Asad Kiyani

Asad Kiyani
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Law

LL.B - Osgoode, LL.M (Distinction) - Cambridge, PhD - UBC

Area of expertise

Immigration and refugee law, domestic and international criminal law, evidence, postcolonial theory, legal pluralism, and comparative law.


Dr Asad G. Kiyani (LL.B (Osgoode), LL.M (Distinction) (Cantab), PhD (UBC)) is an Assistant Professor in Law at the University of Victoria. He holds an LL.B from Osgoode Hall, an LL.M (Distinction) from Cambridge, and a PhD from UBC, where he was awarded a Four-Year Fellowship, a SSHRC Vanier CGS Scholarship, the Charles Bourne Graduate Scholarship in International Law, and the Dean of Law PhD Prize. Asad has taught in the law faculties at the University of Calgary and the University of Western Ontario, and is currently a Research Associate with the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria.

Asad researches and teaches in domestic and international criminal law, immigration and refugee law, evidence, postcolonial theory, legal pluralism, and comparative law.

He has written a number of book chapters and articles, including for the Supreme Court Law Review, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the NYU Journal of Law & Politics, and the American Journal of International Law: Unbound, and is a co-author of the forthcoming 12th edition of Criminal Law & Procedure: Cases and Materials (Emond Montgomery).  

Asad is a recipient of the 2017 Antonio Cassese Prize for International Criminal Law Studies for his article “Group-Based Differentiation and Local Repression: The Custom and Curse of Selectivity”, and his article “Al-Bashir & the ICC: The Problem of Head of State Immunity” was cited by the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa in its decision on the South African government’s obligation to arrest suspects indicted by the International Criminal Court. In 2019, Asad was a recipient of the Hessel Yntema Prize for Comparative Law, awarded for “The Ahistoricism of Legal Pluralism in International Criminal Law” (co-authored with James G. Stewart). Asad received the UVic Law Students’ Society First-Year Teaching Award in 2018, and was named the Jay S. McLeod Professor of the Year at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law in 2016.

Before beginning his doctoral studies, Asad was called to the bar by the Law Society of Ontario in 2006. He articled with the Department of Justice in Toronto, worked as a Pegasus Scholar with barristers at Garden Court Chambers and 2 Bedford Row in the United Kingdom, and was part of the appeal team for Issa Hassan Sesay before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He also worked with various Toronto-area legal aid clinics, including Parkdale Community Legal Services and the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, and was posted to Ethiopia as part of a capacity-building partnership between the Canadian Bar Association and the Ethiopian Bar Association.