The Department of Law was established in Spring 2013 and serves as an academic and intellectual hub for students from across Afghanistan and faculty from across the world. Students in this program will embark on a challenging yet rewarding journey where they will learn to think critically about law in society, professional responsibility, and legal reform. Students will benefit from interactions with law professors from various countries with a wide variety of expertise. The program provides exposure to all major areas of law, including civil law, Islamic law, criminal law, corporate law, private law and international law. Importantly, students will gain a critical understanding of the operation of law in Afghanistan.
The Law Program places a strong emphasis on developing practical legal skills. Moreover, students have opportunities to undertake clinical legal studies and participate in international moot court competitions. Graduates will be qualified to enter the court system, private legal practice, government office, and business. Alternately, graduates may choose to pursue higher studies internationally or enter academia.
Department Vision Statement
Our vision is to produce independent thinkers who have the ability, courage, and enthusiasm to champion justice in Afghanistan.
Department Mission Statement
Through an innovative, conceptually demanding, and pragmatically dynamic curriculum, the mission of the Department of Law is to produce graduates who have the capacity to think, write, speak, and act as professional lawyers.
The Department of Law provides students with the following degree options:
Bachelor of Arts and Laws (B.A.-LL.B.)
LGS 110 will be counted as a course for minor in Law
Professor Ghizaal Haress is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Law at the American University of Afghanistan, where she has been teaching since 2012. Professor Haress specializes in Constructional Law and has taught various subjects including Constitutional Law, comparative Constitutional Law, Advanced Constitutional Law, Legislative Drafting, Election Law, International Human Rights Law, and Comparative Law. She has played a key role in preparation of outlines, and review of the textbooks for the Law Program.
In addition to teaching at AUAF, Prof. Haress serves as a Commissioner at the Afghanistan Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution, where she, as the only female member, leads the Commission’s efforts to examine and interpret provisions of the constitution.
Prof. Haress has over seventeen years of experience working in law and development on the ground in Afghanistan in the areas of human rights, elections and political participation, support to legal professionals, governance, and constitutionalism. A constitutional law expert, she has written and published academic, peer-reviewed articles on various constitutional matters in Afghanistan, including, but not limited to, separation of powers, judicial review, and electoral disputes. She recently wrote the Constitutional Assessment of Women’s Equality, focusing on the Constitution of Afghanistan, for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA International),
Prof. Haress holds a Masters of Law (LLM) from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from Kabul University.
Haroun Rahimi has obtained his B.A. in Law from Herat University, his LLM in Global Business Law from University of Washington School of Law, and his PhD from University of Washington. Prof. Rahimi's research focuses on economic laws, institutional development, and institutional reform in context of less developed countries. Prof. Rahimi's research has appeared in reputable local and international journals. Prof. Rahimi's dissertation, titled "Formalizing Informal Credit and Trade Institutions: How to Create Effective Economic Institutions in Afghanistan and Beyond" has been awarded the 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award by University of Washington School of Law. Rahimi is Assistant Professor at American University of Afghanistan where he teaches subjects such as international business transactions, commercial law, and international commercial arbitration. Prof. Rahimi collaborates as independent consultant with a number of research firms and policy think tanks producing policy research. He has also appeared as expert witness in international commercial arbitration.