Umair Saleem has done his Bachelor of Laws (B.A./LL.B.) from one of the most prestigious institution of Pakistan, Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS), on scholarship in 2014. After his graduation, he joined the legal profession and started working with the prominent law firm of Justice Jawad Hassan (LL.M. Alumnus of Pace University 1996 and the leading constitutional green judge of the Lahore High Court). He developed keen interest in environmental law practice after working for environmental judicial commissions under chairmanship of Dr. Parvez Hassan (Former Chair IUCN Law Commission), including the Houbara Bustard Commission for protection and conservation of the endangered species, and the Smog Commission to eliminate the winter smog environmental issue in Punjab. He has also been a member of the judicial Water Commission for preservation and supply of clean water across Punjab. Furthermore, he has worked with Dr. Martin Lau (Professor at SOAS, London) on several environmental matters for several years and has been engaged with some instructors at LUMS as the Teaching Assistant for few courses.
In 2020, he completed his LL.M. from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium in International and European Law. He has recently completed his second LL.M. as the Environmental Law Fellow from Pace University, New York, U.S.A. in Energy and Climate Change law. During his second LL.M., he authored his thesis on the unique Pakistani experience of environmental judicial commissions, under supervision of Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson.
Presently, he is working on various commercial and corporate transactions and environmental matters in Pakistan and is handling litigation before the High Courts, District Courts, Civil Courts and other quasi-judicial authorities in Pakistan. He is also involved in numerous pro-bono and public interest litigations before the High Courts of Pakistan relating to constitutional, international, human rights and environmental laws.