Abdullah Adnan Khusifan

SJD Program Graduate


Abdullah Adnan Khusifan, an S.J.D. graduate of the American Universality Washington College of Law, finished his dissertation titled, "The Legality Under International Human Rights Law of Rehabilitation of Detainees Imprisoned for Terrorism." His dissertation sought to determine the legality, under International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law, of subjecting persons who are detained for suspected terrorist related activities to programs intended to rehabilitate them. The study proposed an ideal program for rehabilitating extremists by means that are consistent with the standards of the International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Since 2002, Dr. Khusifan has been a member of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has experience with a variety of criminal cases such as kidnapping, homicide, and drug offences as well as cases involving national security. 

Degrees & Universities

S.J.D., American University Washington College of Law
LL.M., American University Washington College of Law, 2016
M.S., Homeland Security, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., 2014
M.S., Criminal Justice with Specialization in Islamic Criminal Law, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2011
P.G.D., Penal Law, The Institute of Public Administration, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2003
LL.B., Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, 2000

Areas of Specialization

Islamic Criminal Law
Criminal Procedural Law
National Security Law
Law and Government


Winning the Virtual Hearts and Minds of Islamic Americans: A Pilot Study for Co-opting Jihadist Cyber Strategies in US Domestic Propaganda Efforts. Master’s Thesis, Master of Science in Homeland Security, University of the District of Columbia; 2015

Period of Flagrante Delicto. Master’s Thesis on developing a basis for criminal procedural law for investigators and police men, who caught criminals in the act of committing a crime on comparing domestic and foreign procedural laws, Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Naif Arab University; 2011