SOAS University of London

Pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner Hina Jilani to speak at SOAS

14 March 2017

Human rights lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner Hina Jilani will be in conversation with Baroness Valerie Amos CH at SOAS University of London on 16 March, as part of SOAS’s Centenary Lecture Series.

Ms Jilani is a member of The Elders, a group of global independent leaders established by Nelson Mandela to work for peace and human rights.She isa lawyer practicing in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and is the Director of AGHS Legal Aid Cell, a legal aid and human rights NGO in Pakistan.

Ms. Jilani established Pakistan’s first all-women’s law firm in 1980, and cases she has conducted have, on numerous occasions, become landmarks for setting standards for human rights in Pakistan. Special areas of concern in her work have been the rights of women, minorities, children and prisoners, including political prisoners. Her activity in these areas include legal aid, advocacy for rights, proposing and preparing legislative drafts for law reform, and designing and conducting projects for the protection, promotion and implementation of the human rights of disadvantaged groups and their social, political and economic development.

She served as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders from 2000 to 2008. She was appointed as a member of the UN Fact Finding Mission on Gaza in April 2009, and a member of the UN Security Council established International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur in October 2004. She was appointed as a member of the Global Civil Society Advisory Group to UN Women 2012-2015.

For more information about these events and all those that make up this anniversary year, visit our Centenary pages.