Haider Ala Hamoudi is the Vice Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a Professor of Law. As professor, Hamoudi teaches contracts, commercial law and Islamic law. Professor Hamoudi’s scholarship focuses on Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. As concerns Islamic law, and specifically Islamic finance, where he has done much of his writing, his approach has been to focus on the manner in which modern legal actors, with their own preexisting political, social, economic and ideological dispositions, interpret and apply Islamic law as part of the positive law of contemporary states. Professor Hamoudi received his B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.