ISLAMABAD - On the second day of the three-day International Judicial conference 2012 participants, divided in seven different groups, discussed various topics and formulated recommendations to present in the concluding sessions for the improvement in judicial system.

Chief Justice of Pakistan also participated in all working groups. Judges of Supreme Court, chief justices and judges of Federal Shariat Court and High Courts, foreign delegates, Supreme Court Bar Association, Pakistan Bar Council, Bar Councils and Bar Associations from all over the Pakistan are participating in this event.

It is to be noted that newly appointed Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Irfan Qadir, Law Secretary Yasmeen Abbasi and Law Minister Farooq H Naek were not seen in the International Judicial Conference 2012, which shows that relations between judiciary and executive are not cordial.

Severe mismanagement was witness in the arrangement of the International Judicial Conference as participants were deprived of lunch due to shortage of food on Saturday. The sources said that organisers had invited 78 countries but only 19 responded with two chief justices in the conference. Some senior lawyers, who attended the conference, were of the opinion that civilian leadership should have been invited for making the conference fruitful, as former president Pervez Musharraf had attended the first conference in 2006.

The sources also said that Supreme Court Bar Association executive members also complained the CJP on Friday’s night regarding the mismanagement in the arrangement of International Law and Justice Commission.

According to the details, group 1 discussed the role of judiciary in promotion of a culture of tolerance. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Judge Supreme, chaired the group Dr. Arparslan ALTAN, Vice President Turkish Constitutional Court and Mr. Yaseen Azad, President, Supreme Court Bar Association were amongst the panelists.

Group II discussed the utmost important issue of terrorism and money laundering to determine emerging money laundering and terrorist financing trends within and between jurisdictions and review existing legislations to make them more effective. Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, Chief Justice, Afghanistan and Judge, Turkish Constitutional Court were amongst the Panelists. Group III deliberated upon the role of judiciary in good governance. The participants are of the view that the assurances of fundamental human rights are the basic ingredients of good governance and the judiciary is the ultimate protector of such assurances. Mr. Justice Z.M. Yacoob , Deputy Chief Justice, South Africa has also spoken on the issue.

Group IV discussed alternative dispute mechanisms to explore the opportunities to promote and encourage use of ADR and highlight its importance in decreasing the workload on courts and to provide speedy justice Judge Delissa A. Ridgway of United States Court of international Trade and Ms. Hannah Tuempel, Manager of International Centre for ADR, Paris also spoke in this group.

Group V, under the chairmanship Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan discussed judicial education to improve the standards of pre-service and in-service judicial education. Professors of law from United Kingdom and other countries including the Pakistani academia discussed this topic.

Group VI was chaired by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan and the group is discussing the global issue of parental child abduction and transnational jurisdiction. Delegates from UK, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan were amongst the speakers.

Group VII discussed ‘environmental law and public interest litigation’ to enhance and review the scope of public interest litigation to check the environmental violations. Justice Altamas Kabir, Senior Puisne Judge, Supreme Court of India addressed the issue.

Group VIII deliberated on ‘gender bias and issues of judicial empathy to adopt effective mechanism for women empowerment. Foreign and local participants are discussing this issue. International Judicial conference 2012 will be concluded today (Sunday).