The Khalid Ishaque Library and Lecture Series
The Khalid Ishaque is the premiere guest lecture series at the Law School. The series is named after Mr. Khalid M. Ishaque, a preeminent lawyer, legal scholar, and intellectual who mentored numerous leading jurists, lawyers, and legal scholars over five decades of service to the legal profession. After his demise in 2004, his estate donated a sizeable portion of his private library to Lums, coinciding with the founding of the Department of Law and Policy and the development of the BA/LLB program at LUMS. The Khalid Ishaque Wing of the library has helped to nourish the spirit of socially engaged and academically grounded legal practice in Pakistan for nearly two decades now.
Previous speakers have included Mr. Justice Saqib Nisar, then Senior Justice and future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; Mr. Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court; Dr. James C. Hathaway, Professor and Director of Refugee and Asylum Law at the University of Michigan Law School; and Ms. Hina Jilani, founding partner of the AGHS Legal Aid Cell.
Catching the Bull by its Horns
In April 2022, the Annual Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture and Seminar was held to celebrate and evaluate the jurisprudence of the Honourable Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, the 26th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Justice (R.) Khosa explored a myriad of constitutional and social issues that Pakistan has faced in the seven decades since its inception and provided insights and anecdotes from his prolific career.
Strategic Litigation for a Transformative Politics: A view from the Center of Constitutional Rights
In April 2021, Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture was delivered by Mr. Vincent Warren, Faculty of Law, Oxford University. Mr. Warren has been the Executive Director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights in New York since 2006 and has overseen groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work including challenges to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and profiling of Muslims, ended long-term solitary confinement in California’s Pelican Bay Prison, and established the persecution of LGBTQIA people as a crime against humanity.
Human Rights: A Pathway to Democracy, Justice and Social Progress
In April 2019, Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture on Human Rights: A Pathway to Democracy, Justice and Social Progress was delivered by Ms Hina Jillani, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and a human-rights activist from Lahore in Punjab.
Arbitration and Pakistan: A Lost Cause?
In April 2017, Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture was delivered by Mr Makhdoom Ali Khan (Attorney General of Pakistan, former chairman Pakistan Bar Council, former member of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan), Mr Salman Akram Raja (LLM Harvard Law School, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan) Mr Feisal Naqvi (Senior Partner, Bhandari Naqvi Riaz and Advocate of the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan) and Mr Tobby Landau et al (Barrister, advocate and arbitrator, Duxton Hill Chambers, Singapore Group Practice).
The Politics of Economics behind Environmental Governance
In April 2017, Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture on The Politics of Economics behind Environmental Governance was delivered by Dr Wang Xi, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Professor Wang Xi specializes in the political history of the 19th-century United States and teaches courses on American Civil War and Reconstruction, African American history, and US Constitutional History, in addition to Liberal Studies courses.
Fixing the International Refugee Protect System
In May 2017, Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture on Fixing the International Refugee Protect System was delivered by Professor James Hathaway, Professor of Law and founding director of the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law at the University of Michigan. He works in the field of public international law, with a focus on international human rights law, international queer rights, and international refugee law.
Continuities, Discontinuities and Ruptures: Exploring Islamic Constitutionalism
In September 2017 Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture on Continuities, Discontinuities and Ruptures: Exploring Islamic constitutionalism in the Muslim world with specific reference to Pakistan and Kuwait was delivered by Professor Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali, Professor of Law and Director of Postgraduate Research at Warwick University (UK).
Religion, Law and Constitutionalism in Pakistan
In February 2016, Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture on Religion, Law and Constitutionalism in Pakistan was delivered by Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad, Swedish political scientist and author of Pakistani descent. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Stockholm University.
Celebrating the 150 years of the Lahore High Court
In December 2016, Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture on Celebrating the 150 Years of the Lahore High Court by Honorable Mr. Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, serving Judge of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice Lahore High Court. His areas of special interest are the constitutional law, human rights, climate and water justice, environmental sustainability, disability rights, criminology, digital surveillance, privacy and proportionality.
Constitution and Administrative Law
In November 2015, Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture on Constitution and Administrative Law was delivered by Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Former Chief Justice of Pakistan (2016–2019), Law Secretary of Pakistan (1997–1999)
Practice of Law in Middle East
In November 2015, Khalid Ishaque Memorial Lecture on Practice of Law in Middle East was delivered by Mr Stephen Sayer (Solicitor of Reed Smith Richards Butler LLP), Mr Malcolm Abaza (Senior Associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP), Ms Emile Bongers (Solicitor), Barrister Mr Taimur Malik (Partner at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP), Mr Syed Ali Naveed Arshad (Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London).