General Counsel and Professor of Law

Sulaimanni, Iraq
Feb 08, 2021
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Counsel and Professor of Law

Type of Employment: Full Time

Location: Sulaimani, Iraq

Application Closing Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled. The successful candidate will begin employment on or about August 15, 2021.


AUIS is located in the UNESCO-designated City of Literature Sulaimani, the secure cultural capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq. Founded in 2007 for the public benefit of all Iraq, AUIS is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational, English-speaking liberal arts university. In 2011, AUIS moved to its new 400-acre marble-and-glass campus overlooking historic Sulaimani, a thriving economic center of more than a million residents.

The campus has 50 classrooms, high-tech computer labs, an expansive library, auditoriums, dining facilities, and sports facilities. Our 1,300 students are taught in English by faculty members from approximately 20 different countries; more than 40% of the full-time faculty are from the United States and 30% are from Iraq. The University’s acclaimed preparatory program is the only such program in Iraq to have earned U.S. accreditation (CEA). AUIS graduates are highly sought after by regional and international employers and have continued their studies at leading universities in the United States and Europe.

Recently, AUIS introduced a unique dual-degree program with the University of Arizona, ranked #48 nationally and #89 globally by the Center for World University Rankings. For the first time, students from Iraq and the Kurdistan Region are able to receive U.S.-accredited undergraduate engineering degrees while living close to home. Additional majors are in development. Under the agreement, selected faculty are eligible for designation as Global Instructors.

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AUIS invites applications for the position of General Counsel and Professor of Law, with open faculty rank including Professor of Practice. AUIS is looking for a motivated, collegial, student-focused, and culturally sensitive colleague who is both an accomplished legal practitioner and an inspiring teacher, with exemplary skills in the English and Arabic languages and familiar with legal systems in the U.S. and Middle East. This is an extraordinary opportunity to oversee legal policies and practices at a successful university, and to teach in an innovative law program that provides a challenging and rewarding educational experience for undergraduate law students who, in the Kurdish and Iraqi system, can practice law upon graduation. We seek an individual who is fascinated by the opportunity to make a difference in a demanding but exciting environment.

The Program:

The AUIS law major offers undergraduate courses leading to Bachelor of Arts degree in Law. Structured in collaboration with Stanford University School of Law, the AUIS law program has already achieved notable distinction: for each of the last three years, AUIS students qualified to represent the country of Iraq in the Jessup Moot Court Competition. The curriculum is supported by state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, and facilities, by experienced and student-focused faculty, and by strong links with the community.

The ideal candidate exhibits the following characteristics:

  • An earned J.D. degree or other graduate degree in Law from a U.S. university, preferably with state bar membership.
  • A distinguished record in legal practice, teaching, scholarship, and administration.
  • Experience with the practice of law in Iraq or other country in the Middle East.
  • Outstanding English written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking. Arabic language skills are highly desirable.
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in a multicultural environment.


The compensation package is competitive and includes base salary, subsidized housing, annual airfare, subsidized health insurance, a generous holiday and leave policy, opportunities for consulting, and other elements.

Applicants should submit the following documents via email, with “General Counsel” in the subject line, to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide contact information for three references.

No telephone calls please. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for an interview. AUIS is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer and believes that diversity is essential to education.

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