Mr. Hassan Aslam Shad is a graduate of Harvard Law School, U.S.A., with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in 2007 with a focus on international law and corporate law. He is a twice Gold Medallist for his LL.B. studies from the University of the Punjab and one of the two nominees of the Presidential Award. He is the first person from the Muslim World chosen for a six (6) months paid internship with the President of the International Criminal Court, The Hague, where he assisted the President and the Presidency’s staff on confidential international criminal law matters. Upon Hassan’s request, the President of the International Criminal Court visited Pakistan in 2005 where he met with the Acting President of Pakistan (Chairman of the Senate), Judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and key government stakeholders.
Hassan is currently a Legal Director at CMS McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, a Global Top Ten international law firm. Over the years, Hassan has advised Fortune 500 companies and leading multinationals and corporates on cross border multimillion dollar transactions. Hassan has been based in the MENA region for over fourteen (14) years, working throughout the various jurisdictions of the GCC, wider MENA region and the UK.
Hassan is the proponent of “Lawfare” in Pakistan. He has advised on confidential “Lawfare” related matters in both public and private international law. Over the years, Hassan has specialized on “FATF Lawfare Against Pakistan” which is one of the key global weapons being used to coerce Pakistan. In this connection, he has written extensively in publications to draw attention of the Government of Pakistan on how to counter this lawfare; what are the steps required to be completed by Pakistan for compliance; and to convince Pakistan to have in place a robust “international legal strategy” to counter the FATF lawfare through an aggressive “counter lawfare”.
Hassan is the author of a Chapter of Use of Force in International Law for a text (under publication) by Oxford University Press and the author of more than a hundred op-eds, essays, articles and policy papers on international law, international relations and geo-politics for leading international publications such as the Diplomat, National Interest and TRT World. He has been a key note speaker at numerous conferences, webinars and seminars on topics of law, international law and international relations.