Mr. Yasir Abbas is a Research Associate at the Centre of Excellence for International Law (CEIL), at the National Defence University in Islamabad. Yasir went to the University of Sussex for his LLM as a Chevening Scholar from Pakistan. He holds two bachelor’s degrees in Law (LLB) from the University of Peshawar and the other B.S. (Hons) In International Relations from the Bahria University in Islamabad.
Mr Abbas has a diverse experience of working with government, international and regional organizations on International Law, Human Rights and International Politics. His most recent engagement was with the Ministry of Human Rights and the European Union in Pakistan on a project called Hoqeeq-e-Pakistan. He assisted with E.U.’s initiatives in acquainting the government organizations in Pakistan with human rights and Pakistan’s regional and international human rights reporting obligations.
Previously, Mr. Abbas’s remained associated with the Coventry University in England and took the lead in putting together qualitative and quantitative data to develop effective, evidence-based approaches to foster social cohesion and intercultural understanding in Birmingham (U.K.) In his brief stint with the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K., Mr. Abbas recruited voice members in the Black Country region (Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, West Birmingham) for the new citizen’s panel on the right to health in England. Mr. Abbas also worked with Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning Development & reforms. At the Ministry, he took a critical lens to review the National Action Plan’s implementation status. He also Investigated the causes of conflict in the conflict-torn areas of Pakistan like Karachi, Tribal Areas (FATA), and Baluchistan.
Besides his professional endeavours, Mr. Abbas has taken up several leadership and training roles. He conducted a media workshop for the 42nd P.N. Staff course participants at Pakistan Naval War College, Lahore. He has also served as the Youth Foreign Minister in the Youth Parliament Pakistan – the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) and Danish Embassy project. By virtue of his position, he extensively worked with the Youth of Pakistan on matters pertaining to Pakistan’s foreign policy challenges, Civil & Political Rights, and Human Rights issues in Pakistan.
Mr. Abbas is the recipient of the Emerging Leader of Pakistan Fellowship award by the South Asia Centre, Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. Moreover, he is also the recipient of several national and international debating accolades, including the best delegate award in the UNSC simulation, Baku Azerbaijan.
His areas of interest are national security, international law, International Human Rights law and advocacy.