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Dr Mohamed Keshavjee

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Biography

Dr Mohamed M. Keshavjee is a graduate of Queen’s University Canada and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. A lawyer by profession, he was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn London and Osgoode Hall in Canada. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, where he practised law for some years.

In 1980 he joined the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont, France as an Information Officer serving the needs of the Institutions which today constitute the Aga Khan Development Network with a special focus on the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In that capacity, he has travelled to many Muslim countries including Yemen, Morocco, Turkey, Jordan, Indonesia, Pakistan and Egypt. He has also visited the People’s Republic of China and the ex Soviet Union.

In 2000, he did his LLM at London University in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Islamic Law, International Protection of Human Rights and Arab Comparative Commercial Law. In the same year he attended The Hague Academy of International Law in Holland for a summer programme in Public International Law.

In 2009, he attained his doctorate in Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. His thesis is on “ADR in a diasporic Muslim community in the UK”.

He was a former member of the Steering Committee of the World Mediation Forum. He lectures on ADR and Islamic Law at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where he is presently a member of the Board of Governors. He was on the Advisory Board of the Festival of Muslim Cultures in Britain.

In 2006, he was the keynote speaker at the Annual Congress of the Dutch Society of Family Law Mediators held in Eindhoven, Holland. In the same year, he was invited to speak at the Mediation Conference held at the French National Assembly in Paris. In both 2006 and 2007, he was invited by the London School of Economics to present a lecture on ADR and Islam to the LLM class. He has also contributed articles on ADR to leading publications on legal pluralism in Europe sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. He directs training programmes on family and commercial mediation for the Ismaili Muslim community worldwide. In 2009, he was invited as a keynote speaker by the Council of Europe at its 7th international Family Mediation Conference in Strasbourg, France. He is a member of the Abrahamic Community of the Chautauqua Institution of the USA where he has also lectured on ADR and Islam over the past 10 years.