Former Supreme Court Justice (Afghanistan)
Najla Ayoubi is a lawyer and former judge with extensive experience in judiciary, elections, human rights and women’s empowerment. She is a civil society and women / human rights activist. She served as a Legal Advisor for the State Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs of Afghanistan, Commissioner at the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan and Commissioner of Joint Electoral Management Body. She was the Senior State Attorney at the Attorney General Office of Afghanistan, State Attorney of the Parwan province, and Judge at the Parwan Provincial Court. Judge Ayoubi played a significant role in the constitution-making process of Afghanistan.
She served as a Board Member of Open Society Afghanistan as well as the Country Director of Open Society Afghanistan (OSF representative office in Afghanistan). She was Board member of Afghan Women’s Network, Afghanistan Research & Evaluation Unit Member of Board of Directors, Advisory Board Member of Afghan Education Production Organization, Co-Chair of Board in Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society, and Member of the Board of Trustees at Afghan Professional Network. She is a former Deputy Country Representative of The Asia Foundation, Afghanistan Office. She worked with The Asia Foundation Afghanistan in different capacities. She is a Founding member and Global Executive Board Member of the Women’s Regional Network.
Judge Ayoubi was selected as both a 2015 Peacemaker at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego and a 2017 Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. Judge Ayoubi holds two MA degrees: one in Law and Politics from the State University of Tajikistan and another in Post-war Recovery and Development Studies from York University in the United Kingdom.