University of Wisconsin–Madison

Rabea Benhalim

Hastie Fellow

Benhalim, Rabea

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Telephone: 608-262-2440
Office: Room 6106, Law School

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975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706


Rabea Benhalim is the 2017 William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School, an Islamic Studies PhD student at UT Austin, and lawyer with expertise in Islamic Law, the Middle East and commercial law. Her research focuses on comparative Jewish and Islamic Law. Her publications include "The Emerging Law of Detention: The Guantánamo Habeas Cases as Lawmaking" and "Rationalizing Government Collection Authorities: A Proposal for Radical Simplification." 

After law school, she worked as a Legal Fellow at the Brookings Institution, researching conflict resolution post-Arab Spring and national security law. She also practiced with the finance group at Mayer Brown LLP and as in-house counsel at Maersk Oil. Prior to law school, she worked for President Carter at the Carter Center, researching democratic developments in the Middle East and North Africa. Ms. Benhalim studied at the University of London School of Oriental and Africans Studies, holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Texas.

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