Dr. Mohammad Azam Chaudhry was born on 10th January 1945 at Ferozepur (India). He did his M.A. (Political Science) and LL.B from the Punjab University; and from Paris University, his Ph.D in International Law on the “Settlement of International Disputes within the Framework of the Specialized Agencies of the United Nations”. He was enrolled as an advocate in 1968, and has been an Advocate of the Lahore High Court since 1973. He joined the World Tourism Organization in 1976 as Legal Officer.
In his capacity as Legal Officer of the World Tourism Organization, he acted as Secretary of the Legal Committee of the Executive Council and, of the General Assembly. He also negotiated a number of Agreements on behalf of the World Tourism Organization with the Governments of Spain, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Peru. As Legal Officer (1979-1982) and as Legal Advisor (1986-1987) of UNHCR in Geneva, he supervised application of international legal norms, negotiated and drafted Assistance Agreements, Air Charter Agreements, commercial contracts, insurance claims, dealt with legal supervision of application and interpretation of Financial and Administrative Rules, and handled litigation matters. He also served as:
- Member of the Joint Appeals Board;
- Member of the Contracts Committee;
- Member of the Executive Management Group (EMG);
- Member of the Coordination Team (CT);
- Member of the Information Committee; and
- Secretary of the Management Committee.
He acted as UNHCR Representative in Spain from 1982 to 1986, and as Legal Advisor of UNHCR from 1986 to 1987. Since 1987, he has been working as an advocate (lawyer) in Pakistan, and deals with Arbitration and Alternate Disputes Resolution, Corporate Affairs, Banking and Financial matters, Oil and Gas Laws, Import and Export Laws, Dispute Resolution, Telecommunication Laws, Power Generation and Energy Laws, International Trade Law and World Trade Organization Agreements and laws.
He is Patron-in-Chief of Islamabad Lawyers Foundation, Director of International Relations of Islamabad Bar Association and Islamabad High Court Bar Association. He is also President Alliance Française d’Islamabad and Chairman of the Asian Institute of Trade and Development (AITD). He was awarded the highest French Civilian Award “Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur” (Knighthood in France), by the President of France in June 2003. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Certificate by the UNHCR for his legal services when the UNHCR received Nobel Peace Prize in 1981.
He works in Urdu, English, French and Spanish.