Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Abdul Karim Aldohni

Senior Lecturer in Law, Postgraduate Taught Programmes Director



I joined Newcastle Law School in 2008 after I completed my PhD at the University of Leeds.  In 2009 I was awarded a one year Research Fellowship of the Institute of Financial Services/ Henry Grunfeld Foundation. 

My research and teaching focus on certain areas of financial law including financial regulation, Islamic finance, corporate finance and consumer credit. I published a monograph in 2011, The Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Islamic Banking: A comparative look at the UK and Malaysia. The book provides a critical analysis of the UK legal and regulatory banking framework in relation to Islamic banking while it also includes a comparative element with Malaysia.  The book was reviewed by Sir William Blair (Journal of Business Law 2013, Issue 2) and received positive remarks.      


PhD, School of Law, University of Leeds.
LLM(Intl. Business Law), Department of Law,University of Wales(Aberystwyth).
LLB, Faculty of Law, University of Aleppo.

PGCert Advanced Studies in Academic Practice, Newcastle University.

Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes (2014- 2015, 2017-  )

Chair of the Postgraduate Taught Board of Studies (2014-2015, 2017-  ) 

PGR Deputy Degree Programme Director (2010- 2012, 2016 - 2017)

PGR Selector (2010- 2012, 2016- 2017)

UG Third Year Tutor (2012- 2014) 

External Examiner Appointments

City, University of London, City Law School (2016-    ) 

Dublin City University, School of Law and Government (2015-   )

Research Degrees Examination

University of Leeds, School of Law, LLM by research thesis (November 2017)

University of Bristol Law School, PhD thesis (June 2014)

University of Leeds, School of Law, PhD thesis (February 2013) 


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Society of Legal Scholars


Research Interests

Financial Law and Banking Regulation; Islamic Banking and Finance; Consumer Credit; Commercial Law and Corporate Finance.

Current Work

  • The indirect effects of the 2008 financial crisis on the UK financial market:

Law and Finance After the Financial Crisis: The Untold Stories of the UK Financial Market (Routledge- 2017)

  • High cost credit and consumer protection

  • Securitization and Islamic capital markets:

The Law of Islamic Capital Markets in the UK and EU (under contract with Edward Elgar 2017)

Postgraduate Supervision

I supervised successful PhD candidates in the areas of Islamic banking and finance, capital markets and investors’ protection and comparative anti-market abuse regimes. I am currently supervising PhD candidates in the areas of Shareholders protection and derivative claims, and D&O insurance.

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Esteem Indicators

Member of the editorial board, LexisNexis Encyclopedia of Banking Law  (2013- present) 

Member of the editorial board, Butterworths Financial Regulation Services (2012- present)

Co-convenor of Newcastle Finance and Financial Law Research Group [a cross Faculty-interdisciplinary research group] (2012-2015).

ifs School of Finance/Henry Grunfeld Foundation Research Fellow (2009-2010) 

Contributor to LexisNexis Encyclopedia of Banking Law  (2008-2015)


2016/17- £3633.44 NE ESRC Impact Acceleration Fund (with Prof. TT Arvind [Newcastle Law School] and Dr Orkun  Akseli [Durham Law School]).

2014/15- £1806 Society of Legal Scholars, Legal Scholarship Fund.

2009/10- £18000 ifs School of Finance/Henry Grunfeld Foundation Research Fellowship.

Conference and Workshop Papers  

'The Quest for Social and Economic Sustainability in Islamic Financial Institutions: the Challenge of the two-fold governance structure' , Cambridge Corporate Governance Handbook Symposium [solicited contribution], University of Oslo (12-14 March 2018).

'High-Cost Credit: the FCA proposed changes to credit card and overdraft rules' invited speaker at Westminster Business Forum Keynote Seminar 'Priorities for regulating consumer credit in the UK - standards, consumer protection and managing the growth of unsecured lending' Sixty One Whitehall, London (12th October 2017). 

'High Cost Short Term Credit and the Quest for Better Consumers Protection' Newcastle Law School- Law, Innovation & Society Workshop (11th May 2016).

'Delivering Excellence in Islamic Finance Education at Western Higher Education Institutions: Developing Human Capital' Newcastle Law School (14th January 2015).  

Organised and presented at Faculty Finance and Financial Law Research Group 3rd Symposium ' High Cost Credit: A Necessary Evil or a Useful Solution to Fill the Funding Gap' (4th July 2013).

'Religious Values: A curse or a blessing for corporate governance’ CGIR Conference on Corporate Governance Bundles, Cambridge Judge Business School (28th September 2012). 

‘Regulating Islamic Banking Operations within a Conventional Market Framework’ Faculty Finance and Financial Law Research Group- Seminar Series, Newcastle Law School (25th  July 2012).

'The Legal and Regulatory Challenges of Islamic Banking in the UK Market:  How could the industry participate to the promotion of the legal and regulatory frameworks?’ Islamic Finance Workshop- ifs School of Finance, London (2nd February 2011).

‘Towards a Better Regulatory Framework for Islamic Banking in the UK’  Northern Commercial Lawyers Group, Newcastle Law School (11th November 2010).

'The Legal and Regulatory Challenges of Islamic Finance', Invited speaker at IFN Roadshow, London (16th September 2009). 




Undergraduate Teaching

[LAW3010] Company Law (lectures and seminars)

Postgraduate Teaching

[LAW8143] Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance (Module Co-ordinator) 

[NBS8244] Islamic Finance and Islamic Economics (Module Co-ordinator, lectures and seminars)

[NBS8245]The Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Islamic Banking (Module Co-ordinator, lectures and seminars)


I have also taught Introduction to English Law and Contract (UG), Equity (UG) and International Sale of Goods(PG).