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Ali Hosseini is a PhD candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, focusing on global social governance. His broad research interests include peacebuilding, development, and institutionalization of human rights. His PhD dissertation focuses on failure of international intervention in assisting post-Taliban Afghanistan in institutionalization of a culture of peace, drawing interactions between a culture of violence formed in the country during decades of war, misguided peacebuilding knowledge about peace and nation-building, discounting criticality of public cultural and educational institutions, and eroded trust between people and domestic and international political actors due to compromising transparency, transitional justice and accountability for short-term political expediencies. Identifying the connection of peace with societal agreement on specific values and presence of trust between people and government, and believing that peacebuilding inevitably includes strengthening of the shared values, his research revolves around the place of organic societal development in peacebuilding governance. Criticizing the current securitized and economistic peacebuilding, his research highlights the importance of strengthening local public institutions in addressing intellectual, cultural and social aspects of peace.

As a member of the Faculty of Law of Kateb University in Kabul, Afghanistan, he taught constitutional law, administrative law, international law and human rights. He is author of four books and several papers on the rule of law, government administration, human rights institutionalization and peace building. He also worked with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) as a human rights officer for six years. His professional work included promoting of and analyzing the human rights trends in the light of social, political and economic developments. Besides having a B.A. in Law, from Mofid University, and a M.A. in International Law, from Allameh Tabataba’i University, he obtained B.A. and M.A. in Islamic Jurisprudence and Culture from the International Center for Islamic Studies (ICIS, Iran.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship, 2017-18
  • Premium Researcher Award from Allameh Tabataba’i University, Faculty of Law and Political Science, 2007
  • Scholarship from Allameh Tabataba’i University, M.A. in International Law, 2005
  • Scholarship from International Center for Islamic Studies, M.A. in Islamic Jurisprudence, 2001



    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2016. “Institutionalization of Human Rights in Afghanistan.” Kabul: Saeed Publication.
    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2013. “Administrative Law of Afghanistan.” Kabul: Amiry Publication.
    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2010. “Rule of Law in Afghanistan Legal System.” Kabul: Saeed Publication.
    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2007. “Public Order and Rule of Law in Islam.” Qom: Solouk-e Javan Publisher.


    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2019. “Development as Usual: Ethical Reflections on the SDGs”, in Dalby S., Horton S., Mahon R., and Thomaz D. (eds.), Achieving Sustainable development Goals: Global Governance Challenges, London: Routledge.
    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2013. “Inseparability of the rule of law and human rights”, Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 1, Kateb University.
    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2010. “Foundations of Human Rights in book of “Ethics” of Naseri”, Nebras Quarterly, No. 5-6.
    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2009. “Roles of Religious Fundamentalism and Human Rights Violations in Continuation of War in Afghanistan”, Nebras Quarterly, No. 2,.
    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2008, “Responsibility of Afghanistan for the acts of Mujahedin and Taliban”, (Co-author), Law and Politics Research Journal, Faculty of Law and Politics, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Vol. 25.
    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2007. “Force Majeure in Domestic Law and International Law”, Legal Studies Quarterly, Second Year, Issue No. 8.
    • Hosseini, Seyed Ali. 2006. “Rights of landlocked states in the law of the sea”, New Discourse Quarterly, Kabul, Vol. 3, No. 10.
  • M.A. International Law, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, 2007
  • M.A. Islamic Jurisprudence, International Center for Islamic studies, Iran, 2005
  • B.A. Law, Mofid University, Iran, 2003
  • B.A. Islamic Jurisprudence, International Center for Islamic Studies, Iran, 2000

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