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Reko Diq Dispute

To understand better, we need to understand a few basic facts about the Reko Diq dispute. Reko Diq is a small town in District Chagai, Balochistan, Pakistan. It is situated close to Pakistan’s Border to Iran and Afghanistan. Reko Diq is famous for its vast gold and copper reserves and is believed to have the world’s fifth largest gold deposit. It spread over 100 kilometers and has more than 54 million tons of gold. It is worth more than US$ 2 Trillion. On 23rd June, 1993 a contract called Chagai Hills Exploration Joint Venture agreement (“CHEJVA”) was formed between a...

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Lecture by Barrister Nudra B. Majeed to Judges of Commercial Courts at Punjab Judicial Accadmy, Lahore, Pakistan – 11.09.2020

Barrister Nudra B. Majeed, President Pakistan Centre for Law and Society (PCLS) was part of the specialist lecturers for training the judges of Commercial Courts in Punjab, Pakistan. She conducted session on "Commercial Courts Interface between Commercial Courts and Arbitration”. She briefed the Judges on Comparative analysis of Arbitration Laws between Pakistan, India, England and Singapore. The lecture session was encompassed with the current arbitral legislation, scope of application to domestic and international arbitration, Institutional Arbitration / ad- hoc arbitration, sectors where arbitration routinely governed, length of court proceedings in commercial cases and interface with court. Special focus of the lecture was on comparison of commercial courts working in India, England and Singapore. Different aspects of Commercial...

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Six Days Training Workshop for District Commercial Court Judges held at Punjab Judicial Academy, Lahore, Pakistan

World Bank, Planning & Development Board, Government of the Punjab in collaboration with Lahore High Court and Punjab Judicial Academy organised the training workshop for district commercial court judges under Ease of Doing Business Reforms Action Plan from The objective of the training workshop of judges is to equip them with relevant laws and precedents related to commercial and overseas court. The efforts of establishing commercial courts was to create an enabling business environment in the province to attract investments and generate economic activity. The inaugural ceremony was held on September 8, 2020 at Punjab Judicial Accadmy. Justice Jawad Hassan along with...

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WHO impressed by Pakistan’s commitment to establishing temporary isolation units

On Wednesday, April 22, 2002 the World Health Organisation (WHO) through its twitter account said that they are "impressed by the progress being made" by certain countries, among which was Pakistan for its "commitment to establishing temporary isolation units"   https://www.dawn.com/news/1551333/who-impressed-by-pakistans-commitment-to-establishing-temporary-isolation-units-dr-tedros...

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COVID-19 – CJP takes Suo Motu notice of government measures to battle coronavirus – Supreme Court of Pakistan

On Friday 10 April 2020, Chief Justice of Pakistan took a suo motu notice of the government's insufficient facilities to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. The five-member bench headed by the chief justice and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed held the first hearing. The court issued notices to the attorney general and additional attorney general of Pakistan as well as AGs of all four provinces and Gilgit Baltistan. Secretaries of interior and health have also been served with notices along with chief secretaries of all...

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Lahore High Court (LHC) – Notification – Lawyers can sent written arguments to court during lockdown measure for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – (18.04.2020)

A circular issued by Lahore High Court (LHC) Registrar on Saturday 18.04.2020, states that the lawyers as well as litigants have been facing difficulties to attend court proceedings due to the lockdown and it is not predictable as to how much time is required to get back to normalcy. It says in specified matters, the lawyers may send the brief of their cases/written arguments along with the relevant material to the court through mail or email at the principal and all regional seats. The presence of lawyers and government law officers shall not be required in the courts and similarly except in...

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Article – International Law on Infectious Diseases and State Responsibility

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking human, economic, and social damage around the world. Several States have taken measures in an attempt to contain and mitigate the spread of the disease, and many have declared states of emergency in accordance with their own domestic laws. The measures mostly involve social distancing, including quarantines, isolation and travel restrictions. These measures, alongside the virus itself, have had significant personal and human costs already. But they are also having a wider impact on the global economy and on supply chains and other commercial relations. It is not unlikely to think that the outbreak, and the measures...

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Article: What has COVID-19 taught the Legal Sector?

COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire globe, people and everyone’s livelihood. The end of it seems nowhere in sight yet. It is becoming evident that after the Post COVID-19 pandemic there would be some lasting repercussions for the legal industry long after stay at home orders associated with virus resolve. The most important thing the legal industry is learning from this pandemic is the need to have alternative means and methods that can save time and money. One of the biggest change could be adapting remote working as there seems no evidence that there’s a return to normal life and this would...

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Article: ADR and COVID-19

The unexpected growth of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being felt everywhere in the world, even the global financial markets have become unpredictable. The courts and tribunals are no exception as the means of resolving disputes have become even more difficult. Hearings are being set aside and postponed. A large number of courts all over the world have been shut or are only operating on a limited basis to deal with issues such as Urgent Matters. During this time of crisis, Arbitration, Mediation and other forms of ADR are considered as a cost-effective way forward to resolve disputes all over the world. Through...

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