Lahore University of Management Sciences

LUMS VC Speaks at Supreme Court's Conference

April 02, 2012

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Dr. Adil Najam, the Vice Chancellor of LUMS and a renowned international expert on global environmental policy was the keynote speaker at the opening session of a high-level international conference on Environmental Justice held in Bhurban on March 24-25, 2012. The conference was organised on behalf of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and IUCN. The international conference was an initiative of and was hosted by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The LUMS Vice Chancellor focused his remarks on the global, national and location regulatory dimensions of environmental policy and discussed the concept of environmental justice as a cornerstone of the emerging global legal paradigm. Dr. Adil Najam focused particularly on the issues of climate change and development, and within that on issues related to water, and explored the connections between emerging environmental challenges and the most central development challenges facing Pakistan and the region of South Asia. Building on his previous research and publications, Dr. Najam pointed out that environmental justice needs to be seen in a rights-based perspective.

In his remarks, the Chief Justice of Pakistan appreciated Dr. Najam’s comments and said that academia has a key role in communicating emerging issues to society including the judiciary. He hoped for closer linkages between the legal profession and academics so that emerging issues can be understood better. In his remarks Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry discussed the history and evolution of environmental legislation and litigation in Pakistan and hoped that further clarity and action will be seen in this area at the national as well as provincial levels.

In addition to Chief Justice Chaudhry, the opening ceremony at which Dr. Najam was a featured speaker, was attended by Justices of the Supreme Court, Chief Justices and Judges of the Provincial High Courts, Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court, and Justices from the Supreme Courts of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The conference was also attended by leading experts, academics, government functionaries from across Pakistan and in addition to Dr. Najam, the LUMS delegates at the conference included Dr. Ali Qazilbash (Chair, Department of Law and Policy) and Dr. Pervez Hassan (member Board of Trustees, LUMS).