Hamid Khan

Executive Advisory Board

Hamid M. Khan is currently a Senior Program Officer in the Rule of Law Center at the United States Institute of Peace where he works on various rule of law projects in Afghanistan and throughout the Islamic world. Khan is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School where he teaches a course on Islamic law. Previously, Khan was a Rule of Law advisor for USIP’s Kabul office where he worked on implementing the Institute’s projects regarding interpretation of the Afghan constitution, the informal system of justice and transitional justice issues under Islamic law. Previously, Khan served as Postdoctoral Fellow for Stanford Law School’s Afghanistan Legal Education Project where he directed legal education efforts at the American University of Afghanistan including two textbooks on Afghan law, and later, served as an international observer for the 2010 Afghan parliamentary elections in Helmand Province.

Khan is a former adjunct professor of Islamic law at the University of Colorado Law School, visiting professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Wyoming and former member of the ABA Committee on Islamic finance. He has lectured on Islamic legal matters around the world including before the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations, the Italian Institute for Higher Criminal Sciences, the University of Innsbruck, Stanford and Northwestern Law Schools, the Lahore University of Management Sciences of Pakistan, and the National Defense University. Khan also served as an advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and to NATO/ISAF on issues of Islamic law, counterinsurgency, women’s empowerment under Islamic theology. During his time in private legal practice, Khan, in part, served as counsel of record for five detainees held at Guantanamo Bay and in efforts to defend the rights of the mentally ill in Colorado. Khan, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado served as a law clerk to the Honorable Terrence L. O’Brien, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Khan received his B.S., summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Wyoming and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.