Taylor Strickling is the Chair of the AUAF Department of Law as well as an Assistant Professor teaching International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Legal Methods, and Professional Responsibility. Taylor is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2010) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B. in political science with a minor in music, 2003). Taylor led the ALEP effort in Kabul as the Project’s Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow for 2011. Before joining SLS/ALEP, Taylor was the International Humanitarian Law Fellow at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. As a David L. Boren Graduate Fellow during law school, he studied Islamic law and modern standard Arabic in Morocco. Taylor has also held positions with Clifford Chance and the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and he has served as a budget analyst for the National Park Service.
Mohammad Haroon Mutasem joined AUAF in 2008 and is now a Law Faculty Member teaching Introduction to the Law of Afghanistan, Criminal Law, and Introduction to Islamic Law. He concurrently serves as Assistant Professor and Vice-Dean of the Kabul University Faculty of Law and Political Science. Professor Mutasem is also the director of legal clinics of the Law Faculty and President of the Afghanistan Jessup International Moot Court Club. He formerly worked as a Judicial Training Materials Specialist for USAID-sponsored Afghanistan Rule of Law where he prepared training materials for existing judges and recent graduates preparing to become judges. From 2004 to 2005, he served on the Curriculum Development Committee of the Kabul University Law Faculty. Professor Mutasem received his law degree from Kabul University in 2004 and his LLM from the University of Washington School of Law in 2007.
Ghizaal Haress is a Lecturer in Law teaching Commercial Law and Constitutional Law at AUAF. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. She has over a decade of experience working in law and development on the ground in Afghanistan. She received her LLM from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Law and Political Science from Kabul University.
Nafay Choudhury is a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching courses in Comparative Law and Civil Obligations. He is a graduate of the McGill Faculty of Law in Montreal, Canada, holding a joint degree in the common law and civil law (LL.B./B.C.L.). He previously completed an MA (Queen’s University) and BA (McGill University) in economics. During law school, Nafay was the founder of Legal Frontiers – McGill’s Blog on International Law, which has received numerous accolades for its research on international law. He spent one summer working at the Ontario Securities Commission. Previous to joining AUAF, Nafay completed an Arabic fellowship in Qatar and was also a researcher for the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics in Qatar.
Rohullah Azizi is an Assistant Professor of Law teaching courses in Commercial Law and Civil Obligations. Rohullah is the founder of a legal consultancy firm in Kabul, Elite Legal Services. He has also worked with various law and Shari’a programs to develop and administer professional skill-building programs and legal clinics in his capacity as a Legal Skills Advisor. A Fulbright Scholar, Rohullah received an LLM degree from Tulane University School of Law in 2010. He received his Bachelor of Law and Political Science from Kabul University, where he graduated first in his class. In 2008, Rohullah conducted empirical research for the National Center for Policy Research (NCPR) at Kabul University for which he was awarded the Manfred Worner Award by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division. He and fellow winners were invited to the Young Atlanticist Summit in Romania to receive the award.
Naqib Ahmad Khpulwak is an Assistant Professor of Law teaching Property Rights, Family Law, and co-teaching Alternative Conflict Resolution and International Law. Immediately prior to joining the AUAF faculty, Naqib served as a Visiting Student Research Scholar at Stanford Law School. A recipient of a US Dept. of State PJRA scholarship, Naqib provided valuable support to the Stanford-based ALEP team. Naqib’s previous employment includes positions as the Legal Counselor and Team Leader for Norwegian Refugee Council Afghanistan; a volunteer lecturer for the Law and Political Science Faculty at Nangarhar University; Senior Political Analyst for WSC- Kabul; consultant at the Afghan Embassy in Washington, DC; and Afghanistan Desk Assistant for the Civil Military Fusion Center of NATO in Norfolk, VA. A Fulbright Scholar, Naqib received an M.A. in Comparative Politics, and Security Studies from Old Dominion University in the US, and his Bachelor of Law & Political Science from Nangarhar University, where he graduated first in his class.
Hadley Rose is an Assistant Professor teaching International Law, Comparative Law, and Traditional Justice. Hadley is a graduate of Yale Law School (LLM, 2013), Willamette University College of Law (J.D., 2008), and the Pennsylvania State University (B.A. in English literature with a minor in Art History, 2004). During law school, Hadley served as Editor-in-Chief of the Willamette Law Review, and is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association. Hadley was a Legislative Drafting Consultant in the Ministry of Justice of Rwanda from 2010-2012. She has also worked as an advocate for victims of property rights violations and sexual abuse in Rwanda, for victims of the Khmer Rouge Regime at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and in the U.S. for various non-profit organizations and clients with immigration-related cases.
Ali Shah Hasanzada is the Departmental Assistant and assists with legal research on the Afghan constitutions, Supreme Court judicial decisions, civil codes, and legal translation. He is a graduate of the Herat Medical Faculty (2008) and practiced medicine from 2008-2011. Ali Shah is also a graduate of the Institute for Leadership Development (2006). He worked for the ILD from 2006 and 2007, during which time he was also a member of Leadership Consultancy Group in Herat. Presently, Ali Shah is a law student at AUAF. He has been assisting the Law Department with legal research and translating since October 2012.