International Diploma on Mental Health Law And Human Rights

Implementing entity and key partners
Department of Psychology & Department of Law, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Pakistan is offering an International Diploma on Mental Health Law and Human Rights with the technical support of World Health Organization (WHO).


Background and Rationale
Since coming into force the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) it has been felt that there is a dire need to raise awareness about the Convention’s findings and to provide guidance on its implications in relation to future national mental health policy, legislation, services and practice not only in Pakistan but also among the other countries of the Eastern Mediterranean also the signatory to UNCRPD. In order to achieve a part of convention’s findings, it is hoped that through this Diploma offering, we will perceive the need for training not only in Pakistan but also to other countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Expected outcome

It is hoped that this development will not only  help us in building the capacity of students to advocate for human rights, influence the  national legislative, policy and service reform in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but will also be a source of implementation of other key international human rights standards.

This program has been chalked out with the intention that how and why the human rights can influence the practice of mental health professionals, lawyers, policy-makers, administrators, agency workers, service providers and activists. For these answers its course outlines has been designed in such a way that the participants will be equipped with a wealth of knowledge, tools and resources enabling them to play their active role in the society by making sure that the rights of people with psycho-social (mental health) disabilities are better respected.

Duration and course outline

This diploma will be a one-year course program spread over 3 semesters. Having a total of 30 credit hours consisting of 24 credit hours course work requirement and a research project of 06 credit hours.


Course Code Name of Subject Credit Hours
IDMH201 Basic Understanding of Mental Disorders and Their Treatment 02
IDMH202 Basic understanding of Law and Legal Systems 02
IDMH203 The Context of Mental Health and Human Rights 02
IDMH204 Policy, Service and Legislative Framework for Mental Health 02
IDMH205 Access to Mental Health  Care 02


Course Code Name of Subject Credit Hours
IDMH207 Regulatory and Review Mechanisms 02
IDMH208 Criminal Law and Mental Disability 02
IDMH209 Right of people with mental disability in the community – Additional substantive provisions for legislation 02
IDMH210 Drafting, Adopting and implementing Mental Health Legislation 02
IDMH211 Special Topics – Rights of Children with Mental Health Problems 02
IDMH212 Special Topics – Rights of people with Mental disability during humanitarian emergencies/ Mental Health in Islamic perspective/ Islamic Law and Mental Health 02


Course Code Name of Subject Credit Hours
IDMH206 Admission  and Discharge from hospital & treatment of mental disability 02
IDMH215 Research Project 06
Total Credits


PARENT INSTITUTE/Resource persons
International Islamic University Islamabad has been honored to start this diploma course by utilizing the services of the international experts, identified, with the technical support of WHO for getting experience and knowledge. Beside them, some local faculty members of international repute shall be involved for management of technicalities of the diploma and for training/teaching face to face sessions of the course modules.


Teaching and Evaluation

For the conduction of diploma, combined methodology of pedagogy (i.e. face to face two weeks regular classes at the beginning of the year and one week regular classes at the end of the year) and web-based learning shall be used. For evaluation purposes, following criteria shall be utilized:-

Fall & Spring Semesters   Summer Semester
Assignments 50% Assignments 50%
Quizzes 15% Project 25%
Class Participation 10% Quizzes & Class Participation 10%
Mid Term Exam 25% Mid Term Exam 10%


Target participants/Beneficiary

The target audience for the diploma eligible for enrolment are categorized in four groups:

  • Mental Health/Public Health Professionals (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses experienced or having degree in Mental Health).
  • Law Professionals (Professionals registered with Law Bar Association)
  • Human Rights Activists (NGO workers, Sociologists, Civil Social Scientists)
  • Service User (Person having Mental Health Illness or Care Giver of Mental Health Patient)

Individuals having experience in judiciary system, policy making, health planning, advocacy, civil society organizations, education and social science, human rights activism, and provision of care for persons with disabilities. For international students low and middle income countries from South East Asia, Eastern Mediterranean and African region of WHO shall be given preference. However, opportunities for other countries shall remain open.

Eligibility Criteria for Enrollment
Eligibility criteria for enrolment in this diploma shall be at least Bachelors (14 years degree) with 4-5 years’ experience in the fields related to Mental Health or Law or human rights.


Fee Structure
Fee for the international students shall be US$ 4,000/-(US$1500/= for two regular semesters each and US$1000/= for summer semester). While students of Pakistani origin and residing in Pakistan, shall have to pay tuition fees of PKR 120,000/= (PKR40,000/= per semester).
Note: Tuition fees include course books, printed materials. Course fees do not include travel costs, accommodation and other subsistence expenses. Fee may be submitted all together in One Submission or may be submitted separately for each semester.


Admission procedure
Application/Enrolment of the candidates shall be online.  Students shall have to submit the application form along with a statement of purpose (200 words), attested documents, letter of recommendation (for employees, if any).


Execution Timeline




Prospectus and Form Available Online 04th June 2018
Last Date for Application 20th July 2018
Final Confirmation of Admission 20th August 2018
Payment of Fee 27th August 2018 – 10th September 2018
Commencement of Classes 17th September 2018


1st Semester Commencement of Classes 17th September 2018
1st Semester Examination 1st January 2019
2nd Semester Commencement of Classes 1st February 2019
2nd Semester Examination 3rd June 2019
3rd Semester Commencement of Classes 17th June 2019
3rd Semester Examination 15th  August 2019

Prof Dr Muhammad Tahir Khalily
Director and Mentor

Dr Aziz Ur Rehman
Mental Health Law Mentor

List of Faculty
International Faculty
  Prof. Dr. Ahmed Yousif Ahmed Al Draiweesh
Professor of Law
President, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan
  Prof. Mohamed Seedat
Director, Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS),
University of South Africa (UNISA), Johannesburg, South Africa
  Dr. Brian Hallahan
Senior Lecturer, Psychiatry
School of Medicine, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  Dr. Soumitra Pathare
Co-ordinator, Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy
Indian Law Society
  Prof. Jennifer Jayne Shaw
Professor of Forensic Psychiatry
Offender Health Research Network, University of Manchester
Oxford Road Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom
  Prof. José Miguel Caldas de Almeida
Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health
Cedoc/ NOVA medical school
Rua do Instituto Bacteriológico, 5, Edifício Amarelo | 1150-190 Lisbon
  Dr. Khalid Saeed
Regional Adviser
Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO/EMRO
  Prof. Melvyn Freeman
Cluster Manager: Non-communicable Diseases
National Department of Health,Pretoria, South Africa
  Dr. Nasim Chaudhry
Consultant Psychiatrist & CEO
Pakistan Institute of Living & Learning
Hon Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester
  Dr. Peter Patrick Hughes
Consultant Psychiatrist/ Honorary senior lecturer
St. George’s and Springfield Hospital, London (January 2002 to date)-General Adult 
Chair London Division Royal College of Psychiatry
Local Faculty
  Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily
Professor of Psychology
Chairman Department of Psychology/ Vice President (Academics)
International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan
  Prof. Dr. Fareed Aslam Minhas
Professor of Psychiatry
Member Syndicate,Co-Chairman, Board of Advanced Studies & Research
Rawalpindi Medical University,
Director, WHO Collaborating Center
Director, Center for Global Mental Health Pakistan, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  Prof. Dr. Mowadat H Rana (S.I)
Professor of Psychiatry
Chief Editor, Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  Prof. Dr. Asad Tameez Uddin
Professor of Psychiatry
Head of Department, Psychiatry
Rawalpindi Medical University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  Mr. Shakil ur Rehman
Advocate General , Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan
  Prof. Dr. Muhammad Munir
Professor of Law
Vice President (AFP), International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan
  Dr. Aziz-ur- Rehman
Assistant Professor of Law
International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan
  Dr. Muhammad Mushtaq Ahmed
Associate Professor of Law
Chairman Department of Law
International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan
  Dr. Muhammad Irfan
Head, Department of Mental Health, Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences,
Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan
  Dr. Inam Ulhaq
MD, MRCPsych (UK), M.Med.Sc (Ireland)
Consultant Psychiatrist with NHS England
Special interest in Neurodevelopmental Disorder
  Dr. Farhan Navid Yousaf
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Sociology (USA), Graduate Certificate in Human Rights (USA),
Certificate of Professional Development (USA)

Specialization: Human Rights
Contact Us
For further details please contact
Dr. Tamkeen Saleem
Focal person
[email protected]

Mr. Basharat Hussain
Coordinator (Academics)
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Mr. Mujeeb Masud Bhatti
Coordinator (Research)
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