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Susan C. Hascall, M.A., J.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Law

Room 217 School of Law
Phone: 412.396.4634


J.D., Law, Washburn University, 1997
M.A., Anthropology, Wichita State University, 1992
B.A., Political Science, Texas A&M University

Susan C. Hascall, assistant professor of law, received her J.D. magna cum laude from Washburn University School of Law. She also holds a master's degree in anthropology from Wichita State University, and received her B.A. in political science from Texas A&M University. Professor Hascall previously clerked for the Honorable Wade Brorby of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Judge J. Patrick Brazil of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Before coming to Duquesne, she practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and appellate practice in Kansas City. Professor Hascall's scholarship focuses on Islamic law and legal pluralism. She teaches courses in civil procedure, sales, banking law, Islamic law and emerging legal systems.




SHARI'AH IN AMERICA: HOW ISLAMIC LAW IS CHANGING THE LEGAL LANDSCAPE OF THE UNITED STATES. Focuses on Islamic commercial law and Shari'ah tribunals in the United States, and argues that Islamic law is being integrated into the legal system as both a parallel legal system that is not officially recognized or incorporated into the legal system, and as a new form of lex mercataria that is gaining official recognition by regulators, businesses, and the courts. (Work in progress)


Islamic Commercial Law and Social Justice: Shari'ah Compliant Companies, Workers' Rights, and the Living Wage, 88 ST. JOHN'S LAW REVIEW (forthcoming).

Restorative Justice in Islam: Should Qisas Be Considered a Form of Restorative Justice? 4 BERKELEY JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EASTERN AND ISLAMIC LAW 35 (2011).

Book Review: Ron Shaham, The Expert Witness in Islamic Court : Medicine and Crafts in the Service of Law. 60 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW 3 (2012).

Legal Pluralism and Religious Law in Africa, SPIRITAN JOURNEYS (September 2011). Article describing the pluralistic aspects of law in colonial and post-colonial African societies, focusing on the role of religious law and legal systems in contemporary Nigeria and comparing aspects of Shari'ah courts in Africa to the historical role of religious tribunals in Europe. Article requested by the editor of Spiritan Journeys, the periodical of the Spiritan order of Catholic priests.

Shari'ah and Choice: What the United States Should Learn from Islamic Law about the Role of the Victims' Families in Death Penalty Cases, 1 JOHN MARSHALL LAW REVIEW 44 (2010).

The Role of Non-Religious Claims and Community Activism in Protecting the Sacred Spaces of Native Americans, chapter in DROIT, POUVOIR ET RELIGION (La Foundation Allemande Hanns Seidel and L'Institute Francais de Cooperation de L'Ambassade de France en Tunisie, 2010).

Why Islamic Law? THE DUQUESNE LAWYER: Duquesne University School of Law magazine for alumni and friends, 18-20 (Fall 2009).

Comment, Constitutional Law: The Lack of Constitutional Protection against Verbal Sexual Harassment in Schools [Abeyta Ex. Rel. Garcia v. Chama Valley Independent School District, 77 F.3d 1253 (10th Cir. 1996)], 36 WASHBURN LAW JOURNAL 303 (1997).

The Chimpanzees of Sedgwick, 21 LAMBDA ALPHA JOURNAL 38 (1992). Publication of original data gathering and analysis techniques using both qualitative and quantitative methods, designed by the author and utilized by two student assistants for a one year period. We assessed hierarchical behavior of a captive troupe of chimpanzees at the Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kansas, in cooperation with the Jane Goodall Institute.

Please visit Professor Hascall's SSRN Page and SelectedWorks Profile.
  • Sales (Formerly Sales and Leased Goods)
  • Banking Law
  • Civil Procedure and Drafting
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Islamic Law
  • Native American Law, Federalism and Sovereignty (seminar at the University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Emerging Legal Systems (jurisprudence course focused on legal pluralism, African legal systems and colonialism, Native American law, Roma or Gypsy law, and Islamic commercial law in the U.S.)
  • Introduction to the American Legal System (course designed for students in the LL.M. for international students)

Indigenous Knowledge and Criminal Punishment: Restorative Justice in the Islamic Shari'ah. Paper selected for presentation at The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) 17th World Congress, Panel on Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Development, Manchester, U.K. Abstracts to be published in the proceedings. (Competitive selection) (August 7, 2013)

Round Table Discussion and Conference Planning Meeting for a Symposium on Shari'ah Councils in the U.K., SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) Faculty of Law. Participants will met to "organize a wide-ranging colloquium, drawing together all the various parties concerned, including the many academic researchers who have been engaged with Shari'ah councils over a number of years." (Invited) (June 6, 2013)

Cross-Cultural Issues in Family Law, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Annual Meeting, National Harbor, Maryland. (Invited) ( July 12, 2013). Presentation on a panel of family law experts regarding the intersection of Islamic law and Jewish law into secular U.S. family law.

Drones and Just War Theory, Continuing legal education program presented by Duquesne University and the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Social Justice Committee, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Invited) (April 2013). Lecture regarding the application of the Islamic law of war and criminal law to the use of drones for the targeted killing of suspected terrorists and collateral damage therefrom.

Incorporation of Shari'ah in the Egyptian Constitutions, presentation at Duquesne University at the invitation of the Duquesne University School of Law International Law Society. (April 2013)

Intercultural Interaction and Islamic Law in the United States, presentation for the Martin Luther King Day Celebration and Training for Americorp volunteers in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Invited ) (January 2013)

Islamic Law, three-hour continuing legal education program at Duquesne University School of Law (December 1, 2012)

Concluding Rapporteur at the International Symposium: Current Constitutional Issues in the Americas, presented by Duquesne University School of Law in cooperation with the Inter-American Bar Association. Presented concluding remarks and led the final discussion at this international seminar. (Invited) (November 9 and 10, 2012)

The Role of Shari'ah Supervisory Boards in Islamic Finance, Case Western Reserve School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio. Invited to be a speaker in the Case Western fall lecture series for faculty. (Invited) (October 2012)

Islamic Business Ethics and Islamic Financial Systems, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Invited to be a guest speaker at CBL International's study abroad program on international business law in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. (Invited) (December 2011)

Workers' Rights, Shari'ah and Labor Practices in Saudi Arabia: How Can Saudi Arabia Claim to be a Muslim State and Also Deny Domestic Workers Protection Under Its Labor Code?, presented at Labor Dispute Resolution Systems Around the World, international conference at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, U.K. (Invited) (July 2011)

Islamic Commercial Law, guest speaker presentation at CBL International's summer abroad program focusing on international business law at Oriel College, Oxford. (Invited) (July 2011)

Living Up to the Law: Shari'ah and Worker's Rights in Companies Claiming Shari'ah Compliance, presented at The Theology of Work interdisciplinary conference at St. John's University. (Invited) (March, 2011)

Islamic Compliant Financial Practices and the Globalization of Financial Institutions: What the West Can Learn from the Islamic Prohibition Against Gharar, presented at International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Intersession, Perth Australia. Abstract accepted by competitive review. (Competitive selection) (July, 2011)
Unable to attend conference due to institutional budgetary constraints. Abstract published in the proceedings of the conference.

Symposium: Constitutional Litigation: Procedural Protections of Constitutionalism in the Americas...And Beyond. Duquesne University School of Law, International Conference. Invited to lead the commentary and concluding discussion panel. (Invited) (2010)

Protecting Indigenous Sacred Spaces from Development: The Role of International Law, Community Activism and Enlightened Corporations, presented at The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Inter-Congress, From the Crossroads of Civilizations: Understanding Cultural Diversity to Connect Societies. Antalya, Turkey. (Competitive selection) (2010)

Participated in a Round Table Discussion and Book Launch for "Muslim Marriage in Western Courts," one of the three books in the Ashgate series on Cultural Diversity and Law, London, Grey's Inn. (November 2010)

Islamic Law, invited to present a three-hour continuing legal education course for the practicing Pennsylvania Bar. Duquesne University School of Law. (2010)

Islamic Business and Banking Law: Principles and Practice, presented at the Allegheny County Bar Association's Business Law Section annual meeting, Pittsburgh, Pa. Invited to be the speaker at the Section's annual dinner. (Invited) (2009)

Islamic Banking and Finance, presented at Understanding Islamic Frameworks in a Global Context, University of Pittsburgh. Workshop for regional faculty. (Invited) (2009)

The Role of Non-Religious Claims and Community Activism in Protecting the Sacred Spaces of Native Americans, presented at Colloque International: Droit, Pouvoir et Religion. Sponsored by the Association Tunisienne de Droit Constitutionnel, Gammarth, Tunisia. (Invited) (2009) (See Publications)

The Constitutional Judiciary in the Muslim World: Its Influence on the Interpretation of Constitutional and Legislative Texts 1970 to 2008, the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School, November 12-14, 2008. Participated in a closed-door workshop bringing together high-ranking judges and outstanding law professors from the Muslim world. (Invited) (2008)

Native American Gaming as Sustainable Development: The Kickapoo Experience, presented at the 14th Annual International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Williamsburg, Virginia, in the scientific session Cultures and Sustainable Development for Humankind in the 21st Century. (Competitive selection) (1998)