LUMS Annual Conference: Courts and Politics in Pakistan

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:00am to Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:30pm
Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL)

The LUMS Annual Conference on Courts and Politics is jointly organised by the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) and the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL).

Date: March 14-15, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Venue: Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL).

The conference will focus on the role of higher courts in dealing with cases concerning the Constitution, making and breaking of governments and relations among institutions. The Conference aims to explore the operational dynamics of courts vis-a-vis the state structure, the society at large, Islamisation and relations with the legal profession. The major themes of the conference are as follows:

• Courts and the Parliament
• Courts and the Constitution
• Courts and the Military
• Courts and the State
• Courts and the Society
• Courts and Islamisation of Laws
• The Bar and the Bench

Conference Programme

Day 1 – Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Inaugural Session: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Chair: Syed Babar Ali
Welcome Address: Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Vice Chancellor, LUMS
Keynote Speaker: Senator Raza Rabbani

Tea 11:00-11.30 am

Session 1: Courts and Parliament: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Chair: Prof. Martin Lau
Mohammad Waseem and Asma Faiz, The Supreme Court and Clash of Institutions in Pakistan
I. A. Rahman, Court, Parliament and Constitution
Yunas Samad, Democratization Process, Hybrid Regimes and Judicial Activism: Courts and Politics in Pakistan

Lunch: 1:00-2:00 pm

Session 2: Courts and the State: 2:00- 3:30 pm

Chair: Justice Jawwad Khawaja
Moeen Cheema, Two Steps Forward One Step Back: The Non-Linear Expansion of Judicial Power in Pakistan
Asher Qazi, Capturing the Executive: Recounting the Pakistani Supreme Court’s Success in Controlling the Civil Services
Rashed Rahman, Judicialization of Politics in Pakistan

Tea: 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Session 3: Courts and Constitution I: 3.45-5.15 p.m.

Chair: Prof. Paula Newberg
Hamid Khan, Courts and Constitution
Salman Akram Raja, The 18th Amendment and Judicial Choices
Muhammad Azeem, Courts as ‘Government: A Strain rather than a Restraint (judicial) for Political Governance

Day 2 – Thursday, March 15, 2018

Session 4: Courts and Constitution 11:10 am - 11:30 am

Chair: Prof. Mohammad Waseem
Faqir Hussain, Article 184 (3): Boon or Bane?
Faisal Siddiqui, Judges and Generals: Paradox of Corruption and Conflict
Marva Khan, Synthesizing Judicial Review and Basic Structure Doctrine in Pakistan
M. P. Singh, Courts and Politics in India: A Tale of Two Neighbors

Tea. 11:30 am – 11:45 am

Session 5: Courts and the Society: 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Chair: (To Be Confirmed)
Zahid Hussain, Court Versus Executive: A Dangerous Collision
Sadaf Aziz, From Preventive Detention to Missing Persons: The Missing Rights’ Jurisprudence of the Pakistani Superior Courts
M. Shakeel Ahmed, Judicialization of Electoral Politics: How Judiciary and Electoral Laws Effect Electoral Politics in Pakistan

Lunch: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Session 6: Courts and Islamisation: 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Chair: Justice Nasira Iqbal
Zubair Abbasi, Islamic Law, Politics and the Modern State: Judicial Islamization of Land Reform Laws in Pakistan
Shahbaz Cheema, The Federal Shariat Court and Non-Repugnancy to Islamic Injunctions
Martin Lau, Islam as a Source of Judicial Power

Tea: 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 7: Courts, Politics and Populism: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Chair: Justice Fazal Karim
Syed Ali Zafar, (title to be confirmed)
Saad Rasool, The Bar and the Bench
Noor Mohamad Khan and Masood Khan, Politics in the Name of Justice: Political Agenda and Institutional Response in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  
Saeed Ahmed Rid, The Popular Mandate and Courts in Pakistan