Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

The University of Zurich’s Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Legal Studies has announced the launch of an open access, peer-reviewed  journal titled “Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law”

Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL)

From the journal’s Mission Statement

The Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL) is a publication by the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Legal Studies (CIMELS) at the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich, Switzerland, founded in summer 2012. EJIMEL strives to contribute to the understanding of the large geographical area composing the Middle East guided by the awareness that this region has obtained a key position on the world stage over the last decades and keeps evolving fast. Covering a region which is rich in diversity and heritage, EJIMEL individuates itself by laying a special focus on the multifaceted relations between Islam and national and international law orders over the course of time and from different points of view. Furthermore, EJIMEL aims to contribute to the on-going highly topical debates of regional and global interest in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, such as, e.g., Democratization, Gender and Human Rights, and to highlight interdependencies of Middle Eastern law orders with other jurisdictions worldwide. The editors aim is to foster a vivid debate focusing on the correlation between Islam as a religion with a distinct body of legal norms and the paramount principles and guarantees of current international law, as well as to inquire into key phenomena in Middle Eastern law orders such as, e.g., “Re-Islamisation”, which have influenced both codifications and scholarly discourse in a significant way.

From the journal’s Open Access Philosophy

In line with this objective, EJIMEL follows the Open Access standard and published articles are freely available online and for download. Whereas authors retain the copyright, they grant EJIMEL the right of publication and archiving with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

Israel Law Resource Center

The Israel Law Resource Center posts English translations of dozens of Israeli laws and defence regulations. The site is dedicated to security and human rights issues in Israel and the Palestinian territories. It also provides lists of Israel court opinions and the full-text of historical documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel Law Resource Center


click on “Web site Map” to access the legislation and regualtions.

Iran Law Portal from Pars Times

Pars Times, an Iranian news and information portal, has a page dedicated to legal resorces. It includes links to specific statutes, the constitution, government institutions, bar associations, law faculties, and human rights resources.

Iran Law Portal


Article on Islamic environmental law in Arab countries

The latest issue of the journal, Saudi Aramco World, offers a brief article on the use of Islamic law principles to conserve land in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. 

Excerpts from the article:


“With one eye to this Islamic past, and another to the environmental challenges of the present, some Middle Eastern conservationists and environmental planners are looking to the ancient model of the hima to address the modern problem of preserving threatened habitat throughout the region.”


“Instead of cutting people off from the land, as in a formal protected area, himas encourage traditional uses that are compatible with or contribute to the environmental health of a site”


“The overall goal is to fuse traditional practices with recent developments in conservation science as a way to achieve sustainable development “

A Tradition of Conservation

Tom Verde

Photographs by Pascal Beaudenon

Saudi Aramco World

Vol.59 #6 pp10-16. (November 2008)


The article is available online at:



AsiaLinks from the National Diet Library of Japan

Many thanks to the Librarians at the National Diet Library of Japan for maintaining the AsiaLinks site. Arranged by country, AsiaLinks offers limks to administrative, legislative and judicial sites. In addition to legal categories, AsiaLInk also includes links to libraries, research institutes, political parties, country search engines and periodicals. All country categories appear in Japanese and English.

AsiaLinks http://www.ndl.go.jp/en/service/kansai/asia/link/asia_05link.html