For many years, I had envisioned importing internationally-acclaimed ideas and tech-centric research propositions into Pakistan. The emerging paradigm of digitalization requires intelligent analysis and well-structured policies in order to employ available technology to its highest potential whilst minimizing any negative impact it may have on our social fabric and normative values.
The importance of technology in a democratic system is effectively embodied in this one quote from one of my favourite scientists:
“We’ve arranged a society based on science and technology, in which nobody understands anything about science technology. And this combustible mixture of ignorance and power, sooner or later, is going to blow up in our faces. Who is running the science and technology in a democracy if the people don’t know anything about it?” – Carl Sagan
With the novel Centre for Law & Technology, our aim is to ensure that the students who graduate from the Ziauddin Faculty of Law are at par with their foreign counterparts, and are well-versed with internationally-acclaimed ideas revolving around the use of various modalities of technology, and subsequently, the regulation of such technologies. Our contribution to the society of the 21st Century is not only the need of the hour, but rather will pave the way our society sees technology for decades to come.
Our team shall spearhead national research and engage in targeted, merit-based advocacy in this regard. I applaud all our academic contributors and students for their dedication, creativity and enthusiasm in engaging with the paradigm of technology and its regulation, and for doing their part in shaping Pakistan to have a better, more internationally-attuned academic environment.
Aly Hassam Ul Haq
LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M.
Director, Centre for Law & Technology