Habiba Abubaker

Habiba Abubaker


Habiba Abubaker is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law and a member of the International Max Planck Research School for Successful Dispute Resolution; joining both in 2020. She will be writing her PhD thesis on “International Arbitration on the basis of Islamic Law: Procedural Compatibility and Challenges,” under the supervision of both Prof. Burkhard Hess at the University of Luxembourg, and Prof. Rudiger Wolfrum, from the University of Heidelberg. Her PhD thesis is to study and analyse the procedural differences between the various sects of Islam and their influence on arbitration; and the mechanisms needed to further accommodate Islamic law within the international arbitral system. In a second step, her research aims to elucidate the main points of contention between the system of international arbitration (which as such is not uniform) and the one advocated for by Islamic states.

Before joining the Max Planck Institute, Habiba has worked with the African Union Commission; was previously an Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration; and a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law. She holds a Sudanese citizenship, but has lived in Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, the Netherlands, Germany, and now Luxembourg.

Habiba obtained her LL.B. with honours from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, followed by a successful completion of her LL.M. studies in international law and human rights in the same university. In 2017, she attended the United Nations’ Regional Course in International Law for Africa. 

Her research interests include international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, comparative constitutional law, international law, human rights and political science.