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Brazil court votes to bar Bolsonaro from office until 2030 lawandpolicychambers

Brazil court votes to bar Bolsonaro from office until 2030

A majority on Brazilโ€™s highest electoral court has voted to bar former President Jair Bolsonaro from public office until 2030 over his conduct during last yearโ€™s tightly contested elections. The seven-member Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) voted five-to-two on Friday to convict the far-right leader of abuse of power in his push to cast doubt on the South American countryโ€™s electronic voting system. Bolsonaro has been accused of rallying his supporters to reject his narrow loss to left-wing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the October elections, culminating in an assault on government buildings earlier this year. The courtโ€™s decision โ€“ once voting of all the justices concludes โ€“ means that Bolsonaro will not be able to contest the presidential elections in 2026, dealing a massive blow to the 68-year-oldโ€™s political future. On Friday, he described the decision as a โ€œstab in the backโ€ and pledged to keep working to advance right-wing politics in Brazil. In an interview with the Itatiaia radio station before Fridayโ€™s judgment, Bolsonaro also rejected any wrongdoing. โ€œI have not attacked the voting system; I just showed its possible flaws,โ€ he said. โ€œThis trial doesnโ€™t make any sense.โ€ Al Jazeeraโ€™s Monica Yanakiew, reporting from Rio de Janeiro, said the former president has already signalled he plans to appeal up to the Brazilian Supreme Court, but it is unlikely that the court would rule in his favour. “This decision means that he wonโ€™t be able to run for office until 2030,โ€ Yanakiew said on Friday. โ€œThat doesnโ€™t mean that he is not a political player,โ€ she added. โ€œHe still has a lot of popularity.โ€ The case focused on a July 18, 2022, meeting in which Bolsonaro used government staffers, the state television channel and the presidential palace in Brasilia to tell foreign ambassadors that the countryโ€™s electronic voting system was rigged. The lead justice in the case, Benedito Goncalves, said earlier this week that Bolsonaro had โ€œused the meeting with ambassadors to spread doubts and incite conspiracy theoriesโ€. โ€œHe instigated a belief that there was a real threat the results of the 2022 election would be adulterated,โ€ Goncalves said. โ€œIt was extremely harmful to the democratic environment.โ€ A former army captain, Bolsonaro narrowly lost last yearโ€™s presidential elections, securing 49.1 percent of the vote compared with Lulaโ€™s 50.9 percent. Bolsonaro repeatedly cast doubt on Brazilโ€™s voting system in the lead-up to the contest, alleging without any evidence that it was vulnerable to massive fraud. Critics said his campaign mirrored the tactics of former US President Donald Trump โ€“ whom Bolsonaro had emulated โ€“ and many accused the ex-Brazilian president of fomenting a nationwide movement to overturn the results. Bolsonaroโ€™s supporters erected road blockades and organised protests following his defeat, and on January 8, a mob of thousands stormed Brazilโ€™s Congress, Supreme Court and presidential palace in an effort to contest Lulaโ€™s new administration. Carlos Melo, a political science professor at Insper University in Sao Paulo, said the electoral courtโ€™s decision on Friday โ€œwill end Bolsonaroโ€™s chances of being president again, and he knows itโ€. โ€œAfter this, he will try to stay out of jail, elect some of his allies to keep his political capital, but it is very unlikely he will ever return to the presidency,โ€ Melo told The Associated Press. While Bolsonaro does not risk jail in the electoral case, he is separately facing multiple criminal investigations that could put him behind bars. Meanwhile, Brazilian Justice Minister Flavio Dino celebrated the electoral courtโ€™s decision. โ€œSome important messages come from the TSE trial: lying is not a legitimate tool for exercising a public function and politics is not governed by the law of the jungle,โ€ Dino tweeted. โ€œDemocracy has overcome its toughest stress test in decades.โ€ Courtesy: AlJazeera

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Empirical Study of Company Courts Presentation lawandpolicychambers

Empirical Study of Company Courts Presentation

  ย  ย  ย    On 23rd June, 2023, we had the honour of presenting the findings of the 1st ever Empirical Study of Company Courts in Pakistan at a Symposium held by the SECP at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. The study was based on a scrutiny of all 98 cases instituted in the Companies Original (C.O.) jurisdiction of the Islamabad High Court. The presentation was attended by, amongst others, former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Justice Sardar Ejaz Ishaque Khan and Chairman SECP. All the stakeholders of the corporate environment present appreciated the socio-legal study which is, although a pilot study, the first one of its kind. The methodology and key findings of our study are summarized in the power point presentation below: [embeddoc url=”” viewer=”microsoft”]

Empirical Study of Company Courts Presentation

Abdul Rafay

Abdul Rafay

Abdul Rafay Siddiqui Advocate Abdul Rafay Siddiqui is an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan and holds a BA-LLB (Hons.) degree from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Prior to joining Law & Policy Chambers, Abdul Rafay gained valuable experience in contentious and non-contentious matters such as arbitrations, project financing and regulatory compliance. At Law & Policy Chambers, Abdul Rafay provided excellent advisory work to a wide range of clients on various facets of law such as anti-money laundering, competition law, procurement law and real-estate matters. Clients advised included prominent regulatory bodies, prominent development sector organizations and start-ups. All thoroughly acknowledged Abdul Rafayโ€™s ability to provide quality and timely advisory work. Moreover, Abdul Rafay effectively represented clients before various judicial fora in Islamabad. Some of his achievements include: Successfully represented a client before the Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA). Moreover, he was part of the legal team which filed a writ petition before the Islamabad High Court and obtained relief pursuant to which the IHRA was made functional and operational again. Obtained relief for the Pakistan Engineering Council in “Afnan Farid v FOP” (WP 1764/2021) before the Islamabad High Court. Represented a leading pharmaceutical company in preliminary hearings before the Intellectual Property Tribunal (Islamabad) in a case concerning infringement of trademark and copyrights. Assisted the Islamabad High Court on various occasions as part of Commissions, which were led by Mr. Umer Gilani. After Law & Policy Chambers, Abdul Rafay joined a start-up company as its Legal Counsel where he deals with matters concerning intellectual property law, various corporate and regulatory compliances and foreign investment compliances. Contact Info Phone 0334444444 Email Follow on Facebook Twitter Youtube Linkedin Alumni Alumni Abdul Rafay Alumni Raheel Ahmed Alumni Waleed bin Usman Alumni Omer Imran Malik

Abdul Rafay

Raheel Ahmed

Raheel Ahmed

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Omer Imran Malik

Omer Imran Malik

Omer Imran Malik Advocate Omer Imran Malik (CIPP, US and CIPM) is a Business and Human Rights lawyer specializing in technology law who worked on strategic public interest litigation and public policy work at the Law and Policy Chambers. A graduate of the LUMS Shaikh Ahmed Hassan School of Law, Omer has participated and won in many national and international moot court competitions and participated in various international peace building conferences representing Pakistan and LUMS. He began his legal practice as a Managing Associate to Barrister Syed Ali Zafar at Mandviwalla and Zafar and joined the Law and Policy Chambers in 2018. His interest areas lied in human rights, public interest, constitutional law, freedom of speech, cybercrimes, and technology regulation. Some of the major cases that he worked on during his time at the Law and Policy Chambers include: ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Assisted Mr. Gilani in successfully defending a judgement in appeal before the Islamabad High Court in aย caseย involving the illegal shutdown of mobile networks by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Assisted Mr. Gilani in a successful constitutionalย caseย overturning the illegal shutdown of a political partyโ€™s website by the Pakistan Telecommunicationโ€™s Authority on the eve of the General Elections in Pakistan.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Drafted several legal advisory opinions on the licensing of new technologies for the Pakistan Engineering Council, the national statutory regulator of the engineering profession. ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Assisted Mr. Gilani in successfully arguing a public interest constitutional petition filed before the Supreme Court of Pakistan to reform the civil justice system of Pakistan and in preparing a bill for developing an entirely new civil justice system for small claims in Pakistan. The bill was submitted to the Minister of Law of the Federal Government and made the basis for the first major civil law reforms in Pakistan in decades.ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Assisted Mr. Gilani in successfully defending a judgement in appeal before the Islamabad High Court in a case involving state liability for enforced disappearances.ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Co-drafted a โ€œVictimsโ€™ billโ€ with Mr. Gilani and Mrs. Amina Masood Janjua to criminalize and prevent the crime of enforced disappearances in Pakistan which created a new investigation agency, a new court and new penalties and developed a compensatory regime for victims and victim families.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Provided multiple consultancies to National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR), Media Matters for Democracy (MMFD) and Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) on the Pakistan data protection bill (PDPL) and the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA).ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Researched citizenship law and case law to assist Mr. Gilani in succesfully challenging the non-provision of citizenship to a child of Afghan refugees who was born in Pakistan and enforcing his citizenship rights under Section 4 of the citizenship act.ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Assisted Mr. Gilani in securing a US womanโ€™s custodial and visitation rights to see her minor son in Pakistan.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Successfully argued an appeal on behalf of a young engineer who had challenged the terms of the bond he had signed with his ex-employer for being unconscionable, exploitative and against public policy.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย .ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Assisted Mr. Gilani in successfully challenging the wrongful placement of a young professional being placed on the ECL and being denied to leave Pakistan for his further education.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Assisted Mr. Gilani in challenging the illegal cancellation of khokha licenses by the Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad while running a very successful public advocacy campaign which gained the khokhas lots of public support and appeal among the people of Islamabad.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  ๏ƒ˜ย ย ย ย ย Assisted Mr. Gilani in a UN project mapping transgender rights in Pakistan โ€“ also successfully helped a transgender business woman to gain a business loan by writing a legal notice against the NGO provider for discriminating against her. ย  Omer is now working as a Senior Data Privacy Analyst at Securiti, a leading global data privacy management software provider. Heย regularly publishes on Dawnย and tweets on politics, law and technology onย Contact Info Phone 0334444444 Email Follow on Facebook Twitter Youtube Linkedin Alumni Constitutional Law Laws & Rules Media Law The policy of the Government on shutdown of internet and mobile signals:

Omer Imran Malik

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