RSIL is a private sector research and policy institution based in Pakistan whose mission is to conduct research on the intersection between international law and the Pakistani legal context

The COVID-19 Law & Policy Challenge – Reforming the Global Health Law Regime in light of COVID-19

Download PDF The management of the novel coronavirus has raised key questions regarding the adequacy of the existing international health law regime in effectively countering an outbreak of this magnitude. The structure and operational failures of the World Health Organization (WHO) have been brought to the fore by Member States – with some countries withdrawing…

Job Opportunity | RSIL

RSIL Job Openings: The Research Society of International Law, Pakistan invites applications for the positions of Research Associate and Communications Associate. RSIL offers competitive salaries, health insurance, and significant growth potential. Deadline: 4th September 2020   1. Research Associate Job Location: Islamabad Job Type: Full Time   Eligibility Criteria: – Education: Minimum LLB degree, LLM or other relevant…

Health v. Privacy in the Age of Cyber Surveillance

As States around the world struggle with rising figures of those infected with coronavirus, they are increasingly turning to cyber-surveillance. Increasingly, governments are investing in and rolling out smartphone apps to track citizens’ movements, trace locations and map outbreaks in a bid to tackle COVID-19. While not without its benefits, the proliferation of cyber surveillance raises important concerns regarding health rights and privacy of ordinary citizens.

The COVID-19 Law & Policy Challenge

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to create turmoil across the world, states are faced with an unprecedented policy challenge in addressing the pandemic. In order to play our part, RSIL has dedicated its resources to conducting extensive research on how Pakistan can cope in these uncertain circumstances from a law & policy perspective.

The Spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19 is a highly communicable disease, labelled as a modern-era pandemic and a public health emergency by the World Health Organization. Spreading throughout the world, it has infected millions, and claimed the lives of more than 170,000 people. Countries all over are faced with the unenviable challenge of balancing the health of their citizens — with stay-at-home orders, closure of industries, etc — and the need to ensure that social safety nets to maintain the livelihoods of the poorest demographics.