Jugnoo Kazmi – Women in Law Islamabad Chapter Lead

S. Jugnoo Kazmi is a Barrister of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. She graduated from the University of Kent in 2015 with an LL.B (Hons) and thereafter completed the Bar Course at City, University of London and the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2016.

After working for a litigation set in Islamabad and briefly as a Legal Consultant in-house, she joined the Supreme Court of Pakistan as a Law Clerk to an Honourable Judge. At present,   Ms. Kazmi is working for Justice Project Pakistan.

Ms. Kazmi has also been appointed as defence counsel on state expense in jail appeals by an Honourable Judge of the Islamabad High Court. She also leads the Women in Law Initiative’s Islamabad chapter
and has been involved with the US Department of Justice’s, Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) in teaching methods and skills of research, drafting and advocacy to prosecutors.

Ms. Kazmi has a keen interest in working towards safeguarding human rights and ensuring equality of opportunity for every individual.

Sara Raza – Research Assistant

Sara Raza is a lawyer based in Karachi. She holds a BA-LL.B (Honours) from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. She is a strong advocate of women empowerment and gender equality. She is interested in gender justice and women’s rights and is a member of Women in Law Initiative Pakistan. She also serves as the Research Assistant at the Lahore Education Research Network (LEARN).

Alizeh Akbar Meer – Volunteer

Alizeh is a graduate of University of London External Programmes (TMUC.) She has worked tirelessly with Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) specifically for women’s Rights. She has headed youth based internship programs for the underprivileged children, women, as well as the Khawaja Sira community. Alizeh’s time as a legal intern at AGHS has added greatly to her legal experience. She has also volunteered her time for our Violence against Women Conference in association with UN women Pakistan and was a core team member at the Asma Jahangir: Empowerment for Justice Conference 2018. She is a dedicated, self-motivated, young professional and we immensely value her contribution to our various managerial tasks.

Maria Chaudhry – Advisory Member

Maria holds LL.B (Hons) from University of London and LL.M from Queen Mary, UK. She has a teaching experience of over 8 years. She has been involved in international research projects and manages our conferences and events. She is also involved in our women in law series and has been advising us on the women in law network since its inception in 2016.

Maryam Salman – Core Team Member

Maryam Salman, LL.B (Hons.) – University of London (International Programmes) Bar-at-Law – Inns of Court School of Law. She is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and Advocate of the High Court of Pakistan. Maryam is adjunct faculty at Kinnaird College for Women. She is the Vice Chairperson of the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee of the Lahore High Court Bar Association. She has experience in corporate law including research, rendering opinions, drafting and working on due diligence projects and appears in the High Court for civil, corporate, commercial, banking and family cases.

Maryam has been instrumental in taking LEARN forward and her contribution to the network in a very short span of time has been most valuable. She was the co-organizer of the recent Violence Against Women Conference by LEARN in association with UN Women Pakistan. She has also contributed to our Law Students Meet and is working on the ‘Equality is a State of Mind’ project under LEARN. She has also helped conduct our roundtable discussion on ‘Understanding Harassment’ at the Lahore High Court in 2018. LEARN benefits immensely from her input and dedication to this network.

Anoshay Fazal – Advisory Member

Ms. Anoshay Fazal is associated with Lahore Education and Research Network. She holds an LL.B (Hons) degree and LL.M from University of London. She does freelance research work mainly on the environment, refugees and human rights. Her research experience with professors from LUMS spans over 5 years.

Nida Usman Chaudhary

Founder

Nida Usman Chaudhary holds LL.B (Hons) and LL.M in Law & Development from University of London. She is the Founder of Lahore Education And Research Network (LEARN) and Women in Law Initiative Pakistan. She was the founding Chairperson of the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee of the Lahore High Court Bar Association from 2018-20. She has been at the forefront of bringing the notion of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in law to Pakistan through her engagement as the Vice Principal and Director of International Programmes at School of Law, Lahore in 2013.

She has considerable counseling and academic experience and has been teaching law since 2005. She occasionally contributes articles on legal issues to newspapers and academic blogs and is an internationally published author of several papers on investment law. She was also engaged to give her legal opinion on BITS and conduct capacity building sessions on international investment laws for the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) when she was working at RSIL, Pakistan.

She combines her professional interests in law and human rights with her activism on environmental and development issues. During her time in Law School, she served as the head of the Human Rights Society at University College Lahore (UCL) and organized talks on the law of negligence in light of the Margalla Towers collapse in the devastating earthquake of 2005. She also arranged sessions on the abolition of the death penalty during her time as head of the society at UCL. Whilst still a student, she was actively involved with the Lahore Bachao Tehreek (Save Lahore Movement) to stop the widening of the canal bank road and to preserve its flora and fauna.

She is a mother to a son, Shahrez and wife of Chaudhary Muhammad Usman who is also a lawyer. She comes from a background of creative arts through which she learned the importance of using art as a tool to communicate revolutionary ideas. She is the daughter of the veteran actor, Mahmood Aslam and sister to Jibran Mahmood who pursues his passion of music and web games development. Her mother has also written several tele-plays which have been produced by GEO and other networks. Her love for creative arts has led her to venture into writing fiction and her debut short story features in the highly anticipated anthology on stories from the pandemic by Liberty Books Pakistan. Nida wishes to uplift the writing industry in Pakistan and believes that our stories much reach global audiences. In order to promote the work of local authors, she became one of the founding members of ‘Authors’ Alliance Pk’ along with Awais Khan, Laaleen Sukhera, Mehr F. Hussain and Sara Naveed.