“I know that Dr. Alsaif is motivated by fierce and admirable passion to improve the condition of disabled people in Saudi Arabia and internationally. In pursuit of this he will certainly seek to collaborate with national and international agencies. Given his deep understanding of the legal and moral questions, and his obvious practical abilities, I feel that Dr. Alsaif would be an outstanding and enduring contribution in that field too.” – Dr. John A Harrington (Professor of Law, Director of IMLAB, The Liverpool Law School at University of Liverpool)
Biographical data form of candidates to human rights treaty bodies
- Name and first name: Dr. Ahmad Alsaif
- Date and place of birth: 08 December 1962 [Buraiydah, Saudi Arabia]
- Working languages: Arabic and English
- Ministerial Committee of the Body of Experts in the Council of Ministers for the Study of the Situation of Persons with Disabilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Potential for Reform of Disability Specific Legislation
- Council Member of the Human Rights Commission - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Vice-Chair for the Economic, Social and Health Rights Committee of the Human Rights Commission
- Member of the High Preparatory Committee on Preparing the Kingdom’s Report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
- Supervisor of the Rights of Persons with Disability Unit of the Human Rights Commission
- Member of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Project for the Propagation of Human Rights Culture under the Human Rights Commission.
Main professional activities:
In addition to his private practice with Ahmad Alsaif Law Office as well as his role as Council Member of the Human Rights Council of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Dr. Alsaif represents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at various conferences and events, most recently including the 7th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the UN Headquarters in NY in July 2014 and the 11th Session of the sister Conference at the UN Headquarters in Geneva in March/April 2014. Dr. Alsaif was also a high-level representative and contributor to the working papers at the General Assembly High-level Meeting on Disability and Development: Achievement of the Internationally Agreed Development Goals with Respect to Persons with Disabilities in New York in September 2013 as well as a contributing as an active speaker and advocate for persons with disabilities in Saudi Arabia and globally.
- Doctor of Law (PhD) 2008 Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne [United Kingdom]
- LLM US Legal Studies - 2003 Case Western Reserve University School of Law [USA]
- Post-Bachelor’s Degree1988 Institute of General Administration [Saudi Arabia] High Diploma in Law
- Bachelor’s Degree, Sharia (Islamic) Law - 1986 Al-Imam Mohammed Bin Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned: Dr. Alsaif is a member of several professional associations and councils including the Saudi Disability Association, the Islamic World Disability Council, the American Persons with Disabilities Association, and the British Association of Legal and Social Philosophy. In addition to actively contributing to these professional associations, Dr. Alsaif has facilitated and participates as a trainer in the Advanced Training on the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, Dr. Alsaif has assisted in the organization and the implementation, and has participated actively in the Training Workshop on Preparing National Reports Regarding the Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a collaboration between the United Nations, Gulf Cooperation Council, and League of Arab States.
List of most recent publications in the field:
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Discrimination: A Comparative Study Between American, British and Saudi Arabia’s Disability Laws (PhD Dissertation, Newcastle Law School), The Concept of Human Rights and the Legitimate Islamic Intents (Case Western Reserve University School of Law), Positions Towards Disability in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - The Reality of Disability Legislation and the Requirements of the Reform. (Special Memorandum for the Government of Saudi Arabia).
Links of interest:
- Dr. Alsaif's Dissertation: The Rights of Disabled Persons and Discrimination: A Comparative Study in British, American and Saudi Arabian Disability Law (https://theses.ncl.ac.uk/dspace/handle/10443/1047)