Behishta Zahir Hillali

Since June 2013, Bahishta Zahir Hillali has been the deputy managing director of a non-governmental organisation based in Kabul which conducts legal training and further education projects. Amongst other items, she is responsible for international law projects in which training is provided on a broad range of legal topics, such as water law, economic law, international refugee law and global administrative law. In addition, she is also responsible for a doctoral scholarship programme.

Bahishta completed her LL.M. at the University of Aix-Marseille III in France. She has gained further international experience in Germany, India, Switzerland, Spain and other countries.

For her doctoral studies at the University of Frankfurt am Main she is dealing with children’s rights in Afghanistan.


Mohammad Haroon Mutasem

Mohammad Haroon Mutasem is the vice dean at the Faculty for Legal and Political Studies at the Kabul University in Afghanistan. He also works as a lecturer for legal studies at the American University of Afghanistan.

Having completed his B.A. in legal studies at the Kabul University, Mohammad continued his academic studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his LL.M. from this university in 2007.

He has been a beneficiary of the Hamida Barmaki Ph.D. Scholarship Programme since the end of 2013. Due to his particular interest in criminal law, Mohammad will deal with the topic of economic crime in Afghanistan after 2001 for his Ph.D. thesis.


Humayoun Rahimi

Humayoun Rahimi has been a doctoral student under the supervision of Prof. Dr Wolfrum and beneficiary of the Hamida Barmaki Ph.D. Scholarship programme since 2012.

In Afghanistan he teaches Afghan and international economic law at the Faculty of Law of the Balkh University in Mazar-i-Sharif where he himself previously studied.

In 2008, he graduated with an LL.M. from the University of Washington. In 2012, he also mentored the Afghan team for the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition of 2013 and then accompanied the team to Washington DC.

For his doctoral studies he is dealing with the topic of “Afghanistan’s WTO” and has been on numerous research visits to the Max Planck Institute and Max Planck Foundation since 2012.


Mohammad Ayub Yusufzai

Mohammad Ayub Yusufzai has been a doctoral student under the supervision of Prof. Dr Wolfrum and a beneficiary of the Hamida Barmaki Ph.D. Scholarship Programme since 2012.

In Afghanistan, he teaches constitutional law at the Faculty of Law of the Balkh University in Mazar-i-Sharif, where he previously studied law himself.

In 2008, he completed his LL.M. at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.

For his Ph.D. studies, he is dealing with the topic of constitutional law and explaining the backdrop to the creation process of Afghan Constitution of 2004. He has been visiting Germany regularly for research purposes since 2013.


Abdul Salim Amin

As a beneficiary of the Hamida Barmaki Ph.D. Scholarship Programme, Abdul Salim Amin has been working on his doctorate thesis under the supervision of Prof Dr Wolfrum since 2013. The thesis deals with the understanding of institutional legitimisation and the existence of (informal) customary laws in legal usage.

Abdul completed his B.A. studies in law and politics at the Balkh University in Afghanistan in 2008. He graduated from the M.A. programme in public policy at the Willy Brandt School for Public Policy at the University of Erfurt in 2013.

He has already worked as a translator, as seminar teacher for English courses and as a rapporteur for the United Nations Development Programme. He also has journalistic experience from work with Deutsche Welle and local Afghan newspapers. In addition, he is interested in literary writing and has his own blog about the topic.


Nasima Rahmani

Nasima Rahmani has been a lecturer at the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education and the director of the Women’s Empowerment Centre since 2011. She has been a beneficiary of the Hamida-Barmaki Ph.D. Scholarship Programme since 2013 and is doing her doctorate in Sydney Australia on the topic of women’s rights and divorce in Afghanistan.

She completed her studies in law at the Kabul University with administration and diplomacy as her areas of special focus. She subsequently attended the Language College of Sydney where she took courses in English academic writing. This was followed by an M.A. in international law at the University of Technology in Sydney. Nasima is particularly engaged in the areas of women’s rights and equality in Afghanistan and she is also a manager for Action Aid International Afghanistan, a humanitarian aid organisation which focuses on improving the situation of women and children in the country.


Lutforahman Saeed

Lutforahman Saeed has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Law at the Kabul University since 1994. He completed his basic studies at the same university and then continued his academic training at the University of Washington. Here he initially attended courses in academic writing and argumentation skills and participated in the International Summer School of Law at the Institute for Legal Studies. He subsequently graduated from this university with an M.A. in Asian law and comparative legal studies. 

His Ph.D. thesis will deal with the role of Islamic law in the Afghan legal system and will be written with support from the Hamida Barmaki Organisation at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.


Mirwais Ayobi

Mirwais Ayobi has been teaching constitutional law, international law and human rights law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the Herat University in Afghanistan since 2005. He also works as the university’s pro bono legal advisor and in this capacity deals with civil law and criminal cases.

Having completed his B.A. in legal studies, he went on to graduate with an M.A. in the field of political science from the Punjab University in India where he studied from 2007 to 2009.

Mirwais has been a beneficiary of the Hamida Barmaki Ph.D. Scholarship Programme since October 2013 and is writing his thesis on the topic of legal control of unilateral administrative actions in Afghanistan. To this end, he will receive support from the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer.

Mirwais writings on the independence of the judiciary in Afghanistan with a view to the country’s constitution have already been published, as has his comparative legal study of the legal systems of Afghanistan, France, India and the USA.


Wali Mohammad Naseh

Wali Mohammad Naseh has been a beneficiary of the Hamida Barmaki Ph.D. Scholarship Programme since 2013. Having completed his studies in law at the Kabul University in 1988, he went on to successfully complete an M.A. programme at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2006.

He has been working as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the Kabul University since 1991. Here he lectured, amongst other subjects, international private law as well as trade company law. During this period he was particularly interested in copyright law.

This is reflected in his choice of topic for his thesis which will investigate copyright law in Afghanistan. He is registered as a doctoral student at the University of Frankfurt am Main.

In the past, he worked as a legal advisor for the Afghan Ministry for Trade and Industry and NGOs such as the International Assistance Mission (IAM). Since 2010, he has been a member of the legal advisory staff of the President of Afghanistan.