Join us on 22 January 2020, for our annual Day of the Endangered Lawyer event – this year - focused on Pakistan


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Every year, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer is organised to support lawyers at risk in a particular jurisdiction. In 2020, the focus will be on Pakistan. The Law Society will mark this occasion on 22 January by hosting seminar, as we have done in previous years with regard to Turkey and Egypt. During this seminar, we will hear from one of the speakers about his personal experiences of litigating human rights cases in Pakistan, specifically the well-known case of Asia Bibi in which a Christian woman was sentenced to death for blasphemy. Her conviction was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. We will also discuss the legal system in Pakistan and certain types of legislation, especially blasphemy laws. In addition, we will focus on the role that the military and religion play in Pakistan’s society and how this impacts on legislation and its application in practice.   

Speakers: Saif ul-Malook (Lawyer, Pakistan), Azam Nazeer Tarar (lawyer, Pakistan), Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa (Research Associate, SOAS South Asia Institute); moderated by Dr. Marina Brilman (International Human Rights adviser, Law Society).


We will be looking at:

  • issues faced by lawyers in Pakistan
  • the legal system of Pakistan and certain legislation, especially blasphemy laws
  • recent challenges to the rule of law and independence of the legal profession
  • the importance of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers



17:00 - 17:30  Registration

17.30 - 17.35  Welcome, David Greene, Vice-President of the Law Society

17.35 - 18.30  Seminar

18.30 - 19.00    Q&A 

19.00 - 20.00  Drinks reception


Who should attend?

This event welcomes lawyers, civil servants, NGOs and students. 


This event is free to attend.  Register now on the event page.