RSIL offers comprehensive legal research and consultancy services to a wide variety of clients both within Pakistan and abroad. Our clients have included Federal and Provincial Government departments, statutory bodies, UN bodies, international & regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, as well as universities and other research entities. In relation to Legal Reform Projects, our services span the entire range of the project lifecycle and include:

  1. Conducting research as part of the inception, designing and planning of large scale public sector reform projects;
  2. Implementing legal reform projects:
    1. Scoping studies;
    2. Mapping: Systems, Organizational, Stakeholder, and Processes;
    3. Desk reviews involving legislative analysis, case law reviews, policy evaluation, gap analyses, and needs assessments;
    4. Stakeholder Consultations – Key Informant Interviews/Meetings, Focus Groups/Workshops, Surveys & Opinion polls, Written responses, drafting and circulation of Green Papers, etc.
    5. Reports and White Paper drafting;
    6. Identifying appropriate vehicles for reform – Policies, Legislation, Rules, Regulations, Statutory Regulatory Orders (SROs), Notifications, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), etc.
    7. Legislative drafting and commentary;
    8. Legislative guidance documents for Parliamentarians, Government officials, and members of civil society; and
    9. Capacity building and training of stakeholders.

International Law:

RSIL’s unparalleled expertise in Pakistan in the field of International Law allows it to offer a wide range of services to both State and non-State clients. These services include:

  1. Rendering assistance in the negotiations of bilateral and multilateral treaties and conventions.
  2. Conducting gap analyses and needs assessments;
  3. Compliance reviews of existing State practice and legislation for compatibility with international treaties and customary international law;
  4. Drafting implementing legislation for international treaties and conventions;
  5. Monitoring of domestic law to determine continued compliance with an international instrument;
  6. Developing standards, benchmarks, and indicators to meet Pakistan’s international obligations;
  7. Interpretation of compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions;


Areas of Specialization:

RSIL’s research and capacity-building personnel have a broad range of specializations in international as well as domestic law. The following is a non-exhaustive list of areas RSIL has capacity in:

  1. Public International Law
  2. Private International Law
  3. Human Rights Law
  4. International Humanitarian Law
  5. Counter-Terrorism and National Security Law
  6. Environmental Law
  7. Trade & Investment Law
  8. Intellectual Property Law
  9. Nuclear Law
  10. Constitutional Law
  11. Criminal Justice
  12. Juvenile Justice
  13. Electoral Laws