Mr. Saeeq Shajjan is practicing Law under the license No. 153 (one of the earliest) issued by the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association. Thus he can appear before all courts in Afghanistan. Mr. Shajjan remains to be one of the few qualified and appointed arbitrators by the Afghanistan Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
Mr. Shajjan has written reports and legal opinions for international clients and leading foreign law firms on the applicability of the Laws of Afghanistan and procedures in cases before foreign courts. He has been recognized as a prominent expert of Afghanistan’s Laws and has provided expert testimonies on different issues according to the Laws of Afghanistan to courts of various jurisdictions. Mr. Shajjan has also appeared in person before the courts in the U.S. and the U.K. He has also represented several clients as a co-counsel in international arbitration cases.
Additionally, Mr. Shajjan has immensely contributed to skill development of the legal community in post-conflict Afghanistan through the transfer of knowledge. He has trained Afghan judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and young graduates of Afghan law schools from across Afghanistan. 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).
Mr. Shajjan distinguished himself as a leading scholar by joining numerous academic panels in the United States and speaking on different issues, particularly about the rule of law in Afghanistan. He spoke at Harvard Law School, the 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. Mr. Shajjan continues his promising efforts in advocating for the rule of law and building up a legal profession in Afghanistan that is up to global standards. Mr. Shajjan has been an active voice on Afghanistan legal and political issues and has been interviewed and quoted by numerous local and western media outlets. He teaches in Afghan private law schools on a part-time basis as well.
A substantial portion of Mr. Shajjan’s practice in such areas involves representation of foreign and international contractors; international organizations; and foreign diplomatic missions in Afghanistan.
Mr. Shajjan with over 14 years of hands-on experience in counseling and litigation, focuses his practice on Corporate Law and Contracts Law. Mr. Shajjan 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.