Ihsanullah Khan

Senior Fellow – Pakistan

Ihsanullah Khan is a lawyer and mediator, who has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for over seventeen years around the world.

About Ihsanullah Khan

Ihsanullah Khan is a lawyer and mediator, who has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for over seventeen years around the world. He currently works in the Sudan, coordinating the country’s Protection Cluster Working group and UNHCR for the protection and assistance of refugees, the internally displaced, and other vulnerable communities within the mandate of UNHCR. He has worked extensively with indigenous dispute resolution mechanisms among various communities in Pakistan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan. He has assisted these communities in the revival and transformation of community-based conflict resolution practices.

Mr. Khan’s engagement with mediation and conflict resolution started at a very early age, when he assisted his father, a Pashtoon tribal leader responsible for resolving difference among his tribesmen. Growing up seeing the variety of issues brought to his father, Mr. Khan developed expertise in the traditional conflict resolution practices of the Pashtoon culture. After completing his legal studies, he began an extensive research and development program for the revival of the indigenous conflict resolution practices in Pakistan and elsewhere. As part of his research, Mr. Khan provided technical advice to local authorities in establishing court-annexed mediation centers.

While serving as a Protection Officer of UNHCR and as a trained mediator, Mr. Khan pioneered the use of mediation in promoting dialogue between Afghan refugees and Pakistani host communities in Pakistan. While working in Ethiopia and Uganda, he applied his mediation skills to promote peace among the various refugee ethnic groups in conflict.

Mr. Khan is part of UNHCR’s global pool of mediators and is also a trainer on conflict management and mediation for managers’ training programs. He is a motivational speaker and has delivered academic and motivational lectures at various institutions around the world.

Legal Experience

Mr. Khan’s legal experience focuses on civil law and human rights, especially asylum law, refugee protection and human rights. As an expert in human rights and refugee law, he regularly provides expert opinion as “amicus curie” to courts on refugee rights and obligations. He applies international human rights law, humanitarian law and refugee law in his work, and he has over twelve years’ experience in asylum law and refugee status determination.

He is a trained and certified negotiator and has successfully negotiated high profile matters in complex and highly politicized contexts.

Mediation Practice

Mr. Khan has been a mediator and a mediation systems designer for over seventeen years. He has mediated several hundred cases as part of his regular work as an UNHCR Protection Officer. He has designed and established community-based mediation centers in various countries and as part of numerous humanitarian operations.

ADR Achievements and Training

ADR Achievements

• Founded and managed the first private ADR center in Armenia, ADR Partners
• Drafted Armenia’s first mediation laws
• Established first ADR course at an Armenian University and established mediation and arbitration clinics at two leading universities
• Trained over 500 ADR lawyers and mediators, including over 30 certified Armenian mediators permitted to mediate court-referred cases
• Trained hundreds of Armenian judges and lawyers on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration
• Established Armenia’s first court-annexed mediation programs, demonstrating the efficiency of mediation in Armenian courts

ADR Training

  • As a pioneer of mediation for promoting dialogue and peace building, Mr. Khan has trained hundreds of community representatives, elders, youth, women and men on conflict resolution and mediation across the globe.
  • He established a mediation center and trained refugees and local communities in Uganda to resolve their disputes at the community level. The project received high recognition and was replicated in several other operations.
  • Member of the committee constituted by the Office of the Prime Minister, Refugee Affairs section, in Uganda, to draft the sub-laws on Refugee camps in Uganda
  • Trained in Arbitration, Mediation, Negotiation and “Jarga” (community based ADR mechanism) Laws by the University of Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Trained on Essentials of Humanitarian Negotiation by UNHCR eCenter Tokyo, Japan
  • Advanced Mediation training at the Center of Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in London
  • Advanced Mediation training at Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, Washington DC
  • Weinstein JAMS International Fellow (2014)

Educational Qualifications

Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), University of Peshawar, Pakistan
  • International Diploma in Humanitarian assistance, Fordham University, NY
  • Numerous courses on human rights, refugee and asylum laws, humanitarian assistance, and management of Humanitarian operations
  • Pursuing his Ph.D. in Human Rights and Dispute Resolution

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