Young lawyer’s road towards being elected leader of the house in Youth Parliament of Pakistan

Youth Parliaments are mock parliaments, organized in many democratic countries including England, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Its main purpose is to develop values and culture of democracy, politics and leadership in the young. The inspiration behind youth parliaments, in my humble opinion, can be traced to Plato, who propounded that lack of interest in…

A volunteer-teacher holds classes with pupils at a park in Islamabad on June 10, 2011. Muhammad Ayuh, a member of Pakistan's Civil Defence along with a group of volunteers teach children aged between 4-15 years-old, coming from poor families and has been doing so for the last 26 years. The overall adult literacy rate is 57 percent and Pakistan has three years to meet a Millennium Development Goal target of 88. percent.   AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

Illiteracy: A Major Issue

  What is illiteracy? Literacy is the ability to read and write; while Illiteracy is the inability to read and write or the lack of knowledge can be called ignorance. Why is it the major issue in Pakistan? With a population of around 170 million it is referred as one of the illiterate countries of…


An Assessment of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act, 2013

Democracy and accountability are sine qua non for each other. Foremost pre-requisite for a functional accountability mechanism is access to information. In Article 19-A of Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 the Constitution recognises right to information as a fundamental human right. To translate constitutional law into reality, Government of Punjab enacted the…


Humanitarian Aid Projects, Colonial Legacy and the Experience of the Internally Displaced in Sudan

In the political economy of development, and more specifically second generation of conditionalities imposed by aid donors, human rights and rule of law have come to the forefront and have been promoted as ideals for improving the governance in developing countries. Hence, ideas for improving achieving better governance have become central to aid-donor-recipient relations (Burnell…



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Why B.A?

With the start of a new year we all either tend to make resolutions or laugh at how we’ll never adhere to them. So this year, I decided to do something new, it is a new year after all. I decided to look back at the previous year and remember all the good and bad…


Interview: Ali Husnain Shah

The legal maxim staff interviewed Ali Husnain Shah, a student of LL.B (Year 3) Punjab University Programme in Pakistan College of Law. His diverse background and focus on studying law made him an interesting subject for our campus journals. We asked him about his background and what brought him to the study of law. This…


CLEA’s Essay Competition

The following essay written by Faizan Daud won the 3rd prize in the Commonwealth Legal Education Association’s Essay Competition in 2014. He was awarded with a cash prize and his essay was published online.   ‘’Can the Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles on Three Branches of Government 2003 serve as an effective framework for safeguarding democracy and…

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