Tamara Reid McIntosh

Tamara Reid McIntosh

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

Qualifications

  • LLM, International & Comparative Law, St. Mary’s Univ. School of Law, 2013
  • MA, English & Literary Studies, Univ. of Dayton, 2006
  • JD, Univ. of Cincinnati College of Law, 2002
  • BA, English (hon), Univ. of Dayton, 1998

Biography

After serving in the US Air Force, I began working toward gaining a Juris Doctor degree with hopes of becoming a corporate attorney.   I became a licensed US attorney in 2004 and practiced for six years.  I worked for a US gas and electric service company dealing with corporate regulatory matters, while also lecturing part-time.  I became a full-time university lecturer in 2010 teaching both composition and law courses.   Since completing my LLM, I have served as English lecturer at the women’s college at King Faisal Univ. in Saudi Arabia and the director of the Paralegal Studies program at the Univ. of Louisville. 

My military and teaching experiences in the Middle East are the catalysts for my research topic.  Both experiences led me to question the manner in which Islamic law and Constitutional law within a liberal democratic framework might collide in the Middle East and/or in the West.  

Doctoral research

PhD title

Under the Guise of Religious Pluralism: Islamic Law in US Courts and What America can glean from England and Canada

Supervisor
Dr Hakeem O. Yusuf
Course
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur

Research

The primary motivation for my research study is to address two legal questions.  First, to what extent does precedent exist for religion-based legal pluralism in the religious and legal histories of England, Canada, and the United States?  Secondly, if precedent does exist, does it offer guidance in determining the practicability and/or plausibility of incorporating Islamic law into the American legal framework? 

As it relates to integration of Islamic law to accommodate religious preferences in the UK and Canada, each country has arguably moved further than has the US in articulating a definitive legal stance on the issue.  I also expect to move beyond focusing on religion-based legal pluralism as an issue that falls within the realm of international human rights.  Instead, I expect to address the topic as a domestic, justiciable legal question with an answer to be found in historical precedent coupled with interpretative legal guidance from countries that have already addressed a similar issue.

Source of Funding: College of Arts and Law Scholarship

Other activities

  • Research Paper at St. Mary’s Univ.: UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the United States & her 30-Year Remonstration: “The Lady Doth Protest too Much, Methinks!”
  • Membership of Organisations: American Bar Association; Kentucky Bar Association and Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations; and Ohio Bar Association
  • Study Abroad: International Law—Univ. of Notre Dame London Law Centre, London, England