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Meet Our Current LEVAS Scholars

 

 

LL.M. LEVAS Scholars

 

LEVAS Cohort 1 *

2016-17

LEVAS LL.M. *

2016-17

LEVAS Cohort 2

2017-18

Amanullah Ahmadzai Rohila Burhanzoi Beheshta Ahmadi
Ms. Maryam Danesh Mohammad Edress Masoom Zabihullah Amanzai
Wahida Hafiz Bakhtary Samiuallah Sadid Nargis Baran
Ajmal Jalal   Negina Khalili
Ahmad Bilal Nasiry   Mohammad Amin Mamnoon
Assia Nazari   Mohammad Mustafa Popal
Rustam Ali Paiman   Fardeen Salihi
Abdul Qadir Shahidyar   Abdul Basir Shaikh Ahmadi
Abdul Hakim Sohail   Safilullah Wahdat
Sabera Yazdani   Homira Zaky

 

*NOTE:  List of a student's name on this page is NOT confirmation of completion of the LEVAS program nor confirmation as a graduate of the LL.M program.  

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LEVAS Cohort 1 Scholars - Class of 2016-17

 

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Amanullah Ahmadzai

                    

 

 

 

Amanullah Ahmadzai earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 2011. Since graduation, Ahmadzai has been a legal fellow for global rights at the Ministry of Counter Narcotics of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In his capacity as legal fellow, Ahmadzai was responsible for fostering coordination between law enforcement organs of counter narcotics, drafting legal documents and by-laws, and suggesting amendments to Afghanistan’s counter-narcotics statutes. Since 2012, Ahmadzai has been an assistant professor of law at Kabul University.

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Maryam Danesh

 

 

 

Maryam Danesh earned her B.A. in law and political science from Herat University in 2008. Danesh has worked with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission as an assistant in the Monitoring and Investigation Department. She has also been a legal counselor for the Norwegian Refugee Council. Danesh worked as a defense lawyer with Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan. Danesh has worked for the Independent Election Commission in Herat providing training on the Constitution of Afghanistan and Afghanistan’s election laws. Most recently, Danesh worked as a defense lawyer with the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association.

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Wahida Hafiz Bakhtary

 

 

 

Wahida Hafiz Bakhtary earned her B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 2007. Bakhtary has worked as a program officer for Global Rights and a legal researcher and project coordinator with the Max Planck Institute. She has also worked as legal aid officer for the International Development Legal Organization (IDLO), providing legal advice to defense lawyers in the Ministry of Justice, monitoring activities, and ensuring coordination between the Legal Aid Department of the Ministry of Justice and IDLO. Most recently, Bakhtary worked as a protection program associate under the Elimination of Violence against Women Pillar at the United Nations to support the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and civil society organizations in the area of women’s rights.

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Ajmal Jalal

 

 

 

Ajmal Jalal earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 2010. Jalal has worked with the Corrections System Support Program as a case classification manager, conducting investigations and reporting prisoners’ issues. He has also been a legal researcher for the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, implementing administrative law projects in Afghanistan. Most recently, Jalal worked for the Organization for Afghanistan Independent Defenders as head of training. Jalal developed legal training manuals and curriculum, developed an inter-organizational legal education strategy, and managed all legal training for the organization.

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Ahmad Bilal Nasiry

 

 

 

Ahmad Bilal Nasiry graduated from the Faculty of Sharia and Law at Kabul University in 2007. In 2012, Nasiry graduated from the Judicial Training Center of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan. Nasiry is currently working as a judge in the Primary Court of Bamyan City.

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Assia Nazari

 

 

 

Assia Nazari earned her B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 2009. Nazari has worked with the Ministry of Commerce and, since 2011, at the Ministry of Interior Affairs as a legal expert and legal specialist. In that capacity, Nazari was responsible for drafting laws for the Ministry as well as providing legal advice to the minister, deputy minister and senior leaders. Nazari has served as a liaison with coalition and international partners regarding laws, policies and other matters that affect the Ministry of Interior Affairs.

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Rustam Ali Paiman

 

 

 

Rustam Ali Paiman earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 2010. Paiman has worked as a corruption prevention expert with UNDP and as a corruption prevention officer for the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) in Kabul. In that capacity, Paiman worked to identify anti-corruption priorities in Afghanistan and helped to identify government entities most vulnerable to corruption. For the past year, Paiman served as senior research officer with MEC, working to develop policy on private investment, trade and industries, mining, the tracking of government assets, and other MEC projects.

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Abdul Qadir Shahidyar

 

 

Abdul Qadir Shahidyar earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Herat University in 2008. Shahidyar served as field coordinator and supervisor for the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan and as law and contract coordination manager for the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI). Shahidyar has worked as a liaison between government agencies and the private sector, working to highlight the potential challenges of new legislation. Shahidyar also has served as mediation, arbitration and legal services director, providing legal services to ACCI members. Most recently, Shahidyar served as legal services and government relations director with ACCI. He is a member of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association and serves on the Oversight Commission on Access to Information in Afghanistan.

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Abdul Hakim Sohail

 

 

 

Abdul Hakim Sohail earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Herat University in 2007. Sohail has worked as regional court coordinator and anti-corruption advisor in Herat. In that capacity, he worked to improve court efficiency and the implementation of the Afghanistan Court Administration System. Sohail also has served as a regional legal advisor for USAID in Herat, focusing on improving case management. Most recently, Sohail worked as a private defense lawyer representing clients in criminal, civil and commercial cases.

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Sabera Yazdani

 

 

 

Sabera Yazdani earned her B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science (Judiciary Department) at Kabul University in 2011. Yazdani has worked as a legal and advocacy officer and defense lawyer with the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Child Protection Program at Hagar International as well as a program officer for Global Rights, providing technical assistance and reviewing and planning program implementation. Most recently, Yazdani has worked as a legal advisor with the U.S. State Department-funded Justice Sector Support Program, developing training and briefing materials on victim and witness assistance and providing counseling materials for victims and witnesses.

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LEVAS LL.M. Scholars - Class of 2016-17

 

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Rohila Burhanzoi

 

 

 

Rohila Burhanzoi has a Bachelor of Laws from Kabul University. She works as a private attorney in Kabul and was formerly with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan immediately after graduating from Kabul University.

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Mohammad Edress Masoom

 

 

 

Mohammad Edress Masoom is a defense lawyer in Afghanistan and was formerly a senior program officer with the National Democratic Institution for International Affairs. He has a Bachelor of Laws from Kabul University.

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Samiuallah Sadid

 

 

 

Samiullah Sadid has a Bachelor of Laws from the School of Law and Political Science at Balkh University in Afghanistan. He is a senior research assistant at the prominent NGO AREU in Kabul, Afghanistan, and was formerly a defense lawyer and advocate for children’s and women’s rights in Afghanistan.

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LEVAS Cohort 2 Scholars - Class of 2017-18

 

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Beheshta Ahmadi

 

Beheshta Ahmadi earned her LL.B. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 2012. Ahmadi has worked as a lecturer at Dawat University and as a legal fellow at Global Rights, working on women’s rights and other human rights objectives. Most recently, Ahmadi has worked as an assistant professor of law at Kabul University.

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Zabihullah Amanzai

 

 

Zabihullah Amanzai earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Dawat University in Kabul in 2012. Amanzai has worked as a lecturer at Mostaqbal University, teaching political geography, international politics and constitutional law. Most recently, Amanzai has worked as a prosecutor for the Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Department (ATPD) in Kabul.

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Nargis Baran

 

 

Nargis Baran earned her B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 2014. Baran has worked as a legal Officer at T-O-M, a nonprofit organization in Afghanistan, and as a legal officer at USAID’s Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) program, which helps the Afghan government and the private sector develop a robust financial sector. Baran is a member of the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association.

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Negina Khalili

 

 

Negina Khalili earned her B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Herat University in 2015. Khalili has worked as a legal trainer at the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) and, most recently, as a prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Office in Ghor, Afghanistan.

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Mohammad Amin Mamnoon

 

 

Mohammad Mamnoon earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 2010. He also was admitted to the Judicial Training Center of the Afghanistan Supreme Court from 2010-12. Mamnoon has worked as a legal officer of Watan Group, a private firm in Kabul, and as chief editor and senior translator for Rasikh Translation and Consultancy Center. Most recently, Mamnoon has worked as a juvenile justice project officer at Terre des Hmmes, an international organization, to contribute to intervention strategies and research.

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Mohammad Mustafa Popal

 

 

Mohammad Mustafa Popal earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Nangarhar University in 2015. He has worked with the Ministry of Defense as a legal officer as well as a procurement process analyst.

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Fardeen Salihi

 

 

Fardeen Salihi earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 2011. He has worked as a program associate for Global Rights, providing training for legal fellows and acting as a liaison between various government agencies. He also has served as program officer for Global Rights, assisting in the evaluation of program activities and collecting information on program progress. Most recently, Salihi has worked as a legal advisor and associate defense lawyer for Majd Advocacy Office, a private firm in Afghanistan.

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Abdul Basir Shaikh Ahmadi

 

 

Abdul Basir Shaikh Ahmadi earned his B.A. in Sharia and law from Nangarhar University in Afghanistan in 2001. He also earned an LL.M. in criminal law and criminology from the Islamic Azad University in 2013. Ahmadi has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan on the Universal Periodic Review reporting process of the United Nations. He also has worked as a clerk in the Primary Court of Herat Province. Most recently, Ahmadi has worked as a member of the Judicial Research and Study Department of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan.

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Safilullah Wahdat

 

 

Safiullah Wahdat earned his B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Herat University in 2005. He has served as deputy head of the Department for the Investigation of Human Rights Violations as well as a human rights desk officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan. Most recently, Wahdat has served as first secretary and director of administration and finance for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C.

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Homira Zaky

 

 

Homira Zaky earned her B.A. from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 2010. Zaky has worked as a project officer for the Women and Children’s Legal Research Foundation on increasing police awareness of women’s issues in local provinces. She also has worked as a program officer for Global Rights, working on rule of law and access to justice issues through government and non-government agencies. Most recently, Zaky has held the position of professional ethics advisor at the Organizational Capacity Department of Afghanistan (OCD), assisting in the development of an in-house ethics-training program through the Supreme Court Team of the Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP) implemented by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

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