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‘MERCURY’: The accumulating ‘darkness’ behind skin-whitening creams By Ayesha Baig

Equating beauty with fairness has long dominated the mentality of people around the world. South Asia in particular, has seen the rampant quest for beauty and fairness which in turn has given rise to the mushrooming of skin whitening creams leading to disastrous results. The superficial adverse effects of such whitening creams are apparent and thus are given more importance but what has been largely ignored up till now is the accumulation of mercury inside the body which must be the real treat. How dangerous a toxin is to human health depends upon its concentration in human body and the frequency by which human is exposed to that particular toxin. At present, researchers are paying attention towards the use of…

ARBITRATION – AN INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON – Jawaria A. Kashif

Arbitration is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). It is a way to resolve disputes outside the courts by one or more persons called the "arbitrators", "arbiters" or "arbitral tribunal", which render the "arbitration award". An arbitration award has the same effect as the order of the court. The arbitration award is legally binding on both parties to the dispute and is enforceable in the courts. Arbitration is used for the resolution of commercial disputes, especially in international commercial transactions. Arbitration is also frequently employed in consumer and employment matters in certain countries. Alternative dispute resolution is further classified into four classes i.e. negotiation, mediation, arbitration, collaborative law and sometimes a fifth type conciliation is also included as well.…

Harassment and Insecurity on Public Places and Bus Stops – Javeria Kashif

The Right to freedom of movement is a fundamental right and it is acknowledged universally in International Human Rights Instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966. Our Constitution also provides this basic right to every citizen of Pakistan. Every person has the right to move freely (Article 15 of Constitution of Pakistan 1973) Harassing women and girls on public places is one of the kinds of sexual harassment / violence. When women and girls travel alone they are being harassed on public places. Cultural and social norms severely restrict the movement of women and girls in Pakistani society. There are different ways of harassment which the harassers…

The Fairer Sex In The Legal Profession: Tracing Women’s Place In A Man’s World

The Fairer Sex In The Legal Profession: Tracing Women’s Place In A Man’s World – A critical account of lessons learnt from the Women in Law Dialogue Series – an initiative by the Lahore Education and Research Network (LEARN) in association with Courting the Law. Introduction It is not uncommon to consider the legal profession as one in which the predominant players are men. This is true across the board – from the most developed countries down to the underdeveloped without an exception. Although, over the years, women have and increasingly continue to play an integral role in the development of the profession, their journey in the field is nevertheless fraught with various challenges that are peculiar to their gender…

Women in Law Dialogue Series Session III – Non-Traditional Career Options

Report On Women In Law Dialogue Series, Session III: Non-Traditional Career Options The third instalment of the popular Women In Law Dialogue Series – an initiative of Lahore Education and Research Network (LEARN) in association with Courting The Law was recently held at the Research Society of International Law (RSIL)Pakistan. This session was focused and dedicated to cover the diversity of options open to law graduates in general and to women in particular after their law degree so that they may take an informed decision as to their career paths. The idea behind the session was to put forth for the audience the career trajectories as well as the challenges and opportunities that exist in the various careers that one…