The Research Society of International Law is committed to promoting gender equality within the legal profession. RSIL, as an organisation, has long been host to and has invested in the success of women within its ranks, many of whom have gone on to advance their careers to a senior management level, whether within or outside RSIL. As women at RSIL, we recognise that we have been supported in our personal and professional growth, and the time has come to pay that forward.
In 2023, RSIL instituted the first of its kind, Women in International Law Mentoring Programme in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Women in Law Initiative, to support young women in their personal and professional growth. The programme connected experienced female international lawyers with female law students and recent graduates to support them in developing their skills and confidence to manage their future careers.
The mentorship programme included sessions on legal writing and research methods and taught mentees necessary legal skills, including reading treaties, writing case briefs and speaking in public. Mentees were also given the opportunity to develop their soft skills, legal acuity, and self-esteem by discussing their career goals with mentors who helped them develop a career plan. The programme hopes to produce mentees who will share their skills with those younger than them as they progress up the career ladder and foster a community of supportive women who look out for and encourage each other. RSIL hopes to expand the programme to mentor more women from different cities in Pakistan
A copy of the 2023 programme is available here.
RSIL organised a webinar in collaboration with Women in Law, Pakistan, to remove the mystery around what being an international lawyer in Pakistan looks like. Ayesha Malik, Zainab Shahid, Zoha Shahid, Noor Fatima, and Maha Husain discussed the areas of international law in which they specialise and answered questions on work-life balance, opportunities available and what they did to get where they are.