Jamal Aziz joined RSIL in December 2011 and was appointed Executive Director in April 2016. As Executive Director, he performs a leadership role and has primary responsibility for the planning and management of RSIL’s operations.
During his time at RSIL, Mr. Aziz has been actively involved in providing specialized legal advice to the Government of Pakistan and various state institutions on matters of international law, with a focus on criminal justice and national security. He has a keen interest in the interplay between international law and foreign policy and is an emerging expert on the legal aspects of Indo-Pak disputes, including Kashmir, Siachen, the Line of Control, and cross-border terrorism.
Mr. Aziz has also served as a team lead on multiple public sector legal reform projects which have required the development of scoping studies, desk reviews, reports and White Paper drafting, legislative drafting and capacity building of stakeholders. Major clients have included the International Committee of the Red Cross, the British High Commission Islamabad, Coffey International, the American Bar Association and several UN agencies.
Previously, Mr. Aziz worked with the Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he gained significant exposure to a wide range of matters relating to international humanitarian law, human rights, environmental protection, extradition, diplomatic and consular conventions, mutual legal assistance, sovereignty, territorial issues and water disputes etc.
Mr. Aziz is currently a visiting lecturer of International Law at the Foreign Service Academy, Islamabad. Previously, he has served as a visiting lecturer of International Law at the National Defence University and lecturer of Public Law at the Institute of Legal Studies, Islamabad.
Mr. Aziz completed his LL.M with Distinction from University College London (UCL) in September 2010 and graduated with Upper Second Class Honours in his LL.B from the University of London in 2008. He belongs to the Charsadda district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and is fluent in English, Pashto, Urdu and is also conversant in German.