Umer Gilani is a Partner at The Law and Policy Chambers and an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan. He is a graduate of LUMS and the University of Washington School of Law. Previously, he has assisted Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja at the Supreme Court of Pakistan and held research positions at the Federal Judicial Academy and the Prime Minister's Legal Reforms Committee.
In addition to pursuing active legal practice, Mr. Gilani invests his time in carrying out empirical legal research on Pakistan’s pressing legal challenges. His studies, which are listed below, are based upon a scientific methodology and have thus won wide recognition amongst members of Pakistan’s judicial and legal community.
Research Reports (selected)
Journal and Magazine Articles:
Mirza Shahzad Akbar and Umer Gilani, Fire from the Blue Sky: Drone attack victims from Pakistan, their voice and their struggle , SUR International Journal of Human Rights, SUR 22 (2015)
Op-eds in The News: http://www.thenews.com.pk/writer/umer-gilani
Fellowships and Scholarships
Fulbright Scholarship 2013-2014
Bertha Be Just Fellowship 2015-2016
Capital Talk by Hamid Mir, Geo News, 30th August, 2016. I was interview about the legal dimensions of the Missing Persons issue on the country’s most widely-viewed TV show.
Newsnight by Amber Shamsi, Dawn TV, 5th October, 2017. I was invitedto speak about the legal case of the taxi drivers against Uber and Careem.
Apna Apna Garaiban by Matiullah Jan, Waqt News, 12th September, 2017. I was invited to speak about the legal dimensions of the issue of Missing Persons.
Citations in Newspapers
I have been cited in over 100 newspaper reports in Express Tribune, Dawn and other reputable papers in connection with cases which I plead at the Islamabad High Court. These professional citations can easily be located through any online search engine. I take care to publicize only those cases where the client specifically authorizes me to go public with its case and where the case stands to benefit from media attention.
List of Cases
List of Cases