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Akbar Khan

Akbar Khan is a member of the British diplomatic service and a Senior Assistant Legal Adviser based in the Legal Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) London. His current responsibilities involve the co-ordination and provision of FCO legal advice in respect of the British Overseas Territories. Such advice relates to the United Kingdom’s constitutional responsibility and oversight of its 14 Overseas Territories. He is a qualified Barrister-at-Law and also admitted at the New York Bar as an Attorney-at law. Mr Khan completed his legal training at the London Chambers of 1 Crown Office Row, Inner Temple, London and was in private practice for several years prior to joining the United Nations Organization and subsequently the British Diplomatic Service.  He graduated from the Universities of Cambridge, and Reading and is specialized at post-graduate level in Public International law and International Human Rights law. He is a Colombos Public International Law Prize Winner of Middle Temple Inn of Court. His international legal career has included substantive overseas positions as Head of the International Law Section, British Embassy, The Hague, (The Netherlands) and in various legal capacities in the United Nations based in Geneva and the Palestinian Territories.  He has considerable experience in participating in and conducting multilateral negotiations and discussions. Between 2009-2012 he was on special leave from the FCO in the position of Director, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division (LCAD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat which is an intergovernmental organization of 53 member states. He served as the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s principal legal adviser and was responsible for managing the Secretariat’s Division that promotes the rule of law in support of the Commonwealth’s mandate to enhance democracy and good governance in member countries. He has published widely and speaks on a wide range of international rule of law issues. In 2011, in recognition of his significant contribution to the progressive development of international law he was awarded the status of ‘fellow’ by the Sierra Leone International Law institute. In 2012, he was appointed a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Council on the Rule of Law. He is also featured as one of the ‘Leaders’ on the Rule of Law by the Hague Institute on the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).

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