Founder, President

Ahmer Bilal Soofi holds an LLM in international law from the University of Cambridge. He is the founding President of the Research Society of International Law and the Senior Partner of the well-reputed law firm ABS&Co with offices in Lahore and Islamabad. He served as the Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, in the caretaker government in 2013. He has appeared before the High Courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan in over 1,000 cases. He is also a life-long member of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. He was elected as a member of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Vice-President of its Asia-Pacific group for three years in 2011.

Executive Director

Jamal Aziz joined RSIL in December 2011 and has served as the Society’s Executive Director since March 2016. During this period, he has overseen the evolution of RSIL into an elite research body by instituting sound project management, office administration, human resource and capacity development policies. He has been instrumental in generating approximately PKR 225 million in revenue for the Society in the last 5 years, developing prestigious national and international institutional linkages and producing approximately 50 publications and conducting 80 specialized events at forums across the country.


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.

Deputy Director, Lahore

Ayesha MalikDeputy Director, Lahore Senior Research Fellow & Team Lead Conflict Law Centre +92 51 8739300About Ayesha Malik is the Deputy Director of RSIL’s Lahore Office, Team Lead at the Conflict Law Centre and a Senior Research Fellow. The CLC publishes reports and policy papers relating to war law in Pakistan and Ayesha is…