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University of San Diego School of Law
Advocate Fall 2017 Issue

Comparative Law in Kuwait

Founder , Pres ident and Dea n of Kuwait inter nat ional Law School

Mohammad Al-Moqatei, ’84 (LL M), is the dean and president of Kuwait International Law School (KILAW ), a school he helped found to educate Kuwaiti students according to international standards in multiple legal systems and to compete globally.

Al-Moqatei, who also holds a PhD from the University of Warwick in constitutional law, decided to pursue an LLM to continue his legal education. “I received my LLB from Kuwait University, and the program there is based on the Roman and the Islamic legal systems,” he said.
“The PhD program at Warwick is based on the British legal system. I wanted to learn more about the American legal system, which is why I decided to pursue an LLM in the U.S.”

Kuwait International Law School, known as KILAW, officially opened in the 2010-11 academic year. Studying Roman, Islamic, American and British law helped Al-Moqatei lead KILAW’s faculty in creating a curriculum for the school, which offers courses in both Arabic and English and incorporates ideas from all four legal systems. “Comparative law is very important to
me,” he said. “I wanted to provide our students with a comprehensive education that will provide them with better opportunities for their future law careers.”

Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo has served as a member of KILAW’s International Advisory Board since 2016.