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Message from the President

Pakistan is a party to hundreds of bilateral and multilateral treaties. If one accounts for the numerous resolutions of inter-governmental organizations, Pakistan’s international obligations and commitments under treaties are exponentially greater in effect.
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Annual Fellowship Programme

RSIL annually hosts a fellowship program for a select group of advanced professionals from the public and private sector. For seven days, they engage in courses designed to deliver theoretical and practical knowledge on international law and its applications in Pakistan.
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ILCC

International Law Certification Course

Since 2005, RSIL has hosted an internship program for students and young professionals seeking greater knowledge about international law. Every year, for several weeks, participants are invited to the RSIL premises to gain an in-depth understanding of both the basic framework of international law and those fields in which Pakistan places a particular interest.
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The idea for the Research Society of International Law Pakistan (RSIL) originated in the late 1980’s while its founder and President, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, completed his studies at the University of Cambridge. Upon his return, he registered the society in 1993. In March 2003, the Research Society acquired permanent premises, which became fully operational by 2004 through a private grant.
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RSIL is a vehicle for the promotion of international law research and capacity building, of scholarship and publication, of dedication and community. It seeks to maintain its role as a private sector, non-partisan, non-political international law think tank promoting awareness of international law.

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The Research division of RSIL carries out research commissioned by stakeholders including the Government of Pakistan, statutory bodies, international, non-governmental and regional organizations.

RSIL’s research work primarily focuses on:
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About Us

  • RSIL is a vehicle for the promotion of international law research and capacity building, of scholarship and publication, of dedication and community
  • RSIL provides a perspective on both theoretical and practical applications of international law
  • RSIL conducts capacity building through fellowships, internships, workshops and seminars
  • It periodically invites eminent guest lecturers to share their knowledge with RSIL
  • The legal expertise provided by RSIL contributes to an enhanced understanding of international law among those directly and indirectly involved in national policymaking.

Latest From Publications

Legal and Policy Perspectives on United States’ Counterterrorism Policy of Targeted Killing Operations in Pakistan

By |July 18th, 2014|

Legal and Policy Perspectives on United States’ Counterterrorism Policy of Targeted Killing Operations in Pakistan

By
Ahmer Bilal Soofi*

Presented in the Working Group on

“Pursuing your enemies in the South:
International Law and the War against Crime and Terror”

Organized by

Institute for Global Law and Policy
Harvard Law School, Cambridge

(June […]

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JIHAD, PAKISTAN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

By |July 18th, 2014|

Ahmer Bilal Soofi

We have now several religious groups in Pakistan each pronouncing Jihad on India, the United States, opposing religious groups and even the Government of Pakistan. The Members of these groups have moved from pronouncements of Jihad to actual attacks. Let us examine the validity of these instances […]

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ACCOUNTABILITY LAW & UN CONVENTION

By |July 18th, 2014|

Ahmer Bilal Soofi

Published in Dawn, May 11, 2010

It was in 2002 in Vienna that I took the floor while representing Pakistan during a U.N. ad hoc committee session mandated to draft the first comprehensive convention against corruption. I made addressed the committee, highlighting approximately ten legal features that […]

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A DEFECTIVE DOCUMENT

By |July 18th, 2014|

Ahmer Bilal Soofi

Published in Dawn, May 5, 2010

From a strictly legal point of view, the UN report on the assassination of Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is deficient. The manner in which the report was drafted was not consistent with the way in which documents probing high-profile […]

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