Honourable Justice


Mr. Justice S. A Sarwana

Born in Dehli and educated in Lahore (Government College, Lahore) and Karachi (Sindh Muslim College) passed his B.A. (1961) and LL.B. (1963) from the University of Karachi. Thereafter, obtained his LL.M. Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967; the Subject of his Thesis being "Principles of Boundary Making in International Law".

Awarded French Government Scholarship to study International Law in France in 1962, Yale Law School Fellowship in 1964 (Attended Summer School only) and University of Pennsylvania Law School Graduate Fellowship 1964-65.

He was also selected as US Fulbright Scholar 1964 to 1967. Attended Hague Academy of International Law External Seminar in Tehran on "Oil & Gas Law and Foreign Investment) in October 1970 and the Salzburg Seminar on "American Law & Legal Institutions" in July 1989 which was taught by Mr. Justice H. Blackman of U.S. Supreme Court, Ms. Patricia F. Wald, Chief Judge, US Supreme Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Prof. J. Vorenberg, Dean, Harvard Law School.

While in the US worked as an Intern with the United Nations Legal Department, New York in August and September 1965, as Research Assistant with American Law Institute from November 1965 to February 1966 and as a Research Associate with Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Philadelphia from March 1966 to June 1967.

Admitted to practice as a Pleader by the High Court of West Pakistan, Karachi Bench 1963; Enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1973 and granted the status of a Senior Advocate in 1994.

Elected Member of Executive Committee (1974 to 75), Joint Secretary (1977 to 78). Honorary Secretary (1979-80) and Vice President (1986 to 1987) of the Sindh High Court Bar Association, Karachi and Vice President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (1993-95). Also elected Chairman, Pakistan Intellectual Property Rights Association 1979 to 1997.

As adjunct faculty member taught International Law, Law of Contract, Sale of Goods, Partnership, Torts, Muslim Jurisprudence and Muslim Personal Law, among others, at Islamia Law College, (October 1968 to October 1975) and at SM Law College (March 1982 to October 1997). Worked as Acting Principal, Islamia Law College May to October 1975. Also taught International Law as a Visiting Professor at the Department of International Relations, University of Karachi (October 1978 to January 1979). Member of the Faculty at the Intellectual Property Law Seminar, Colombo, organized by World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva in July 1991.

Contributed the Chapter on "Commercial Laws of Pakistan" and "Patent & Trade Mark Laws of Pakistan" in the Digest of Commercial Laws of the World, published by Oceana Publications New York, and a Chapter on Pakistan Law on Arresting of Ships, published by Lloyds of London Press, London. Authored the Chapter relating to Pakistan Law in the Software Program on "Expert System – Interactive Software for International Contracts " prepared by Hale & Dorr, Boston, U.S.A. Correspondent for Pakistan – "Butterworth's Journal of International Banking & Financial Law" published by Butterworth, London. Contributor to: Brook's notary, 10th Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, London and "Arresting of Ships – Pakistan Law", published by Lloyds of London Press, London. Article, " Economic consideration in Boundary Making", Pakistan Horizon, Vol. 22, p. 213 (1999).

Member, Executive Committee, Pakistan Institute of International Affairs 1975-80. Chairman, Board of Directors, Pakistan American Cultural Center 1973, 1976, 1978, 1982 and 1986.

Participated in several International Judicial/Law Conferences including World Peace through Law Conference, Geneva, July 1967, SAARC Law Conference in Karachi (1993, 1997), Khatmandu (2001), Jaipur (2002), Asia Law Conference Colombo (1993), Pakistan Jurists Conference (1973, 1975, 1977, 1986) and International Law Conference, Washington DC (1984).

Practiced at the bar for 34 years before the High Court and the Supreme Court in Constitutional and Civil matters relating to Admiralty, Banking, Insurance, Shipping, Foreign Investment, Labour, Patent & Trade Marks, Tax and Social Security Laws.

Elevated to the Bench of High Court of Sindh on 28.10.1997. Appointed Member, Rule Committee, High Court of Sindh on 26 May 1996 and President on 21 February 2000; Member, Steering Committee, Access to Justice Program for the Province of Sindh; Chairman I.T. Committee 2 July 2002. Associated as Member, Executive Committee, College of Business Management since 13.6.1998 and Chairman, Board of Governors, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi since 21.6.2000.

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