AUAF Faculty

Hadley Rose is the head of the Department of Law at the American University of Afghanistan, in addition to 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.

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.

Mehdi Hakimi is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Afghanistan Legal Education Program (ALEP) Program Coordinator at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). Mehdi obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law where he received various course prizes and was extensively involved in extracurricular activities. Mehdi also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University where he was awarded the Rymes prize for the best Economics Honors student. A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, he has served on the board of directors of various organizations. He also worked for an international law firm prior to joining the law faculty at AUAF. Mehdi teaches courses on legal research and writing, professional responsibility and ethics, and negotiations.

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.

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.