Abdullah Al Shehry, S.J.D., Presents Dissertation on Insurance Law

Ahmed Al Qurashi (S.J.D.), Abdullah Al Shehry (S.J.D.), Professor Miles Foy, Dean Richard Schneider

Ahmed Al Qurashi (S.J.D.), Abdullah Al Shehry (S.J.D.), Professor Miles Foy, Dean Richard Schneider

Abdullah Al Shehry, (LL.M. ’08) recently presented his dissertation, the culmination of his research and work as an SJD student, to faculty and fellow students. The project, entitled “The Reasonable Expectation Doctrine Knocks on the Saudi Legislative Council Door”, contained a comprehensive examination of Robert E. Keeton’s theories of insurance law. Mr. Al Shehry surveyed how Keeton’s Doctrine of Reasonable Expectations has been applied in several districts throughout the United States. He subsequently considered how such a doctrine may  be employed in a new-founded system of insurance in his home country of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Al Shehry argued that though the concept of insurance may be construed by some as against Islamic law, specifically riba and gharar (usury and gambling, respectively), by grounding new laws on the fundamentals of Keeton’s doctrine, insurance can be offered without breaking the codes of Sharia.

Abdullah hopes to use his position as Professor of Law at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh to present his research to appropriate committee members and legislators. His goal is the possible reform of current insurance law in Saudi Arabia.