American Bar to Honor Pakistani Lawyers, Judges

Washington, DC: The American Bar Association (ABA) has decided to give its annual Rule of Law Award to “those lawyers and judges in Pakistan who [have] demonstrated courage in upholding the rule of law in their country”.
In an announcement, the premier body, representing thousands of American lawyers, said that it wanted to recognize the “vivid bravery of Pakistani lawyers who faced down baton-wielding police over threats to their country’s constitution, and judges who were fired or quit their posts”.
The award will be formally made in August at the ABA Rule of Law luncheon, part of the ABA annual meeting in New York. The honor has been given to an array of world leaders and defenders of the rule of law in the last 14 years, including Vaclav Havel while he was president of the Czech Republic, United States Supreme Court Associate Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer, and the Committee of Voters of Ukraine.
Representatives from the Pakistani legal and judicial community will be invited to come to New York to accept the award on behalf of the Pakistani lawyers and judges who have championed the rule of law.



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