Hashem Nawaf Alsharif

SJD Program Graduate 


Dr. Hashem Nawaf Alsharif successfully completed his S.J.D. degree at American University Washington College of Law, specializing in Criminal Law and Disability Rights. The title of his dissertation was "Alternative Punishments to Incarceration in the Sharia Criminal Law: The Applicability of Those Alternatives in The Saudi Arabian Criminal Law for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities." His academic interests and professional background include: Criminal Law, Disability Rights, Islamic Law, Constitution Law, and Administrative Law. Dr. Alsharif is now teaching Criminal Law courses and is an advocate of the rights of persons with disabilities in Saudi Arabia.

Degrees & Universities

SJD, American University Washington College of Law, 2019
Dual LL.M., International Legal Studies, American University Washington College of Law, 2016
LL.M., Law and Government, American University Washington College of Law, 2015
LL.B., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2011

Areas of Specialization

Criminal Law
Disability Rights
Islamic Law
Constitution Law
Administrative Law


Hashem Alsharif, The Models of Disability in Saudi Arabia, 6 Indon. J. Int'l & Comp. L. (2019).

Hashem Alsharif, Eaadat Alnathar fe Nidaam Reiayat Almoawakeen [Revising the Disability Welfare Law], Okaz News (Dec. 15, 2017), https://www.okaz.com.sa/article/1598129 (last visited Jun. 11, 2019).

Hashem Alsharif, Alaskas Tho Aleaaqa, Ozoof Am Jahal be Alhoqooq [Persons with Disabilities, Isolation or Unaware of their Rights?], Okaz News (Jul 19, 2019), https://www.okaz.com.sa/article/1737722 (last visited Jul 26, 2019).