International law and its processes on their own cannot resolve the India-Pakistan conflict, only political will can. But as these two nuclear armed countries face-off, Dr Rishi Gulati (LSE Law) explains how the international legal system can provide the tools to an aggrieved party to respond to a breach of its rights, and therefore help play a constructive role […]
Long Read | In the Name of God: The Asia Bibi Case and its implications for the Rule of Law and Islam in Pakistan
When Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi of blasphemy, the three-member bench made their legal decision by appealing to Islam rather than the Constitution. Amber Darr (UCL) looks at why such a ruling, which is being hailed around the world as a landmark judgement, furthers the cause of the religious right and risks shifting sovereignty in Pakistan from a […]
Myanmar’s 1982 Citizenship Law is not just a tool for denying the Rohingya their rights, it has also contributed to the military’s acts of genocide against them. With elections in two years, the next 12 months may be the last chance to reform the law, give the Rohingya their long overdue citizenship rights, and help create conditions for the safe […]
Shubhangi Agarwalla argues that the death penalty has bureaucratised death and in doing so, relieved individuals of a sense of their own moral responsibility within its delivery. Considering Derrida’s seminal argument on mercy, Indian society must reconsider the pivotal role of mercy within justice, writes Agarwalla.
In India there has recently been such a sustained focus on the right to […]
“If the state starts to see sense, then people will follow. But I think this will take time” – Ibn Abdur Rehman
Preceding an evening of celebrating the life of eminent human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir at LSE, her friend and fellow activist I.A. Rehman discussed his work in Pakistan, the establishment of the HRCP (Human Rights Commission, Pakistan) and Asma’s powerful legacy with Amber Darr.
AD: How did you begin your human rights journey?
IAR: It started in 1949, when I […]
On the sidelines of the LSE-Berkeley Bangladesh Summit held at LSE in June 2018, Mahima A. Jain interviewed to Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossain, who was a panellist discussing “Civil Society and the State”.
In this interview, Sara Hossain discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces in an attempt to balance secularism with Islam highlighting the validity and space that the government gives to views of extremist groups. “What […]
Although Asia’s digital economy is booming, there is a risk of some countries being left behind. Anishka De Zylva and Ganeshan Wignaraja make the case for why Sri Lanka must invest to benefit from Asia’s rapidly growing digital economy, and delineate a four-pronged approach that the country can follow.
Asia’s digital economy is booming. By market capitalisation, about one-third of the largest […]
The President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain, recently signed the 31st Constitutional Amendment Bill into law, giving a green light to the merger between Pakistan’s Federal Administered Tribal Area (FATA) and its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK). Whilst this has been hailed as a democratic victory, Amber Darr examines the complex legal and political implications of this enactment.
On 31st May 2018, the President of […]
Public Sector Banks in India: Revisiting regulatory and corporate governance in the light of the PNB scam
The Punjab National Bank scam, India’s largest banking fraud, has shed light on the necessity for an overhaul of regulatory and corporate governance practices in Indian public sector banks. Param Pandya gives an overview of the history of regulation and governance of PSBs and proposes some solutions in the light of the increasing number of scams.
Banking frauds in India have […]
A major hurdle facing the residents of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is the century-old colonial law that still governs it—the 1901 Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). Harrison Akins gives a brief overview of the FCR’s history and structure, followed by an analysis of the current opposition to the government’s plan for reforming FATA’s legal framework.
Emerging from the turmoil of […]