Faisal Siddiqi


Siddiqi100Mr. Faisal Siddiqi did a BSC in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Law from the University of Cambridge.

Mr Siddiqi is a practicing lawyer based in Karachi, Pakistan, and a partner at a litigation law firm. He has formerly been an Advisor/Consultant to the Attorney General for Pakistan, been a member of the ‘Task Force on Enforced Disappearances’ and drafted the proposed law on Enforced Disappearances. He is also a Board Member of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), Karachi, and is in the process of setting up a centre for legal aid for victims of sexual assault and rape in Pakistan. He also teaches interdisciplinary courses in Social Science and Law at a local university at Karachi.

He, and his law firm, were also actively involved in the legal and political movement (2007 to 2009) for the successful restoration of the deposed Pakistani Superior Court judges, first unconstitutionally suspended and then removed by the Military Ruler General Pervez Musharaf.   

He has a varied general litigation practice in constitutional, commercial, civil and criminal law and specializes in pro-bono human rights litigation. His publically well-known human rights cases include the Baldia Factory fire case (case seeking justice and compensation for the 255 deceased workers of a 2012 factory fire in Pakistan, by initiating litigation in Pakistan and Germany), numerous cases representing victims of rape and gang rape, cases involving mal-administration and criminal negligence in drought affected areas, and denial of right to heath care, emergency aid and electricity, leading to mass deaths,  cases involving the right to education for children etc.

His current research revolves around two main issues. Firstly, examining the relevance and applicability of contemporary jurisprudence and legal thought in understanding the role and practice of constitutionalism and the judiciary in post-colonial states like Pakistan and India. Secondly, analyzing the dominant strands of human rights theory with the purpose of assessing whether such theories are able to both explain the actually existing human rights practices and also contribute towards developing an enforceable regime of human rights in the global south especially through court based litigation. His recent publication include ‘Public Interest Litigation: Predicable Continuity and Radical Departures’ in ‘The Politics and Jurisprudence of the Chaudhry Court 2005-2013’ (Oxford University Press, 2015) and he is currently working on an edited volume on Minority Rights in Pakistan.