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Law professor named to Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 10:39 AM | By Carolyn Gruske

Anver Emon, a professor with the University of Toronto's faculty of law was recognized by the Royal Society of Canada for his work on Islamic law and international law in child custody cases.

The society named Emon to its College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The college was created to be a national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. Its members are Canadians and permanent residents who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement and who have earned their doctor of philosophy degrees within the last 15 years. The criteria for election is excellence. Membership lasts for seven years.

“Being inducted as a member is an honour. It means a lot to know that my colleagues see value in the scholarship that I’ve done,” Emon said.

Emon moved to Canada from the U.S. As a legal historian, scholar and expert in Islamic law, he said being named to the society was “so unexpected and reinvigorating” because we're “living in a post-fact world” due to the political climate in the U.S.

“This recognition by the Royal Society of Canada shows that knowledge matters, scholarship matters. In a world where we can limit people’s movements across borders, it’s important to remember that we can’t limit the movement of ideas, whether across space or time,” Emon said.

In addition to his teaching duties, Emon has acted as a consultant for the federal government on Islamic law, offering advice on international custody disputes that reach into Muslim majority states or into jurisdictions where there may be conflicts between Shariah law and existing international agreements like the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.