The Rule of Law Reform and Judicial Education in Pakistan: Search for a Model

Khurshid Iqbal 

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy; International Islamic University - Department of Law

May 25, 2015

European Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 17 Issue 1 (2015), pp 47-92 


The article investigates the intrinsic and instrumental roles of judicial education in broader contours of the rule of law theory and reform practice in a developing country. It focuses on: firstly, the relationship between judicial education and the rule of law theory and reform practice; secondly, whether and how judicial education can promote the rule of law; and third, the challenges to a successful judicial education in strengthening the rule of law. Examining Pakistan as a case study, the article explores challenges to judicial education in Pakistan and critically assesses Pakistan’s rule of law reform efforts to overcome those challenges. Evidence shows that key challenges to judicial education in Pakistan are lack of a national judicial educational vision and a well thought out policy, coordinated efforts to training needs assessment, curriculum and faculty, research and learning best practices, as means of development and innovation. Of special concern is the role of judicial education in promoting the rule of law to address security issues embedded in (bad) governance. The article finds that in view of its initial limited success, the judicial academy of Pakistan’s terrorism-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province may play a role model to improve justice services and thereby help promote the rule of law in a post-conflict society.
Keywords: Judicial education, rule of law reform, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, militancy, Pakistan, rule of law.
JEL Classification: K00


Research Paper

Author / Editor: 

Dr. Khurshid Iqbal





Publish Date: 

May 2015


Rule of Law, Reform, Judicial Education in Pakistan

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