Osama Siddique

Henry J. Steiner Visiting Professor in Human Rights

Fall 2016


Dr. Osama Siddique obtained a B.A in Economics, English Literature and Statistics from Government College, Lahore and an M.B.A from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He then read jurisprudence as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. He went on to receive an LL.M from Harvard Law School. In 2011, he obtained a Doctorate in Law (S.J.D) from Harvard Law School.

Dr. Siddique combines the unique background, training and experiences of a legal practitioner, a policy advisor and a research academic. He worked as a transactional lawyer for four years in New York for two leading U.S. law firms and represented Fortune Five Hundred Companies in several multi-million dollar transactions. He also worked as a legal advisor and advocate for another four years in Pakistan and appeared in several constitutional, administrative, civil, corporate and banking law cases before the appellate and district courts.

Dr. Siddique has vast and extensive experience of working as a senior policy advisor for various major bi-lateral and multi-lateral donor funded justice sector reform projects in Pakistan. He also routinely serves as a formal and informal advisor to various Pakistani government departments, regulatory institutes, the judiciary and various research centers and think-tanks. In this context, he has authored and co-authored several major reports on justice sector reforms with a particular focus on the judiciary and the courts in Pakistan.

As an academic, Dr. Siddique has taught various courses over several years at LUMS. He also led the initiative to launch a new Department of Law & Policy at LUMS, served as its Founding Chair, as well as an Associate Professor at that institution. Dr. Siddique's primary areas of research are comparative constitutional law, justice sector reform, judicial policy making and administration, sociology of law, legal and constitutional history of South Asia, law and development, legal education, empirical approaches to legal research, and human rights.

He is the author of the book "The Jurisprudence of Dissolutions: Presidential Power to Dissolve Assemblies under the Pakistani Constitution and its Discontents" (2008). His latest book is titled "Pakistan’s Experience with Formal Law: An Alien Justice." Published in June, 2013 by the Cambridge University Press, it makes a seminal contribution to existing literature on the historical and sociological evolution of formal legal systems in post-colonial developing countries (with a particular focus on Pakistan and India), the varied experience of ordinary citizens with these formal legal systems, and the experience and impact of major reform projects. It was declared the Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Karachi Literature Festival, 2014 and also awarded the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) Annual Book Prize 2014-2015. Dr. Siddique's research articles have appeared in several international academic law journals.

Dr. Siddique is a regular participant in regional and international academic conferences and seminars and is also a frequent speaker and trainer in his areas of expertise for a variety of local legal and non-legal audiences. He is also a respected commentator on South Asian legal and political developments for local and international print and electronic media.

Dr. Siddique is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), the Executive Director of the Law and Policy Research Network (www.lprn.org.pk), the Chief Executive of Avante Development Services (ADS), and Senior Faculty for the Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy’s (IGLP) Annual Colloquia and Workshops.

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