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Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to Give Anderson Lecture Sept. 22--CANCELLED


Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, whose removal from office by President Pervez Musharraf in 2007 sparked massive street demonstrations by lawyers favoring the rule of law, will give the Robert P. Anderson Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Yale Law School. Chief Justice Chaudhry will speak on “The Role of the Supreme Court in the Constitutional Development of Pakistan.” The lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. in Room 127 and is free and open to the public.

Justice Chaudhry joined the legal profession as an advocate in 1974 and has practiced law in constitutional, criminal, civil, tax, and other areas. He rose to Chief Justice of the High Court of Balochistan and later became a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. In May 2005, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by President Musharraf but was removed from office in November 2007 when the embattled Musharraf declared a state of emergency. He was reinstated as Chief Justice in March 2009 following pressure by Pakistan’s legal community and political leaders.

He is the first Pakistani to be presented with Harvard Law School’s Medal of Freedom, given for his contributions to freedom, justice, and equality. He was honored by the National Law Journal as its “Lawyer of the Year” in 2007. And in 2008, Justice Chaudhry was granted an honorary membership in The New York City Bar Association, which recognized him as a “symbol of the movement for judicial and lawyer independence in Pakistan.”

The Robert P. Anderson Memorial Lecture was established by former law clerks and friends in memory of Robert P. Anderson ’29, Senior Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.