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Chief Justice Alvin Robert Cornelius (8 May 1903 – 21 December 1991), HPk, was a Pakistani jurist, legal philosopher and judge, serving as the 4th Chief Justice of Pakistan from 1960 until 1968. In addition, he served as Law Minister in the cabinet of Yahya Khan, 1969 – 16 December 1971.

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  • Chief Justice Alvin Robert Cornelius (8 May 1903 – 21 December 1991), HPk, was a Pakistani jurist, legal philosopher and judge, serving as the 4th Chief Justice of Pakistan from 1960 until 1968. In addition, he served as Law Minister in the cabinet of Yahya Khan, 1969 – 16 December 1971. Cornelius was born in Agra, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh in British India, to an Urdu-speaking Anglo-Indian Roman Catholic family. He did his schooling at St. Peter's College, Agra. Cornelius graduated from Allahabad University and Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was commissioned into the Indian Civil Service and was the assistant commissioner in the Punjab, starting his judicial career in the Lahore High Court in 1943, later joining the Justice department of the Punjab government. During this time, Cornelius became a recognised jurist, publishing important text books in Pakistani legal history during his career. Cornelius also became a leading activist for the Pakistan Movement. In 1946, Cornelius was elevated to associate judge of the Lahore High Court; opting for Pakistan, Cornelius became an important figure in country's legal history. Initially serving as the law secretary for Law Minister Jogendra Nath Mandal and Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan, Cornelius played an integral role in setting up the court system while advising the law minister and the prime minister. Among his notable cases were actions defending non-Muslims' rights (Freedom of religion), the Bogra case against presidential reserve powers (see the inactive Article 58(2)B of the VIII Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan), defending workplace and labour laws, and sports law in regard to the Pakistan Cricket Board. Cornelius was regarded as a man of justice, fighting against religious extremism and religious discrimination, warning, in these regards, against "A general feeling of despair, a widespread lack of confidence... and a common readiness to anticipate the worst". In 1960, President Ayub Khan nominated Cornelius to the Chief Justiceship of Pakistan; rivals for the position were briefly discussed, but eventually he was elevated to the position. Alvin Robert Cornelius became the first Christian Chief Justice, becoming one of the most famous and influential figures ever to serve on the Supreme Court. After his departure from the Court, Cornelius remained influential and was a symbol of the protection of the rights of minorities and freedom of religious practices, whilst serving as the legal adviser to successive governments on judicial matters. (en)
  • Alvin Robert Cornelius (en ourdou : الوین رابرٹ كورنيليس), né le 8 mai 1903 et mort le 21 décembre 1991, est un philosophe, juriste et homme politique pakistanais. Sous le Raj britannique, il rejoint la Ligue musulmane et défend donc le mouvement pour le Pakistan. Il est l'un des rares chrétiens à soutenir la création de la nouvelle nation, y voyant un moyen de défendre les intérêts des musulmans et des chrétiens du sous-continent indien. Après la création du pays, Cornelius devient en 1949 le président du Pakistan Cricket Board jusqu'en 1953. En 1960, le général-président Muhammad Ayub Khan le nomme président (Chief Justice) de la Cour suprême du Pakistan, poste qu'il occupe jusqu'en 1968. Il est ensuite brièvement ministre de la Justice de 1969 à 1971. (fr)
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  • Chief Justice Alvin Robert Cornelius (8 May 1903 – 21 December 1991), HPk, was a Pakistani jurist, legal philosopher and judge, serving as the 4th Chief Justice of Pakistan from 1960 until 1968. In addition, he served as Law Minister in the cabinet of Yahya Khan, 1969 – 16 December 1971. (en)
  • Alvin Robert Cornelius (en ourdou : الوین رابرٹ كورنيليس), né le 8 mai 1903 et mort le 21 décembre 1991, est un philosophe, juriste et homme politique pakistanais. Sous le Raj britannique, il rejoint la Ligue musulmane et défend donc le mouvement pour le Pakistan. Il est l'un des rares chrétiens à soutenir la création de la nouvelle nation, y voyant un moyen de défendre les intérêts des musulmans et des chrétiens du sous-continent indien. (fr)
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