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Barrister Hassan Khan Niazi is a passionate human rights activist, an expert High Court attorney and director of The Law Clinic at Blackstone School of Law. Hassan was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn and holds a Masters in Law from City University of London.
Barrister Hassan’s professional legal expertise include criminal law, human rights and constitutional law. Hassan has been a leading voice and lawyer in the famous Khadija Siddiqi case where he lead a campaign against legal corruption and status quo to obtain for justice for Ms Siddiqii. Most of his works encompass cases that lead to various human rights movements. He played a prominent role in the landmark lawyers’ movement and his work was recognized by the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Chaudhary Iftikhar. His other prominent activist movements include the national movements of Prosecution of Raymond Davis and the Release of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
Hassan grew up with an interest for politics and activism in his family that grew into his passion for Human Rights law. Hassan believes its both his duty and obligation to contribute with his professional experience and legal skills to the industry to eliminate human rights issues from the society and considers it to be the best reward by giving back to the community.
Hassan’s training with the Queen’s Counsel included a landmark case of “banning the veil” in France and parts of Europe where he worked on understanding and presenting the manner and impact in which basic rights of freedom to express and live were in jeopardy.
Hassan is a proficient researcher, not only in the legal realm but also in the socio-economic and political environment and has produced detailed studies on various issues including Waziristan especially relating to the war on terror.
Barrister Hassan is currently working with the Criminal Law firm of Azam Nazeer Tarrar & Associates and teaching Public international law to the law students at the Blackstone School of Law. He is also leading the students through variety of legal matters and research projects at the Law Clinic established by Blackstone and turning the young law students into passionate legal professional.
Salman is a managing partner of an International law firm, Amir Alam Khan & Associates, with offices in Pakistan, Dubai, China and the United Kingdom.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Company Law, Environmental Law, World Trade Law and Communications Law from University College London. He has advised extensively on Government and Private sector projects. His expertise in corporate law are unparalleled allowing him to retain major multinational clients from the car manufacturing, banking and food industry. Salman has worked extensively with European clients including major banks including consultations with the World Bank and USAID.
Salman's property law expertise has allowed him to service clients with substantial holdings and investments in the property and real estate industry both inside and outside of Pakistan. He also lead one of the largest real estate housing scheme mergers in Pakistan.
Salman is part of the visiting faculty of several law colleges and is also visiting lecturer at the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. He sits on the Board of trustees of several prominent institutions in Pakistan.
Salman is a seasoned lawyer and heads several of our practice areas in Lahore and Islamabad as well as providing corporate law training to students and lawyers.
Barrister Mian Waleed Ashraf is an enterprising law expert who brings his dynamic and diverse legal experience to the Law Clinic at the Blackstone School of Law. Waleed takes pride in having been admitted to the Lincoln’s Inn, London and thereafter pursuing a Masters in Law from City University London. Before achieving higher academic goals, Waleed worked as an associate with HaiderMotaBNR, one of the top law firms in Pakistan and Asia. Waleed’s passion for law matured during a summer internship in 2013 with Cornelius, Lane and Mufti while he was working on his LL.B Honors from City University London. During his extensive post graduate work experience in diverse legal environments, Waleed developed a passion for litigation primarily in Constitutional and Civil law but he takes pride in mastering all aspects of the legal service industry starting from research and writing, legal advise, to transactional and litigation practice.
Coming from a family of attorneys, Waleed was already introduced to the legal environment but it wasn’t until he studied law as an undergraduate program that he bagan to probe into his passion for law that he discovered that he was an ardent in the pursuit of legal education and practice. After observing the Lawyers’ Movement in Pakistan Waleed was certain he wanted to give back to the community through his legal expertise. Waleed’s foremost interests are Law and politics and he brought both of his passions together in his legal practice in Constitutional law and litigation.
Waleed has lead multiple corporate organizations through legal queries in labor laws, taxation and company Law along with conducting the litigation associated with such matters. As a member of the legal advising team at HaiderMotaBNR, Waleed counseled many leading corporations including but not limited to DFID, Samsung, Servis Pakistan and Pakistan Petroleum Limited. He also took part in advising into the Baldia Town matter and worked with Packages on their land and property matters in their move from Lahore to Kasur.
Along with litigation, Waleed has developed extensive legal research skills on politico-legal matters. His most prominent works include legal expert research and opinion on the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010and Baldia Town opinion. Currently Waleed has established himself in his private practice and has become a director of law clinic established by Blackstone School of Law, Lahore, where he will utilize his dynamic legal expertise to work on various litigation matters as well as lead the law students into becoming 21st century legal professionals.
Usman holds law degrees from the University of Edinburgh (LL.M, LL.B) and specializes in International Law. He also holds certifications in Contract Law and Corporate Finance from the University of Harvard and Columbia University, New York.
Usman has worked in a human rights advocacy capacity for several NGOs in Scotland, Cambodia and Pakistan. More recently Usman has worked as an associate for the Legislative and Executive branches of the Scottish and Pakistani Governments. He has extensive experience in compliance and managing regulatory requirements in several industries.
As faculty at the Blackstone School of Law, he teaches the University of London’s Human Rights Course. He has previously delivered human rights courses in Cambodia for a group of NGOs and for the ICRC. In addition to teaching Usman also coaches and trains the students in mooting and advocacy skills. Previously, Usman has led undergraduate students at the University of Edinburgh to Mooting finals at the International Court of Justice and led LL.M students to win the International Criminal Court Moot Competition.
Usman is a High Court attorney and works with prominent law firms in Pakistan and the United Kingdom leading innovative legal process outsourced solutions.
Atika has over a decade worth of experience as an expert educator and a legal professional. In her most recent role she serves as the director of LL.B program at the Blackstone School of Law where she also teaches Criminal law and Private International Law.
Previously, she was involved in teaching with the U.S. Federal Government as an Assistant Professor and served as an associate attorney with Honorable Umar Atta Bandial. She has also worked as an associate attorney with Ch. Annayat Ullah, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan. Her work with him specialized in Transactional and Property Law. Ms. Raza also served as a Subject Matter Expert on Law and Politics for the United States Department of Defence.
After her LL.M. from Washington University, she worked at Michael T. George P.C., a Saint Louis-based law firm that specializes in personal injury law. Her post graduate work heavily focused on Mediation and Arbitration. In her projects, she stayed connected with United States Mediation and Arbitration Services in Missouri and is a certified Alternate Dispute Resolution specialist. She has served as a mediator for Better Business Bureau of the United States.
As well as being a certified mediator, Atika is a licensed advocate of the High Courts and has worked on several high profile cases advising both private and corporate clients in Pakistan
Ujala has extensive experience in leading higher education institutes in the United States. Having held the position of Assistant Dean at Santa Clara University she now serves as Dean of the Blackstone School of Law.
Ujala has previously served as Director of Santa Clara University, and headed an academic department with the United States Department of Defense (DoD).
She has served as a Senior Advisor to the Graduate Law Programs at Indiana University and also worked on a USAID grant-funded project through which the law school’s LL.M. Program was offered at Cairo University and Alexandria University in Egypt.
Her legal practice includes work at a prestigious law firm in Indianapolis, Faegre Baker Daniels LL.P., and on a project by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She is a licensed High Court Attorney and has managed several high profile cases in Pakistan.
Ms. Akram’s specialized research and writings in the field of law and education focus on women's issues, minority rights, social justice, international protection of human rights, effective teaching methodologies; student learning styles. She's been teaching law to the University of London LL.B. students since 2013. Her research and service both are derived by her strong commitment to social justice and her belief in making quality education and quality legal service accessible to all social classes.