Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr Abdul Karim Aldohni

Senior Lecturer in Law



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 ethical finance in general, Islamic finance more specifically, and consumer credit. I have published extensively and was consulted on matters concerning the governance of Islamic financial institutions and their market operations in a number of jurisdictions.


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 International Programmes and Partnerships  (2020-    ) 

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes (2014- 2015, 2017- 2019)

Chair of the Postgraduate Taught Board of Studies (2014-2015, 2017-2019) 

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

PGR Selector (2010- 2012, 2016- 2017)

UG Third Year Tutor (2012- 2014) 

External Examiner Appointments

SOAS, University of London, School of Law (2019-   )

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

Dublin City University, School of Law and Government (2015- 2019)

Research Degrees External Examination

University of Leeds, School of Law, PhD thesis (December 2019)

University of Leeds, School of Law, PhD thesis (January 2019)

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

My research focuses on two areas of financial law, ethical finance and consumer credit. First, a large volume of my published work examines the ethical dimension of the financial industry from different perspectives. I have published extensively on Islamic banking and finance interrogating the legal and regulatory aspects of this industry at both institutional and market levels. My first monograph published in 2011, The Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Islamic Banking: A comparative look at the UK and Malaysia (Routledge), was positively reviewed by Sir William Blair (Journal of Business Law 2013, Issue 2) and reprinted in paperback in 2013. My second monograph, The Law of Islamic Capital Markets (Edward Elgar), is due to be published in 2021. Also, my research interest extends into the theoretical foundations of ethical finance, where I am particularly interested in the interaction between religion and morality in this respect.   

Second, in the area of consumer credit I primarily focus on High-Cost Short-Term Credit (HCSTC) and the social backdrop of the HCSTC regulations. I am particularly interested in the human dimension of this sector and the extent to which this has been factored into its legal and regulatory framework. My collaborative research also examines the behavioural aspects of the HCSTC consumers.     


Postgraduate Supervision

I supervised successful PhD candidates in the areas of Islamic banking and finance, capital markets and investors’ protection, comparative anti-market abuse regimes, shareholders protection and derivative claims, and D&O insurance. I am currently supervising candidates in the areas of the regulatory framework of profit- loss sharing in Malaysia and bank resolution mechanisms.    

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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]).

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

Conference and Workshop Papers  

'Islamic finance and corporate sustainability', 3rd International Conference on Advances in Business and Law, University of Dubai (23-24th November 2019)

‘The Accessibility of Consumer Credit Post the Global Financial Crisis: Policy Shifts and Shortfalls‘, Financial Inclusion and Access to Credit Symposium, Durham University (28th May 2019). 

'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 (12-14th 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) 

[LAW8544] Islamic Finance: theory and practice (Module Co-ordinator, lectures and seminars)

I have also taught Introduction to English Law and Contract (UG), Equity (UG), The Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Islamic Banking (PG) and International Sale of Goods(PG).

Teaching and Scholarship Funding 

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