On May 19, 2022, at 2pm EDT, guest speaker Dr. Shamshad Pasarlay will present our next Foreign and Comparative Law webinar, “Afghanistan’s Legal Order in Transition: The Possible Path Forward in an Uncertain Environment.”
This webinar will explore the ramifications of the Taliban’s return to power for the Afghan constitutional and legal systems. Dr. Pasarlay will discuss the Taliban’s constitutional vision and address what type of a constitution the Taliban may draft for an Afghan society in transition. He will also look at the Taliban’s quick re-staffing of the judiciary, and their official conduct regarding Afghanistan’s existing laws. Specifically, hints from the Taliban’s first spell in power in the 1990s will be thoroughly discussed.
Shamshad Pasarlay is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Previously, he was a lecturer at Herat University School of Law and Political Science in Afghanistan and a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). He was the founding member of the Afghanistan Constitutional Studies Institute. Dr. Pasarlay holds a bachelor’s degree from Kabul University School of Islamic Law. His LL.M and Ph.D. in comparative law are from the University of Washington. His research and scholarly interests include comparative constitutional studies, Afghanistan’s constitutional history, judicial politics, religion and constitution-making, and constitutional engineering in sharply divided societies.
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