Founded in 1993 by Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Research Society of International Law is a research and policy institution whose mission is to conduct research on the intersection between international law and the Pakistani legal context. The Society is a nonpartisan and apolitical organization, dedicated to examining a range of critical issues of law – international as well as domestic – with the intention of informing discourse on issues of national importance and effecting positive change in the domestic legal space. About RSIL
The Society’s initiatives are geared towards providing specialized advisory services to governmental and non-governmental entities (Specialized Advisory Division), enhancing policy formulation at the national level by improving the capacity of various stakeholders (Capacity Building – International Law Training Centre), and conducting commissioned research as part of legal reform initiatives at both the Federal and Provincial levels (Research & Consultancy Services Division).
The Society also conducts independent research on issues of contemporary relevance through both its general research staff as well as the Conflict Law Centre, a specially designated research unit focusing on the application of International Humanitarian Law (the Law of Armed Conflict) to the Pakistani context.
RSIL is the first and largest legal think-tank in Pakistan staffed by a dedicated team of researchers based in both the Islamabad and Lahore offices. The Society’s highly qualified research staff possess a broad spectrum of specializations in both international and domestic law. This enables the organization to undertake ground-breaking research aimed at innovative yet contextualized legal solutions for Pakistan. Our excellent working relationship with Parliamentarians and government departments affords us the advantage of helping to inform the development of national policy. The Society’s in-house legislative drafting team has enabled us to convert our proposals into readily executable options for the Federal and Provincial Governments. Given the need for ensuring effective implementation of existing and new laws and policies, the Society’s research team also engages extensively with government officials in terms of trainings, workshops, and seminars. In this way, RSIL has played a unique role at all stages of legal reform for over two decades.
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.
The Society endeavors to improve the individual, institutional and cultural understanding of the sanctity of international legal commitments within the framework of an international legal community. Greater awareness of international law helps Pakistan remain compliant with its international commitments, thus solidifying its reputation as a responsible member of the international community.
RSIL prides itself on being an environment that fosters the development of comprehensive and creative international law analysis and discussion. It aims to cultivate not only an appreciation for the application of international law, but also a disciplined approach to the process of interpreting and applying international law.
The Society also seeks to develop an extensive network both within and beyond Pakistan of similar organizations that share its vision and dedication to this field. It has a responsibility to advance knowledge in a search for the best applications of international law through original inquiry and publication.
RSIL’s continuously developing team is the true heart of the organization. The team is comprised of a dedicated staff of accomplished researchers. Their dedication, perseverance and hard work promote RSIL and further the cause for the importance of international law both theoretically and practically in Pakistan.