A two-day extensive dialogue cum capacity building workshop on developing law curriculum in Pakistan was organized at National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE) Islamabad. The workshop was conducted in collaboration with the Warwick Law School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Following decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in August 2018, HEC has initiated revamping and re-writing of the Law Curriculum. This workshop is an initiative in this direction. An important aspect of this initiative is to simultaneously provide opportunities for those tasked with delivery of the curriculum to be exposed to teaching and learning approaches in jurisdiction beyond Pakistan.
Dr Shaheen Sardar Ali, Professor of Law at Warwick Law School was the resource person for the workshop. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.
Sixteen faculty members from five universities of twin cities having law departments, including Federal Urdu University, Quaid-e-Azam University, Bahria University, International Islamic University, Fatima Jinnah Women University and a special representative from Pakistan Bar Council, Islamabad attended the workshop.
The core content of the workshop included how to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding, how to demonstrate ability to work effectively in groups, taking account of expressed opinions and dealing with them effectively, work with sensitivity, recognising different perspectives, how to demonstrate an advanced ability to deliver effective oral presentation skills, how to critically engage with and evaluate the emerging jurisprudence and the ability to critically analyse or examine and understand legal, economic, political and social materials.
HEC Executive Director Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Asghar distributed certificates among the participants and lauded the efforts and contribution of Dr Shaheen Sardar Ali for designing and developing this workshop. He assured all possible support and facilitation from HEC to uplift the standards of curriculum and to nurture research culture in the faculty of law.
Terming law as a valuable subject of social sciences, he said that HEC will take care of every requirement of the curriculum as per recommendations of the workshop and to equip the relevant faculty with modern tools, techniques and pedagogies focusing the desired results.
In his remarks, NAHE General Fida Hussain highlighted role of the academy, adding that this workshop was the first of its kind for developing Law curriculum. He further stated that in future, focus will be given to pedagogy in law training and these trainings will be extended to other parts of the country.