Saeeq Shajjan, is an active member of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association with license No. 153 (one of the first licenses issued by the AIBA). Mr. Shajjan is also one of the few qualified and appointed arbitrators by the Afghanistan Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and the Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Shajjan worked for the Government of Afghanistan as Senior Advisor on Policies and Legislation with the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC). He has also contributed, in different capacities, to skill development of the legal community in post-conflict Afghanistan by training Afghan judges, prosecutors, attorneys and fresh law graduates from across Afghanistan. He has made promising efforts in advocating for the rule of law and building up and strengthening of the legal profession in Afghanistan. While studying at Harvard, as a distinguished leading scholar, Mr. Shajjan joined numerous academic panels in the United States and spoke on different issues, particularly the rule of law in Afghanistan. He spoke at Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Boston University Law School, La Verne College of Law, Williams College, Simmons College and Walker Institute of International and Area Studies. He has also appeared in numerous forums as a speaker. Most recently, he spoke as a guest lecturer in Bette Dam’s class of Afghanistan Lessons Not Learned at the University of Sciences Po, Paris.
Mr. Shajjan is recognized internationally as a prominent expert in Afghanistan laws. He has written reports and legal opinions for international clients and leading foreign law firms on the applicability of the laws of Afghanistan in cases before foreign courts and has provided expert testimonies on Afghan law related matters in person before the courts in the United States and the United Kingdom. He represented several clients in international arbitration cases, as a co-counsel, and has represented different foreign diplomatic missions, foreign and international contractors; and international organizations before the courts and administrative agencies in Afghanistan. As an active voice on Afghanistan legal and political issues, he has been interviewed and quoted by numerous local and western media outlets. Mr. Shajjan teaches in different law schools in Afghanistan on a part-time basis as well.
Mr. Shajjan holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Pune University and a Bachelor of Laws from Kabul University.
Mr. Shajjan with over 14 years of hands-on experience in counseling and litigation, focuses his area of practice on Corporate Law and Contracts Law. He also possesses expertise in corporate services, contracts, criminal law, banking, taxation, labor and employment, property law, citizenship law, traffic law, constitutional law, Islamic law and human rights.