured by economic engagement with countries that, collectively, span the globe). In keeping with this issue’s examination of domestic and international developments relating to the Republic of Turkey, this article narrows its attention to recent and likely future events that have brought Japan to engage with Turkey. With respect to both Japan and Turkey, the focus of this article encompasses both private parties (companies engaged in bilateral trade and investment) and especially the governments of these two countries. The Japanese and Turkish governments and their respective ministries and quasi-governmental actors simultaneously lead and follow the flow of capital, goods and services, seeking to facilitate their movement and formalize bilateral relations into an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). For the purposes of this article, EPA and Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the parlance used elsewhere, will be treated as synonymous and interchangeable. Over the last three years, the private sector has on balance been the initiator of enhanced trade relations, but both governments have instead responded to the business lobby and taken their own initiatives, particularly in the area of nuclear power.
Discusses the Government's plan to be the first non-Islamic state to issue a sovereign sukuk with the anticipated launch of a sovereign ijarah sukuk in 2014. Outlines the characteristics of a "sukuk" and the history of its use. Considers the implications of the Government's ijarah sukuk being classified as an alternative finance investment bond, both in terms of the application of the Collective Investment Schemes rules and the tax consequences.
This Article traces the progress of the constitutional and normative doctrine of religious toleration. Following on the thought of the English jurist and philosopher John Locke, this Article traces that idea in its contemporary expressions in the United States legal and political thought. It takes a position against what may be termed the “liberal neutralist” position in favor of the constitutional and jurisprudential notion of nonpreferentialism. Drawing together several diverse strands of thought and argument supportive of nonpreferentialism, including the Indian constitutional concept of equidistance, this Article seeks to go beyond legal or normative theory to sketch in preliminary fashion how non-preferentialism could be understood and applied in a variety of societies and under specific societal conditions.
Native peoples in North America, Australia and New Zealand have (sometimes successfully) demanded compensation for seizures of their ancestral lands. This article sets out the arguments against restitution in these and other cases. It then offers up a defense of “in kind” restitution, that is, the return of lands or other property misappropriated. As a pertinent case study this article narrates the story of the Sioux tribes of the mid-western United States. They have sought to recover lands in and around the Black Hills of South Dakota. Offering a view of the historical and contemporary collective cultural and spiritual significance of the Black Hills and the history of dispossession therefrom, this article traces the Sioux’s individual and tribal efforts both through the legal system and the courts and into the US federal government where a bill was unsuccessfully put forward in an effort to resolve their claims.
The Law of Sukuk, (Sweet and Maxwell, 2017).
Secularism Revised: Arab Islam, religious freedom and equidistance (The Other Press, 2013).
Refereed journal articles
'Third-country Equivalence: A Brexit Scenario for UK Financial Services,' International Company and Commercial Law Review, Vol 29 Issue 1 (2018), 1-11.
‘Brexit: Bane or Boon for Islamic Finance and Banking,’ Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (Sweet and Maxwell), Vol 32 Issue 7 (2017), 291-298.
‘The Social and Legislative History of the Islamic Trust (waqf) in Mauritius,’ Commonwealth Law Bulletin, Vol 42 Issue 1 (2016), 59-83.
Co-authored with Stelios Andreadakis, ‘Whistleblowers Under the Spotlight: the cases of Japan and the UK,’ European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, Vol 3 (2016), 353-384.
‘The Application of UK Prospectus Rules to Sukuk (Islamic Securities) on the London Stock Exchange,’ Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (Sweet and Maxwell), Vol 31 Issue 4 (2016), 237-240.
‘Oman’s Islamic Banking Regulatory Framework: the Corporate Governance of Shari‘a Compliance in a New Jurisdiction,’ Arab Law Quarterly (Leiden: Brill) 29 (2015), 101-137.
‘The Upcoming UK Sovereign Sukuk Issue,’ Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (London: Sweet and Maxwell), Vol 29 Issue 7 (2014), 362-366.
‘Debut Sovereign Sukuk in 2014,’ Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (London: Sweet and Maxwell), Vol 30 Issue 3 (2015), 122-127.
‘Islamic Banking in the Maldives: banking law, prudential regulation and corporate governance of a new sector,’ Harvard Asia Quarterly (Cambridge MA) Vol 15 Issue 3/4 (2014), 47-55.
‘Shariah Boards and the Corporate Governance of Islamic Banks in the United Kingdom,’ Journal of Islamic Economics Banking and Finance, Vol 10 Issue 1 (2014), 96-109.
‘Law in the Scholarly Writings of Ahmet Davutoglu,’ Encounters: an international journal for the study of culture and society, No 6 (2015), 169–195.
‘Japan and Turkey: the contours and current status of an Economic Partnership/Free Trade Agreement,’ Insight Turkey, Vol 16 Issue 2 (2014), 183-195.
‘In Kind or Monetary Restitution?: historic wrongs and indigenous land claims,’ Journal of Politics and Law, Vol 7 Issue 2 (2014), 50-62.
‘A Contractual Dispute in the Maldives: some facets of a country in a multi-faceted crisis,’ Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol 2 Issue 3 (2014), 185-202.
‘Muslim Selbstverständnis: Ahmet Davutoglu answers Husserl’s Crisis of European Sciences,’ The Muslim World, Vol 104 Issues 1-2 (2014), 150-170.
‘Muslim Selbstverständnis: Ahmet Davutoglu answers Husserl’s Crisis of European Sciences,’ International Journal of Islamic Thought, Vol 5 Issue 1 (2014) [shortened version -- full version printed as above with permission of IJIT], 71-81.
‘Jupiter and the God of Morality: the paradox of individual autonomy and national self-determination in Kant,’ Studia Kantiana, Issue 14 (2013), 55-79.
‘Introducing the Turkish Islamist Ali Bulaç: from nation-state to the Medina project,’ Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Intellectual and Cultural Studies, Vol 4 Issue 1 (2006), 27-42.
‘To Be a Believer in Republican Turkey: three allegories of Ismet Özel,’ Muslim World, Vol 96 Issue 3 (2006), 507-521.
‘Os Turcos: the Syrian-Lebanese Community of São Paulo, Brazil,’ in Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol 25 Issue 3 (2005), 423-438.
‘The Brazilian Tropical Forest: deforestation and human rights,’ The International Journal of Politics and Ethics, Vol 1 Issue 4 (2001), 379-389.
‘The Genealogy and Contemporary Significance of the Islamic Ummah,’ Islamic Culture, Vol 75 Issue 1 (2001), 1-30.
‘The Political Thought of Hasan al-Turabi,’ Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol 12 Issue 2 (2001), 153-160.
Edited articles, practitioner’s magazines
‘The Pull of Islamic Finance,’ Counsel Magazine (September, 2017), 6-7.
‘The Law of Sukuk: Shari‘a Compliant Securities: what do you need to know?‘ Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions UK and Northern Ireland Blog, July 2017 (online), np.
‘UK-based Islamic Financial Services: opportunities after Brexit,’ Practical Law Magazine, Vol XXVIII Issue 5 (2017), 14-15.
‘The UK’s First Sovereign Sukuk Issue,’ Counsel (May 2014), 21-23.
‘What is a Sukuk?,’ Barrister Magazine, No 61, Trinity Term (2014), 20-23.
‘Islamic Bonds Unbound: Japan’s samurai sukuk,’ International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Vol 65 Issue 3 (2013), 8.
‘Restoring the Fading Hue of Town and Village Greens,’ Gray's Inn Student Law Journal, Vol 5 Issue 1 (2013), 37-48.
‘Religion, Law and the State: toleration, non-preferentialism, and equidistance,’ Ateneo Law Review, Vol 58 Issue 4 (2014), 871-894.
‘Islam, Socialism and Arabism: the origins of the Ba’ath ideology in Syria,’ Asfar (2014), np (online).
‘The Formation (and Dissolution?) of a Democratic Politics in the Maldives,’ International Institute for Asian Studies, Issue 59 (2012), 10-11.
‘Muslim Life in Sao Paulo, Brazil,’ International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World Newsletter (Leiden), Issue 8 (2001), 34.
‘Obligations to the Future World,’ Review Journal of Philosophy and Social Science, Vol 20 Issues 1 and 2 (1995), 27-55.
‘Critique of the Antichrist,’ Cogitemus, Vol 1 Issue 1 (1994), 13-19.
‘The Interstices of Law: Equity (istihsan) and the Qur’an,’ in Nathan R Kollar and Muhammad Shafiq, eds., Sacred Texts and Human Contexts (North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014), 161-172.
‘The Brazilian Tropical Forest: deforestation and human rights,’ in Frank H. Columbus, ed., Politics and Economics of Latin America (New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2003), 85-93.
‘Comparative Political Philosophy: the problems of translation and power,’ in Venant Cauchy, ed., Philosophy and Culture, Vol 7 (Montreal: Ed du Beffroi, 2007), np (online).
‘Ibn Khaldun,’ The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
‘Muhammad ‘Abduh,’ The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
‘Rashid Rida,’ The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Philosophy, Science and Technology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
‘Yemen,’ updated entry in Collier’s Encyclopedia, on-line Russian language edition (Budapest: Central European University Press, 1997).
Dr Subrahmanian Swamy, A-77 v State of Kerala, India WP(C). No 35180 of 2009(S), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion (London, UK), Vol 3 Issue 3 (Michaelmas term 2014), 519-520.
Book review of Wael Hallaq, The Impossible State: Islam, politics and modernity’s moral predicament, in The Cambridge Law Journal, Vol 75 Issue 1, 161-164.
Book review of Lawrence Rubin, Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics, in The Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 27 Issue 2, (2016), 243-246.
Book review of Humeira Iqtidar, Secularizing Islamists?: Jama‘at-e-Islami and Jama‘at-ud-Da‘wa in Urban Pakistan, in Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 26 Issue 2 (2015), 229-232.
Book review of Nadia Abbas, At Freedom's Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament in The Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 27 Issue 1 (2016), 99-101.
Book review of Habib Ahmed, Mehmet Asutay, and Rodney Wilson, Islamic Banking and Financial Crisis: Reputation, Stability and Risk, in The Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 25 Issue 3 (2014), 103-107.
Book review of Oussama Arabi, David S. Powers, and Susan A Spectorsky, Islamic Legal Thought, in The Cambridge Law Journal (CLJ), Vol 73 Issue 2 (2014), 446-449.
Book review of Craig Nethercott and David Eisenberg eds, Islamic Finance: Law and Practice, in The Cambridge Law Journal (CLJ), Vol 73 Issue 1 (2014), 214-217.
Book review of Xavier Romero Frias, Folk Tales of the Maldives, in International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter (December 2013), online, np.
Book review of Kai Hafez, Radicalism and Political Reform in the Islamic and Western Worlds, in Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 24 Issue 3 (2013), 388-390.
Book review of Souad T. Ali, A Religion, Not a State: Ali ‘Abd al-Raziq’s Islamic Justification of Political Secularism, in Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 23 Issue 2 (2012), 247-249.
Book review of Frederic Volpi, Political Islam Observed, in Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 23 Issue 2 (2012), 249-251.
Book review of Shahrough Akhavi, ‘The Middle East: The Politics of the Sacred and the Secular,’ in Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, 2011, Vol 22 Issue 2 (2011), 265-267.
Book review of Nader Hashemi, Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy, in Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 22 Issue 3 (2011), 442-445.
Book review of David Zeidan, ed, ‘The Resurgence of Religion: a Comparative Study of Selected Themes in Christian and Islamic Fundamentalist Discourses,’ in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol 39 Issue 3 (2007), 459-461.
Book review of Adeed Dawisha, ‘Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century,’ in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol 38 Issue 3 (2006), 475-476.
Law of banking
Law of finance
Capital markets and securities
Shari'a compliant finance, banking and insurance
Society for Legal Scholars
Institute for Advanced Legal Studies
'Shari'a Compliant Finance: Islamic Legal Principles on Usury, and Behavioural Economics,' on panel titled 'Halal Enterprise in and beyond the Middle East,' (panel convenor) World Congress of Middle East Studies (WOCMES), Sevilla, Spain, July 2018.
'Golden Belt I Sukuk,' Serle Court Chambers (London), March 2018.
'Islamic Finance and the English Court,' Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry (BACFI), February 2018.
‘Islamic Banking and Finance: A Novel and Increasingly Significant Expression of Islamic Law and Faith,’ Aga Khan University (London), November 2017.
'Sukuk: UK and Global Market Developments and the Future,' Denton's (London), September 2017.
'Islamic Banking in the Islamic Republic of Iran' Japanese Association of Middle East Studies (JAMES), University of Fukuoka, Fukuoka, May 2017.
‘Arab and Islamic Commercial Jurisprudence: its Employment in Contemporary International Finance,’ Japanese Association of Middle East Studies (JAMES), Kyoto University, Kyoto, May 2016.
‘Whistleblowing in Japan,’ Faculty Research Discussion Forum, Akita University, Akita, Japan, April 2015.
‘The Modern Islamic Charitable Trust: the case of Mauritius,’ Faculty Research Discussion Forum, Akita University, Akita, February 2015.
‘The Legal Protection of Islamic Manuscripts in War: international law, Iraq, and Syria,’ The Tenth Islamic Manuscript (Biennial) Conference, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, August 2014.
‘The Corporate Governance of Islamic Banks,’ Middle East Studies Conference, Akita University, Akita, March 2014.
‘Equity (istihsān) in Islamic Law,’ ‘Sacred Texts and Human Contexts’ conference, Rochester, New York, NY, USA, July 2013.
‘Islam and Law in the Maldives,’ Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, November 2010.
'Democratic Revolution in a Sunni Islamic State: the Maldives,' South Asian and Middle Eastern Institutes, Columbia University, December 2008.
'Islamic Intellectual Traditions: Arabic Philosophy,' for 'Islam in South Asia and the Middle East,' an in-service course for New York City school teachers, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 2007.
'Modernism in Middle East and South Asia,' for 'Islam in South Asia and the Middle East,' an in-service course for New York City school teachers, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 2007.
'New Muslim Intellectuals in Turkey,' New York University Kevorkian Center, New York, NY, March 2007.
'Yemen and the Maldives Compared: Electoral Contestation and Islamic Republicanism,' Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, Boston, MA, November 2009.
'al-Salām (Peace) in the writings of Hasan al-Banna,' proposed to 'Visions of Peace: The West and Asia' at the Department of History, University of Otago, New Zealand, December 2009.
'Yaşar Kemal’s To Crush the Serpent (Yılanı Öldürseler),' at 'Nature and Human Nature' workshop, Columbia University, New York, NY, May 2007.
'Jamal al-Din ‘al-Afghani’: the man, his works and his legacy' at the Association for the Study of Nationalities 'Nationalism in an Age of Globalization' conference, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 2006.
'The Complaint Box Awaits: ideas of traditional government untraditionally limited, in Tunis and Egypt circa 1860,' Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C., November 2005.
'The Search for Arab Democracy,' at 'Civility and Nobility: 1925 to the Present' workshop, Columbia University, May 2005.
'Ali Bulaç and İsmet Özel: on the Theory and Practice of Freedom,' International Conference on Islam, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, April 2005.
'Turkish Language Study Programs in Istanbul,' Middle East Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, November 2004.
'The Semiotics of the Ordinary: the architecture, print and performance of the Syrian-Lebanese public of Sao Paulo,' Social Science Research Council/American University of Beirut sponsored 'Beirut Conference on Public Spheres,' Beirut, Lebanon, October 2004.
'Parsing Consolidology with Some Paradoxes of Turkish Democracy,' American Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL, September 2004.
'The Life and Times of the Turkish Islamist Ali Bulaç,' at the ‘Domination, Expression, and Liberation in the Middle East’ conference, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, July 2004.
'İsmet Özel’s Muslim Cultural Politics: cultural critique and Islamist resistance,' Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AK, November 2003.
'Os Turcos: the Syrian–Lebanese diaspora of São Paulo, Brazil,' at the 'Arab Voices in the Diaspora' conference, University of Leeds, England, July 2002.
'The Islamic Umma and Civil Society in the Muslim World,' New York Political Science Association, Albany, NY, May 1997.
September 2015-December 2017 Senior Lecturer School of Law Middlesex University, London
February 2015-March 2015 Visiting Associate Professor Keio Law School, Tokyo
September 2013-August 2015 Associate Professor Akita University, Akita, Japan
October 2010-July 2011 MBL Research Fellow Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University, Oxford
February 2009-August 2010 Assistant Professor Zayed University, Dubai & Abu Dhabi, UAE
August 2008-December 2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor New York University, New York City
July 2007-May 2008 US Fulbright Commission Scholar/Law Lecturer Faculty of Shari’a and
Law, Maldives College of Higher Education, Male’, Maldives
2006-2007 Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Religion, Columbia University, New York City
2004-2006 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (Columbia University Society of Fellows)
Lecturer Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC)
Post-Doctoral Fellow Society of Fellows, Columbia University New York City
2003-2004 US Fulbright Commission Grantee Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
1999-2003 Preceptor (Lecturer) Columbia University, New York City
Before being called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012 Scott specialised in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, and politics. Having completed the BA at New York University (1994), and the MA (1997) MPhil (1999) and PhD (2004) at Columbia University in New York City he served as Fellow at the Columbia University Society of Fellows and concurrent Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC 2004-2006), and Visiting Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion, Columbia University (2006-2007).
Scott has held two US Fulbright Commission Grants. The first supported research in Turkey (2003-2004) and the second teaching and research in the Department of Law at the Maldives College of Higher Education (in Male' 2007-2008). He has also lectured at New York University (autumn 2008), Zayed University (Dubai and Abu Dhabi UAE 2009-2010), and in Japan -- at Akita University (2013-2015) and as Visiting Associate Professor at Keio Law School (spring 2015) in Tokyo.
Funding bodies from which he has secured smaller research grants include: the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Institute for Turkish Studies (ITS), the Princeton-American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), the Andrew W Mellon Foundation (for study in Yemen), the Middlebury College School of Arabic (1998), Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (1997) and the Columbia University Presidential Scholarship (1996-1999). He also served as Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Islamic Studies (2010-2011).
In summer 2019 he served as Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) School of Business in the Department of Auditing and Information Systems.
Excerpts from reviews of latest book, The Law of Sukuk.
'For those who see Islamic finance as an exercise in how instruments that have all the economic features of interest-bearing debt can be characterised as sale or lease transactions it is time to step back and rethink your views [...] This is a book that opens the mind to new ways of thinking about Islamic finance. It is also a useful practitioner's guide and reference tool which lawyers will turn to on many an occasion. I would recommend it to any lawyer serious about the subject matter.'
Christopher Utting, Partner at White & Case (London), as appearing in New Horizon Issue No 196 (Jan-June 2017), 42-43.