Human Rights Law Clinic
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Human Rights Law Clinic at the
South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies
 
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 Participants from six South Asian Countries at SAILS' training courses with the Resource Persons (May-June 2010).
 
 
Introduction
The South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS) is initiating a Human Rights Law Clinic (HRLC), first of its kind in Bangladesh. This will be an ongoing activity with participation of 10 to 15 Student-Volunteers.

The Clinic is to provide a platform for training, mentoring and practices for Student-Volunteers (of Law, Human Rights and allied disciplines); the areas of focus will be analysis, research and writing, pro bono human rights works and legal services, legal and judicial activism among other issues.

It aims to train a pool of new-generation academics, activists, lawyers, practitioners and researchers with required analytical, writing and presentation skills and pro-active attitudes for promotion and protection of human rights. 

Selection of Volunteers
SAILS is to seek applications from interested candidates through its website and other networks. While applying, a Candidate is to submit: (i) Cover Letter addressing the Director of the Institute, (ii) One-page Resume, and (iii) Statement of Purpose (500 words).

Volunteers will be selected considering their applications (which include the above-mentioned three items), motivations and availability for the activities. They are expected to work with the Clinic for duration of three to six months (depending on the project designed and their availability). All the activities for the Clinic will be voluntary in nature and no allowance is applicable. However, after successful participation in the Clinic and completion of the designated assignment(s), each of the Volunteers will get a Certificate.  

Volunteers’ Responsibilities
The selected Volunteers have to attend series of training sessions, workshops, and seminars alongside working on their individual or group project(s) which are to be supervised by designated Mentor(s).
Learning sessions (both theoretical and practical) are to be organized mainly in the afternoons and weekends.  

The outcome of the activities of the Clinic will include among others- undertaking research projects, preparing legal briefs and opinions, conducting awareness raising programmes, organizing events, and producing and dissemination of information and knowledge on Law and Human Rights through publications (i.e., blogs, newsletters, journals and websites).   

Trainers and Mentors
Renowned Academics, Jurists and Practitioners from home and abroad who have expertise and experiences to run similar activities will be providing training and mentorship.  
 
The Panel of Distinguished Guest Faculties, Mentors and Trainers*:

·         Dr. Kamal Hossain, Eminent Jurist and Chairperson, SAILS;
·         Professor MizanurRahman, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh;
·         Professor M. Shah Alam, Chairman (Acting), Law Commission, Bangladesh;
·         Professor Yubaraj Sangroula, Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal;
·         Professor Abdullah Al Faruque, Department of Law, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh;
          Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, Metropolitan Additional Sessions Judge, Dhaka;
·         Barrister Sara Hossain, Honorary Director, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust;
·         Dr. Faustina Pereira, Advocate and Director, Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, BRAC;
·         Dr. Naim Ahmed, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh;
·         Dr. Sharif Bhuiyan, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, and Director, SAILS;
·         Dr. Ridwanul Hoque, Department of Law, University of Dhaka;
·         Md. Zahid Hossain, National Human Rights Commission Capacity Development Project- UNDP;
·         Dr. Uttam Kumar Das, Human Rights Lawyer;
 
*Subject to availability on the scheduled date.

 
Contact Address:

South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS)
[A UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institution of Excellence]
House No. 55, Ground Floor, Road No. 5
Dhanmondi Residential Area
Dhaka- 1205, Bangladesh
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Phone: +880 2 9613603
http://www.sails-law.org

 
Notification seeking applications for the next batch will be announced on the website.
 

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