Muhammad Oves Anwar serves as Director of the Conflict Law Centre (CLC) at RSIL, Islamabad. He is in-charge of designing and implementing all research in the areas of counter-terrorism, national security, and International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The CLC’s research serves to inform governmental and non-governmental entities in the development of policy and reform initiatives. The CLC also looks to enhance adherence to IHL principles domestically.
Prior to taking up his current role, Mr. Anwar served as a Research Fellow at and worked on issues of human rights, counter-terrorism, national security, and criminal justice reform. His research has informed amendments to the Pakistan Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 as well as a Bill to reform the KP Reclamation and Probation Department.
He has also served as a consultant to the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Mr. Anwar helped draft the Government of Pakistan’s internal rules for the processing and return of irregular migrants of Pakistani origin from Europe. He has also served as a consultant on economic crime to the UNODC in Vienna, Austria.
Mr. Anwar has co-authored several publications including, the ‘Legal Reference Guide for the Pakistan Army: A Law and Policy Handbook on Major Contemporary Challenges’ (RSIL – 2017), ‘Human Rights and Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Legislative Landscape’ (RSIL – 2017), the ‘Handbook on Police Laws and Criminal Procedure’ (NPB – 2016), the ‘Manual on Targeting in Air Combat Operations during Non-International Armed Conflicts’ (2016), ‘Towards Protecting Health Care in Karachi: A Legal Review’ (ICRC – 2016), ‘Compendium of Bilateral and Regional Instruments for South Asia: International Cooperation in Criminal Matters’ (UNODC – 2015), ‘Effecting Change in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Probation Regime’ (KP Home Department – 2015), ‘Legislative Away Innocence: Assessing the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance’s Reverse Onus Provisions’ (PRILHR – 2014), ‘The European Union’s GSP Plus Regime: Examining Pakistan’s Compliance with its International Legal Obligations’ (RSIL – 2014), and ‘The Case for Change: A Review of Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Act 1997’ (RSIL – 2013).
His areas of focus at RSIL include human rights, international humanitarian law, national security, criminal justice policy and reform, nuclear law, human trafficking and irregular migration.
Mr. Anwar has been a member of the visiting faculties of the National Defence University – Islamabad, the Punjab Police College – Sihala, and The Institute of Legal Studies, Islamabad. He has also been involved in the training of government officials, judges, lawyers, academics, and law students.
Mr. Anwar holds an LL.M with distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK, and an LL.M in International Legal Studies from the University of Vienna, Austria. He has also earned a Diplôme d’université in International Nuclear Law from the International School of Nuclear Law, University of Montpellier, France. He is also an alumnus of the National Security Workshop – 18 from the National Defence University, Islamabad.
Mr. Anwar belongs to the city of Dera Ismail Khan in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. He is fluent in English, Urdu, and Pashto. Mr. Anwar is married and has a son.