B.S., University of Wyoming; J.D., University of Michigan Law School
Hamid M. Khan is a Senior Program Officer at the Rule of Law Center with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) where he works on rule of law issues regarding Afghanistan. He is also an instructor for USIP's Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, where he teaches a course on Islamic Law. Previously, he worked as Rule of Law Adviser in USIP's Kabul office. Before his tenure at the Institute, Professor Khan served as Postdoctoral Fellow for Stanford Law School's Afghanistan Legal Education Project where he directed legal education efforts at the American University of Afghanistan. He served as an international observer for the 2010 Afghan parliamentary elections. 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.
Professor Khan has lectured on Islamic legal matters around the world including at the NATO School, the U.N. Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO), Stanford Law School, Northwestern Law School, American University College of Law, Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, and in various interagency capacities with the U.S. Government including the U.S. Navy's Postgraduate School, the National Defense University, the Marine Corps University, USAID, and the State Department. He has served as an advisor to NATO/ISAF on issues of Islamic law, counterinsurgency, and empowering women under Islamic law and theology.
While in private legal practice, Professor Khan served as counsel of record for five detainees held at the U.S. Naval Facility at Guantanamo Bay. Professor Khan, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, also served 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 a 1997 Truman Scholar and worked for the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, the office of U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson, the office of MP 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.