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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi

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Senior Partner

Local Address: Lahore, Pakistan
Commercial Law Firm
 
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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Master , Law
    Cambridge University
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Ahmer Bilal Soofi Ahmer Bilal Soofi is the Senior Partner of a Lahore based Commercial Law Firm. Mr. Soofi has done LLM from the University of Cambridge UK and specialized in international law. More...
Welcome To RSIL (Research Society of International Law, Pakistan)
rsilpak.org [cached]
Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi
Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi is an LLM from the University of Cambridge UK. He is the Senior Partner of a well reputed law firm ABS & Co having its office in Lahore and Islamabad. He has appeared in over 1000 cases in High Court & Supreme Court. He is life member of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. He is the founding President of Research Society of International Law. He was elected as a Member Advisory Council of United Nations Human Rights Council for period of three years in March 2011.
Mr. Soofi acted as an expert from Pakistan and to provide country report that became part of the ICRC Customary Study on IHL. He has done extensive work for improving legislation in Pakistan relating to HR and IHL. In this regard Mr. Soofi and his team carried out a one volume comprehensive comparison of Pakistan's entire legislation with the Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocols and the Rome Statute. He also supervised preparation of a ratification memo for the ICCPR containing comparison of Pakistan's domestic legislation with the provisions of the ICCPR that formed one of the basis to ratify the ICCPR by the Government. Likewise, his work on CAT and its legislative comparison was considered by th
e Government when ratifying CAT. More recently, he has advised the Government on the Child Rights Convention. He has also advised the Government on the legal aspects of the country report from Pakistan on UNSC Resolution 1540. He has also advised the Government of Pakistan on the implementing legislation relating to BWC and CWC.
Mr. Soofi negotiated in seven successive sessions of the UNGA Adhoc Committee on behalf of G-77 and Pakistan, the UN Convention on Corruption and several of his suggestions received support from negotiating states and were eventually incorporated in the text of the Convention. He was appointed Chair of several working groups. Mr. Soofi was also made member of the 14 member Consistency Group to review the language of the entire Convention. Later he was made member of the Experts Group to prepare implementing guidelines for the UN Convention. He has been a member of a UNODC Experts Group on Terrorism relating to interpretation of offences contained in UNSC resolution 1373.
Mr. Soofi is invited frequently to lecture on various aspects of international law issues relating to Pakistan at the National Defense College Islamabad, Command and Staff College Quetta, National Management School Lahore. He remained a visiting Professor of International Law at the Punjab University for over 10 years. His 45 lecture series on international law are recorded by the Virtual University of Pakistan as an offered course. Mr. Soofi was also commissioned as an examiner for a PHD work by the University of Trento, Italy. Mr. Soofi has also delivered talks and lectures at venues like International Development Law Organization Rome, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka, Shanghai University China, Fletcher School USA and Royal United Institute, London.
Mr. Soofi is member of the Board of Governors of World Wide Fund for Nature Pakistan (WWF). He has represented the civil society before important public interest litigation before the Supreme Court and obtained injunctive orders preventing de-frostation in important national parks of Pakistan.
Welcome To RSIL (Research Society of International Law, Pakistan)
www.rsilpak.org [cached]
Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi was appointed as Federal Minister
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Shortly thereafter, the President of RSIL, Ahmer Bilal Soofi spoke to the students about the conception of RSIL as well as what to consider when deciding what education and career paths to pursue. He motivated the students to seek excellence and shared personal triumphs throughout his career that have made him the success he is today. Mr. Soofi then introduced the chief guest of the certificate ceremony, Mirza Asif Baig, Indus Water Treaty Commissioner for Paksitan.
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Mr. Soofi then presented Commissioner Baig with an RSIL seal to commemorate his visit to RSIL.
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The final day of the program then concluded with each student receiving a certificate of participation in the program, presented by Mr. Soofi and Mr. Ali Sultan, Senior Research Fellow.
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The participants will be awarded certificates on the completion of the program and will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive session with RSIL's president Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi was appointed as Federal Minister
President RSIL Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi had been appointed as Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights. During the term as Caretaker Federal Minister, he had relinquished the charge of the President's office.
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RSIL's President Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Committee Expert HRCAC, and Mr. Sikander Ahmed Shah, Senior Research Fellow RSIL, attended the ninth session of HRCAC in Geneva from August 6 - 10, 2012.
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Mr. Soofi, Chairperson of the drafting group and convener of the subcommittee on "traditional values" presented the study "On Promoting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms through a Better Understanding of Traditional Values of Humankind."
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President RSIL, presented a paper on "Legal Challenges of Insurgency and Terrorism in Pakistan".
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi was invited by SZABIST Law Society as 'Judge' of the final rounds of national level IHL moot court competition held in Karachi on Sunday, January 15, 2012.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi , Mr. Majid Bashir and Mr. Ali Sultan spoke about the salient features of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction at a seminar hosted by the British High Commission in Islamabad.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL) delivered a talk as a guest speaker to a conference on Child Rights organized by Society for the Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC). He spoke about applicable international law, the existing domestic regime and related issues for compliance purposes.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL) welcomed the participants and introduced the topic of discussion to the participants. He discussed that the threat of attack on the Pakistani territory was unjustifiable from an international law perspective.
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While discussing international law on terrorism, use of force and aggression from a purely legal perspective, Mr. Soofi acquiesced with the chief guest on the premise that law and politics are interlinked and hence legality cannot be restricted to legislations and interpretations only, in fact, international law is only one factor of governance of interstate relations and is highly politicized.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL), Mr. Majid Bashir (Senior Research Fellow RSIL) and Mr. Sikander Shah (Senior Research Fellow RSIL) represented RSIL in the said sessions.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL) concluded the roundtable discussion by saying that there needs to be resource build up and the police needs to be provided with sophisticated technology.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL) and Barrister Hamza Randhawa (Executive Director RSIL) briefed Mr. Wigemark about the work that RSIL has undertaken in past and the ongoing projects.
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President RSIL, Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Barrister Hamza Khalid Randhawa (Executive Director RSIL) & Mr. Omer Chaudhry (Research Fellow, RSIL) attended the above mentioned roundtable discussion (hosted by UNHCR at Islamabad).
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The resource team of RSIL for this project includes Mr Hassan Nawaz Sheikh (Research Fellow), Ms Nida Mahmood (Research Associate) and Mr Hasham Hayat (Research Associate) as main lecturers; and Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President RSIL) and Mr Sikander Shah (Senior Research Fellow) as guest speakers for their expert input on some of the specialized areas of international law.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi has been elected as the Member Advisory Council of the United Nations Human Rights Council. On 23 March 2011, during its sixteenth session. The UN Human Rights Council elected seven experts to the prestigious Human Rights Council Advisory Committee. Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi President RSIL is one of these experts. He was nominated by Government of Pakistan. He shall serve as the Member Advisory Council for a period of three years.
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•Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President, RSIL)
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United States Institute of Peace (USIP) arranged an interactive session with Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi on Legal Aspects of Mumbai Trails. The event was held at Washington DC. Mr. Soofi clarified Pakistan's position in a legal context after the Mumbai attacks. He also discussed Pakistan's legal considerations to explain the country's response and legal complexities involved in the whole scenario.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President RSIL, participated in the said meeting and delivered a talk on the Indus Water Treaty and water scarcity issues for the entire South Asia.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President RSIL, attended the meeting as an international law expert and gave a detailed presentation on the said subject.
During the session Mr. Soofi had meeting with renowned international law expert Dr. Kamal Hossain from Bangladesh.
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Mr. Soofi also had a detailed meeting with Secretary General of OIC, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who is also founding Director General of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Culture and Arts (IRCICA) in Istanbul.
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Honorable Secretary General admired the views and efforts of Mr. Soofi and the research work done at RSIL.
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Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President RSIL, was the main resource person for the workshop.
Welcome To RSIL (Research Society of International Law, Pakistan)
rsilpak.org, 15 Dec 2010 [cached]
Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President, RSIL)
The establishment of the Society was ...
rsilpak.org [cached]
The establishment of the Society was the principal effort of, founder and President, Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi. Employing his vision, the research and publications produced by RSIL provide a comprehensive understanding of various international law initiatives and their application within Pakistan.
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Ahmer Bilal Soofi [Editor-in-Chief]
President, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and an expert in international law. Mr. Soofi is also a practicing advocate before the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He was the Pakistan's Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights for the interim government in 2013. Mr. Soofi is also a current member of the Advisory Committee of United Nations Human Rights Council. He frequently delivers lectures on international law issues at various academic and government institutions and has authored over 100 publications in domestic and international journals as well as in leading newspapers of Pakistan.
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