Scott Morrison joined the Middlesex University School of Law in September 2015. His principal research interests deal with capital markets, corporate finance, fixed income securities, structured financial instruments and securitisation, and banking law more broadly; in particular he is currently engaged in research concerning the development and regulation of Islamic finance and investment, and retail banking -- both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Before being called to the Bar of England and Wales (Gray's Inn) in 2012 he specialised in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, and politics. Having completed the BA at New York University (1994), and the MA (1997) MPhil (1999) and PhD (2004) at Columbia University in New York City he served as Fellow at the Columbia University Society of Fellows and concurrent Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC 2004-2006), and Visiting Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion, Columbia University (2006-2007).
Scott has held two US Fulbright Commission Grants. The first supported research in Turkey (2003-2004) and the second teaching and research in the Department of Law at the Maldives College of Higher Education (in Male' 2007-2008). He has also lectured at New York University (autumn 2008), Zayed University (Dubai and Abu Dhabi UAE 2009-2010), and in Japan -- at Akita University (2013-2015) and as Visiting Associate Professor at Keio Law School (spring 2015) in Tokyo.
Funding bodies from which he has secured smaller research grants include: the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Institute for Turkish Studies (ITS), the Princeton-American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), the Andrew W Mellon Foundation (for study in Yemen), the Middlebury College School of Arabic (1998), Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (1997) and the Columbia University Presidential Scholarship (1996-1999). He also served as Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Islamic Studies (2010-2011).
Learning & Teaching Interests
International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
English and International Commercial law
The Sale of Goods
Banking and finance
Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
International trade law and sale of goods
English and international commercial law
Islamic commercial law, banking, finance and investment
Capital markets and fixed income securities, corporate finance
Research Outputs & Interests
Citations listed are those appearing in print 2014-2015 only, complete list available on request
Refereed journal articles
1. 'Debut Sovereign Sukuk in 2014' Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (Sweet and Maxwell), Vol 30 Issue 3 (March 2015), 122-127.
2. 'The Upcoming UK Sovereign Sukuk Issue,' Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (Sweet and Maxwell), Vol 29 Issue 7 (July 2014), 362-366.
3. 'Oman's Islamic Banking Regulatory Framework: the Corporate Governance of Shari'a Compliance in a New Jurisdiction,' Arab Law Quarterly (Brill: Leiden, Netherlands) 29 (June 2015), 101-137.
4. 'Shariah Boards and the Corporate Governance of Islamic Banks in the United Kingdom,' Journal of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance Vol 10 No 1 (May 2014), 96-109.
5. 'Islamic Banking in the Maldives: banking law, prudential regulation and corporate governance of a new sector,' Harvard Asia Quarterly, Vol 15 Issue 3/4 (2014), 47-55.
6. 'Law in the Scholarly Writings of Ahmet Davutoğlu,' Encounters: an international journal for the study of culture and society No 6 (autumn 2015), 169–195.
7. 'Japan and Turkey: the contours and current status of an Economic Partnership/Free Trade Agreement,' Insight Turkey Vol 16 No 2 (2014), 183-195.
8. 'In Kind or Monetary Restitution?: historic wrongs and indigenous land claims,' Journal of Politics and Law (Canada), Vol 7 No 2 (June 2014), 50-62
9. 'A Contractual Dispute in the Maldives: some facets of a country in a multi-faceted crisis,' Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol 2 No 3 (2014), 185-202.
10. 'Muslim Selbstverständnis: Ahmet Davutoğlu answers Husserl's Crisis of European Sciences,' The Muslim World Vol 104 Nos 1-2 (2014), 150-170.
Edited articles and practitioner's magazines
1. 'The UK's First Sovereign Sukuk Issue,' Counsel (May 2014), 21-23.
2. 'What is a Sukuk?' Barrister Magazine No 61 Trinity Term (3 June-31 July 2014), 20-23.
3. 'Islamic Bonds Unbound: Japan's samurai sukūk,' International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Vol 65 No 3 (autumn 2013), 8.
4. 'Restoring the Fading Hue of Town and Village Greens,' Gray's Inn Student Law Journal, Vol 5 No1 (summer 2013), 37-48.
5. 'Religion, Law and the State: toleration, non-preferentialism, and equidistance,' Ateneo Law Review, Vol 58 No 4 (summer 2014), 871-894.
6. 'Islam, Socialism and Arabism: the origins of the Ba'ath ideology in Syria,' Asfar (July 2014), online only np.
1. Dr Subrahmanian Swamy, A-77 v State of Kerala, India WP(C). No 35180 of 2009(S), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion (London, UK), Volume 3 Issue 3 (Michaelmas term 2014), 519-520.
1. Book review of Humeira Iqtidar, Secularizing Islamists?: Jama'at-e-Islami and Jama'at-ud-Da'wa in Urban Pakistan, in Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, 2015 26 (2), 229-232.
2. Book review of Lawrence Rubin, Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics in The Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, 11 May 2015, doi: 10.1093/jis/etv044.
3. Book review of Nadia Abbas, At Freedom's Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament in The Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, 31 July 2015, doi:10.1093/jis/etv070.
4. Book review of Habib Ahmed, Mehmet Asutay, and Rodney Wilson, Islamic Banking and Financial Crisis: Reputation, Stability and Risk, in The Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 25 No 3 (September 2014), 103-107.
5. Book review of Oussama Arabi, David S. Powers, and Susan A. Spectorsky, Islamic Legal Thought, in The Cambridge Law Journal, Vol 73 No 2 (June 2014), 446-449.
6. Book review of Craig Nethercott and David Eisenberg eds., Islamic Finance: Law and Practice, in The Cambridge Law Journal, Vol 73 No 1 (March 2014), 214-217.
1. 'Ibn Khaldun,' The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics,(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
2. 'Muhammad 'Abduh,' The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics,(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
3. 'Rashid Rida,' The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Philosophy, Science and Technology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
All of the above are sole authored.
* Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
most recent only
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (2014)
Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation & the HRH Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge conference grant (2014)