RLS is a legal consulting firm that combines local knowledge with international best practice to advise clients and inform and improve the Afghan legal landscape.
Founded in Kabul in 2008, RLS advises Afghan and international commercial clients, non-profits, and governmental organizations. The firm has also advised development agencies, NGOs, and embassies, and has taken part in numerous Rule of Law and legal capacity development initiatives.
RLS’s Core Principles are:
Providing clients with international caliber legal services applicable to the Afghan environment;
Helping Afghan companies do business with the international community on an equal footing; and
Contributing to the development of the private and legal sectors in Afghanistan.
For commercial clients and individuals, RLS has provided extensive advice regarding the treatment of foreign organizations and companies in Afghanistan, and the protections, privileges, and immunities afforded to them under various international agreements, including the NATO Status of Forces Agreement and the Bilateral Security Agreement between the United States and Afghanistan. RLS has also represented numerous Afghan companies in negotiations and disputes with organizations from other jurisdictions, and has helped many others secure justice through trainings and pro bono work.
Our firm has longstanding relationships with government agencies, diplomatic missions, international organizations, financial institutions, and law firms in Afghanistan and abroad. These relationships enable us to deliver client-specific solutions that anticipate the evolving international landscape. Our international and local attorneys have combined expertise in legal practice in the United States, South Africa, New Zealand, and Afghanistan.
The Law Offices of Hushang Hafizi
Led by Mr. Hushang Hafizi, the Law Offices of Hushang Hafizi is a well-established and respected, growing Afghan law firm. Co-located in one office in Kabul, RLS has worked closely with Hushang and his team since early 2009.
Hushang’s firm directly represents its own international clients, especially companies seeking advice on doing business in Afghanistan. He also works closely with RLS on all matters involving Afghan law and the Afghan government. Hushang has been an integral part of the RLS team in previous projects, providing critical insights into the local legal system, delivering effective translation support, issuing legal opinions, and representing clients in the Afghan justice system. His team combines depth of experience in working with Afghan regulatory, judicial, and law enforcement bodies with their local and regional language skills, and experience working with RLS in Kabul.