Faculty

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Ujala Akram, LL.M.

Founding Dean

Education:

S.J.D. (Cand.), Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

LL.M., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

LL.B., University of London

B.A. Journalism, University of the Punjab

Bio:

Ujala Akram brings in extensive experience in heading academic and administrative units in several higher education settings in the USA. She has, most recently, held the role of Assistant Dean at Santa Clara University in the heart of the diverse and innovative Silicon Valley in California. Previously, she has served as a Director at Santa Clara University, taught at and headed an academic department with the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and served as a Senior Advisor to the Graduate Law Programs at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law—Indianapolis (IU McKinney School of Law). During her years with IU McKinney School of Law, she also worked on a USAID grant-funded project through which the law school’s LL.M. Program was offered at Cairo University and Alexandria University in Egypt. She also worked at a prestigious law firm in Indianapolis, Faegre Baker Daniels LL.P., on an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) project.

Ms. Akram’s specialized research and writings in the field of law and education focus on women's issues, minority rights, social justice, international protection of human rights, effective teaching methodologies; student learning styles. She's been teaching law to the University of London LL.B. students since 2013. Her hundreds of law lectures are publicly available on YouTube as an open source for students.  Her research and service both are derived by her strong commitment to social justice and her belief in making the quality education accessible to all social classes.

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atika razA, LL.M.

Faculty

Education:

LL.M., Washington University in Saint Louis

Bio:

Ms. Raza has over a decade worth of experience as an expert educator and a legal professional. Her most recent works involved teaching with the U.S. federal government as an Assistant Professor. Previously, she served as an Associate Attorney with Honorable Umar Atta Bandial now Justice Punjab High Court, Lahore. Immediately before that, she worked as an Associate Attorney with Ch. Annayat Ullah, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan. Her work with him specialized in Transactional and Property Law. 

After her LL.M. from Washington University, she worked at Michael T. George P.C., a Saint Louis-based law firm that specializes in personal injury law. Her post graduate work heavily focused on Mediation and Arbitration. In her projects, she stayed connected with United States Mediation and Arbitration Services in Missouri, and continued to serve as a mediator for Better Business Bureau of the United States. Ms. Raza also serving as a Subject Matter Expert on Law and Politics for USG client.

Ms. Hooria Hayat Khan

Education:

LL.M., University College London

LL.B. (Hons.), University of London

Distinction in Public International Law and Merits in Company Law and Islamic Law.

The Hague Academy of International Law
Summer session on Public International Law.

Bio:
Ms. Hooria Hayat Khan brings with her enriching experiences in academic, administrative, and research work in various areas of law. With invested focus on the issues and empowerment of women she has made distinct research and administrative contributions to Simorgh Women’s Resource and Publication as a Research Consultant on the Issues of Sexual Violence and Impunity in Pakistan; Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre as a Coordinator of the Law Section and contributed extensively to its research and aid program. She has also published notable works like Sexual Violence and Impunity in Pakistan 2014, Where there is land, there is hope – Shirkat Gah Special Bulletin on Land Rights 2013, Moral Panic: The Criminalization of Sexuality in Pakistan, Women’s Land Rights and Inheritance Rights in Pakistan” – Women Inheritance and Property Rights (WIPR) Working Paper 2012, “Legal Empowerment: An Impossible Dream?” Ms. Hooria also has imparted her knowledge to the upcoming generation of lawyers through her experience in teaching over the years. She has been a Lecturer for Equity and Trusts and Common Law Reasoning and Institutions at Lahore Grammar School Defence (International Degree Programmes) and The Institute of Legal Studies.
 

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Saman Azhar, LL.M.

Faculty

Education:

LL.M., Queen Mary (London)

LL.B., University of London

Courses:

Tort, Common Law Reasoning and Institutions, EU Law

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Adeel Kamran, LL.M.

Director of External Relations & Faculty

Education:

LL.M., United Nations Interregional Crimes & Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in collaboration with Turin University in Italy

LL.B., University of London

Bio:

Mr. Adeel Kamran joined Blackstone School of Law as the Director of External Relations and an expert in International Organizations, International Criminal Law, and Crime Prevention. He graduated with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the prestigious United Nations Interregional Crimes & Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in collaboration with Turin University in Italy.

 Prior to joining Blackstone Law, he held various faculty positions and undertook law-related projects including the Criminal Law Curriculum Development project at LUMS and curriculum development, module preparation, exercises and lectures for compressed International Law course at Research Society of International Law (RSIL), Pakistan.

His publications include official government reports and guides as well as papers in a variety of journals. Some highlights of his publications are: “The Freedoms of Expression and Religion Under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms”, Melbourne University Law School; “Child Abduction: Legal Implications on Pakistan’s Laws of Ratifying International Treaties:, forthcoming in Supreme Court Law Review; “Role of Law of Tort in the Enforcement of Environmental Laws in Letter and Spirit” in Law Matters.

Dr. Mohamed 'arafa

Faculty

Education:

S.J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

LL.M., University of Connecticut School of Law

LL.B., Alexandria University (Egypt)

Bio:

Dr. Mohamed ‘Arafa, is a faculty member at Blackstone School of Law, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt) and an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Islamic Law and Middle Eastern Legal and Political Studies at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (USA). He was teaching in the last couple of years in Italy (Turin Law School), the Netherlands (University of Groningen), Tunisia, Croatia, Qatar, Brasil among many others. He teaches and regularly invited to international conferences and symposia also in various law schools in the United States including George Washington University (Washington DC), Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri), University of Illinois (Illinois), and Texas A&M University (Dallas), among many others. He has been invited to teach Islamic Law, Comparative Law, Transitional Justice, and Middle Eastern Legal Studies (Arab Spring Course) as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Brasilia in Brazil and University of Rijeka in Croatia (Zagreb). 

 

Dr. MOATASEM B. EL-GHERINI

Faculty

Education:

JSD, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkley

LL.M., Cornell University

LL.M., Alexandria University (Egypt)

LL.B., Alexandria University (Egypt)

Courses:

Company Law, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property Law

Bio:

Dr. El Gheriani obtained his LL.B from Alexandria University, Egypt in 1995, followed by an LL.M in 1997. He traveled to the USA, and obtained an LL.M from Cornell, with a focus on corporate law, and a JSD from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley in 2004. His dissertation addressed the regulatory system of financial derivatives.

Following completion of his studies, he joined the faculty at Alexandria University where he taught business law in general. His academic interest covered Intellectual Property and Access to Knowledge, Law and Economics, Corporate Governance, regulation of financial institutions, and Bankruptcy. He also lead his school pilot project to adopt a “credit hours” system for its graduate division (the first of its kind in Egypt), and played a pivotal role in the effort of both Cairo and Alexandria university to attract an American LL.M program which culminated in establishment of the Indiana University LL.M program. He acted as the program faculty coordinator in Alexandria, as well as an adjunct professor.

Apart from academia, He is admitted to the New York Bar since 2004. He worked as Assistant district attorney in Egypt from 1996-1997, and after his return to Egypt he acted as counsel to several organizations. From 2009 to 2012 he was the Qatar Foundation first Deputy General Counsel, under whom the legal department within the Foundation has witnessed substantial expansion in both function and capacity. He also led QF’s initiatives for the establishment of a Central Intellectual Property Management function and of establishing a JD degree granting law school.

He currently focuses on Islamic law governing business practices and commerce, including the current development of Islamic finance institutions, and he is also a Certified Sharia Auditor and Advisor for Islamic finance institutions (CSAA) from AAOIFI in Bahrain.

 

 

 

 

 

Administration

Irfan Mahmood

IRFAN MAHMOOD

CEO

Courses:

Public Law, Administrative Law, Jurisprudence

Blackstone Law College has a simple mission and that is to replace traditional education with 21st century education in Pakistan.Blackstone Law is unique because it takes education beyond the traditional setting of a lecture and provides inquiry-based teaching in a Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE). We utilize Flipped Classroom methodology where our classroom are a place of collaborative research, problem-solving and presenting solutions to issues. Outside of classroom, we provide 24 hours support through our freely available lectures on YouTube as we believe in open access. The goal is to create an environment in which students can acquire a set of competencies, so when they enter the workforce they are ready to take on real world challenges. We have an amazing faculty of people who are not only passionate about education but are also fully capable of bringing about this change in education.

Blackstone Law College started out as Sir William Blackstone Institute of Law in Monterey, California. Initially, we offered online coaching to University of London students from around the world. We taught students from all seven continents! Second year into this project, we recorded hundreds of lectures of law lectures for students so they can learn on the go. Our passion to help students and our love for teaching gave birth to Blackstone Law College which offers face-to-face classes in Lahore, Pakistan.The College campus is under construction on Barki Road, Lahore, only 15-20 minutes away from DHA. The college will provide a learning environment for law students and will enable them to learn by working in groups, doing research, applying law to real world problems, creating content for other law students, and connecting with students around the world. We offer a one-of-a-kind Work-Study curriculum through which we bridge the gap between education and career. Our curriculum ensures that our students are all-set to launch their careers successfully by the end of the program and in addition receive an LL.B. degree from University of London or Northumbria University. We, along with our students, will build our strong Blackstone Law College community!

Most recently I have worked with University of California San Francisco as a Senior Business Analyst. University of California San Francisco has produced many Nobel Laureates (UCSF Nobel Prize Winners) and is one of the most innovative medical institution in the United States. I was hired as a consultant by the School of Medicine to facilitate the launch of the Bridges Curriculum. The curriculum helps prepare 21st century doctors and is very complex (in a good way!) compared to any other curriculum currently taught to medical students. I helped the assessment, curriculum, evaluation, and technology teams to develop business models, guided them in designing complex processes around those models, collected business requirements, designed solutions, implemented strategy, and worked closely with the school leadership to prioritize Bridges Curriculum projects.The Work-Study curriculum taught at Blackstone Law College is inspired by the Bridges Curriculum (University of California San Francisco - School of Medicine).

 

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Muhammad Akram Arain

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Akram has served as the CEO of LESCO, the largest power distribution company in Pakistan, for five consecutive years. He brings his unique perspective and experience to Blackstone school of Law to facilitate the operations and to bring life to the vision of the school. Under his leadership LESCO successfully launched complex projects like online billing, ERP system, automated metering system, procurement projects, and several sustainable projects. The school will leverage his expertise, network, and experience to successfully achieve its objectives.

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Zunaira Khlaid

Law School Coordinator & Faculty

Education:

LL.B., University of London

Courses:

Company Law

Bio:

Zunaira Khalid, is a graduate of University College Lahore (University of London International Programmes). She has done her undergraduate in BSc. Management with Law and won the University of London Academic Achievement Award in her degree. She was also awarded a cash prize by University of London International Programmes. At Blackstone School of Law, she handles the applications process and assessment of prospective and current students assisting them with their admission process. Zunaira, will be a part of our faculty and will teach Company Law at Blackstone School of Law.


RABIA KHAN

Enrollment Counselor

Ms. Rabia Khan, a graduate of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), worked as a part of LUMS Admissions & Student Services team for a number of years. She is an expert in undergraduate and graduate admissions, enrollment matters, financial aid, and student services. At Blackstone Law College, Ms. Khan provides enrollment counseling services to prospective and current students. Her services include meeting with prospective students to counsel on completing admissions requirements, discussing academic programs and pathways, financial aid opportunities, and course registration assistance. She also plays an integral part in planning, coordinating and executing a range of events including Information Sessions and Open Houses for prospective students.