Ms. Nida Usman Chaudhary
Ms. Nida Usman Chaudhary, holds LL.B (Hons) and LL.M in Law and Development from the University of London. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in justice sector and constitutional reforms. In particular her work on judicial appointments and justice sector reforms has been instrumental in shaping the debate on constitutional bodies and their role and composition in Pakistan. She is the founder of Lahore Education and Research Network and the Women in Law Initiative Pakistan. Her dedication lies in bridging the gap between legal education and practice, focusing on capacity building and championing equality of access and advancement for female lawyers. She was the founding chairperson of the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee of the Lahore High Court Bar Association from 2018 to 2020 and headed a collaborative project with the Ministry of Law and Justice, supported by the Australian High Commission and the British High Commission, aimed at increasing women’s representation in law and has published several research studies on fair representation and justice sector reforms and proposed several constitutional and other legal amendments. Nida’s accolades include recognition in the ‘Femilist 100’ by the Gender Security Project in 2021, the International Justitia Award in the ‘academia international’ category in Vienna in 2021, and the Sewegap Emerging Women Leader Award in 2018. She has been honored for her exceptional contributions to gender and justice by the Governor of Punjab in celebration of Pakistan’s 75 years of independence in 2022. Furthermore, she was distinguished as one of the Top50 Professional & Career Women in Sri Lanka in 2023 for her leadership in women’s rights. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Nida has made her mark in academic circles, with her work published internationally and in prominent national newspapers and academic blogs. Her passion lies in promoting understanding and tolerance among people worldwide, contributing to a more peaceful and progressive global society through education and advocacy. At Lahore School of Law, she will join as guest lecturer for the course on British Constitutional Law.