Last modified on: September 6th, 2016
Last updated on September 6th, 2016

Diploma Programs at the Department of Law
Diploma Course in Human Rights Law (DHRL)

Centrally located in Islamabad, Bahria University is a public sector university which offers quality education in a range of disciplines including Law. The department of Law BU is successfully running LL. B 5-years program and has also launched a short term diploma program in Human Rights Law. This diploma is offered during the Spring session i.e. in the months of April-May.

To advocate for the realization, protection and promotion of human rights in Pakistan and to outreach the violation and abuse of human rights, its genesis in cultural, ethnical, religious and other knots in the society.

This course, through an association of a qualified team of academics and research scholars will be undertaking the steps to promote research and awareness environment among academics, Judicial officers, law enforcement agents, religious scholars, lawyers and other elements of civil society in order to achieve optimum reformation in relevant spheres of state and society.

Lecture, group discussion, assignments, case studies, videos, seminars, guest lectures and research writing.

Course Duration/Days
The program spreads over a term of 2 months. Lectures will be conducted on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in evenings (4:00 pm to 6:00 Pm).

Fee Structure
Total Fee is Rs. 26000/-

Admissions to BU Programs are given totally on merit. The candidate must possess a bachelor’s Degree from any recognized university/institute. Candidates having intermediate or equivalent along with five years’ relevant experience may also be considered.

Registration and Enrollment
Registration and enrollment will be possible manually and online. Application forms can also be collected from Mr. Asad Malik (Student Advisor). For info please dial 051-9262870 or email at . Form can also be downloaded from here. Applicants who qualify the interview will be given admission subject to the payment of fee within a prescribed time limit.

Evaluation and Grading
The performance of participants will be evaluated through unseen exam (60%) and the research work (40%). Following is the evaluation grading formula in Numerical Value Grade Points:
A: 87-100, B+: 80-86, B: 72-79, C+ 66-71, C: 60-65, D: 50-59, F: Below 50

Focal Person: Abdur Rauf Khatana (Assistant Professor and Head of Law Department) Email:, .

Course Details
Comprising three months, this diploma course will be offering a number of attractive courses. Following is breakup of the several modules with respective length (credit hours) and the course outcomes.

No Module Course objectives Resource Person/Material

1.The Idea of Human Rights. The module will expose the students to the definition, emergence, historical growth and codification of Human Rights. Charles R. Beitz, The Idea of Human Rights, OUP, New York, 2007.

2.Public International Law: Treaties, States Responsibilities and Obligations.
It will enlighten the students with the legal framework of Human Rights with which the IHRL operate. Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969.

3. International Bill of Rights
The course will have exposed the participants to the universally accepted HR instruments. UDHR 1948, ICCPR 1966, Optional Protocols, ICEPCR 1966.

4. IHRL Core Instruments Aims to introduce the students with core UN Human Rights Documents. CEDAW, CAT, CRC and O/Ps

5. IHRL: The enforcement Mechanism. The students will learn through this module about the international and regional Human Rights Bodies which play a key role in the protection and enforcement of Human Right. Respective provisions of the International Human Rights treaties which constitute various Committees, Commissions and Human Rights Council.

6. International Criminal Law (A study of the leading Contemporary International Criminal Cases) Intends to equip the students with the knowledge of the principles of International Criminal Law and the jurisdiction of the ICC. The Rome Statute 1998(Selected Cases)

7. Research Assignment. To acquaint the participants with the research methods and the skills of report writing.

List of Recourse Persons for lectures in the Diploma Course on Human Rights Law

Esteemed Guest Speakers for the Seminars:
1.I A Rehman, Former chairman, Human rights Commission of Pakistan
2.Justice (Retired) Ali Nawaz Chohan, Chairman National Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
3.Dr. Khalid Masud, Justice Shariat Appellant Bench Supreme Court of Pakistan
4.Ms. Asma Jehangir, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan
5.Mr. Zafurallah Khan, Secretary Law, Govt of Pakistan

Resource Persons for the Lectures:
No. Names of the Recourse Persons. Qualification. Position and Institution Experience
1. Prof. Ahmad Ali Khan LLM Professor of Law Bahria University Islamabad. 40 years
2. Dr. Muhammad Munir Ph.D Prof. of Law, International Islamic University Islamabad. 30 years
3. Abdur Rauf Khatana LL.M Assistant professor of Law, Bahria University Islamabad. 8 years
4. Mr. Sheir Bahader Khan LL.M Former Legal advisor, Ministry of foreign Affairs. 17 years
5. Ms. Riffat Butt LL.M Consultant Foreign Office, Govt of Pakistan. 10 Years
6. Dr. Faqir Hussain Ph.D Former Registrar Supreme Court of Pakistan. 30 Years
7. Mr. Nadeem Azam LL.M Associate Professor of Law University of Peshawar. 15 years