Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989 – 1995
    Studied law in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria

  • 1997 – 1998
    Master of International Business Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

  • 1999
    Doctorate from the University of Innsbruck

  • 2000 – 2001
    Studied Arabic language at the University of Damascus, Syria

  • Since 2000
    Expert on the legal systems of Islamic countries at the Max Planck Institute

  • Since 2009
    Director of a Max Planck research group on the topic of "God's law in transition: Comparative studies of the family and inheritance laws of Islamic countries"

Selected publications

  • Yassari, N.: The Sharia in the Constitutions of Afghanistan, Iran and Egypt – Implications for Private Law, Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen 2005, Series: Materialien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht 45, p. 571 (in English and Dari).

  • Yassari, N., Basedow, J.: Iranian Family and Succession Laws and their Application in German Courts, Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen 2004, Series: Materialien zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht 43, p. 183.


Selected projects

  • Director of a Max Planck research group on the topic of "God's law in transition: Comparative studies of the family and inheritance laws of Islamic countries"

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • President of the German–Iranian Lawyers' Association

  • Member of the board of trustees, Society for Arabic and Islamic Law

Additional qualifications

  • LL.M. (SOAS)


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