Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Dominik Krell

Phone: +49 40 419 00 - 259

Facsimile: +49 40 419 00 - 288


Main Fields of Research:

Islamic Law (emphasis on Saudi Arabia), Comparative Law, and Legal Anthropology

Academic Career:

Intensive courses in Arabic at the University of Damascus (2008). Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and Culture of the Middle East at the Freie Universität Berlin (2009-2013). Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford (2013-2014). Study of law at the Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin (2008-2016). First State Examination in Law in Berlin (March 2016). Visiting fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh (April/May and July/August 2018). At Institute since April 2016.

Research project

Recent Lectures:


Legal indeterminacy and the debate on codification in contemporary Saudi Arabia

  • Location: King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. Riad, Saudi-Arabien


Narrowing the gates of ijtihād: The limits on legal reasoning in present-day Saudi courts

Uses of the Past in Islamic Legal Thought and Practice Summer School

  • Location: University of Exeter. Exeter, UK


The concept of the “best interests of the child” in Saudi Arabian courts

IX International Conference of the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies

  • Location: University of Tampere. Tampere, Finnland