Shayan Ahmed Khan

Visiting Fellow


Shayan Ahmed Khan is a dual-qualified lawyer in New York and Pakistan, currently working as a Consultant to the Attorney General for Pakistan on International Disputes where he is staffed on pending international commercial and investment arbitrations. Shayan regularly represents Pakistan in investment treaty and free trade agreement negotiations. Notably, he was Pakistan’s lead negotiator and served as a Rapporteur for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Intergovernmental Group of Experts to establish a permanent organ and mechanism for the settlement of investment disputes as mandated by the OIC’s Council of Foreign Minister’s through Resolution 3/49-LO.

Prior to this, he worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York where he worked with States to review drafts and recommend language on resolutions adopted under the UN framework. In particular, he was involved in the drafting of UN Security Council Resolution 2664 (2022) on multilateral sanctions and humanitarian exemptions, and advised the European Union on the Fourth Geneva Convention for UN General Assembly Resolution 77/31 (2022).

Shayan publishes frequently on issues of public international law in journals and blogs. He is an Assistant Editor for CIL Dialogues, and his work has previously been referenced as a research guide for the International Court of Justice by the Peace Palace Library. He is also regularly invited to deliver lectures at various institutions, including the Foreign Service Academy as part of the 40th Specialized Diplomatic Course and the 27th Advanced Diplomatic Course. In addition, he is the host of Jus Cogens – The International Law Podcast which is currently one of the world’s biggest podcasts on international law with listeners in 165 countries and territories.

At RSIL, he has advised governmental stakeholders on issues of public international law, international dispute settlement and multilateral sanctions.

Shayan obtained his LL.B. (Hons.) from the University of London and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School. At Harvard, he served as an Article Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal; a host of the Masterclass Workshop Series, Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association; and, coached the School’s Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition team to its first-ever world championship since the competition’s inception in 1960.


  • The Inapplicability of the Geneva Conventions to Self-Determination Movements (Cambridge International Law Journal’s Blog)
  • The Issues of Admissibility Pertaining to Circumstantial, Contested, Classified and Illicitly Obtained Evidence in the International Court of Justice (Research Guide for the International Court of Justice, Peace Palace Library) (Research Society of International Law’s Law Review)
  • Legal Memorandum|The Legal Status of Jammu and Kashmir under International Law: The Law of Occupation and Illegal Annexation (Research Society of International Law)
  • Legal Analysis of the Balakot Airstrike and Pakistan’s Response (Research Society of International Law)
  • Denial of Consular Access through a Modification of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963: A Study of the Jadhav Case (UC Berkeley Journal of International Law’s Blog)
  • Registration of International Agreements with the UN Secretariat: A Study of the Jadhav Case (UC Berkeley Journal of International Law’s Blog)
  • Why I Disagree with the analysis of the Ex-Chief Justice Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhry regarding the Jadhav Case (India V. Pakistan) (Courting the Law)
  • Criminal Law and Procedural Guidelines for Police and Prosecutors in Pakistan (UNODC)
  • Report on the Convergences and Divergences of Opinions between Madrassah and University Students (CODE Pakistan) (Published with support of the United States Institute of Peace)


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