B.A., cum laude, Near Eastern History, Harvard College
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
M.A., Social Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago
PhD, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington
Comparative Law: The Middle East
Associate Provost for Global Engagement, Professor of Law
Professor Powell previously taught at the University of Jordan and Loyola University Chicago, and his main area of research is comparative religious jurisprudence (with particular interests in Catholic social thought and Islamic legal theory). His recent projects have explored divorce, almsgiving and forgiveness in Islamic jurisprudence, and he is currently involved in a multiyear empirical research project studying religious identity and legal secularism in Turkey. He has recently served as the Chair of both the AALS Section on Islamic Law and the Islamic Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association. He was formerly the Chair of the Conference on Catholic Legal Thought. He continues to be an active contributor to the Mirror of Justice (a blog considering issues related to law and Catholicism) and the Religious Left Law blog.
Professor Powell was a corporate associate at Coudert Brothers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He also served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department. In addition to comparative religious jurisprudence, his areas of expertise include business entity law and corporate governance. Professor Powell has done graduate work in philosophy/theology and Near Eastern studies. He reads and speaks a number of languages including Turkish and Farsi.
SHARIʿA IN THE SECULAR STATE: EVOLVING PERCEPTIONS OF LAW AND RELIGION IN TURKEY (Routledge 2016)
Does Shariʿa Play a Role in Turkey? 41 PEPPERDINE LAW REVIEW 1101 (2014)
Comparative Insights Regarding Religion and Democracy in a Muslim Context. DEMOCRACY, CULTURE, AND CATHOLICISM: INTERNATIONAL VOICES, GLOBAL INTERPRETATIONS (Fordham University Press 2015)
The Possible Advantages of Islamic Financial Jurisprudence: An Empirical Study of the Dow Jones Islamic Market Index. 19 FORDHAM JOURNAL OF CORPORATE & FINANCIAL LAW 393 (2014)
Evolving Views of Islamic Law in Turkey. 28 JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION 467 (2013)
Shari'a Politics: Islamic Law and Society in the Modern World. Ed. Robert W. Hefner. 28 JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION 287 (2013)
Islamic Law and Civil Code: The Law of Property in Egypt by Richard A. Debs. 132 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY 335 (2012)
Fethullah Gülen. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ISLAMIC LAW (2012)
Forgiveness in Islamic Ethics and Jurisprudence. 4 BERKELEY J. OF MID. EAST. & ISLAMIC L. 17 (2011)
Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey by M. Hakan Yavuz. 33 POL. & LEG. ANTHRO. REV. 396 (2010)
Forgiveness in Islamic Jurisprudence and Its Role in Intercommunal Relations. ISLAMIC LAW & LAW OF THE MUSLIM WORLD EJOURNAL (2010)
Zakat: Drawing Insights for Legal Theory and Economic Policy from Islamic Jurisprudence, 7 PITTSBURGH TAX REV. 43 (2010).
Book Review: FAITH & LAW: HOW RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS FROM CALVINISM TO ISLAM VIEW AMERICAN LAW. Edited by Robert F. Cochran, Jr., THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (2009)
Theology in Public Reason and Legal Discourse: A Case for the Preferential Option for the Poor, __ Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice __15 wlj 327 (2009).
Catharine MacKinnon May Not Be Enough: Legal Change and Religion in Catholic and Sunni Jurisprudence, 8 Geo. J. Gender & L. 1 (2007).
The Enron Trial Drama: A New Case for Stakeholder Theory, 38 U. Tol. L. Rev. 1087 (2007).
Toward Reconciliation in the Middle East: A Framework for Christian-Muslim Dialogue Using Natural Law Tradition, 2 Loy. Int'l L. Rev. 1 (2005).
Beyond Lane: Who is Protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Who Should Be?, 82 Denv. U.L. Rev. 25 (2004).
May 27, 2015
Professor Russell Powell, an expert on religious jurisprudence and a member of the law school's faculty since 2005, will serve as Seattle University's associate provost for global engagement, a position he has held on an interim basis for seven months.
October 05, 2014
Seattle University appointed School of Law Professor Russell Powell as interim associate provost for global engagement. Powell has been at the law school since 2005. Much of his scholarship and other professional endeavors have been globally oriented.