Dominik Krell


Dominik Krell is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS).

Before joining Oxford, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. He has been a visiting fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh and a guest researcher at the University of Bergen.

He is trained in law (German State Examination) and holds a B.A. in History and Culture of the Middle East from Freie Universität Berlin, as well as an M.Sc. in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford.

His primary research interest is the use and application of Islamic law in the contemporary world. His doctoral thesis, "Islamic Law in Saudi Arabia: Concepts, Practices, and Developments" (University of Hamburg, 2021), employs a multi-disciplinary approach to examine the prevailing understanding of Islamic law in the Saudi judiciary. Based on interviews with high-ranking Islamic scholars, recently published court decisions, and seldom-seen legal literature, it shows that Saudi jurists have reinterpreted key aspects of Islamic jurisprudence, opening the way for various important legal reforms in recent decades. His thesis received the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) Dissertation Award and the Association for Arabic and Islamic Law (GAIR) Dissertation Award.

In addition to his work on Saudi Arabia, he has published on various aspects of Iraqi, Syrian, and Palestinian family law, and has translated the family codes of Syria and Iraq from Arabic into German. He has also authored and contributed to expert opinions on the laws of several Middle Eastern countries.


Research Interests

Islamic Jurisprudence, Legal Anthropology, Comparative Law, Saudi Arabia


Research projects & programmes

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies