Dr. Osama Siddique

Associate Fellow

S.J.D: Harvard University LL.M: Harvard University B.A: (Honors) Jurisprudence | M.A: University of Oxford, as Rhodes Scholar MBA: Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) B.A. Economics and English Literature: Government College Lahore

Dr. Osama Siddique is a legal scholar, policy advisor and award winning author. He is an Associate Fellow at IDEAS and the Executive Director of Law & Policy Research Network (LPRN). In 2016, he was the Inaugural Henry J. Steiner Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Harvard Law School. He serves as Senior Faculty for workshops held by Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School. He taught for many years as an Associate Professor and was the founding chair of the Law & Policy program at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

Dr. Siddique has two decades of experience in research and policy work in the fields of justice, regulations, governance, rights and institutions. He has published four books, multiple national reports, and several scholarly publications in international academic journals and edited volumes in the areas of comparative constitutional law, law and development, legal history, legal sociology, human rights, legal education, and justice sector reform. He has worked extensively as a justice sector reform advisor to Pakistani courts, federal and provincial government departments bodies and institutions, the United Nations, ICRC and various international bilateral and multilateral financial institutions, including the ADB, USAID, DFID, EU, GIZ and World Bank. He is a regular participant in local and international academic conferences and policy dialogues. He has also practiced law for several years as an Associate Attorney at the New York offices of two of the largest law firms in the world as well as an appellate court lawyer in Pakistan. His most recent academic book publication is the multiple award winning ‘Pakistan’s Experience with Formal Law: An Alien Justice’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). He is also the author of the historical novel ‘Snuffing Out the Moon’ (Penguin Random House India, 2017). In 2020 he was the the recipient of the Pride of LUMS award for an outstanding alumnus.