Tassaduq Jillani

Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan

Tassaduq Jillani

Residency: Feb. 27 - March 10, 2017

Public Talk:
"Maintaining an Independent Judiciary in Face of Political Challenges"
March 8, 2017
Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Tassaduq Jillani shared his views on how the judicial system in Pakistan has established its independence from the other branches of government. Following his presentation, the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit provided a comparative perspective and discuss the current challenges facing the U.S. courts.

Tassaduq Jillani is the 21st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (2013-14). He began practicing as a lawyer at the district court level in 1974 and has since established a reputation as an independent and balanced judge, being a proponent of the separation of powers in government and an advocate for the rule of law in democratization. He was appointed judge of the Lahore High Court in 1994 and remained so until 2004 when he joined the Supreme Court.

Jillani also served as advocate general of Punjab, a member of the Punjab Bar Council and general secretary of the District Bar Association Multan. In addition, he was formerly co-chair of the Working Party on Mediation in Family International Law by The Hague Conference.

Jillani received his master’s in political science from Forman Christian College and his bachelor of laws from the University of Punjab, Lahore.

During his residency, he will explore a range of topics that include the rule of law in democratization.