Faisal Kutty is Co-Founder of Kutty, Syed & Mohamed. He is an assistant professor of law at Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana and an adjunct professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto.
Faisal practices in a broad range of areas including non-profit/charity law, Islamic finance, civil litigation, human rights and alternative dispute resolution. He has advised and acted for a number of the leading Islamic Finance companies and charities in Canada. He has also acted on behalf of individuals and institutions caught up in anti-terrorism investigations.
Faisal studied economics (Dean’s Honour Roll) at York University and completed his LL.B. (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa. He also holds an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Faisal served terms as the articles editor and the book reviews editor of the Ottawa Law Review. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. His dissertation examines the impact of anti-terrorism legislation and policies on the rule of law. He is also currently completing his Diploma in Islamic Banking from the International Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance (London, U.K.).
Faisal articled with a prominent Bay Street law firm in Toronto, before starting his own practice in 1996.
Faisal has taught in the Skills and Professional Responsibility Program administered by the Law Society of Upper Canada. From 2001 to 2005 he taught corporate/commercial law in the Bar Admissions Course. He has also taught law at a Toronto college as well as legal research and writing at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.
Faisal has published articles in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal, Winnipeg Free Press, Vancouver Sun, Buffalo News, London Free Press, Law Times, Windsor Star, Hamilton Spectator, Indian Express, Jakarta Post, Al Ahram, Arab News, The Washington Report, The Lawyers Weekly, and numerous other publications around the world.
His articles are archived at www.FaisalKutty.com.
He is a regular commentator on anti-terrorism law, national security, constitutional law, human rights and the Muslim community in Canada.
Faisal is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Canadian Council on International Law, the International Bar Association, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, and the Canadian Association of Journalists.
Faisal is past Vice-Chair and former legal counsel of the Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), a board member of the Islamic Social Services Association of North America, and he serves as the General Counsel for the Canadian-Muslim Civil Liberties Association. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of Children of Hope.
Faisal was selected for inclusion in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims compiled by compiled by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Institute which is affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, an international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute headquartered in Amman, Jordan.
He has spoken at numerous events on various legal and non-legal topics.