Research Stay and European Study Tour for Pakistani Islamic Scholars

Max Planck Foundation organises research stay and legal study tour for ulama after seminars in 2016

The Max Planck Foundation organised a legal study tour across Europe from 27 November to 9 December 2016 for Pakistani Islamic scholars, known as ulama. The participants had previously attended seminars that aimed to strengthen their expertise in international and constitutional law through collaborative learning that adopted an inter-disciplinary approach.

The top 12 participants of the Max Planck Foundation's seminars were selected for the research stay and study tour. The participants undertook a research stay at the Max Planck Foundation to develop their research papers related to the prior seminars. They attended workshops on topics including, inter alia, academic reading and writing, critical thinking and forming arguments. 

The participants then travelled to visit various legal institutions across Europe. In Strasbourg, they visited the European Court of Human Rights and in The Hague, they also visited the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court. They met with judges, prosecutors and defense counsel, as well as other legal professionals. Throughout their meetings the participants enthusiastically engaged in thoughtful discussions, reflecting on experiences and building on the material delivered in the seminars throughout 2016.

The study tour is part of a programme aimed at the legal education of Pakistani ulama (2015 to 2016).