Ayesha Malik LL.M. ’99 appointed to the Supreme Court of Pakistan

Pakistan’s Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmad (left) administers the oath of office to Ayesha Malik, the first female justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. (Photo Credit: Press Information Department via AP)

In an event that has been called historic, empowering, and controversial, Ayesha Malik LL.M. ’99 has become the first woman to serve as a justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court in the country’s 75-year history.

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Hilary Charlesworth S.J.D. ’86 elected to the International Court of Justice

Left to right: Yuji Iwasawa LL.M. ’78, Hilary Charlesworth S.J.D. ’86,
and Nawaf Salam LL.M. ’91

Hilary Charlesworth S.J.D. ’86, an Australian barrister and solicitor, law professor, and renowned scholar of international law, has been elected to serve as a judge on the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, based in The Hague.

Charlesworth, who will fulfill the term of the late Australian judge James Richard Crawford, joins Yuji Iwasawa LL.M. ’78 and Nawaf Salam LL.M. ’91 as the third Harvard Law School graduate currently serving on the 15-member court. Charlesworth is the fifth woman to serve on the ICJ in the 75 years since its founding.

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Special event: A talk with Nasredeen Abdulbari LL.M. ‘08, Minister of Justice, Republic of Sudan

Transitional Justice in Sudan and the Role of the International Criminal Court
A talk with Nasredeen Abdulbari LL.M. ‘08, Minister of Justice, Republic of Sudan

Nasredeen Abdulbari currently serves as Minister of Justice of the Republic of Sudan. (Read “Pursuing justice, freedom and peace,” a profile on Harvard Law Today.) Earlier, he was a lecturer in the International and Comparative Law Department, University of Khartoum, where he taught courses in public international law, conflict of laws, and an introduction to the English legal system. He also worked, on a Satter Fellowship from Harvard Law School, as Head of the Protection, Peace-building, and Psychosocial Unit of the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO). In East Africa, Abdulbari was a senior researcher at the Rift Valley Institute and consultant for the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

His academic articles have been published in the Journal of African Law (University of London), the African Human Rights Law Journal (Pretoria University), the Birkbeck Law Review (University of London), and the Harvard Human Rights Law Journal, and his opinion pieces have been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Global Observatory. He is a co-author of The Future Constitution of Sudan: Aspirations and Views (Ahfad University for Women, Sudan, 2013). His most recent work, “The Interlinkage between Understandings of Self-Determination and Understandings of Peace,” was published as a book chapter in Making and Breaking Peace in Sudan and South Sudan: The Comprehensive Peace Agreement and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Abdulbari holds an LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of Khartoum; an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where he was a Stoffel Scholar and a Landon H. Gammon Fellow; and an S.J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Lisa Dicker, Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, will serve as moderator.

This event is open to the Harvard community. Please use your Harvard email address to register and access the Zoom link.

Friday, April 23 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here

Sponsored by International Legal Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World