Rabea Benhalim

Associate Professor

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 453
Phone: (303) 735-8940
E-mail: benhalim@colorado.edu

Rabea Benhalim is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School. Prior to joining the Colorado faculty, she was the 2017-2019 William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She teaches a variety of law courses including Contracts, Secured Transactions, and Islamic Law. Her research focuses on two areas of inquiry: (1) The development of Jewish and Islamic law in the modern era and (2) the application of Islamic law in commercial contexts. Within these areas, her current work investigates how secular environments affect interpretations and development of religious law, especially for minority religions.

Professor Benhalim's prior work experience as a lawyer and policy expert includes positions at the Brookings Institution, Mayer Brown LLP, Maersk Oil, and the Carter Center. She holds a J.D. from the University of Texas, an L.L.M. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, a Master of Public Policy Degree from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Educational Background:
L.L.M. The University of Wisconsin Law School 2019
J.D. The University of Texas Law School 2009
M.P.P. The University of Michigan 2005
B.A. The University of Texas at Dallas 2004


The Case for American Muslim Arbitration, 2019 WIS. L. REV. 531, 592 (2019).
Religious Courts in Secular Jurisdictions, 84 BROOK. L. REV. 745, 800 (2019).
Women's Rights and Religious Law: Domestic and International Perspectives, 33 J. OF L. AND RELIGION (2018) (book review).
Benhalim with Wittes & Bennett, Rationalizing Government Collection Authorities: A Proposal for Radical Simplification, GOVERNANCE STUDIES AT BROOKINGS (Jan. 7, 2011).
Benhalim with Wittes & Chesney, The Emerging Law of Detention: The Guantánamo Habeas Cases as Lawmaking, GOVERNANCE STUDIES AT BROOKINGS (Jan. 22, 2010).

Online Essays

Islamic Finance and Sukuk in Africa, AR3: RESILIENCE, RISK, AND RECONSTRUCTION MAG. (Jan. 2016).
Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State, LAWFARE, (Jun. 22, 2012) (book review).


Fall 2021 Contracts LAWS 5121-803
Fall 2021 Seminar: Advanced Comparative Law LAWS 8210-801
Spring 2021 Secured Transactions LAWS 6021-801
Spring 2021 Introduction to Islamic Law LAWS 6518-801
Fall 2020 Contracts LAWS 5121-803
Spring 2020 Secured Transactions LAWS 6021-801
Fall 2019 Contracts LAWS 5121-803