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This profile was last updated on 6/17/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi

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President

WWF-Pakistan
Karachi ,
Pakistan

Company Description: For its first fifteen years, WWF-Pakistan was a small organization which relied on individuals for financial support and honourary scientific input. It was in the...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Vice President of Asia-Pacific Group
    United Nations Human Rights Council
  • Founder and President
    RSIL
  • Senior Partner
    ABS&Co

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    WWF-Pakistan
  • Member of the Board of Governors
    World Wide Fund for Nature , Pakistan
  • Member
    Eminent Persons of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
  • Member of the Advisory Committee
    United Nations Human Rights Council
  • Life-Long Member
    Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan

Education

  • LLM , international law
    University of Cambridge
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Board Members
www.wwfpak.org, 17 June 2015 [cached]
Ahmer Bilal Soofi President, WWF-Pakistan Ahmer Bilal Soofi & Co.
Research Society of International Law – President
rsilpak.org, 13 June 2015 [cached]
AHMER BILAL SOOFI
Ahmer Bilal Soofi holds an LLM in international law from the University of Cambridge. He is the founding President of the Research Society of International Law and the Senior Partner of the well-reputed law firm ABS&Co with offices in Lahore and Islamabad. He served as the Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, in the caretaker government in 2013. He has appeared before the High Courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan in over 1,000 cases. He is also a life-long member of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. He was elected as a member of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Vice-President of its Asia-Pacific group for three years in 2011.
Mr. Soofi often represents Pakistan as an expert in international law matters, providing, for example, legal counsel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He works continuously towards implementing and improving legislation in Pakistan relating to international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Previously, Mr. Soofi and his team at RSIL completed a one volume comprehensive comparison of Pakistan's entire body of legislation with the Geneva Conventions and its Additional Protocols. He also supervised the preparation of a ratification memo for the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), comparing Pakistan's domestic legislation with the provisions of the ICCPR. This memo contributed to Pakistan's decision to accede to the Covenant. Likewise, when deciding to ratify the Convention against Torture (CAT), the Government utilized his work on CAT. More recently, he advised the Government of Pakistan on the Child Rights Convention and regarding the compliance report of Pakistan with UNSC Resolution 1540 as well as on the implementing domestic legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Mr. Soofi negotiated in seven successive sessions of the UN General Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on behalf of the G-77 and Pakistan regarding the UN Convention on Corruption where several of his suggestions received support from the negotiating states and were eventually incorporated into the text of the Convention. He was also appointed to a fourteen-member Consistency Group to review the language of the entire Convention. Later, he was appointed to an Experts Group to prepare implementing guidelines for the Convention. He has been a member of a UN Office on Drugs and Crime Experts Group on Terrorism relating to interpretation of offences contained in UNSC Resolution 1373. He is also a member of the panel of Eminent Persons of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation providing regular input on building a global consensus against defamation of religion.
Mr. Soofi is invited frequently to lecture on various aspects of international and comparative law issues relating to Pakistan at leading national institutes such as the National Defense University Islamabad, the Command and Staff College Quetta, and the National University of Sciences and Technology Islamabad. He remained a visiting Professor of International Law for over a decade at the University of the Punjab. His forty-five lecture series on international law was recorded by Virtual University of Pakistan and is offered as an online course. The University of Trento Italy also commissioned him as an examiner for a doctoral thesis. He has delivered talks and lectures at venues like the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School (Boston, USA), International Development Law Organization (Rome, Italy), Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (Colombo, Sri Lanka), Shanghai University (China), Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University (Boston, USA), the Royal United Institute (London, UK) and United States Institute of Peace (Washington DC, USA).
A prolific writer, Mr. Soofi has written over 150 articles on various issues of international and comparative law in leading national newspapers and national and international journals. Currently, he writes regularly for the Dawn. He recently wrote a chapter titled 'Legal Challenges to Military Operations in Pakistan: The case of the Federally and Provincially Administered Areas' for 'Pakistan's Counterterrorism Challenge' published by Georgetown University Press in 2014. He also frequently appears as a legal expert on national and international electronic media.
Mr. Soofi is member of the Board of Governors of the World Wide Fund for Nature, Pakistan (WWF). He previously represented civil society in several important public interest litigations before the Supreme Court and obtained injunctive orders preventing de-forestation in important national parks of Pakistan.
Research Society of International Law – Employing the Sri Lankan Rehabilitation Model to Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Framework
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.
New President of WWF-Pakistan ...
www.wwfpak.org, 27 April 2015 [cached]
New President of WWF-Pakistan takes office Lahore, The Board of Directors of WWF-Pakistan have elected Ahmer Bilal Soofi, renowned Supreme Court advocate and international law expert, as the new president of WWF-Pakistan. He was preceded by Khalid Mahmood, CEO of Getz Pharma (Pvt.) Ltd. .... 27 April 2015
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Lahore, The Board of Directors of WWF-Pakistan have elected Ahmer Bilal Soofi, renowned Supreme Court advocate and international law expert, as the new president of WWF-Pakistan.
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The outgoing president welcomed his successor to the post and hoped the organization will benefit from the passion, experience and forward thinking of Ahmer Bilal Soofi.
Ahmer Bilal Soofi is a lawyer by profession and holds an L.L.M in international law from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the founding president of the Research Society of International Law and a senior partner of a reputable law firm with offices in Lahore, Islamabad and Dubai. He served as the Federal Minister for Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, in the caretaker government in 2013 and has been elected as Member Advisory Committee to the United Nations Human Rights Council. He also serves on the panel of OIC Eminent Persons Council.
Soofi has been associated with WWF-Pakistan for over a decade, having twice served on its Board. He and his law firm have taken up pro-bono cases in major environmental causes and have supported WWF-Pakistan by representing it in both the High Courts and the Supreme Court in matters such as the new Murree case, Murree forest case, protection of Surla Wildife Sanctuary near Chakwal and several other matters. He is known to promote conservation causes and is also advising the provincial government on the implementation of international conventions on climate change and environment. Born on 25 November 1962, Soofi attended St. Anthonys High School, Lahore and graduated from Government College, Lahore with Roll of Honour.
Ahmer Bilal ...
wwfpak.org, 13 Aug 2014 [cached]
Ahmer Bilal Soofi Advocate Supreme Court
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