Umar Mahmood Khan

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Barrister-at-lawM.A. University College London

Barrister Umar Mahmood Khan is part of adjunct faculty at University College Lahore since 2008 and has taught Human Rights Law and Jurisprudence & Legal Theory.

Apart from his teaching assignment at UCL, he has over 13 years of professional experience in numerous capacities as an expert, policy adviser and legal practitioner in human rights law and criminal justice sector . He has worked extensively with both government and non-governmental organizations; he has worked with and advised UNDP, UNICEF, BHC/DFID, US Dept. of Justice, GIZ and other donors in Pakistan as well as the Federal Government of Pakistan and key government departments in KP, Punjab and Sindh.

Moreover, Umar has extensive experience of over 10 years in criminal litigation, training judges, prosecutors, police and other government officials, having trained over 3000 officials including more than 1000 prosecutors in Punjab, KP and Sindh. He is adjunct faculty member at the Centre for Professional Development for prosecutors and has previously taught at the Punjab Judicial Academy.


Sevim Saadat

Human Rights Officer, Clinical Lecturer & Co-Founder, LL.M Cornell University

Sevim is part of the adjunct faculty at University College Lahore since 2016, currently she is a co-lecturer for International Protection of Human Rights and a Clinical Professor at the Human Rights Centre. 

Sevim has worked primarily in human rights and public policy. Currently working as Director Programs at Musawi, she has worked on several projects dealing with legal and policy reform. She provided technical assistance for the review of pending bills in the National Assembly in 2016, including the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Bill, Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill and Acid and Burn Crime Bill. She is leading the Gender-based violence project at Musawi, which aims to identify the challenges faced by the Criminal Justice System of Pakistan in providing redress to rape victims including juveniles, and investigate the problems in the medico-legal practices prevalent in Pakistan.

Sevim has developed the legal writing and legal clinic curricula with local partner schools and provided training in research and teaching methodology to Professors at various institutions under the Arizona State University’s Legal Education Support Program in Pakistan. Previously, she worked as a fellow at the Centre from 2016-2017, during which time she pursued a short clerkship with a sitting High Court Judge in Lahore.

Uzma Nazir Chaudhry

Fellow, LL.B University of London

Uzma is a recent law school graduate with a passion to find new and innovative ways to work within the legal and justice system of Pakistan. She has been a part of the adjunct faculty at University College Lahore, and has also jointly taught at the Human Rights Clinic, since October 2019. She is currently a Fellow at the Centre.

Uzma first became affiliated with the Centre as a student, and served as an Assistant Editor for the Human Rights Review. During her legal studies, she also worked as a Clinic Intern at the Human Rights Clinic and researched on the Economic Impact of Gender Based Violence in Pakistan. Upon graduation, Uzma took up the role of Clinic Associate where she supervised the thematic area of Gender based Violence and led the Environmental Law project. She also led the Centre’s first 16 Days of Activism campaign during this time. 

Uzma has also worked on other areas of human rights previously. Recently, she has researched on Global Climate Justice with the Commission on Human Rights, Philippines. She has also provided research assistance to Musawi on Transitional Justice in FATA post-25th Amendment. Moreover, she is presently also researching on the prevalence of Child Sex Tourism in the Commonwealth nations at a top law firm in Lahore.

Now as a Fellow, Uzma is very enthusiastic to carve out her own path at the Centre. She is currently analysing the human rights impact of data-driven algorithmic systems in Pakistan.

Fatima Mehmood

Fellow, LL.M Harvard University

Fatima Mehmood is a Fellow with the Centre for Human Rights. She is also a Lecturer for Public International Law and tutor for European Union Law for the University of London International Programmes taught at The Institute of Legal Studies, Lahore. Fatima completed her LLB (Hons) from University College Lahore and obtained a Masters of Law (LLM’20) from Harvard Law School, where she specialized in international law and human rights. Fatima has worked as a Research Assistant to the Harvard Law School Programme on International Law and Armed Conflict where she worked on a project led by the Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations in collaboration with Spain, Estonia, Belgium on the application of the Rome Statute to cyberwarfare.

Previously, she has worked as a tutor of Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, and TA for International Protection of Human Rights and Criminal Law for the University of London International Programme. She has also served as Assistant Editor for the University College Lahore Human Rights Journal from 2015-2018. An avid mooter during her law school years, she has represented Pakistan twice at the International Rounds of the Phillip C Jessup Moot Court Competition and at the South-Asian Rounds of the ICRC Henry Dunant Moot Court Competition. Since 2019, she has also served as a judge for national and international moot court competitions.
Her scholarship and work have been published by the University College Human Rights Journal, Research Society of International Law Review, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Human Rights Watch. She has researched and written on child sexual abuse legislation in Pakistan, constitutionalizing the right to health in Pakistan, the extraterritoriality of the nonrefoulement obligation in the Refugee Convention, analysis on the upcoming political declaration on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and the condition of jails and prisoners in Pakistan.