Islamic law think tank

The Law School’s Human Rights Center will house the new program.

Sarah Nienaber

A new University of Minnesota think tank focused on Islamic law is set to launch through the Law School on Feb. 4.

The Islamic Law and Human Rights Program will focus on topics and controversies involving Islamic law, human rights, terrorism and the Muslim world. It will incorporate publications, research, field work and public seminars in its public outreach.

The program will be housed in the Law SchoolâÄôs Human Rights Center in Mondale Hall and is to be directed by adjunct associate professor Abdulwahid Qalinle.

The Feb. 4 kick-off event will include remarks by Qalinle, Law School Dean David Wippman, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., Human Rights Center Co-Director David Weissbrodt and Judge LaJune Lange, among others.

Meredith McQuaid, the dean of the Office of International Programs, will officially inaugurate the program as the speakers finish.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 3 p.m. in Room 25 of Mondale Hall.