Saturday, October 3, 2015

Mizan ميزان : Contemporary Issues of Law & Justice: Theory & Practice - Fridays

Mizan ميزان :
Contemporary Issues of Law & Justice: Theory & Practice
A fortnightly discussion forum on the concept of law and justice and what law is and what it ought to be in the context of justice.

Fridays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm - 
Friday, 9 October
Opening discussion: 'Logic & Reasoning'
Rai Muhammad Saleh Azam

[R.M.S. Azam is a High Court Advocate and managing partner at a leading corporate and commercial law firm in Lahore, Pakistan. He was educated at The King's School, Ely in Cambridgeshire, England, Government College, Lahore and the University of London. He has remained a visiting lecturer in law subjects at various law colleges and universities in Lahore and is the author of numerous research papers and articles on law and law-related issues that have appeared in leading Pakistani national English-language newspapers professional and academic journals. In addition to Pakistan, where he currently resides, Mr. Azam has lived in Egypt, the Lebanon, Iraq and England.]

"Justice consists in fulfilling one’s proper role – realizing one’s potential whilst not overstepping it by doing what is contrary to one’s nature. Justice is 'the having and doing of one’s own and what belongs to oneself.' The virtuous individual has a well-ordered soul, which is to say that he knows what justice is and acts according to his knowledge. He knows his place in the state; he knows what his aptitudes are and he puts them into practice. He also adheres to the dictates of reason, doing everything in moderation" - The Republic, Plato, circa 380 BCE.

"The Imam's definition of 'justice' is that the first and foremost 'thing' to be put in its right place is one's relationship with God; everything else is derived from this spiritual imperitive 'Be just with God and be just with people [giving them what is their due]from yourself'; 'Whoso establishes well being between himself and God, God establishes well-being between him and mankind" - Imam Ali a.s.'s letter to Malik al-Ashtar.

“Now, if we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous, we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor… If you change your past and work together in a spirit that every one of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what is his colour, caste or creed, is first, second and last a citizen of this State with equal rights, privileges, and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make," Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Karachi, August 11, 1947

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