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International Law Certification Course 2013 Lahore
RSIL Summer Internship Program
International Law Certification Course 2013
8th Annual Fellowship Programme 2012
Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi was appointed as Federal Minister
Vienna International Christian Islamic Summer University (VICISU)
Mr. Sikander Ahmed Appointed as Legal Advisor Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
RSIL’s Ms. Amber Darr Proceeds for PhD
International School of Nuclear Law
Ninth Session of United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee (HRCAC)
Participation of RSIL’s President in International Conference on
Annual Internship Programme 2012
RSIL- International Law Certification Course July 9-27, 2012
Summer Program on Principles and Applications of International Law
Lecture of Mr. Sikander Shah, Senior Research Fellow, at University of Texas A&M (Doha)
Diplomatic Conference on Adoption of Draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Space Assets (27th February to 9th March 2012)
Eighth Session of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee Meeting in Geneva on 20- 24 February 2012
SZABIST International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition 2012
Mr. Sikander Shah Attended a Conference in Istanbul on Status of Detentions and Torture in Pakistan
Reko-diq Arbitration before International Chambers of Commerce (ICC)
In House Discussion on Iran- Pakistan Gas Pipeline in Light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 (2010)
RSIL Presentation on
British High Commission’s seminar on “Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction”
7th Annual Fellowship Program 2011
Workshop on Nuclear Law by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria
Conference on Child Rights Convention - October 29, 2011
In-House academic learning Sessions
Round Table Conference on Convention against Torture (Lahore) - October 20, 2011
Legal study on Protocol II, Child Rights Convention
In-House Discussion with Dr. Mubashar Hassan (07-10-2011)
Roundtable discussions with Mr. Steve Hadley (National Security Advisor to Former U.S. President Mr. George Bush)
Nomination of Barrister Hamza Khalid Randhawa, Executive Director, RSIL by IAEA
US Fulbright Scholarship - Ms. Farah Khalid Khan, RSIL
Roundtable Discussion on Convention against Torture, 1984 (CAT) - September 12, 2011
Visit of H.E.Mr. Lars Gunnar Wigemark, EU Ambassador to Pakistan - July 01, 2011
Session with Mr. Marco Sassoli (Legal Advisor ICRC, Pakistan) June 07, 2011
Roundtable discussion on Accession to the 1951 Refugee Convention (May 19, 2011)
PBIT Capacity Building Sessions
Election of Member Advisory Council of United Nations Human Rights Council. March 23, 2011
Discussion on “Economic Opportunities under International Law” January 22, 2011
Interactive Session with Representatives of UNHCR, December 21, 2010
Roundtable Discussion on “Legality of Drone Attacks” December 15, 2010
Nuclear Law Course for National Defence University, Islamabad
Advanced International Advocacy Training at Keble College, Oxford University. August 31 - September 04, 2010
Visit by Ms. Asma Jahangir, August 10, 2010
Interactive Session on Legal Aspects of Mumbai Trials, Washington DC, July 30, 2010
Visit by Mr. Rizwan Sheikh, Director OIC General Secretariat, Jaddah, July 26, 2010:
Interactive Session with ICRC on International Humanitarian Law - July 16, 2010
Session on Water Scarcity & Hydro Politics at Royal United Service Institute, July 15, 2010
Meeting on “Defamation of Religions” by Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), July 4-5, 2010
Lecture on Environmental Law & Public Interest Litigation, Indonesia , July 02 – 12, 2010
Visit by Mr. Ian Dawson. June 24, 2010
Visit by Ms. Candace Putnam, US Consul General, Peshawar, June 06, 2010
Annual Internship Programme 2010
Consultative Session by International Commission of Jurists, Nepal, June 02- 05, 2010
Workshop on Legal Aspects of Handling of Persons Captured during the Law Enforcement Action/Action in Aid of Civil Power , March 27, 2010
International Symposium on “Global Terrorism & International Co-operation” Ankara, Turkey, March 15 – 16, 2010
Visit by Judge Advocate General (Pakistan Air Force) - March 01, 2010
“Regional Comprehensive Course on Nuclear Law”, March 8 – 19, 2010:
Workshop on Legal Analysis of Mumbai Trials, February 25, 2010
Legal Workshop on International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR), February 12, 2010
5th Annual Fellowship Programme, January 11 – 23, 2009
Workshop on the Legal Aspects of State of Junagadh, January 14, 2010
Constitution of International Law Committee (ILC) by Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA)
Mr. Majid Bashir joins RSIL
Barrister Amber Darr joins RSIL
 
International Law Certification Course 2013 Lahore

 From July 8, 2013 to July 27,, 2013, students from all over the world participated in the Research Society of International Law (RSIL) International Law Certification Course. Over the span of three weeks, students participated in lectures and modules in a variety of international law subjects from international human rights law to the use of force to international economic law. Students were also educated on issues pertaining more directly to Pakistan including the international law surrounding the use of drones in Pakistan, Kashmir and the Indus Waters Treaty 1960. The main instructors of the course were Ali Sultan (Juris Doctor University of Virginia School of Law) and Maira Sheikh (Juris Doctor University of Notre Dame Law School).
Each day was divided into two parts. In the morning, students attended a seminar on that day’s topic, which acquainted them with basic theories and principles in that particular field of international law. In the afternoon, students participated in different activities to help them apply the basic principles they acquired in the morning seminar. Activities ranged from direct question and answer with the instructor to debates (both formal and informal) to group activities. Students particularly enjoyed the ability to represent states that offered viewpoints different from their own. The goal of the instructors in both the morning and afternoon sessions was not only to educate the students on international law, but also to improve their comprehension and analysis skills as budding lawyers in general. Students were often asked to step outside of their comfort zone and push their analytical abilities in order to better “think like a lawyer.”

WEEK ONE

 In the first week, students were introduced to RSIL and international law.
They were taught the sources of international law and they then debated and discussed whether it is in fact “real law” along with conducting S.W.O.T. analyses in small groups. On day two, they learned how international law is incorporated into domestic law and how states are defined and recognized. The students also learned about legal writing and citation. On day three, the students were taught the law of treaties. They then participated in a workshop attempting to formulate a potential treaty regulating content on the Internet. The following day, they learned about international organizations in general, including the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red
Cross. In that day’s afternoon session, students were acquainted
with the different enforcement mechanisms
present within international organizations like the Universal Periodic Review. They then debated the effectiveness of these mechanisms and the organizations in general as a class. On the last day of week one, students attended a lecture on various international adjudicatory mechanisms like the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. In the afternoon, Justice (R) Nasira Iqbal spoke to the students about her experiences and conducted a lengthy question and answer session.

 

WEEK TWO

On the first day of week two, students began to learn about the
nuances of international human rights law. The first seminar introduced students to the United Nations and the International Bill of Human Rights. During the afternoon session, students divided into groups and each group analyzed one or two assigned sections of one of the nine seminal human rights treaties. On the second day, students were given more in depth knowledge of the various fields of human rights law such as the international law governing women’s rights, children’s rights and the rights of refugees or internally displaced peoples. In the afternoon, students watched a film that documented the genocide in Darfur and the shortcomings of the United Nations mechanisms in response. On day three, students participated in a day-long debate on a resolution from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that proposed the international criminalization of the defamation of religions. The students divided into two groups and argued for and against the proposal. On day four, the topic shifted away from human rights. Students then began to learn about the use of force and the responsibility to protect. They then discussed and debated

 the merits of the doctrine and its potential expansion as well as the idea of the responsibility to prevent. On the final day, students attended an extended seminar on the law of armed conflict.

 

WEEK THREE

In the final week of the program, students
participated in modules much more specific to Pakistan. On day one, the students completed their education in international humanitarian law. On day two, the students participated in a morning debate on the legal validity of the drone operations currently being conducted in Pakistan. Half of the students argued that the program was in fact legal under international law and theremaining half argued against its legality.In the afternoon, guest speaker Moeed Yusuf explained to students the policy side of international law and internationalrelations. Mr. Yusuf is the South Asia Advisor to the United States Institute of Peace. On the third day of week three, students were instructed on the international law aspects of the Kashmir dispute. They then divided into groups in the a
fternoon to attempt to resolve this conflict, with one student representing Pakistan, one India and one Kashmir. Some groups reached an impasse, while others forged creative solutions to negotiate peace. On day four, students participated in a seminar on international nuclear law. On the final day of class, students received a brief lecture on international economic law. In the afternoon, veteran attorney Waleed Iqbal, answered student questions about corporate law and practicing law in Pakistan and around the world. He then participated in a panel, giving advice and insight to students on education and career options.

 THE CERTIFICATE CEREMONY

On the final day of the International Law Certificate Course, the Research Fellows and Research associates of RSIL individually interacted with the students, answering questions about which courses to take, which programs to consider after completing a Bachelors in Law and which firms to consider in Lahore for particular kinds of practice. Shortly thereafter, the President of RSIL, Ahmer Bilal Soofi spoke to the students about the conception of RSIL as well as what to consider when deciding what education and career paths to pursue. He motivated the students to seek excellence and shared personal triumphs throughout his career that have made him the success he is today.
Mr. Soofi then introduced the chief guest of the certificate ceremony, Mirza Asif Baig, Indus Water Treaty Commissioner for Paksitan. Commissioner Baig delivered an extremely informative presentation on the history of the conflict surrounding the Indus waters and on the corresponding Indus Waters Treaty of 1960. He discussed current controversies, including the dispute over the Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project and Baglihar Dam. Commissioner Baig also took time to answer questions from the audience.

 

 

 

 

 Mr. Soofi then presented Commissioner Baig with an RSIL seal to commemorate his visit to RSIL. The final day of the program then concluded with each student receiving a certificate of participation in the program, presented by Mr. Soofi and Mr. Ali Sultan, Senior Research Fellow.

 

 

STUDENT COMMENTS ON THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM

“RSIL has given me an extraordinary number of opportunities to expand my horizons, network, learn
about international law and contribute to its development in Pakistan.”
- Mustafa Farooq (U. of Alberta Law School) “The opportunities provided to listen to world-class Pakistani speakers, who are at the top of their respective fields, has proved invaluable as well as inspirational. I would definitely recommend RSIL’s internship programme to all young lawyers out there that are interested in making a real difference within Pakistan.”
- Zahra Mashhood (Cambridge) “At RSIL we grappled with tough legal questions using the most interesting methods, from simulating peace conferences, generating potential resolutions to border disputes to debating contentious legal issues. The summer internship program was well designed and highly enjoyable. Not only did we learn about the various facets of international law itself, but also its real life application. I have come across some of the best instructors and mentors at RSIL. All in all, it has been a fantastic learning experience.”

- Noor Habib (LUMS)

 

 


RSIL Summer Internship Program

 

Annual Internship program

The Research Society of International Law is holding its annual summer program from the 8th of July, 2013. This year’s theme for our summer program is “THE ROAD TO INTERNATIONAL LAW” which aims to develop a sufficiently sophisticated understanding of law and international politics to enable students and young professionals to appreciate the significance of international law. The program includes a series of lectures, interactive group discussions and guest lecturers for particular modules. The participants will be introduced to most important and contemporary aspects of international law. The program aims to deepen the understanding of issues such as water and environmental law, drones and their ramifications under the international law, human rights and global issues such as terrorism and use of force. The participants will be awarded certificates on the completion of the program and will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive session with RSIL’s president Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi.
 


International Law Certification Course 2013

Organizational Background:

The Research Society of International Law (RSIL) is a non-partisan, non-political International Law think-tank with the objective of promoting institutional awareness of International Law in Pakistan, and abroad. It aims to encourage rationality in presenting political positions and to provide an academic and purely objective analysis on any area of international law. As part of our awareness promotion initiative, RSIL has been conducting workshops, seminars, internships and fellowship programs for over a decade covering a range of International Law issues with a focus on Pakistan. The International Law Certification Course (ILCC) is an extension of this endeavor. Launched in 2012, the ILCC was a formalization of the RSIL Annual Internship Program. The Internship Program focused on the topical guidance and training of young lawyers and students on areas of international law. The ILCC has refined this approach and aims to give students a comprehensive overview of important international legal issues coupled with an introduction to research methodology in the field. The Course thus focusses on enhancing the knowledge of participants and giving them the tools to further pursue research with relevance to Pakistan.
 

ILCC 2013:

The ILCC 2013 will be a two week course commencing on the 10th of June, 2013. The Course focusses on giving participants an overview of an array of important international law issues with a specific focus on Pakistan. The courses are structured to give participants greater awareness of fundamental aspects of international law and spark their interest to pursue further research in these areas. The modules short-listed for the 2013 ILCC are:
 

1. Introduction to International Law
2. International Organizations
3. Introduction to International Humanitarian Law
4. The Legality of the Use of Drones in Pakistan
5. Introduction to International Human Rights Law
6. Introduction to International Nuclear Law
7. Introduction to International Criminal Law
8. Indo-Pak Relations
9. Kashmir and Siachen: A Legal Analysis
10. Indus Water Treaty
11. Technical Background to Indo-Pak Water Relations
12. Private International Law
13. International Intellectual Property Law
14. International Arbitration
15. Legal Citation and Research Essay

Please note: Modules are subject to change by the RSIL Administration

Applications:

To apply to the ILCC 2013, kindly, submit your C.V. including contact information (email address and telephone number) to either one of the following email addresses:

ovesanwar@rsilpak.org
saadrehman@rsilpak.org
 

Applicants that meet the requirements for attending the course will be shortlisted and contacted for an interview. The interviews can either be in person at the RSIL Office or over the phone. Final decisions regarding selection will be made by 5th June 2013.
 

Eligibility criteria:

Participants must either have completed an undergraduate degree or are currently pursuing one. Preference will be given to those with a legal background and aptitude for research in the field of international law.
 

Selection criteria:

Applicants will be selected based on their academic background, work experience, and general aptitude towards legal research. Prior knowledge of areas of International Law is not required.


Course Fee:

The ILCC 2013 Course Fee is Rs. 8,000/-.
Tea and refreshments will be provided to participants at the venue.


Venue:

Khuch Khaas,
House 1, Street 1,
Sector F-6/3,
Islamabad.
(Margalla Road Entrance)
 

Timing:

The course commences daily at 2:30 pm and last till 5:30 pm (some sessions may extend up to 6:00 pm).
 

For any queries please contact:


Mr. Oves Anwar (Email: ovesanwar@rsilpak.org, Cell: 0334-5755503)
or
Mr. Saad Rehman (Email: saadrehman@rsilpak.org, Cell: 0300-9551555)
 


8th Annual Fellowship Programme 2012

The Research Society of International Law’s (RSIL) 8th Annual Fellowship Programme was held in Lahore from 15th - 22nd December 2012. The Report shall be published shortly. It will include summary of  sessions on International law courses conducted during the Programme.

 

Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi was appointed as Federal Minister

President RSIL Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi had been appointed as Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights. During the term as Caretaker Federal Minister, he had relinquished the charge of the President’s office.


 


Vienna International Christian Islamic Summer University (VICISU)

Mr. Daud Aziz Khokhar, Research Associate RSIL, was awarded a scholarship for summer course titled “Vienna International Christian Islamic Summer University (VICISU)” held in July in Vienna, Austria.


Mr. Sikander Ahmed Appointed as Legal Advisor Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

Mr. Shah, formerly RSIL’s Senior Research Fellow, has been appointed as Advisor Legal Affairs MOFA. RSIL’s team hosted a farewell lunch for Mr. Shah and congratulated him on his appointment. RSIL’s President also presented a memento and appreciated his stay at RSIL.
 


RSIL’s Ms. Amber Darr Proceeds for PhD

Ms. Darr has been inducted into the University College London Competition Law Doctoral Programme. She has proceeded to London to pursue her Doctoral Studies at UCL.


International School of Nuclear Law

 

RSIL’s Research Associate, Mr. Oves Anwar, undertook intensive classes and training in a variety of international nuclear law issues over a two-week period from 27 August to 7 September, 2012 at International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL), Montpellier, France.
 


Ninth Session of United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee (HRCAC)

RSIL’s President Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Committee Expert HRCAC, and Mr. Sikander Ahmed Shah, Senior Research Fellow RSIL, attended the ninth session of HRCAC in Geneva from August 6 - 10, 2012.

Mr. Soofi, Chairperson of the drafting group and convener of the subcommittee on “traditional values” presented the study “On Promoting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms through a Better Understanding of Traditional Values of Humankind.”


 


Participation of RSIL’s President in International Conference on

The Sindh High Court and Sindh Bar Association jointly organized a three day International Conference on “Combating Terrorism through Law.” The Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, chaired the conference.

Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President RSIL, presented a paper on “Legal Challenges of Insurgency and Terrorism in Pakistan”.


Annual Internship Programme 2012

The Research Society of International Law (RSIL) held its annual summer internship program from the 2nd of July 2012 to the 10th of August 2012. 

The program was conducted at RSIL premises in Lahore, and was attended by twenty young scholars who were instructed in various fields of International Law. 

RSIL- International Law Certification Course July 9-27, 2012

 On July 9th, 2012, RSIL- Islamabad, commenced its first International Law Certification Course (ILCC) at its Shahdara Valley Office. The ILCC lasted for two weeks with a Certificate Awarding Ceremony held on 27th July, 2012. RSIL received an overwhelming response from students and practitioners in Islamabad. 


Summer Program on Principles and Applications of International Law

 

 

2nd July -10th August, 2012
Application Deadline: 15th June, 2012
Interviews (shortlisted candidates only): 20th-23rd June, 2012
Timings:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
 

The Research Society of International Law (“RSIL”) is an apolitical policy and research institute which aims to enhance the institutional awareness and appreciation of International Law in Pakistan.

RSIL is offering an exciting and unique opportunity to law school students to acquaint themselves with broad doctrines, principles and applications of International Law. In light of the growing importance of International Law to South Asia, RSIL remains committed to nurturing future International Law experts from Pakistan.

Selected candidates will gain hands on experience of how policies are formulated and research on pressing International Law issues is conducted via enhanced interaction with RSIL’s team of dedicated lawyers. In the past, RSIL has successfully conducted summer programs and the alumni of those programs have been nominated for various national and international conferences and their written work produced during the program has been published in leading English newspapers of Pakistan.

Applicants from Lahore are requested to submit their resume’ at sarashujat@rsilpak.org and from Islamabad at jamalaziz@rsilpak.org  before June 15, 2012. Applications submitted after the firm deadline of June 15, 2012 will not be entertained.

We look forward to having an enriching and memorable summer experience with you!

 

 

 


Lecture of Mr. Sikander Shah, Senior Research Fellow, at University of Texas A&M (Doha)

Mr. Sikander Ahmed Shah, Senior Research Fellow RSIL delivered a lecture on the International code of ethics for professionals and the ensuing duties and responsibilities of engineers under International Law on March 12 at the University of Texas A&M (Doha). Mr. Shah also held meeting with senior faculty members for the purpose of establishing institutional linkages between RSIL and Texas A&M.


Diplomatic Conference on Adoption of Draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Space Assets (27th February to 9th March 2012)

Research Fellows Ms. Amna Warsi and Ms. Ayasha Warsi represented Pakistan in  the Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of UNIDROIT “Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Space Assets” held in Berlin, Germany.


Eighth Session of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee Meeting in Geneva on 20- 24 February 2012

President RSIL Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Member of the Committee of Experts, attended the eighth session of the Human Rights Advisory Council held at Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva, from 20 to 24 February 2012.


SZABIST International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition 2012

 

Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi was invited by SZABIST Law Society as ‘Judge’ of the final rounds of national level IHL moot court competition held in Karachi on Sunday, January 15, 2012.


Mr. Sikander Shah Attended a Conference in Istanbul on Status of Detentions and Torture in Pakistan

While representing RSIL, Mr. Sikander Shah, Senior Research Fellow, was invited to present his research on the status of arbitrary and incommunicado detentions and torture in Pakistan in Istanbul, Turkey. The conference was organized by the Human Rights Institute of Columbia Law School in February 2012. He had the honor of being the only academic and policy expert from Pakistan.
 


Reko-diq Arbitration before International Chambers of Commerce (ICC)

President RSIL Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan), Mr. Amanullah Kanrani, Advocate General Baluchistan, Mr. Arthur Marriott, Queen’s Council (QC), Ms. Cherie Blair, QC and Investment Law expert Barrister Mehnaz Malik have been appointed to represent Government of Baluchistan in arbitration proceedings that were initiated before International Chamber of Commerce following the refusal of the competent authority to grant mining license/lease.


In House Discussion on Iran- Pakistan Gas Pipeline in Light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 (2010)

A Roundtable Discussion organized by RSIL to evaluate the implications of UNSCR 1929 on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline agreement was held on 6th January 2012.


RSIL Presentation on

RSIL recently conducted an in house presentation on Explosive Remnants of War" (“ERW”) highlighting ERW’s negative impact in post conflict regions of the world. Mr. Moghees Uddin Khan and Mr. Daud Aziz Khokhar explained the concept of ERW within the context of International Law and narrated some ERW-related incidents within Pakistan in order to critically examine the existing domestic legal regime regulating ERW.


British High Commission’s seminar on “Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction”

Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi , Mr. Majid Bashir and Mr. Ali Sultan spoke about the salient features of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction at a seminar hosted by the British High Commission in Islamabad.
 


7th Annual Fellowship Program 2011

16th -23rd December 2011

Research Society of International Law organized its 7th Annual Fellowship Programme at its premises. The programme was attended by representatives of various State and Sub-state organisations. Research Team RSIL was the main resource team for the event. Distinguished personalities having expertise on diverse aspects of international law were invited as guest speakers. The participants were acquainted with international law and other contemporary international legal issues having nexus with Pakistan. The participants representing various departments including but not limited to Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Army, Ministry of Defence, District Management Group, Civil Aviation Authority, Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) appreciated the efforts of RSIL for capacity building and awareness of international law at policy making forums.   

Report of the Fellowship Programis available on

http://rsilpak.org/files/publications/17188Report%20of%207th%20Annual%20Fellowship%20Programme%202011.pdf


Workshop on Nuclear Law by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria

Barrister Hamza Khalid Randhawa (Executive Director RSIL) attended the first session of Nuclear Law Institute being organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 20th Nov 2011 to 2nd Dec 2011 in Vienna. He was amongst those participants who presented a draft of comprehensive nuclear legislation with particular emphasis on the safety and security of research reactors at the IAEA headquarters, Vienna.


Conference on Child Rights Convention - October 29, 2011

October 29, 2011

Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL) delivered a talk as a guest speaker to a conference on Child Rights organized by Society for the Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC). He spoke about applicable international law, the existing domestic regime and related issues for compliance purposes.
 


In-House academic learning Sessions

RSIL has taken the initiative of conducting in-house academic learning sessions on a weekly basis. These sessions are meant to table the contemporary international legal issues and discuss evolution of new concepts in international legal arena. The session held on 29th of October 2011 discussed two issues namely US National Security Strategy and Obama Doctrine & the concept of Peace keeping Operations and Peace Enforcing Operations (with reference to ISAF in Afghanistan) in light of UN Charter and its legality under international law. The second and third session discussed Non International Armed Conflicts & Law of Neutrality respectively.
 


Round Table Conference on Convention against Torture (Lahore) - October 20, 2011

The conference was organized by The Democratic Commission for Human Development, Pakistan and was addressed by the Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – Professor Manfred Nowak.

Mr. Sikander Shah (Research Fellow RSIL)  and Ms. Farah Khalid Khan (Research Associate RSIL) represented RSIL in the said conference.

The address by the Special Rapporteur commenced with an analysis of the practice of torture around the globe with examples from Uruguay, Guinea, Kazakhistan etc. While talking about the reasons of torture around the world, he mentioned that there is a lack of effective complaint procedures and often a lot of pressure on the police to extract evidence and implement the norms of justice set out by the judiciary. He was of the view that the UN is extremely weak in following up the fight against torture.  He highlighted the role of the civil society and the government and emphasized that the first step towards eliminating torture is the acceptance by the government regarding existence of torture in their state.The discussion was a fruitful one and comments and questions put by RSIL members were highly appreciated by the guest speakers and audience.


Legal study on Protocol II, Child Rights Convention

Barrister Hamza Khalid Randhawa (Executive Director, RSIL) conducted a legal study on ratification of Protocol to the Convention on Rights of Child, on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution & Child Pornography, an assignment by Ministry of Social Welfare & Special Education, Pakistan. The findings of the legal study persuaded the stakeholders to amend the existing penal laws of Pakistan in order to make them fully compliant with the obligations of the Protocol. Mr. Daud Aziz Khokhar (Research Associate RSIL) assisted Barrister Hamza Khalid Randhawa in the overall research and completion of the study.
 


In-House Discussion with Dr. Mubashar Hassan (07-10-2011)


7th October 2011


An In-house discussion on Haqqani Network issue - Whether International Law permits US strikes inside Pakistan?

The Research Society of International Law conducted an In-house deliberation to discuss the Haqqani network case from a purely international law perspective and to specifically discuss the American attack threat on the basis of the statements issued by Washington, regarding the attack on the US embassy in Kabul. 

Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL) welcomed the participants and introduced the topic of discussion to the participants. He discussed that the threat of attack on the Pakistani territory was unjustifiable from an international law perspective.

The chief guest Dr. Mubasshar Hassan provided valuable insights as to the entire issue from a political science perspective. He was of the view that legality cannot be studied independent of politics and therefore a subjective analysis of the issue of Haqqani network is equally crucial as is an objective one. While discussing international law on terrorism, use of force and aggression from a purely legal perspective, Mr. Soofi acquiesced with the chief guest on the premise that law and politics are interlinked and hence legality cannot be restricted to legislations and interpretations only, in fact, international law is only one factor of governance of interstate relations and is highly politicized.

Issues Discussed:

  • Legality of attack on the US embassy in Kabul;
  • Right of Self Defense under International Law;
  • International Law on Terrorism and the war on terror;
  • Legal aspects of Degree of control of Non-State Actors by the State- whether they are de facto organs of the state;
  • Nicaragua vs. USA, Congo vs. Uganda and Prosecutor vs. Tadic cases of the International Court of Justice.
     

Roundtable discussions with Mr. Steve Hadley (National Security Advisor to Former U.S. President Mr. George Bush)

October 02 & 04, 2011
 
RSIL and USIP organized two roundtable discussion of selected emeinetn personalities with Mr. Steve Hadley who has served as National Security Advisor to U.S. President George Bush and is currently Senior Advisor on International Affairs ,USIP. He was accompanied by Mr. Andrew Wilder and Mr. Moeed Yusuf from USIP.
 
Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL), Mr. Majid Bashir (Senior Research Fellow RSIL) and Mr. Sikander Shah (Senior Research Fellow RSIL) represented RSIL in the said sessions.
 
The first roundtable was held on October 02, 2011 and the second session held on October 04, 2011 at RSIL Islamabad office.
 
The issues which came under discussed in the roundtables, are:
 •The overall state of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship and how to allow cooperation on counter terrorism to continue (if we want it to that is)
•“End game” in Afghanistan and how Pakistan views the situation
•External and internal impact of Pakistan,s Afghanistan and CT policy
•Identifying areas where the U.S. (and the international community) can be supportive of Pakistan,s plan for increasing its political stability, economic performance, and public support;
•Mood in Washington regarding Pakistan
 


Nomination of Barrister Hamza Khalid Randhawa, Executive Director, RSIL by IAEA

Barrister Hamza Khalid Randhawa (Executive Director RSIL) has been nominated by Pakistan to attend the first session of Nuclear Law Institute being organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 20th Nov 2011 to 2nd Dec 2011 in Vienna.


US Fulbright Scholarship - Ms. Farah Khalid Khan, RSIL

 

Ms. Farah Khalid Khan, Research Associate RSIL, has been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship for masters in the US, commencing in fall 2012. The Fulbright scholarship program is the flagship scholarship program of the US Department of State and is one of the most prestigious scholarships around the world sponsored by the United States of America.


Roundtable Discussion on Convention against Torture, 1984 (CAT) - September 12, 2011

Roundtable Discussion on Convention against Torture, 1984 (CAT)
 
Venue:   Research Society of International Law (RSIL)  12th September 2011
 
List of Participants:

 
 •Mr Ahmer Bilal Soofi   (President RSIL)
•Barrister Hamza Khalid Randhawa  (Executive Director RSIL)
•Mr. Sikander Shah (Research fellow RSIL)
•Mr. Majid Bashir (Senior Lawyer, Ex-judge)
•Ms. Saba Sheikh (AGHS Legal Aid Cell, Lahore)
•Mr. Tariq Abbas Qureshi (SSP. Administration, Capital City Police)
•Mr. Salman Choudhry (SSP, Police Service)
•Ms. Hira Sarfraz (British High Commission)
•Mr. Nasir Qureshi (SP, Investigations, Sialkot)
•Mr. Naveed Shahid Nizami (Anchor, News 5 & Khabrain)
•Mr. Sher Zaman (Democratic Commission for Human Development, Lahore)
•Ms. Maryam Khan (Journalist)
•RSIL Team
 
The ratification of the United Nations Convention against Torture-UNCAT by Pakistan is a substantial development but it raises many practical and legal issues which need to be discussed. Thus, RSIL arranged a roundtable discussion with an objective to invite input from different stakeholders regarding the implementation problems that Pakistan would face while translating the legislation into action. Besides that, RSIL has also conducted a gap analysis of CAT and domestic laws of Pakistan. Therefore, this roundtable discussion was a part of the whole exercise.
 
The discussion formally began and went interesting when inputs from executive members of the state were tabled. The scarcity of funds for investigation and lack of sophisticated investigative techniques while implementing CAT provisions was a major concern of the executive members. Cultural relativists argued that the universality of torture is an abstract and vague concept and that it needs to be viewed in the context of that particular society or culture. General consensus was reached on the fact that the process of justice does not revolve around the institution of executive/police and therefore if torture is to be minimized, all the relevant actors need to take responsibility.
 
Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL) concluded the roundtable discussion by saying that there needs to be resource build up and the police needs to be provided with sophisticated technology. Accountability mechanisms need to be made more transparent. This roundtable discussion acknowledged, inter alia, that no single institution is to be blamed for the use of torture and that its implementation is a multifaceted and a systematic procedure. 


Visit of H.E.Mr. Lars Gunnar Wigemark, EU Ambassador to Pakistan - July 01, 2011

July 01, 2011

H.E Mr. Lars Gunnar Wigemark, EU Ambassador to Pakistan visited RSIL Lahore office with his team.

Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL) and Barrister Hamza Randhawa (Executive Director RSIL) briefed Mr. Wigemark about the work that RSIL has undertaken in past and the ongoing projects. He appreciated the work of RSIL in the following words:

“RSIL is doing very important cutting edge work, integrating international law with legal and political system in Pakistan. You provide an important resource and the European Union which attaches great importance to public international law truly supports your efforts.”      


Session with Mr. Marco Sassoli (Legal Advisor ICRC, Pakistan) June 07, 2011

 

International Humanitarian Law & OBL’s Killing; Session with Mr. Marco Sassoli (Legal Advisor ICRC, Pakistan)

 

RSIL held an interactive session with Mr. Marco Sassoli on the legal aspects of OBL’s Killing in light of International Humanitarian Law, on June 07, 2011. Many contentious legal issues were deliberated upon including the existence of an armed conflict and its nature, whether international or non-international, targeting horse-de-combat, unable and unwilling test, doctrine of hot pursuit etc. Mr. Marco concluded his arguments while saying that it is an interesting case study and one has to separate jus in bello & jus in bellum to comprehend it completely.

 


Roundtable discussion on Accession to the 1951 Refugee Convention (May 19, 2011)

President RSIL, Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Barrister Hamza Khalid Randhawa (Executive Director RSIL) & Mr. Omer Chaudhry (Research Fellow, RSIL) attended the above mentioned roundtable discussion (hosted by UNHCR at Islamabad). Prior to this discussion RSIL prepared a comprehensive gap analysis of the Refugee Convention and domestic laws of Pakistan including the possible reservations of the Government of Pakistan to acceding to the convention.

The discussion highlighted different issues including status of Pakistan as the host of largest refugee population in the world and absence of any concrete legal arrangements. The refugees are dealt by ad hoc legal arrangements which affect the rights of refugees guaranteed to them by International Human Rights Law.

The input by RSIL team was accorded due heed and highly appreciated by the participants.


PBIT Capacity Building Sessions

September 16, 2011

The Punjab Board of Investment and Trade has engaged the resource team of RSIL to conduct five capacity building lectures on international trade and investment laws for its department officials.

The lectures are conducted at the premises of RSIL on a fortnightly basis. The capacity building sessions commenced on September 16, 2011 and are expected to end by mid-November.

The resource team of RSIL for this project includes Mr Hassan Nawaz Sheikh (Research Fellow), Ms Nida Mahmood (Research Associate) and Mr Hasham Hayat (Research Associate) as main lecturers; and Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL) and Mr Sikander Shah (Senior Research Fellow) as guest speakers for their expert input on some of the specialized areas of international law.
 


Election of Member Advisory Council of United Nations Human Rights Council. March 23, 2011

 

Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi has been elected as the Member Advisory Council of the United Nations Human Rights Council. On 23 March 2011, during its sixteenth session. The UN Human Rights Council elected seven experts to the prestigious Human Rights Council Advisory Committee. Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi President RSIL is one of these experts. He was nominated by Government of Pakistan. He shall serve as the Member Advisory Council for a period of three years.


Discussion on “Economic Opportunities under International Law” January 22, 2011

The Trade & Investment Division of Research Society of International Law (RSIL) organized in its Lahore office a roundtable discussion on “Economic Opportunities under International Law”. The aim behind this discussion was to explore the benefits and opportunities available under private international law that may be used for revival and sustainability of the country’s economy.

The discussion was attended by the following people, amongst others:

Guest Speakers:

a) Dr Joseph Wilson, Commissioner, Competition Commission of Pakistan
b) Mr. Adeel Amjad, Lecturer, Punjab University
c) Mr. Sarjeel Mowahid, Advocate High Court
d) Mr. Rehman Aziz, Executive Member, Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry
e) Mr. Sajid Zia, Chief Reporter, The Nation newspaper
f) Mr. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, Advocate High Court

RSIL Members:

a) Barrister Hassan Nawaz (Research Fellow)
b) Barrister Hamza Randhawa (Research Fellow)
c) Barrister Haaris Ramzan (Research Fellow)
d) Mr. Mohammad Osman Khan (Research Fellow)
e) Mr. Omar Javed Chauhdry (Research Associate)

Discussion:

1.      Barrister Hassan Nawaz Sheikh identified four key areas in which the Pakistani economy has chances of availing certain benefits – these areas included:
a.      The External Debt Write-Off Regime by the United Nations;
b.      Preferential Trade Clauses under the World Trade Organization Agreements;
c.       Competition/Consumer Protection Regime; and
d.      Procurement Laws.
2.      Barrister Hassan went on to explain that about 50% of the country’s revenue is being utilized in debt servicing, whereas, Pakistan as a natural calamity hit country can take benefit of the UN General Assembly Resolutions on external debt write off to relieve this burden.
3.      Dr Joseph Wilson stated that the Competition Commission Act 2010 was modelled after the Treaty of Rome and that his Commission is working against cartelisation. However, the Commission has faced numerous legal and constitutional issues which have hampered its effective regulatory role so far.
4.      Mr. Rehman Aziz stated that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce has its own dispute resolution mechanism and is actively involved in seeking international agreements with other countries to boost our economy.
5.      The discussion was concluded on the note that with a focused and determined policy framework Pakistan’s economy can be set in the right course and direction and if the decision-makers make wise and properly informed decisions, a lot can be done for the country’s economy at the international front.

The event received coverage in the media as well and was reported in ‘The Nation’ newspaper. It can be traced at the following link:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Business/23-Jan-2011/Pakistan-can-get-benefits-to-boost-economy/


Interactive Session with Representatives of UNHCR, December 21, 2010

December 21, 2010

Research Society of International Law (RSIL), Pakistan hosted an interactive session with the Assistant Representative and Associate Legal Officer of UNHCR, Pakistan on December 21, 2010. The meeting discussed the pertinence of the ‘Convention relating to Status of Refugees 1951’and its 1967 Protocol with respect to the current legislative framework in Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by following personnel; amongst others

Guest Speakers:

  • Mr. Ajmal Khybari (Assistant Representative UNHCR)
  • Mr. Murad Ullah (Associate Legal Officer UNHCR)

RSIL members:

  • Barrister HamzaRandhawa (Research Fellow)
  • Barrister Hassan Nawaz Sheikh (Research Fellow)
  • Mr. Muhammad Bilal Ramzan (Research Associate)
  • Mr. Daud Aziz Khokhar (Research Associate)
  • Mr. Naveed Ahmad (Coordinator)

Discussion:

The meeting discussed:

  • Convention relating to the status of Refugees 1952 and its 1967 Protocol. Guest speakers highlighted the need for ratification of convention, via article wise analysis, by the Government of Pakistan as Pakistan hosts the largest number of refugees in the world.
  • Legal regimes for refugee protection in Pakistan, current and repealed, and the extent of their application in the current scenario. Plus, loopholes in the said legislation and ways to improve and effect a strong legislation were deliberated upon.
  • Conflict with respect to the interpretation of the legal regimes that exist between the executive and judiciary were highlighted and their impact resulting in inconsistent interpretations and precedents
  • Ways by which Pakistan can improve the system of check and balances over refugees so as to overcome the potential threat of terrorism at the hand of refugees
  • Nature of state practice towards refugees over the years in the absence of any legislation directly dealing with refugees

The meeting was fruitful and especially very informative for the research interns and associates who highly appreciated the valuable information shared by the representatives of UNHCR.


Roundtable Discussion on “Legality of Drone Attacks” December 15, 2010

December 15, 2010
 
Research Society of International Law recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the “Legality of Drone Strikes” in its Islamabad Office on 15th of December, 2010. The discussion was attended by officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law, Bahria University, National Defence University, Jinnah Institute and others. The brief description of the event is as follows:
 
Guest Speakers:
 •Dr Niaz A. Shah, Lecturer University of Hull, UK
•Dr Robert P. Barnidge, Lecturer University of Reading, UK
 
RSIL Members:
 •Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President, RSIL)
•Barrister Hassan Nawaz (Research Fellow)
•Mr. Usman Jillani (Research Associate)
•Mr. Naveed Ahmed (Coordinator)
    
Discussion:
1.Dr Shah first introduced the UN Charter and the purpose of the UN as stated in Article 1 of the Charter.
2.Dr Shah went on to explain that the terrorists operating in Pakistan are designated as Non-State actors and that the host nation is obliged to take action against them. If however, the host state is regarded as unwilling or unable the US under international law is allowed to take action against the Non-State actors provided that the host nation has given clear consent.
3.Dr Shah also referred to the Proportionality principle that needed to be applied to the drone attacks as a method of self-defence under Article 51 of the UN Charter.
4.He concluded that in his view without clear consent from Pakistan the drone attacks were illegal according to international law.
5.Dr Barnidge then highlighted the need to determine whether the drone attacks on terrorists would fall into the legal definition of an “armed conflict” where Humanitarian law would then have a role. He cited the Tadic case (decided by ICTY) where it was held that an armed conflict exists whenever there is a resort to arms. The degree of intensity and organisation is thereafter considered. Dr Barnidge also considered Additional Protocol 1 and Additional Protocol 2 of the Geneva Convention with regard to the definition of armed conflicts.
6.He finally stated that for each drone attack to be considered legal it would have to be measured by these standards set out in international humanitarian law. If not than the state can be held responsible or the relevant soldier can be prosecuted.
 

 


Nuclear Law Course for National Defence University, Islamabad

National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad is planning to start a course on International Nuclear Law. Ms. Amna Warsi & Ms. Ayasha Warsi, Research Fellows RSIL, have designed the said course and are tendering requisite legal input(s) to NDU.


Advanced International Advocacy Training at Keble College, Oxford University. August 31 - September 04, 2010

August 31 - September 04, 2010:

Barrister Amber Darr, Research Fellow RSIL taught at the Advanced International Advocacy Training held at Keble College, Oxford University, UK.  This is a course intended for practicing barristers from UK as well as other jurisdictions and aims at developing written and oral advocacy skills in both civil and criminal areas of practice. Ms. Darr is being  invited as a member of the International Faculty since 2005.


Visit by Ms. Asma Jahangir, August 10, 2010

August 10, 2010:

Eminent lawyer Ms. Asma Jahangir visited RSIL during the Annual Internship Programme, 2010. She was pleased to see young generation taking interest in international law, especially in field of international human rights law and wished them good luck for future.


Interactive Session on Legal Aspects of Mumbai Trials, Washington DC, July 30, 2010

July 30, 2010:

United States Institute of Peace (USIP) arranged an interactive session with Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi on Legal Aspects of Mumbai Trails. The event was held at Washington DC. Mr. Soofi clarified Pakistan’s position in a legal context after the Mumbai attacks. He also discussed Pakistan’s legal considerations to explain the country’s response and legal complexities involved in the whole scenario.


Visit by Mr. Rizwan Sheikh, Director OIC General Secretariat, Jaddah, July 26, 2010:

July 26, 2010:

Mr. Rizwan Sheikh visited RSIL and conducted an interactive session on the Defamation of Religions with a selected audience. He was also briefed about the activities of RSIL and introduced to the team members and interns at the Society. Mr. Sheikh expressed admiration for the initiatives of RSIL.


Interactive Session with ICRC on International Humanitarian Law - July 16, 2010

July 16, 2010:

As part of capacity building initiatives of RSIL and awareness of international law, an interactive session for interns was organized with a delegation of ICRC at the premises of RSIL. The ICRC representatives told the interns about the basics of International Humanitarian law (IHL), its framework and the working of ICRC during the time of an armed conflict.


Session on Water Scarcity & Hydro Politics at Royal United Service Institute, July 15, 2010

July 15, 2010:

Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) in London arranged a session on Water Scarcity and Hydro politics in South Asia. Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President RSIL, participated in the said meeting and delivered a talk on the Indus Water Treaty and water scarcity issues for the entire South Asia.


Meeting on “Defamation of Religions” by Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), July 4-5, 2010

 

July 4-5, 2010:

 

OIC Secretariat convened a meeting of Panel of Eminent Persons/ Scholars from Muslim World on “Defamation of Religions”. The meeting was held at Istanbul, Turkey. Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President RSIL, attended the meeting as an international law expert and gave a detailed presentation on the said subject.

During the session Mr. Soofi had meeting with renowned international law expert Dr. Kamal Hossain from Bangladesh. They discussed mutual cooperation in the field of international law, particularly the problems faced by the Muslim countries at an international level.

Mr. Soofi also had a detailed meeting with Secretary General of OIC, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who is also founding Director General of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Culture and Arts (IRCICA) in Istanbul. Honorable Secretary General admired the views and efforts of Mr. Soofi and the research work done at RSIL.


Lecture on Environmental Law & Public Interest Litigation, Indonesia , July 02 – 12, 2010

July 02 – 12, 2010:

Mr. Majid was invited as a guest speaker to deliver a lecture on “Environmental law and public interest litigation” in a conference arranged by University of Brawiya, Indonesia. The topic of the said conference was “Strengthening Environmental Education toward Sustainable Development: Lesson learned from world wide”.


Visit by Mr. Ian Dawson. June 24, 2010

 

June 24, 2010:

 

Mr. Ian Dawson, First Secretary, British High Commission, Islamabad, visited RSIL. He had an interactive session with the students of law and international relations, interning at RSIL, on the “Implementation of International Law in Pakistan”. Mr. Dawson praised the research done by the young students and encouraged the frequency of such like initiatives of RSIL.


Visit by Ms. Candace Putnam, US Consul General, Peshawar, June 06, 2010


June 06, 2010:

Ms. Candace Putnam, US Consul General, Peshawar, along with Ms. Carmela Conroy US Consul General, Lahore visited RSIL. During her stay at RSIL, she was introduced to various activities taking place at RSIL. She strongly supported the role played by RSIL in the awareness of international law in Pakistan and encouraged the widening of ambit of RSIL activities in other Muslim countries as well in the following words:

“Congratulations on implementing a center that advances key legal challenges facing Pakistan and the Muslim world”. – Candace Putnam


Annual Internship Programme 2010

 

 

June – August, 2010:

 

 

Annual Internship Programme, 2010 commenced from June 21, 2010.  Students from different foreign and local educational institutes applied for participation in the Programme. The internship is divided into two batches of one month duration each. During their stay at RSIL, students are encouraged to research and write on different areas of international law.


Consultative Session by International Commission of Jurists, Nepal, June 02- 05, 2010

June 02- 05, 2010:

 

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) organized a consultative session on Human Rights in Nepal. Mr. Majid Bashir participated in the said session and delivered a lecture on “Human right and Habeas Corpus”.


Workshop on Legal Aspects of Handling of Persons Captured during the Law Enforcement Action/Action in Aid of Civil Power , March 27, 2010

 

 

March 27, 2010:

 

RSIL conducted a workshop on the Legal Aspects of Handling of Detainees Captured during the Law Enforcement Action/Action in Aid of Civil Power. The workshop aimed at catering complex legal issues in handling of the miscreants captured during the law enforcement action in FATA. Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President RSIL, was the main resource person for the workshop. Amongst his resource team, present at the event were, Mr. Osman Khan, Mr. Haaris Ramzan, Ms. Amna Warsi and Ms. Ayasha Warsi. Team RSIL had researched and put together a 200 pages compilation of relevant legal documents for the consumption of the participants, which included representatives of various state and sub state organizations.


International Symposium on “Global Terrorism & International Co-operation” Ankara, Turkey, March 15 – 16, 2010

March 15 – 16, 2010:

Turkish General Staff organized a symposium on Global Terrorism & International Co-operation”. Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President RSIL presented a researh paper and also made a detailed presentation on “The Role of International Law in Countering Terrorism; (A Perspective from the Sub-Continent)”. His presentation and expertise were highly appreciated by Turkish General & Defence Staff and other participants.


Visit by Judge Advocate General (Pakistan Air Force) - March 01, 2010

March 01, 2010:
 
Air Commodore Muhammad Masud Akhtar, JAG (PAF), visited RSIL premises in Lahore. He had an interactive session with team RSIL. He briefed the young interns and associates about the working of JAG Department at Pakistan Air Force.
 


“Regional Comprehensive Course on Nuclear Law”, March 8 – 19, 2010:

March 8 – 19, 2010:

International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) and Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) Malaysia convened a two week Regional Comprehensive Course on Nuclear Law in Malaysia. Barrister Hamza Khalid Randhawa was nominated by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) to represent Pakistan in the said course. The course primarily focused on issues of concern to nuclear law and regulations, and to share knowledge on legal issues related to peaceful utilization of nuclear energy.


Workshop on Legal Analysis of Mumbai Trials, February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010:

RSIL organized a workshop to discuss the legal issues and questions involved in the Mumbai Trials. The workshop was held in Islamabad and` attended by representatives of various state and sub state organizations, diplomatic missions in Pakistan, several international organizations, media and eminent persons from civil society. The programme was presided over by Mr. Justice (r) Ali Nawaz Chouhan, former Judge of the International Court of Justice and the chief resource person was Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President RSIL and Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan.


Legal Workshop on International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR), February 12, 2010

 

 

February 12, 2010:

 

RSIL held a legal workshop on the Ratification of ICCPR by Pakistan. The session was specially arranged for young students of law, international relations, political science and mass communication from different educational institutes of Lahore. Mr. Osman Khan, Executive Director RSIL, was the resource person for the workshop. The idea was to enlighten the students about the legal hindrances and implications of the ratification of ICCPR by Pakistan, and possible steps that may be taken to address the concerns.

 


5th Annual Fellowship Programme, January 11 – 23, 2009

 

January 11 – 23, 2009:

Annual Fellowship Programme is one of the most important capacity building initiatives of RSIL. The main aim of the Programme is to foster a better understanding of international law, its importance and application, amongst the stakeholders. Participants hail from different state and sub state entities which are directly involved in policy making and are confronted with issues/areas of international law. 5th Annual Fellowship Programme was held between January 11 – 23, 2009 in RSIL premises. Participants of the Programme included representatives of: Judge Advocate General’s Office – Pakistan Army, Judge Advocate General’s Office – Pakistan Air Force, Judge Advocate General’s Office – Pakistan Navy, Ministry of Defense, Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA), Strategic Plans Division (SPD), Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and Pakistan Navy War College (PNWC). Experts from different areas were invited as guest speakers.



 



Workshop on the Legal Aspects of State of Junagadh, January 14, 2010

 

 January 14, 2010:

A legal workshop was organized on the “Issue of State of Junagadh” between India and Pakistan, during its 5th Annual Fellowship Programme. The aim was to discuss the issue of Junagadh State from a legal point of view only. H.E Nawab Muhammad Jahangir Khanji (Nawab of State of Junagadh) specially participated and presided over it. Ms. Amna Warsi (Research Fellow RSIL) and Ms. Ayasha Warsi (Research Fellow RSIL) were the resource persons for the workshop. The session concluded with a unanimous opinion that the issue of State of Junagadh is still alive and needs to be taken up at highest levels both nationally and internationally.


 


Constitution of International Law Committee (ILC) by Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA)

For the first time in its history, Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) has established an International Law Committee (ILC). This became possible due to special interest of Mr. Mian Abdul Quddus (President LHCBA) & Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL), who mutually decided for the formation of a committee within LHCBA for international law.. Barrister Haaris Ramzan is the Chairman and Mr. Osman Khan is nominated the Vice Chairman of the Committee. Mr. Haaris held the inaugural session of the committee.Mr. Osman Khan, Executive Director RSIL, conducted the second interactive session of the ILC with lawyers and members of the committee. The topic of this discussion was “International Law of the Treaties”. Participating lawyers from Lahore High Court Bar showed keen interest in International law.


 

 


Mr. Majid Bashir joins RSIL

Mr. Muhammad Majid Bashir has joined RSIL Islamabad office as a Research Fellow Mr. Bashir is presently working with ABS & Co as Associate in Corporate and Intellectual Property laws. He has worked as Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate for fourteen years. He is President of “Caretaker of the Environment Pakistan”. He holds Master Degree in intellectual property laws, corporate laws from WIPO-University of Turin, Italy and IIUI and also in Court Administration from National Centre for States Courts NCSC, William and Marry Law School, Virginia, USA.

 


Barrister Amber Darr joins RSIL

Barrister Amber Darr has recently joined RSIL Islamabad Office as a Research Fellow. Ms. Darr, is a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn in 1997 and a graduate of Pennsylvania, United States of America. She is presently working as Associate Lawyer at ABS & Co, Islamabad office. In addition to her practice she is interested in raising legal awareness with respect to prevailing social issues and writes regularly for leading newspapers in Pakistan. She is also committed to raising the standard of legal practice in Pakistan and has conducted a number of advocacy training workshops in Pakistan.