Dr Ghouri is an expert in international investment and commercial arbitration and Shariah compliant dispute resolution. As a practising lawyer in Pakistan, he has extensive experience in commercial law and dispute resolution and regularly advises private and public organisations and government ministries. He teaches commercial law at the University of Sussex covering a wide range of subjects including international investment law, international commercial arbitration, corporate law and governance, and Islamic commercial law.

Dr Ghouri has published a number of leading works on international arbitration and dispute resolution. He is the author of Interaction and Conflict of Treaties in Investment Arbitration (Kluwer 2015) and the Law and Practice of Foreign Arbitration and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Pakistan (Springer 2013). His research papers cover a range of important legal and policy interests including law and justice in a globalising world; emerging ways of global and regional economic integration; foreign investment law and policy; and horizontal and vertical effects of treaties. He is also an Editor-in-Chief of the Manchester Journal of Transnational Islamic Law & Practice. In addition to his primary research interests, Dr Ghouri is committed to raising public awareness of legal issues relating to the global community of Muslims.         

Dr Ghouri is a member of the Commercial Law Reform, UK; British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS); and Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART), University of Oslo, Norway. He is also on the Global Advisory Board of the Centre for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration, Pakistan, and a senior researcher at the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku, Finland. He has been a faculty member in International Economic Law and Policy at the Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy and a visiting professor and researcher at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China; University of Victoria, Canada; and Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law & International Law, Heidelberg, Germany. 

Current Book Projects: 

Ahmad Ghouri (ed), Introduction to International Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary on Pakistan (Oxford University Press 2020).

Ahmad Ghouri, Law and Justice in a Globalising World (Oxford University Press 2022)

Current Research Projects:

Constitutional Hedges of Intellectual Property, funded by the Academy of Finland.

Completed Research Projects:

ECOHERENCE – Reconciling Economic and Non-Economic Values in a Multi-Polar Society, funded by the Academy of Finland.


LLD (Commercial Law), University of Turku, Finland (2012)

Turku Finnish University Society, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Prize for the Year 2012-2013
Doctoral School Law in a Changing World, University of Helsinki, Doctoral Research Award
Finnish Cultural Foundation, International Trade Law Dissertation Work (Wellamo Paasikivi Fund) Research Award
Finnish Centre for International Mobility, Earmarked Research Prize
LLM (International Business Law), University of Manchester (2002)

LLB (Shariah & Law), International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan (2000)

Work Experience:

Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, University of Sussex (2017)

Lecturer in Commercial Law, University of Sussex (2014-2017)

Post-Doctoral Researcher & Part-time Lecturer, University of Turku, Finland (2012-2013)

Doctoral Researcher & Part-time Lecturer, University of Turku, Finland (2008-2012)

Lectuer, University of the Punjab (Gujranwala Campus), Pakistan (2005-2008)

Legal Practice (Civil and Commercial Law), Islamabad & Lahore, Pakistan (2002-2005)

Professional Qualifications:

Advocate, Lahore High Court, Pakistan

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom 


Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law


Community and Business


The Express Tribune

Stream Co-Teacher for International Economic Law and Regulation:

Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School

Network Member:

Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART), University of Oslo

Project Researcher:

Constitutional Hedges of Intellectual Property

Member Global Board of Advisors:

Centre for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration, Pakistan