The RSIL Law Review, June 2017, Vol.1, No.1

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Filling the Missing Gaps in the Indus Water Treaty

By Ahmer Bilal Soofi The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of India share a complex historical relationship. Apart from a common border, centuries of history, culture, languages and ethnicities, and traditions, Pakistan and India share the waters of the Indus River System.  The waters of the Indus River basin have therefore been a […]

Addressing the Education Emergency: Obligations, Challenges and Solutions

By Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir In April 2010, the Parliament promulgated the Constitution (Eighteenth Amendment) Act 2010 (herein ‘18th Amendment’) thereby devolving certain subjects from the center to the provinces, one of them being education. Among other alterations to the Constitution, the insertion of Article 25-A clearly delineated the responsibility of the State to provide “free […]

Lack of Due Process and Evidentiary Standards in Blasphemy Laws and their Inherent Incompatibility with International Human Rights Obligations

By Daanika Kamal Although blasphemy laws are not specific to Pakistan, it is argued that the State’s application of the laws is more likely to violate fundamental rights.[1] The procedures used to determine guilt under blasphemy laws are very problematic in this jurisdiction, and these laws are used for the prosecution of more individuals than […]

Exploring the Precedent for Human Rights in Sharia: A Reconciliation?

By Rana Adan Abid This article poses the question: to what extent can Sharia and the modern conception of human rights ever be reconciled? To address this query it looks at the rights of six groups: non-Muslim minorities; the Intersex/Trans community; prisoners of war; civilians during wartime; the economically disadvantaged; and the dependents, under Sharia […]

Multinational Corporations and Their Accountability under Human Right Frameworks

By Momna Taufeeq This article explores the relationship between multinational corporations and their human rights obligations. The matter that forms the crux of the discourse is not only of human rights obligations that such transnational corporate entities may have but, more importantly, that of accountability under a regulatory framework that caters to such duties. It […]

Protecting Civilians during Violent Conflict: Challenges faced by International Humanitarian Law

By Zainab Mustafa This article addresses the legal lacunas present in International Humanitarian Law’s (IHL) protection regime for civilians and the challenges in its implementation. Furthermore it aims to suggest ways to overcome them in order to strengthen compliance. The article is divided into three parts: Part I depicts the realities faced by civilians on […]

The North-South Divide and the Ineffectiveness of International Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

By Neshmiya Adnan Khan The imposition of environmental conditions and standards upon development and development policies formulated during the Rio Conference in 1992 was perceived as an act to restrain the newfound capacity of the newly independent post-colonial Southern states to finally grow and develop. This article focuses on the origins of that North-South Divide; […]

World Trade Organization: Strengths and Weaknesses from the Perspective of Developing States

By Usama Malik After eight years of negotiations, the Uruguay Round of discussions finally wrapped up, resulting in the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 1 January 1995. This complex agreement brought numerous changes in the multilateral trading system, covering institutional and rule changes. This article discusses the significant impacts that the implementation […]

The Issues of Admissibility Pertaining to Circumstantial, Contested, Classified, and Illicitly Obtained Evidence in the International Court of Justice

by Shayan Ahmed Khan The International Court of Justice (ICJ or ‘the Court’) has generally had a liberal stance towards the admissibility of evidence and indeed in most of the instances the Court accepts evidence submitted by parties. However, when it comes to evidence, which is circumstantial, classified, or illicitly obtained, the Court has deviated […]