Jawwad S. Khawaja

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Jawwad S. Khawaja
جواد ایس خواجہ
23rd Chief Justice of Pakistan
In office
17 August 2015 – 9 September 2015
Nominated by Nawaz Sharif
Appointed by Mamnoon Hussain
Preceded by Nasir-ul-Mulk
Succeeded by Anwar Zaheer Jamali
Senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
In office
6 July 2014 – 16 August 2015
Preceded by Nasir-ul-Mulk
Succeeded by Anwar Zaheer Jamali
Personal details
Born Jawwad Sajjad Khawaja [1]
10 September 1950
Wazirabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Citizenship Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Residence Islamabad, Pakistan
Alma mater Lawrence College Ghora Gali
Aitchison College
Forman Christian College University
Punjab University Law College (LLB)
University of California, Berkeley, United States (LLM)

Jawwad S. Khawaja (Urdu: جواد ایس خواجہ‎) (born 10 September 1950) is a Pakistani jurist, and former professor of law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, who served as the 23rd Chief Justice of Pakistan. He was nominated for the position by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on 17 August 2015, and approved to take office by President Mamnoon Hussain on the same day.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Khawaja was born in Wazirabad in 1950 and was educated at the Mission School in Wazirabad, Lawrence College Ghora Gali near Murree, Aitchison College in Lahore and Forman Christian College University in Lahore. He did his LL.B. at the Punjab University Law College and his LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley.[2]

Professional career[edit]

He started his legal practice as an advocate of the Lahore High Court in 1975 and was a partner at Cornelius, Lane and Mufti, one of the largest law firms in Pakistan.[4] In 1999, he became a judge of the Lahore High Court but resigned in 2007 in response to the maltreatment of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on 9 March.[5] He joined the Law and Policy Department of the Lahore University of Management Sciences in August 2007 and served as the head of the department from October 2007 to May 2009 when he joined the Supreme Court of Pakistan.[6]

Important court decisions[edit]

Justice Khawaja was on the bench which decided the Sindh High Court Bar Association case, in which the Court declared the state of emergency imposed by President General Pervez Musharraf on 3 November 2007 to be unconstitutional and restored most of the judges who were forced to vacate office that day.[7] He wrote a concurrent opinion in the case declaring the National Reconciliation Ordinance to be void ab initio,[8] and the leading opinion in the suo motu case ordering wholesale giant Makro-Habib to restore a playground in Jamshed Town on which it had established an outlet.[9]

Justice Khawaja was one of those six judges who gave a dissenting judgement against the military courts in Pakistan, that decision came just few days before his beginning of term as CJP.[10]

And, just before finishing his term as CJP, he overheaded a bench which issued a landmark decision directing Government of Pakistan to adopt Urdu as an official language according to 1973 Constitution. The decision was read out in Urdu by the CJP.[11]

Post-Retirement[edit]

After retiring as Chief Justice he went back to LUMS to become its first ever Scholar-in-Residence.[12] At LUMS he also teaches a course titled after Amartya Sen's book The Idea of Justice.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khan, Asad Rahim (14 May 2016). "Jawwad S Khawaja: Poetic justice". The Herald. Dawn Media Group. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Honourable Mr. Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja", The Supreme Court of Pakistan, retrieved 17 August 2015  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "President approves Justice Jawad S Khawaja as next CJ", The Supreme Court of Pakistan, retrieved 6 August 2015  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "PTH Exclusive: Interview with J. Jawwad Khawaja", Pak Tea House, 24 April 2010, retrieved 4 October 2011  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Six Pak judges resign in protest". The Telegraph. 19 March 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "PTH Exclusive: Interview with J. Jawwad Khawaja", Pak Tea House, 24 April 2010, retrieved 4 October 2011  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ Sindh High Court Bar Association through its Secretary v. Federation of Pakistan through Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, Islamabad and Others [2009] PKSC 8 (31 July 2009), Supreme Court (Pakistan)
  8. ^ Mobashir Hassan and Others v. Federation of Pakistan, etc. [2009] PKSC 13 (16 December 2009), S.C. (Pakistan)
  9. ^ "SC orders Makro to vacate playground". Dawn. Karachi. 19 December 2009. Archived from the original on 15 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Six judges declare 21st Amendment, military courts illegal, retrieved 15 September 2015 
  11. ^ Supreme Court orders govt to adopt Urdu as official language, retrieved 15 September 2015 
  12. ^ "Jawwad S. Khawaja Profile on LUMS".