Our History

Establishment

June 8, 1993

Establishment

The idea for the Research Society of International Law Pakistan (RSIL) was conceived 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 under the Societies Registration Act 1860 in Lahore, Pakistan.

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Permanent Office

March 1, 2003

Permanent Office

In March 2003, the Society acquired permanent premises on 9 Fane Road, near the Lahore High Court.

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Dedicated Team

May 2, 2004

Dedicated Team

While initially RSIL’s research team consisted of a group of motivated lawyers primarily employed at Mr. Soofi’s law firm ABS & Co., through a private grant in 2004, dedicated research staff were employed.

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Expansion to Islamabad

May 1, 2011

Expansion to Islamabad

Owing to RSIL’s increased involvement with Government partners and International Organizations, in 2011 RSIL established a foothold in Islamabad within the Islamabad Offices of ABS & Co.

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Dedicated Office in Islamabad

April 3, 2014

Dedicated Office in Islamabad

The organization’s continued expansion witnessed the acquisition of a dedicated office in Islamabad in 2014.

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Conflict Law Centre (CLC)

September 1, 2015

Conflict Law Centre (CLC)

In September 2015, RSIL established its first dedicated Research Unit – the Conflict Law Centre under the Directorship of Mr. Oves Anwar, Research Fellow. The Centre conducts research on the domestic application of International Humanitarian Law to Pakistan.

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Mr. Jamal Aziz appointed Executive Director

April 1, 2016

Mr. Jamal Aziz appointed Executive Director

In April 2016, Mr. Jamal Aziz, Research Fellow was appointed Executive Director of RSIL.

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International Law Training Centre (ILTC):

June 1, 2016

International Law Training Centre (ILTC):

In June 2016, RSIL formalized its capacity building initiatives under the umbrella of the International Law Training Centre under the Directorship of Mr. Saad ur Rehman Khan, Research Fellow.

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