Graduate School: Kabul University, Law School
Hometown: Kabul, Afghanistan
What did you do before coming to W&L?
I was working with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) as coordinator of Monitoring and Investigation Unit. The unit monitors the economic, social, civil and political rights across the country. Specifically, the unit monitors prisons and detentions centers and judicial proceeding at the courts and investigates human right cases.
How did you choose W&L?
Actually, W&L chose me for LL.M. program. Last year, I applied for an LL.M. in Public Private Partnership Program for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PJRA), which is supported by the State Department of the United States. The PJRA sent my application documents to W&L and then W&L admitted me as LL.M student for 2013-2014. If I were authorized to select the schools, definitely my choice was W&L because of its profile and prestige.
What is your favorite thing about Washington and Lee?
As an international student, the honor system at Washington and Lee is very interesting for me. Based on the system all students, professors and administrative staff have respectful relations and everybody is honest and trusts each other. Therefore, the honor system has created a very nice environment.
What is your favorite classroom experience?
My favorite classroom was a very small size class of the International Human Rights Law seminar. According to syllabus, we had tough discussions in the classroom. Some times the class was divided by two groups, where the first group defends and the second one had a role to point out the shortcomings and criticize. We conducted the last class of the term in a local Café and that was a wonderful idea. We sat together with our professor, drank coffee and discussed the topic as friends.
Who is your favorite professor?
It is a hard question. It’s difficult to choose one of them because I like all of them. All my professors are amazing and collaborated with me. Most of the time they were available to talk about the courses and their topics. For example, the constitutional law course was challenging for me. I had meetings with my professor, and he recommended two other books for me to read that were extremely helpful.
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Many people ask me whether I plan to go back or not. My answer is that I plan to go back to my home country to work for my previous organization AIHRC. Although working with a human rights organization is highly valuable, it is very risky in a country like Afghanistan. Basically, human right activists don’t care about the risk. They are fighting against the public risks and working for peace and human rights.
How will the LL.M program help you achieve your professional goals?
Hopefully, with the help of my LL.M. degree from Washington and Lee, I will be in a better position to more effectively contribute to protecting and promoting human rights and rule of law in my country.