The Centre is a project of the Alam al-Khayal Foundation and Haroon Dugal Law Chambers to create a platform for engagement between Law and Civil Society. At the Centre, lawyers, jurists, specialists, students, members of the civil service and civil society come together to research, reform, debate and develop law in Pakistan. Research and Development work is undertaken with a view to ensuring that theoretical analysis is combined with practical implementation. One of the key features of this project is to engage with foreign leading practitioners / specialists and to provide a platform to the professional Pakistani diaspora for engaging with a wider local audience. The Centre has been formed in response to a need for greater jurisprudential analysis, debate and advocacy in legislative, judicial and policy matters. Our mission is to articulate a better, indigenous understanding of law and legal and cultural norms in Pakistan leading to a pluralistic society with collective civic sense.
Three initial high-impact areas have been targeted:
I’m very happy to see issues of cultural heritage preservation being taken-up by lawyers. We need the help of the law to ensure the preservation of our ancient culture.
PCLS runs very effective user-friendly mediation services. I’m very happy to see lawyers in Pakistan expending their practice base towards out-of-court settlement methods like mediation and arbitration.