Bushra Khan earned her LL.B. from the International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan (IIUI) in 2009, and her LL.M. in international human rights from the same institution in 2012. While earning her LL.M., she was appointed Teaching/Research Associate at the Faculty of Law, IIUI, and in September 2015, she was appointed Lecturer of Law. At the Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, Ms. Khan is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious Fulbright Foreign Student Program. Upon the completion of her doctoral studies she intends to return to her home country and continue working in academia.
Her research interests include constitutional law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law. Owed to her interest in the domain of international human rights and the laws of armed conflict, her LL.M dissertation was focused on the applicability of international human rights and humanitarian law to private military contractors in times of armed conflict. Coming from Pakistan, a state that continues to face the scourge of and attempts to grapple with terrorism in a manner that is compliant with its constitution, Ms. Khan in her doctoral research intends to focus on Pakistan’s anti-terrorism legislation, its constitutionality and conformity with the standards put in place by Islamic law and international human rights law.