About our Founder

Dr. Mizanur Rahman

LL.M.(Honours ) 1st Class,MCL (Sweden), Ph.D.(Russia)

Professor and former Chairman of Law, University of Dhaka; recipient of the ‘Best Law Teacher in South Asia’ Award-2010, a Fulbright scholar, Visiting Professor, Umeo University, Sweden, University of Oslo, Norway, founder coordinator of Professional Legal Education in Bangladesh (Continuing Legal Education Programme of the Bangladesh Bar Council); pioneer in curriculum designing and introduction of Clinical Legal Education in Bangladesh; pioneer of  Street Law in Bangladesh; Joint Coordinator of the Lawclinic (Clinical Legal Education Programme of the Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh); acclaimed as one of the Best Human Rights educationists in the country by advocates-participants of the Human Rights Training Programme for Lawyers (HRTP offered by the Bangladesh Bar Council); experienced in institution building, former consultant to UNICEF, former consultant to ILO, UNDP, The World Bank,  national consultant to GOB, former consultant to GOB on Child Policy, consultant to the Ford Foundation (USA), consultant to Soros Foundation (USA), consultant to Save the Children-UK, Save the Children-Denmark, NORAD, the European Commission etc. with a brilliant academic record having never stood second in life.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION

1. Ph.D.

Friendship University, Moscow, Russia

Specializes in International Law

2. LL.M. in International Law

Friendship University, Moscow,  Russia

3. PGD in Legal Studies

Stockholm University, Sweden

Specialises in International and Comparative Law

4. MCL

Stockholm University, Sweden

Specialises in Consumer Protection Law

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (Key Events)

1)      Participated in the Lawasia Annual Conference as a Guest Speaker on ‘New Trends in Legal Education: An Example from Bangladesh’ in September, 2008 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2)      As an expert participated in the International Conference on ‘Refugees and Access to Justice’ organized by Forum Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in  October, 2009and made a presentation on “Use of Street Law by Law Students and Empowerment of the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh”.

3)      As an international expert on legal education and lawyering reform participated in the Regional Workshop on ‘Lawyering for Social Justice’ held in Manila, the Philippines (March, 2008)

4)      Presented keynote paper in the international conference on ‘Genocide and Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ in Dhaka, 2008.

5)       Participated in the international conference on ‘Justice Education’ organized by Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) in Krakow, Poland (December, 2006).

6)      Participated in the Regional Conference on Law Clinics organized by Panasastra University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia in April, 2005.

7)      Participated and presented paper in the Commonwealth regional Legal education Association (CLEA) conference in New Delhi, India in March, 2005.

8)      Presented paper at the UNDP sponsored regional workshop on ‘Law and Social Justice’ held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2004.

9)      As an international expert on clinical legal education participated in the First All Africa Colloquium on Clinical Legal Education held in July 2003 at Durban, South Africa.

10)  Key-note speaker at the SIDA sponsored ‘Regional Conference on Lawyering for the Poor’ in Bangkok, Thailand (December, 2003).

11)  Fulbright Scholar in the University of Baltimore School of Law, MD, USA from January 2001 to August 2001.

12)  In November-December, 1998 visited U.S.A. under the International Visitor’s Program administered by USIA to study United States’ Judicial system.

13)  In December 1996 visited the University of East London, U.K., under a British Council sponsored Link- Programme with the Faculty of Law, to familiarise the Faculty of the University of East London with the clinical legal educational programme at the Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka.

14)  In September 1996 attended the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council (APEC) international Conference on “Skills Development for Tomorrow’s Lawyers : Needs and Strategies” held in Sydney, Australia.

15)  In July, 1996 attended the month long study session on Economic, Social and Cultural rights organized by the international Institute of Human Rights (II HR) Strasbourg, France, under a fellowship from the European Union.

16)  In July, 1996, concurrently with the II HR study session, attended the International Center for University Human Rights Teaching (CiedhU) programme offered by the Institute.

17)  In May-June, 1996 attended the American Association of Law Schools conference and presented a paper on Clinical Legal Education held in Miami, Florida, and thereafter visited several US Law Schools.

18)  Participated in the national workshop on child rights and juvenile delinquency jointly organised by the Ministry of Law, Justice & Parliamentary affairs and UNICEF and held in Dec. 14-15,  1996.

19)  Visited the National Law School of India University at Bangalore, India to see closely the clinical legal education programme there, under an Asia Foundation grant in November 1994.

20)  Presented the country paper on Child Labour Legislation in Bangladesh in the National Seminar organised by the Ministry of Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and UNICEF.

21)  Under a Ford Foundation grant visited the Law Campus of Tribhuvan University, Nepal, to watch and examine the clinical programme conducted by the Law School, in December 1993.

22)  Attended the Xth Commonwealth Lawyers Conference in Cyprus, May 1-4, 1993.

23)  Participated in the UNCITRAL Regional Conference on Debt Management in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 5-9, 1993.

24)  Swedish Institute Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Stockholm, Sweden, from Sept. 1990 till May, 1992.

25)  Participated in the international Development Law Institute (IDLI) Seminar on Divestiture on State Owned Enterprises (Privatization of SOES) held in Rome, Italy, in January – February, 1990.

26)  Represented Bangladesh in individual capacity in the international Seminar on Foreign Investment organised by 1DLI in Rome,

27)  Received a second Diploma in Comparative and International Law after successful completion of the Summer School organised by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL, Brussels in 1985).

28)  Participated in the 11th Annual Grenoble Institute of International and Comparative Law of the Tulane Law School, New Orleans, USA, in July-August, 1983.

29)  Received a Diploma in Comparative and International Law from IADL upon successful completion of its spring school, in 1983.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1)      Visiting Professor, SUM, University of Oslo, Norway, 2009

2)      Visiting Professor, UMEA University, Sweden, 2006.

3)      Since May 2004 acting as the faculty advisor and professor, Faculty of Law, Stamford University Bangladesh.

4)      Since September 2000 serving as Professor of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

5)      From December, 1993 till September 2000 served as an Associate Professor of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

6)      From March 1989 till November, 1993 served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

7)      From December 1985 till March, 1989 served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

8)      Guest Lecturer, Foreign Service Academy, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh.

9)      Guest lecturer, BCS Training Academy, Shahbagh, Dhaka.

10)   Guest Lecturer, PATC, Savar.

11)  Guest Resource person, Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA)

12)  Former guest Lecturer, Islamic University, Bangladesh.

13)  Guest Lecturer, Press Institute of Bangladesh.

14)  Guest Lecturer, Bangladesh Insurance Academy, Dhaka.

15)  Guest Lecturer, Academy for planning and Development, Government of Bangladesh.

16)     Guest Lecturer, Human Rights Programme for Lawyers (HRTP), Bangladesh Bar Council, Dhaka.

17)     Guest Lecturer, Coordination Council for Human Rights in Bangladesh, CCHRB.

18)     Guest Resource Person, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Dhaka.

19)     Guest Resource Person, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA).

20)     Guest Resource Person, Democracy Watch, Dhaka.

21)     Guest Resource Person, Madaripur Legal Aid Association.

22)     Occasional speaker in various NGOs and Institutions.

23)     Founder Academic Coordinator (School of Law), Queens University, Bangladesh.

SUBJECTS TAUGHT

1)      Public International Law

2)      Private International Law

3)      Comparative Law

4)      Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

5)      Lawyering Skills

6)      Trial Advocacy

PROFESSION RELATED RESPONSIBILITIES

1)      Expert trainer to teach Iranian law teachers on CLE organized by the Johns Hopkins University, USA in Istanbul, Turkey (April, 2008)

2)      Expert trainer to teach Iranian law teachers and students from the universities in Tehran, Qom, Shiraj, Isfahan etc. on CLE organized by the Sahid Behesti University, Tehran (2007).

3)      Expert trainer of law teachers from Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and Azerbaizan sponsored by the Open Society Justice Initiative (Columbia University, USA) in Istanbul, Turkey (2007).

4)      From May 2001 to August 2002 served as the Chief Coordinator of Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP)- a human rights organization.

5)      Since September 2002 acting as the Executive Director of Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP)- a registered voluntary human rights organization.

6)      Since June 2000 acting as the Director of the Human Rights Summer School and Community Law Reform Project.

7)      Since October 1994 acting as the Joint Coordinator of the Law clinic, Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka (clinical legal education project funded by the Ford Foundation).

8)      Founder Coordinator of the continuing Legal Education Programme (CLEP) of the Bangladesh Bar Council, (October 1993 January, 1997) (a programme initially funded by the Asia Foundation).

9)      Since December 10, 1992 acting as the president of the Law Review (University Students Centre for Legal Research)

10)  Founding member of the Moot Court Society of the Department of Law, University of Dhaka, and from December 1993 till December 1995 acted as its Coordinator (a project initially funded by the Asia Foundation).

11)  Since 1993 functioning as the president of the Centre for Legal research (CLR).

12)  Member, Bangladesh Law Teachers Association (BLTA)

13)     Founding member SAARCLAW – Bangladesh, (Association of South Asian academics, lawyers and judges).

14)     Since December 1996 acting as a member of the high-powered Task Force to monitor the Judicial Capacity Building Project under the Ministry of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs and financed by the World Bank.

15)     Founding member of the International Organization for Socially Relevant Legal Education (First preparatory meeting held in Sydney, Australia on September 04, 1996. This world body is has been launched as the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) in December, 1999.

16)     Member, the Asiatic society of Bangladesh.

17)     Member, the Bangla Academy.

18)      Member, National Core Group for SARI/Q (South Asia Regional Initiative/ Equity for women) program of USAID since 2004.

19)     Vice President, South Asian Law Schools Forum for Human Rights (SALS FURUM) since July, 2004.

COUNSULTANCY

1)         Consultant to the IOM- International Organization for Migration on Migrant workers from Bangladesh , 2008 (ongoing)

2)         Consultant, Save the Children- UK on Safe Custody of Children, 2008 (ongoing)

3)         Consultant, The Daywalka Foundation (USA), 2007

4)      Consultant, IOM on Trafficking in Persons, 2006

5)      Consultant to Save the Children-UK, Bangladesh since February 2003(in different research projects)

6)      Consultant, The SOROS Foundation, to develop clinical legal education in various universities in Ukraine, 2002.

7)      Consultant, The Ford Foundation, Moscow, to popularize the concept of public interest litigation in Russia, November-December, 2001.

8)      Consultant to SOROS Foundation as Expert Trainer for Training of Clinical Teachers in Central Asian Countries, November, 2000

9)      Consultant to ILO, Dhaka Area Office (August – October, 2000) on Child Labour Legislation in Bangladesh

10)  Overseas Consultant to the Ford Foundation, Moscow, Russia, (March, 2000) for development of Clinical Curriculum in Russian Law Schools

11)  Consultant (Legal Expert) to the Public Administration Reforms Commission, Government of Bangladesh, February, 2000

12)  Consultant to the Ford Foundation (USA) to implement Clinical Legal Education in Russia, March – September, 1999

13)  Consultant to the World Bank in its Bangladesh Judicial Capacity Building Project

14)  From May 17, 1997 up to-June 30, 1998 acted as the National Consultant and Coordinator of the Grameen Courts Project under the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and sponsored by UNDP

15)     On behalf of UNICEF, Bangladesh conducted a survey on Birth, Death and Marriage Registration practices obtaining in rural & urban areas of Bangladesh, June – August, 1997

16)     As a consultant of UNICEF conducted a study on alternatives and diversions to deprivation of liberty of child offenders, April-June,2003.

17)     As a consultant to save the Children-UK conducted a study on the Children Act, 1974, April-September, 2003.

18)     Participated in the drafting of the proposed Grameen Court Bill and translated the proposed Consumer Protection Act, 2003.

19)     Consultant, Save the Children-UK, on Juvenile Justice, 2002

20)     Consultant, UNICEF on drafting the ‘Social Policy for Children’

21)     Consultant, Manusher Jonno Foundation (2004, 2005, 2006).

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

1) Bengali              Mother Tongue

2) English              Read, Write, Speak (Excellent)

3) Russian             Read, Write, Speak (Excellent)

4) Spanish             Read, Write, Speak (good)

5) Swedish            Read, Write, Speak (good)

PUBLICATIONS

1)      10 Research Monographs (Books)

2)      Editor of 18 legal publications on Law, Governance, Human Rights, Legal education, etc.

3)      More than 60 (sixty) research articles published in professional journals at home and abroad.

Membership in Professional/Social Bodies:

  1. Founder Member, Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE)
  2. Founder Vice President, SALS Forum (South Asian Law Schools’ Forum)
  3. Member, Legal Education and Training Institute (LETI)
  4. Life Member, Bangla Academy
  5. Member, the Asiatic Society
  6. LTS Member, Old Rajshahi Cadets’ Association (ORCA)
  7. Member, Bangladesh Law Teachers’ Association (BLTA)
  8. Life Member, Soviet Alumni Association in Bangladesh.

COUNTRIES VISITED

Australia, U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Switzerland, France, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Byelorussia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belgium, Holland, Italy, UAE, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, South Africa, Iran, Turkey, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Georgia, Cambodia etc.