|Seminar on ADR|
It was expressed at the seminar on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) on 23 July at the Judicial Administration Training Institution (JATI) in Dhaka.
The programme was jointly organized by the South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS), Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), The Loyola Law School Center For Conflict Resolution, Los Angeles, and JATI of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
Professor Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was present as the Chief Guest.
Mr. Md. Mafizul Islam, Director General (In-Charge) of JATI was the Special Guest while Advocate Z. I. Khan, Chairman, Human Rights and Legal Aid Committee of Bangladesh Bar Council was the Guest of Honour.
Dr. Shamsul Bari, Member of Governing Council of SAILS presided over the session while Barrister Sara Hossain, Honorary Director of BLAST and Dr. Sharif Bhuiyan, Member of the Governing Council of SAILS gave the address of welcome and vote of thanks respectively.
Among others Professor Mary B. Culbert and Professor Hiro N. Aragaki of The Loyola Law School Center For Conflict Resolution; Professor Md. Zakir Hosain, Dean, Faculty of Law at the University of Chittagong, Ms. Tanjina Ismail, District and Sessions Judge of Gazipur and Md. Zakir Hossain, Director of JATI made presentations at the seminar.
Professor Dr. Mizan said that politicians are to change people’s attitudes through motivations and examples in their own activities and practices. They are obliged to do so since they are taking responsibilities on their shoulders for doing so as public representatives.
He said that for the alleged corruption in the judiciary both lawyers and judges are responsible.
In the open discussion, Ms. Sharmin Nigar, Acting Secretary of the Law Commission recommended for national policies for the judiciary and ADR system.
The seminar was followed by a week-long training on ADR where 25 judges, 5 legal academics and 12 lawyers participated.