Malik Dahlan


Professor of International Law and Public Policy, Queen Mary University of London / Senior Mediation Fellow in residence, Davis Center Negotiation Task Force

Center Associate

Professor Dr. Malik R. Dahlan is the Chaired Professor of International Law and Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London and Senior Mediation Fellow in residence with the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force (NTF). An accomplished international negotiation and mediation expert, he is the founder and principal of Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (iQ) and a senior research fellow of the RAND Corporation. Dahlan is a GCC-qualified lawyer, CEDR-accredited mediator, and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. His legal career includes heading the Middle Eastern practice of Covington & Burling and advising Twitter, Inc. He was the founding director of the Brookings Doha Center and has led several mediation and dispute resolution projects globally. Dahlan authored The Hijaz: The First Islamic State by Oxford University Press. Professor Dahlan’s work with the Davis Center Negotiation Task Force focuses on building out a Mediation Support Group as well as on exploring pressing current global negotiation topics such as Jerusalem negotiations, Eurasian energy dynamics, the Belt & Road Initiative, and Investor-State mediation.

Transitional political economy; development and trade regionalism; negotiation theory; mediation; transnational political entrepreneurship; track-two diplomacy; international law; global and regional governance; energy; defense; foreign relations
Current Project
Jerusalem First (Davis Center Negotiation Task Force); Mediation Support Group (Davis Center Negotiation Task Force)
Foreign Language


Dr. habil.
, Law
, Al-Azhar University
Selected Publications

Dahlan, Malik R. The Hijaz: The First Islamic State. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Dahlan, Malik R. Dimensions of the New Belt Road Order: An Analysis of the Emerging Legal Norms and a Conceptionalisation of the Regulation of Disputes.” Beijing Law Review (Vol.9, No.1, 2018).

Dahlan, Malik R. and Wolf von Kumberg. Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Reconceptionalized: Regulation of Disputes, Standards, and Mediation. Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal (Vol. 18, No. 3, 2018).

Dahlan, Malik R. The Application of the Objectives of Islamic Law on Public Policy. Al-Azhar, Samo Press, Beirut 2017.