Mr. Saeeq Shajjan is an Affiliate Attorney with The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service and is a licensed attorney in Afghanistan with over 10 years of experience in counseling and litigation. He has a license to practice law in Afghanistan from the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association. This license allows him to appear before all courts in Afghanistan.
Mr. Shajjan started his own law firm, Shajjan & Associates, in 2011. His areas of practice include corporate services, contract law, criminal law, banking law, tax law, labor law, property law, citizenship law, traffic law, constitutional law, Islamic law and human rights. A substantial portion of his practice involves representation of and provision of legal counselling to international contractors, international organizations and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan. He has also represented clients in international arbitration.
Mr. Shajjan has far-reaching experience in working on rule of law projects and capacity building in the legal profession. Mr. Shajjan has been involved in training judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and young graduates of Afghan law schools throughout Afghanistan. Mr. Shajjan has also worked with the Government of Afghanistan as Senior Advisor on Policies and Legislation with the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC).
Mr. Shajjan attended law school at Kabul University and earned his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School in 2010. During 2009–2010, while pursuing his LL.M. degree at Harvard Law School, Mr. Shajjan distinguished himself by speaking on numerous academic panels across the United States on different issues, particularly on 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 has written various reports and legal opinions for private international clients and law firms on application of Afghan law and procedures and has assisted different foreign courts by appearing as a subject matter expert. He also has experience serving on legal drafting committees, through which he has been involved in drafting laws and regulations in Afghanistan.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. Mr. Shajjan also teaches in private law schools on a part-time basis.