Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan of Pakistan

Biographical Note

Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan

of Pakistan

1. ELECTED INTERNATIONAL JUDGE OF THE UNITED NATIONS (BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY) AND WORKED AS SUCH FOR THE UN AT THE HAGUE THE NETHERLANDS 2006 – 2009 WITH THE (DIPLOMATIC) STATUS OF UNDER SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE U.N.

  1. PRESENTLY:

(a) CONSULTANT ON LEGAL AFFAIRS, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW , INTERNATIONAL

LAW FOR THE PRESIDENT

(b) ALTERNATE CHAIRMAN OF UNESCO APPEAL (Judicial) BOARD – PARIS, FRANCE.

(c) VISITING PROFESSOR OF LAW

Education: BA, LL.B. Punjab University, Pakistan

Diploma in Shari’ah and Law, Institute of Shari’ah and Law, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Diploma in Shari’ah and Law, International Islamic University, Madina Munawara, Saudi Arabia

Diploma in Shari’ah and Law, Jamia Ummal Qura. .Mekka, Saudi Arabia

Training in International & Administrative Law, Columbia University, New York, N.Y., USA In Service Training, Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, USA

In Service Training, National Institution of Pubic Administration. Lahore, Pakistan

In Service Training, Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad, Pakistan.

In Service Training, Pakistan Cabinet Division.

In Service Training, Columbia University, New York, NY-USA

Diploma in Criminal Justice and Narcotics Control.-Department of Technical and Economic Cooperation Bangkok and Japan, International Cooperation Agency.

Seminar on secured documents organized by Asian Dev. Bank, Harvard University and World Bank at Manila, 1999

Selected as Thomas Jefferson Fellow

On USA Govt. invitation studied and got training in the Alternate Dispute

Resolution System in California, USA, 2000.

Professional Experience:

1999 -.2006 Permanent Judge, Lahore High Court, Lahore, Pakistan.

Adjudicated hundreds of murder references, criminal appeals, civil matters, company cases/ commercial cases/ and trademark cases acquiring a reputation of having versatile skills.

Adjudicated National Accountability Cases against politicians and bureaucrats

through bold and erudite decisions. Reported in the National Law Journals.

Made contributions through case law in areas covered by Islamic

Jurisprudence. This included reported blasphemy cases.

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Augmented the existing jurisprudence through case law, (Many cases

Reported between 1999-2006 in the Law Journals).

The “ratio decidendi” of judgments given in constitutional matters aimed at structuring the discretionary powers of the Government, observance of

transparency in government working and reduction of credibility gap between

the Government and the citizens, have been well appreciated and followed.

In human right matters, always took extraordinary measures in getting quick

relief to the victims, irrespective of complications. The national dailies

including the daily “DAWN” had been commenting on the decisions with

praise. Leading Papers had been publishing my articles on law and Constitution.

Previously served as:

District and Sessions Judge in different important districts of Pakistan between 1977 -1999 including holding the position of the Federal District Judge of the Capital, Islamabad. Having original jurisdiction in murder cases and civil matters. In this capacity, tried hundreds of murder cases and cases of heinous crimes besides civil matters.

Secretary, to the Government of the Punjab, Law and Parliamentary Affairs. The work inter alia involved advising Govt. on legal issues, making laws, supervising government litigations and looking after the parliamentary affairs and human rights issues.

Chairman, Punjab Service Tribunal, Lahore, Pakistan. Work involved hearing

of appeals of Civil Servants pertaining to terms and conditions of their

service.

Joint Secretary/D.G. Federal Ombudsman Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Tried over 3,000 cases involving “mal-administration” of civil servants

including violation of human rights and suggested curative measures to the Federal Government.

Member, Governing Body, Govt. College now University, Lahore, Pakistan.

National institution of learning.

Member, Governing Body, King Edwards Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan.

A Medical Institution.

Visited as a Scholar/Thomas Jefferson Fellow/Taught and accepted assignments etc.:

1. Columbia University New York, USA. Lastly invited in 1999, previously in 1990

and 1994

2. Duke University Durham, N.C., USA

3. Pakistani Delegate to As a guest of the USA Government Read paper

the Bicentennial on American Constitution

Conference of the USA

Constitution

4. Middle East and South Africa Lund University, Sweden

Studies Interfaith seminar

5. Faculty of Law Islamic law Stockholm University, Sweden

6. Uppsala University Uppsala University, Sweden

7. Department of Business Vaxjo University, Sweden. Seminar on

Administration, Vaxjo University Islamic economic system

8. Gothenburg University Gothenburg, Sweden.Seminar on Islamic Justice and Rights

9. Faculty of Law, International Islamic Islamabad

University, Islamabad, Pakistan

(Taught International Law/ Legal Teaching assignment

Philosophy, Law of Evidence for

7 years (evening sessions)

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10. Civil Service Academy

11. Federal Judicial Academy

12. Judge/Senior Lecturer in Law

13. Institute of Public Studies

14. British Parliamentary Commissioner

15. Ombudsman for Legal Services 16. Ombudsman for Ontario

17. The Privy Council

18. The School of Oriental African Studies, London University, UK

19. International Islamic University, K.L., Malaysia

20. Presided over and addressed the international seminar organised by the research society of international law regarding Mumbai trials and its consequences

International Law and International Relation matters:

1. Mentioned in the book “Who’s Who” in International Law (by well known publishers Crestwell

at Cambridge University . UK)

2. Attended the 1st Hill Conference on the Rule of the Law: “Further conceptualization and

Practical Progress on Building Coherent and Effective Rule of Law, etc”, held on 27 and 28

October, 2007 at the Peace Palace, The Hague, where successfully moved a resolution

calling for observing a Rule of Law Day every year, under the aegis of the U.N. for making this an effective movement

3. Was a member of the Chamber / Judge conducting a macro the case “Milutinovic

et al” at the UN, The Hague, The Netherlands

4. lectured at different forums in Europe inter alia on the subject of Interfaith ,Rights of women in Islam, International Law.

  1. Invited in February, 2009 at Barcelona – Spain where spoke on Kashmir issues before a gathering of public and parliamentary leaders.
  2. Attended several Conferences at the peace palace in the Hague during 2006-2009.
  3. Have had the opportunity of meeting several Head of States (Queens and Presidents) and leaders of international fame.

8. Member of the Metropolitan Rotary Club of The Hague, The Netherlands

9. Diplomatic Member of the prestigious Societeit de Witte, The Hague, The Netherlands

10. Frequently invited to speak on Electronic Media and otherwise on legal topics inter alia in the area of Criminal Justice Narcotics Control, Police Laws, Constitution, Rules of Law, System of Justice, International legal matters, Islamic Jurisprudence, Legal Philosophy and Administration Law

General:

  1. Lahore High Court Bar Association honoured me by making me their life long member in view of the services rendered for the cause of Justice, culture and rule of law only recently.

2. Was Member of the Government’s Committee on “Inexpensive and Speedy Justice”

3. Was invited by the Ombudsman of Sweden as a Scholar

4. (i) Member of the International Bar Association, U.K.

(ii) Life Member of Supreme Court Bar Association Pakistan

(iii) Member Lahore High Court Bar Association

(iv) Member Rawalpindi and Islamabad Bar Associations

(v) Member of the Syndicate, Taxila University, Rawalpindi

(vi) Member of the Syndicate, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi

5. Director Human Rights in the area where acted as a District Judge

6. Vice-President of the Society/Mission for Leprosy in Pakistan at Rawalpindi

7. Remained Adviser to the Catholic Diocese of Rawalpindi, Pakistan

8. Member, National Music Conference

9. Convener of Ch. Mauladad Chowhan Cultural, Educational and Social Welfare Trust

for Pothohar area

10. Regional Patron-in-Chief of Boy Scouts

11. President Saint Mary’s Old Boys Association

Writings on:

American Constitution, Inexpensive and Speedy Justice, Procedural Reforms, Justice, Role of Islamic Law in Pakistani Judicial System, Police and Citizen, Federal Shariat Court, Islamic Law, Human

Rights Judicature in Trichotomy of Powers, Rule of Law, Interfaith, culture , Islamic teachings etc. Islamic economic system

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About justicealinawazchowhan
CONSULTANT ON LEGAL AFFAIRS, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW , INTERNATIONAL LAW FOR THE PRESIDENT.ALTERNATE CHAIRMAN OF UNESCO APPEAL (Judicial) BOARD – PARIS, FRANCE.

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