Public Intellectualism & Political Activism

Contributions to News Media & Periodicals

The Network members have been regular commentators on, and are regularly cited by, the local and international print as well as electronic news media on various legal, political, constitutional and human rights themes, including, inter alia, Al Jazeera, BBC, The Guardian, Development and Cooperation (D+C), The News International, Express Tribune, The Friday Times, Herald, Tanqeed, and various Pakistani television channels. The following are some representative research based articles in various periodicals that have endeavored to inform and bolster the public discourses on important national issues.

Articles by Maryam S. Khan:

Myth of the Muslim Monolith (on sectarian violence in Pakistan), Development + Cooperation, 2015

Legibility as a Political Project (on “Difference & the State”), Tanqeed Conversation on South Asia, 2015

Ambiguous Ambitions (on Pakistan’s Supreme Court), Development + Cooperation, 2013

Grave Implications (on Pakistan’s Supreme Court), The News on Sunday, 2013

Legal Solution to a Political Question (on the “Memogate” issue), The News on Sunday, 2012

Towards a New Hegemony (on Pakistan’s Supreme Court), The Friday Times, 2010

Lawless in Sialkot (on vigilantism and police accountability), The Friday Times, 2010

Articles by Dr. Osama Siddique:

Legal Drones (on frivolous litigation), The News on Sunday, 2013

A Society without Meaningful Dissent (on uncritical public discourses and lack of dissenting judgments), Express Tribune, 2013

The Lawyers Movement and its Fragments (on the disintegration of the ethos of the Lawyers’ Movement), The News on Sunday, 2012

The Language of Justice (on challenges faced by ordinary litigants due to unfamiliarity with legal language), Express Tribune, 2012

And Justice for All (on the costs of seeking justice for ordinary litigants), Express Tribune, 2012

The Agents of Justice (on the access to and role of lawyers in ordinary litigants’ pursuit of justice), Express Tribune, 2012

Waiting for Justice (on the delays faced by ordinary litigants in their pursuit of justice), Express Tribune, 2012

The Custodians of the Supreme Court (on the implications of judicial pursuit of popularity), Express Tribune, 2012

Judicial Appointments and Accountability: A Flawed Debate (on performance of constitutional mechanisms for judicial appointments and accountability), The Friday Times, 2010

The Wasteland of Justice Sector Discourse (on the limitations of the national institutional reform discourse), The Friday Times, 2010

Of Judges and Drones (on the legality of drone attacks), Harvard Law Record, 2009

Public Lectures

The Network members also regularly deliver lectures and talks at public fora and universities and engage in online discussions in order to disseminate their research findings to students and a general non-academic audience, and contribute to deeper popular understanding of key national political, constitutional and legal issues. The following are links to such representative lectures, talks and presentations.

Political Activism

The Network members were active participants in the Lawyers’ Movement to restore judges ousted by General Pervez Musharraf in 2007, and organizers of protests amongst the academic community and lawyers. Mr. Faisal Mahmood Khan was one of the many protesting lawyers who were illegally incarcerated during this period. In an endeavor to raise international awareness about the unconstitutionality of Musharraf’s regime and its adverse ramifications for democratic sustainability, Dr. Osama Siddique gave a series of talks in Pakistan as well as in the U.S.A including at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and Boston College, during a period when the Musharraf regime was persecuting and arresting dissenters and protestors.

Dr. Siddique has also been extensively engaged in the past as a pro bono lawyer in petitions challenging General Pervez Musharraf’s various legislative steps to curb the constitutional rights of political association (in particular, the rights to form and join political parties and to contest in elections) and his executive actions leading to the ad hoc takeover of the management of national institutions and their placement under military administration.