Shayyan Qaiser

Senior Research Fellow


Shayyan Qaiser is a Senior Research Fellow at RSIL’s Islamabad Office. She is a Barrister from Lincoln’s Inn, London and an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan, holds an LLM from Harvard University and has 8+ years PQE. Her areas of interest are international human rights, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing, global technology law and data privacy law.

Barrister Qaiser worked at the Supreme Court of Pakistan as a law clerk and then research officer to the former Chief Justice of Pakistan where she assisted with drafting opinions on various cases involving important constitutional and human rights issues, including the Asia Bibi blasphemy case. She also has experience of litigation, advisory, and transactional work. Prior to joining RSIL, Barrister Qaiser worked as an Associate Partner at a reputed law firm in Islamabad. She is also a visiting lecturer at various educational institutes in Islamabad.

At RSIL, Barrister Qaiser worked on a project on the reform and implementation of terrorism laws in Pakistan. She is also the co-author of “Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: Building a case for Pakistan” published in the Pakistan Review of International Law and Human Rights.

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