Maryam S. Khan


LL.M (Hons), Yale Law School
Bar at Law, Lincoln’s Inn
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), The College of Law, U.K.
BA, Cornell University

Oscar M. Ruebhausen Yale South Asia Fellow (2010)

Member – The Punjab Bar Council, Pakistan (2003)
Member – Lincoln’s Inn (2003)
Curriculum Vitae

Maryam is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) in Lahore, Pakistan. She has published in international academic journals on the themes of constitutional design, ethnic federalism and judicialization in Pakistan. Her ongoing research focuses on the four broad areas of: (i) federal design and ethnicity-based politics, including local government laws and practices and their conflict-resolution dimensions, (ii) comparative constitutional law, institutional and legislative structures, and judicial power and activism, (iii) compensation regimes under both civil and criminal legal frameworks in the larger context of social justice and protection, and (iv) institutional reform of police organization as well as the interplay between political structures and police operations.

Maryam was formerly Assistant Professor at the Law & Policy Program at LUMS, where she developed and taught courses ranging from the core themes of the Law of Tort and Criminal Law, to more advanced themes like Comparative Constitutional Law, and finally to specialized electives like Law & Development. She also played an instrumental role in conceptualizing and instituting a vocational training-based course on legal aid practice in 2013. This initiative was part of a longer-term vision to establish a Legal Education Clinic at LUMS in collaboration with the Open Society Foundation (OSF).

Maryam has a BA from Cornell University, Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law (UK), Bar-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn, and LL.M (Honors) from Yale Law School. In 2009-2010, she became the first Pakistani scholar to receive the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Yale South Asia Fellowship from Yale Law School for teaching and research on law and related themes in the context of South Asia.


Primary Interests: Comparative Constitutional Law & Constitutional Design, Federalism and Local Government, Ethnic Politics & Conflict, Law & Development.

Additional InterestsLaw of Torts, Criminal Law & Theory, Political Theory, Legal History.


Institutional Structure of the Police & Crime Control (current)

Local Government Laws (current)

Federalist Reform of the Senate (current)

Structuring Public-Private Partnerships for “Adopted Schools” (current)



Law of Defamation in Pakistan

Crime-Torts in Pakistan: Compensating the Crime Victim

Constitutionalization of Sectarianism in Pakistan

Journal Articles

Genesis and Evolution of Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court of Pakistan: Toward a Dynamic Theory of Judicialization28 Temp. Int’l & Comp. L. J. 284 (2015).

Ethnic Federalism in Pakistan: Federal Design, Construction of Ethno-Linguistic Identity & Group Conflict30 Harv. J. on Racial & Ethnic Just. 77 (2014).

The 2005 South Asian Earthquake: Natural Calamity or Failure of State? Exploring State Liability and Remedies for Victims of Defective Construction in Pakistan (co-authored with Osama Siddique), (2007) 9 Asian Law, 187.

Book Reviews

The Fall & Rise of the Islamic State (Feldman, 2007), 34 Yale J. Int’l L. 257 (2008)).


House Improvements: What the Senate can do to Strengthen the Federation, Herald (Pakistan), May 2015.

Myth of the Muslim Monolith (on sectarian violence in Pakistan), Development and Cooperation (D+C) (Germany), April 2015.

Ambiguous Ambitions (on Pakistan’s Supreme Court), Development and Cooperation (D+C), November 2013.

The Politics of Public Interest Litigation in Pakistan in the 1990’s, Social Science & Policy Bulletin (SSPB), Spring 2011, 2:4, pp. 2-8.

Selective Borrowings, Seminar: A Monthly Journal, Special Symposium on 60 Years of the Indian Constitution (1950-2010), 2010.

Policy Reports & Training Modules

Training Module for Punjab Prosecutors, “Elements of Criminal Offences,” Prepared for GIZ, 2013.

Seminars & Conferences

International Conference on ‘Ethno-Federalism in Punjab and Beyond’, Forman Christian College (FCC), Lahore. (Mar 2015)

A thematic conference organized jointly by FCC and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Islamabad, where I presented my research on the federal design and institutional reform of the Senate in Pakistan.

International Conference on Pakistan, Sarah Lawrence College, New York. (Apr 2014)

An interdisciplinary academic conference for scholars working on Pakistan, where I presented my published work on “Ethnic Federalism in Pakistan.”

Colloquium Series on ‘Constitutional Design in the Muslim World,’ Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago. (Jan 2014)

Presented my published work on “Ethnic Federalism in Pakistan.”

Harvard Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) Workshop, Hamid bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar. (Jan 2014)

A ten-day intensive residential workshop organized by IGLP and hosted by the Qatar Foundation. IGLP brings together Law & Development scholars from around the world annually to explore innovative approaches to global policy that address issues of global poverty, conflict and inequality. I presented my work in progress on theories of judicialization and their link to the development of the justice sector.

Association for American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, New York. (Jan 2014)

Presented my work in progress on public interest litigation and judicialization in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the joint South Asian and Africa panel.

3rd Law & Social Sciences Research Network (LASSNet) Conference, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (Dec 2012)

An academic conference for scholars on South Asia working on interdisciplinary themes revolving around law and the social sciences, where I presented my research on the law of defamation in Pakistan, and provided critical commentary on the links between the “legal complex” and political liberalism.

International Conference on ‘Federalism in Pakistan after the 18th Amendment’, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, LUMS. (Apr 2012)

A thematic conference organized jointly by LUMS and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Islamabad, where I presented my research on federal design and its impact on ethnicization of politics in Pakistan.

Aspiring Scholars Symposium, Graduate Programs, Yale Law School. (Apr 2009)

Presented my work in progress on the judicialization of politics in Pakistan.

5th Annual Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference, NUS, Singapore. (May 2008)

An academic peer reviewed conference where I presented my research in progress on the evolution of the law of torts in Pakistan.

Manzar 2007: South Asian Students’ Seminar-Debate, Delhi University, India. (Sep 2007)

A joint faculty and student seminar where I was invited, in my capacity as a Pakistani academic, to speak on “East-West: the Making of Stereotypes.”

4th Annual ASLI Conference, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia. (May 2007)

Presented my published work on “The 2005 South Asian Earthquake.

2nd Annual Social Sciences Conference, Department of Social Sciences, LUMS. (Jun 2006)

Presented my research in progress on the compensatory remedies available for victims of mass disasters in Pakistan.



Editorial Referee, Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law (ICL) ( (2014 – Present)
Co-Trustee, Kaghan Memorial Trust (KMT) ( (2011 – Present)
Co-Editor, Social Science & Policy Bulletin (SSPB), DPRC, LUMS (2010 – 2012)
Member of the organizational team, Pakistan Programme of the International Growth Centre (IGC) (2010)
Student Representative, Faculty Curriculum Policy Committee, Yale Law School (2008 – 2009)
Member of Editorial Teams, Yale Journal of International Law (YJIL) and Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal (YHRDLJ) (2008 – 2009)
Convener, Law Faculty Recruitment Committee, LUMS (2007 – 2008)
Regional Representative, Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN) (2006 – Present)


Visiting Research Fellow – Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) (Dec 2014 – Present)
Faculty Liaison, Legal Aid Clinic – Department of Law & Policy, LUMS (Aug 2013 – Dec 2013)
Assistant Professor – Department of Law & Policy, LUMS (Aug 2010 – Dec 2013)
Visiting Yale South Asia Fellow – Department of Law & Policy, LUMS (Jan 2010 – Aug 2010)
Research Assistant to Professor Amy Chua – Yale Law School (Sep 2008 – Dec 2008)
Teaching Fellow – Department of Law & Policy, LUMS (Nov 2008 -Aug 2008)



Policy Consultant for Training of Prosecutors – German Development Corporation (GIZ) (Jan 2013 – Apr 2013)
Program Development Coordinator – Department of Law & Policy, LUMS (Oct 2005 – Feb 2007)
Policy Analyst – United Nations Development Program (UNDP) (May 2005 – Oct 2005)
Operations Associate & Legal Affairs Officer – Kashf Foundation (Oct 2004 – Apr 2005)
Legal Associate – Hassan & Hassan (Advocates) (Sep 2003 – Jul 2004)