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Dr Sara Hourani joined Bournemouth University as a tenured Lecturer in Law in 2013. Dr Hourani, originally from Jordan, received her undergraduate degree in Law from the University of Grenoble II (France) before completing an LLM in International Trade Law and a PhD at the University of Essex (UK). She is an alumnus Research Fellow of the Kluge Centre at the Library of Congress, Washington DC that was obtained as a result of an AHRC grant. Also, Dr Hourani was the recipient of the prestigious AHRC scholarship for pursuing her doctoral studies. Her PhD thesis, supervised by Dr Youseph Farah, explored the conceptualisation of the principle of good faith in international sales contracts from a comparative perspective notably focusing on English Law, US Law, French Law, Middle Eastern Law and the CISG.
Dr Hourani’s research interests lie in the fields of contract law, consumer law, international arbitration and online dispute resolution. Her current research includes several projects that focus on how current developments in communication technology are affecting and shaping the rights of the consumer in the context of B2C relationships... Also, Dr Hourani is part of the Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform Project which is jointly funded by the IALS Centre for Corporate and Financial Law and the University of Exeter under which she is examining the contractual rights of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the context of unfair contract terms in B2B contracts.
Dr Hourani has provided legal consultancies to companies based in Europe, to top law firms in the Middle East and to NGOs such as Amnesty International and is currently part of a group of experts of the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) on digital trade. Dr Hourani is also a Fellow of the HEA and has extensive experience in teaching International Arbitration, Contract Law and Commercial Law. Dr Hourani is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Romanian.more
- Farah Y. and Hourani S., 2015. Frustrated at the Interface between Court Litigation and Arbitration? Don’t Blame it on Brussels I! Finding Reason in the Decision of West Tankers, and the Recast Brussels I. In: Stone P. and Farah Y., ed. A Research Handbook on EU Private International Law. Elgar Publishing.
- Hourani, S., 2017. Le dilemme du financement par un tiers dans l’arbitrage d’investissement. In: Colloque sur Le nouveau droit de l’investissement en Tunisie: Regards croisés sur l’Europe et l’Afrique (Workshop on the New Tunisian Investment Law: Comparative Outlooks at Europe and Africa) 8 April 2017 Sousse, Tunisia.
- Hourani, S., 2016. The 2016 UNCITRAL Technical Notes on ODR and the E-Consumer: A Critical Analysis of the Independence and Impartiality of Algorithmically Driven Arbitration. In: ASIL-Yale Centre for Private Law Junior Scholars Workshop on International Dispute Resolution 28 October 2016 Yale Law School, USA.
- Hourani, S., 2016. Maintaining the Integrity of the Procedure: Legal Implications for Artificial-Intelligence-Based ODR and Arbitration. In: International Istanbul Law Congress on Enhancing Judicial Cooperation, Facilitating Functioning of the Judiciary and Alternative Dispute Resolution 17-19 October 2016 Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Hourani, S., 2016. Towards a Fairer Trading System for MSBs Post-Brexit? Comparative Aspects with Other Common Law Systems. In: The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform – European and Comparative Perspectives 22 September 2016 IALS.
- Kazarian, M. and Hourani, S., 2016. Free trade Agreements and Healthcare: Examining the Impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the ISDS Mechanism on the Right to Health in the UK. In: LSA 2-5 June 2016 New Orleans, USA.
- Karanasiou, A. and Hourani, S., 2016. Towards a Fair Digital Single Market: The Unsettling Case of Consumers' Rights in the EU. In: EUIA 12-13 May 2016 Vrije Universiteit Brussels.
- Hourani, S. and Karanasiou, A., 2016. The Rapid Globalisation in the Digital Era: Building a Consumer-Centric Model. In: The Electronic Frontiers Foundation Meeting on Catalysing Reform of Trade Negotiation Processes 27-28 January 2016 Brussels.
- Hourani S. and Farah Y., 2015. Unpacking the Concept of Good Faith in Islamic Commercial Contracts: Analytical Comparisons with the Concept in English Contract Law. In: YCC Conference by the American Society of Comparative Law 16-17 April 2015 Florida State University, Tallahassee.
- Farah Y. and Hourani S., 2015. Recasting West Tankers in the Deep Water? Why Gazprom Cannot Withstand the Scrutiny of Recast Brussels I. In: 10th Anniversary of the JPIL Conference 3-5 September 2015 University of Cambridge.
- Hourani, S., 2015. Comparative Law Seminar on Good Faith. In: Guest lecture for International Trade Law 21 April 2015 Bournemouth University.
- Hourani S., 2013. Understanding the Differences: A Comparative Study of the Perception of the Principle of Good Faith in English Contract Law and in Islamic Contract Law. In: British Association of Comparative Law (BACL) Postgraduate Workshop on Comparative Law 29-30 April 2013 Essex Centre for Comparative and European Law (EXCCEL), School of Law, University of Essex.
- Hourani S., 2011. The Principle of Good Faith in the Shari’a as a Background to the Principle of Good Faith in Jordanian Contract Law. In: Law School’s Speakers Series 22 November 2011 School of Law, University of Essex.
- Hourani S., 2011. The Principle of Good Faith in Islamic Sales Contracts Law. In: US Library of Congress-Kluge Centre Seminar Series 23 August 2011 Washington DC.
Profile of Teaching PG
- International Dispute Resolution
Profile of Teaching UG
- Legal Skills 2
- Commercial Law & Transactions
- Contract Law
- Research Turkey London
- International Istanbul Law Congress on Enhancing Judicial Cooperation, Facilitating Functioning of the Judiciary and Alternative Dispute Resolution (Turkish Ministry of Justice, 16 Oct 2016). Awarded
- The Electronic Frontiers Foundation Meeting on Catalysing Reform of Trade Negotiation Processes (Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF), 26 Jan 2016). Awarded
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Business Consultancy Pop-up store, BU Festival of Enterprise 2016
- Essex Business and Human Rights Project
- Modernizing International Trade Law to Support Innovation and Sustainable Development, Cross-Border Smart Contracts: Boosting International Digital Trade through Trust and Adequate Remedies, 4 July 2017, Vienna, Austria
- PhD in Law (University of Essex, 2014)
- LLM in International Trade Law (University of Essex, 2009)
- Licence en Droit in Law (Université Pierre Mendès France, 2008)
- AHRC Funding to do research in Jordan (AHRC, 2010)
- AHRC Library of Congress International Placement Scheme (AHRC, 2010)
- PhD Studentship (AHRC, 2009)
- Higher Education Academy, Fellow,
- Kluge Center, US Library of Congress, Alumnus Fellow,
- Society of Legal Scholars, Member,
- Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) of the ICC, Member (2015-),
- Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), Member (2016-),