FIFA Parsis : Soli J. Sorabjee
Soli Sorabjee was born in 1930 in Bombay, and after an education at Government Law College, Bombay, was admitted to the bar in 1953. At college, he was awarded the Kinloch Forbes Gold Medal in Roman Law and Jurisprudence (1952).

In 1971, Sorabjee began representing the government as Senior Advocate to the Supreme Court of India. He served Solicitor-General of India from 1977 to 1980. He was appointed Attorney-General of India on 7 April 1998, a post he held until 2004.

In March 2002, Soli Sorabjee was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his defense of the
freedom of expression and the protection of human rights. He worked on the Citizen's Justice Committee which represented pro bono the 1984 Anti-Sikh massacre victims.

Sorabjee was a close friend and colleague of Nanabhoy ("Nani") Palkhivala. Sorabjee's daughter, Zia Mody, is also a lawyer.

Soli Sorabjee holds several offices in organizations of national and international repute.

In India, he is Chairman of Transparency International and Convenor of the Minority Rights Group.

On the international circuit, he is Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Human Rights Commission since 1997, a member of the United Nations Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities since 1998. Sorabjee served as member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague from 2000 to 2006.

Sorabjee is also President of the United Lawyers Association, Vice-President of the Human Rights Committee of the International Bar Association, Vice-President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Executive Committee member of the International Association of Constitutional Lawyers and member of the Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament Law of the International Law Association. He is also a Patron of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, a UK-based charity that provides legal aid and assistance to journalists and news media organizations around the world, supports training in media law and promotes the exchange of information, litigation tools and strategies for lawyers working on media freedom cases.
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