Shamsi Maqsoudi is a licensed attorney by the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association to practice law in Afghanistan (License No. 1272). She is a registered arbitrator with the Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries and a board member of the Women’s Committee of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association. Ms. Maqsoudi obtained her bachelor degree in law from Kabul University Faculty of Law and Political Science in 2010 and her first Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law in 2013. She received four CALI Awards in recognition of her excellent achievement in the study of her LL.M. courses at Chapman. Ms. Maqsoudi is now a candidate for her second Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at Harvard Law School.
Prior to joining Shajjan & Associates, Ms. Maqsoudi served as a legal advisor for USAID Rule of Law Stabilization Program in Afghanistan. She joined Shajjan & Associates in June 2013, and now serves as an associate partner whose practice area involves mainly constitutional law, civil law, labor law, investment law, commercial Law, and international law. She led a legislative drafting team at Shajjan & Associates that assisted the Afghan Ministry of Finance and the World Bank in the drafting of the country’s first accountancy legislation which passed into law as the Law of Accountants in 2017.
Ms. Maqsoudi contributed as a visiting researcher to the Law Department of the University of Pavia in Italy during summer 2015. She worked as a visiting scholar with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament on security and human rights issues in relation to Afghanistan during winter 2016. She holds a certificate form The Hague Academy of International Law for successful completion of public international law courses at this academy in 2015.