Special Economic Zones and
Foreign Direct Investment
Morial Shah is a legal academic, policy consultant and legislative drafter. As part of Politas's team, Morial advises on legal matters related to Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). She also teaches Corporate and Business Law as a member of the Law Faculty at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi, Pakistan.
Morial's public sector work involves legislative drafting, corporate sustainability matters and human rights' advocacy. Most recently, she worked at the UN Global Compact in New York, served as the country expert for a U.S. asylum court, trained clerks of Pakistan's Senate on legislative drafting, worked with Pakistani lawmakers on human rights' legislation and consulted for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
As part of her wider pro bono practice, Morial advises the Husn Afroze Trust on girls' education and volunteers for the Peoples Primary Health Initiative (PPHI), a public-private healthcare initiative providing access to basic health services in rural Pakistan. Over the last decade, she has also been volunteering with the Indus Resource Centre (IRC) - an organization running schools for underprivileged girls in rural Sindh, Pakistan.
In the past, Morial has served on the Youth Board of the American Fund for Human Development (AFHD) and consulted for UNICEF-Pakistan, UNFPA-Pakistan, Pakistan National Forum on Women’s Health, Women’s Parliamentary Caucus of Pakistan, Sustainable Policy Development Institute (SDPI) and Pakistan's National Commission on Human Development (NCHD).
Morial is a graduate of Columbia Law School (Stone Scholar), University of Cambridge, UK and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service (summa cum laude). Her op-eds appear in major Pakistani newspapers including the Dawn, Express Tribune and The News. When in Pakistan, she is invited to speak about legal on political matters on regional and national TV channels. For more details on her work, see her blog.
Areas of Expertise: legislative drafting, corporate law, contract law, due diligence, negotiation, security and violence in mega-cities, healthcare, and human rights.
Organizations Assisted: UN Global Compact; Senate of Pakistan; International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); Morningside Heights Legal Services; Deloitte Pakistan; Peoples Primary Health Initiative (PPHI) Sindh; Indus Resource Centre (IRC); UNICEF Pakistan; UNFPA and Pakistan National Forum on Women's Health; Husn Afroze Trust; Sustainable Policy Development Institute (SDPI).
Previous / Other Positions: Lecturer, Corporate and Business Law, Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi; Legal Consultant, International Committee of the Red Cross; Legislative Drafting Trainer, Senate of Pakistan; Lecturer, European Union Law, University of London External Programs
Education: Columbia Law School, LL.M. (Stone Scholar); Cambridge University, Law (honors); Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (summa cum laude).
Qualifications: Passed the New York Bar exam, pending admission; International Law Institute Certification in Legislative Drafting
Publications: Dissertation on honor killings and forthcoming publications in Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and Science and Intellectual Property Law Review.
Languages: English (fluent), Urdu (fluent), Sindhi (fluent), Punjabi (spoken), Seraiki (spoken), Persian (basic), and Arabic (basic).