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Hamid Khan

University of South Carolina

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Hamid Khan is an independent expert in rule of law, justice sector reform, and Islamic Law. He is also a National Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Saudi Arabia. Khan previously served as a Senior Rule of Law Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace and served as a Professorial Lecturer of Islamic Law at the George Washington School of Law. Before his tenure with USIP, Khan served as Postdoctoral Fellow for Stanford Law School’s Afghanistan Legal Education Project, and he has consulted on rule of law issues with a wide variety of international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and U.S. Government agencies. He currently serves as a resident member of the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Consortium on Islamic law and source expert on Islamic Law for the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law. He is a former adjunct professor of Islamic law at the University of Colorado Law School and former visiting professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Wyoming.

While in private legal practice, Mr. Khan served as counsel of record for five detainees held at the U.S. Naval Facility at Guantanamo Bay and previously was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, as well as a law clerk to the Honorable Terrence L. O’Brien, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. During law school, Khan served as both Articles Editor and Symposium Editor for The Michigan Journal of International Law and in the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Legal Honors Program at the Pentagon. Prior to law school, he was named a Harry S. Truman Presidential Scholar and worked for the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, the Office of U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson, the Office of David Alton in the British House of Commons, the Office of U.S. Representative Barbara Cubin, and was appointed to the Wyoming Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He received his bachelor of science, summa cum laude, from the University of Wyoming and his doctorate of law from the University of Michigan Law School.