Shoaib Ghias


Year: Doctorate in JSP


Shoaib A. Ghias holds a JD and a PhD in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include Islamic law and politics, Islamic banking and finance, and South Asian law and society. Most recently, he received honorable mention for the 2015 Colin B. Picker Prize from the American Society of Comparative Law.


1. Juristic Disagreement: The Collective Fatwā against Islamic Banking in Pakistan, in Karen Hunt-Ahmed, ed., CONTEMPORARY ISLAMIC FINANCE (Wiley, 2013), pp. 103-119.

2. Miscarriage of Chief Justice: Judicial Power and the Legal Complex in Pakistan under Musharraf, 35 LAW & SOCIAL INQUIRY 4 (2010), pp. 985-1022.

-- Reprinted in Terry Halliday, Lucien Karpik, and Malcolm Feeley, eds., FATES OF POLITICAL LIBERALISM IN THE BRITISH POST-COLONY: THE POLITICS OF THE LEGAL COMPLEX (Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 340-377.

3. International Judicial Lawmaking: A Theoretical and Political Analysis of the WTO Appellate Body, 24 BERKELEY J. INT'L L. 2 (2006), pp. 534-553.


PhD, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Berkeley Law, 2015
JD, Berkeley Law, 2012
MS in Computer Science, Wayne State, 2006
BS in Computer Science & Political Science, Wayne State, 2003


Colin B. Picker Paper Prize, American Society of Comparative Law, 2015
Graduate Student Paper Prize, Law & Social Inquiry, American Bar Foundation, 2009

Academic Experiences:

Teaching Fellow, Government, Harvard University, 2006-07
Graduate Student Instructor, Legal Studies, UC Berkeley, 2005-06 & 2007-09


Dissertation Abstract:

Defining Sharīʿa: The Politics of Islamic Judicial Review