Osama Siddique
Osama Siddique

Dr. Osama Siddique is a professor of law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Osama research interests include legal empowerment of minorities and vulnerable citizens, the state of fundamental rights and civil liberties in Pakistan and miscarriage of justice and violent vigilantism stemming from laws such as those concerning blasphemy. Siddique is also an experienced practicing lawyer.

Name:Osama Siddique
In Urdu:اسامہ صدیقی
Famous As:Pakistani Lawyer, Scholar, Policy Advisor and Author
Education:Lahore University of Management Sciences, Government College Lahore, University of Oxford, Harvard Law School
Awarded:American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) Annual Book Prize 2014-2015
Chief Executive: Avante Development Services (ADS)
Associate Fellow:Institute for Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS)
Author of:Novel Snuffing Out the Moon published
Widely Published:Pakistani constitutional law, South Asian legal history, legal sociology, and international human rights law
Worked as:Associate Attorney at the New York offices
Affiliated as:Associate Professor with LUMS between 2005 and 2014

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Osama Siddique has been a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, a lawyer in New York and Lahore, a policy instructor in various countries, a legal scholar, university teacher and reform consultant in Pakistan, and, a successful doctoral candidate and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. Currently, he earns a living by trying to persuade politicians, judges, police officers, lawyers and bureaucrats to change themselves. He was born in beautiful Lahore and mostly lives there. He also travels widely to gaze at ruins and trees. His most recent book is an acclaimed and multiple award-winning critical legal history of post-colonial justice systems.[1]  Biography 


Dr. Osama Siddique has served in 2016 as the Inaugural Henry J. Steiner Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Harvard Law School. He is the Executive Director of the Law and Policy Research Network  and the Chief Executive of Avante Development Services (ADS). He is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), Lahore, Pakistan. He has also worked as an Associate Professor of Law & Policy and was the founding head of department (2005-2007) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan. Dr. Siddique has extensive experience in research and policy work in the fields of law and public policy. [2]  Professor 


Law in Practice - The Lahore Districts Court s Litigants Survey Book
He has several scholarly publications in international academic journals in the areas of comparative constitutional law, law and development, legal history, human rights, legal education, and justice sector reform. He has also worked extensively as a justice sector reform adviser to Pakistani courts, federal and provincial government departments, the United Nations and various international bilateral and multilateral financial institutions, including the ADB, USAID, DFID, EU, GIZ and World Bank.[3] Publications


He is a regular participant in local and international academic conferences and policy dialogues. He has also practiced as a transactional lawyer in New York and as an advocate of the appellate courts in Pakistan. His most recent book publication is ‘Pakistan’s Experience with Formal Law: An Alien Justice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). Dr. Siddique is also a member of the Senior Faculty of the Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School and has taught in Qatar, Spain and Thailand.


  1. Harvard Law School – SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science) (2008 – 2011)
  2. Harvard Law School – LLM (Master of Laws) (1997)
  3. University of Oxford – BA (Hons) Jurisprudence (1996), MA (1998)
  4. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) – MBA (1993)
  5. Government College, Lahore – BA (1990)

Research Interests

Snuffing out the Moon

Primary Interests

Pakistani Constitutional Law and History, Human Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law, Indian Legal History, Legal Theory, Political Theory, Law and Society, Sociology of Law, Legal Anthropology, Law and Literature, Law and Public Policy, Justice Sector Reform, Law & Development, Access to Justice, Legal Empowerment of the Poor & Vulnerable, Regulatory Laws and Regulation of Higher Education.

General Interests

Justice Sector Reform, Higher Education Reform, Democratic Process Reform, Fundamental Rights and Civil Liberties, Protection of Vulnerable Groups in Society.[4] Research Interests


  1. Case Management Reforms at the Lahore High Court and District Courts in Punjab (current)
  2. Legal Education Regulatory Reforms and Institutional Capacity Building in Punjab (current)
  3. Prosecutor Trainings Development and Institution Building in Punjab (current)


  1. Pakistan’s Experience with Formal Law: An Alien Justice
  2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013 (International Hardback Edition)
  3. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2014 (South Asian Paperback Edition)
  4. Winner of the Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award at Karachi Literature Festival, 2014 [5]  Books 

The Jurisprudence of Dissolutions

  1. Presidential Power to Dissolve Assemblies under the Pakistani Constitution and its Discontents 
  2. Karachi: Pakistan Law House, 2008

Teaching Experience

  1. Senior Faculty – Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) Workshop, Doha, Qatar (January 2015)
  2. Docent – Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) Workshop, Doha, Qatar (January 2014)
  3. Associate Professor – Department of Law & Policy, LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan (March 2005 – March 2014)

Courses Taught

  1. Human Rights Law and Society
  2. Constitutional Law of Pakistan
  3. Constitutional History of Pakistan
  4. Comparative Constitutional Law & Politics
  5. Advocacy & Negotiations
  6. Advanced Moot Court Clinic
  7. The Impact of Colonial Law on India [6]  Courses Taught 

Best Non-Fiction Book

It was declared the Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Karachi Literature Festival, 2014 and also awarded the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) Annual Book Prize 2014-2015.[7]  Best Non-Fiction Book 


Wonderful launch & discussion for Snuffing Out the Moon at Lahore College for Women University
He is the author of the book “The Jurisprudence of Dissolutions: Presidential Power to Dissolve Assemblies under the Pakistani Constitution and its Discontents” (2008). His latest book, published in June, 2013 by the Cambridge University Press, is titled “Pakistan’s Experience with Formal Law: An Alien Justice.”, makes a seminal contribution to existing literature on the historical and sociological evolution of formal legal systems in post-colonial developing countries (with a particular focus on Pakistan and India), the varied experience of ordinary citizens with these formal legal systems, and the experience and impact of major reform projects.[8]  Author 

List of Books

  1. Snuffing out the Moon 
  2. Pakistan’s Experience with Formal Law: An Alien Justice 
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