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Who owns our laws?
Law & Our Rights

Who owns our laws?

On June 25, 2019, an editorial of The New York Times was published based on the Georgia v Public.Resource.Org (a case about whether the State of Georgia can assert copyright in its annotated state code).

Indian SC recognises access to internet as fundamental right
Law & Our Rights

Indian SC recognises access to internet as fundamental right

On the hearing of a plea in connection with internet shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir since early August, the Supreme Court (SC) of India has declared that freedom of speech and expression through the medium of internet is a fundamental right that can only be curtailed in situations of public emergency or in the interests of public safety.

  • Our personal data: Is it safe anymore?

    Doesn’t it happen too often that we are talking about buying a product via messaging apps and the next thing we know an advertisement of the same product pops up in our social media feed? It somewhat feels like someone is keeping track of our conversations but in reality, all forms of our data existing online, for example (but not limited to) our public posts, search histories, private conversations are being accumulated as big data.

  • Leaving no one behind

    If we scrutinise only article 27 of the constitution of Bangladesh, it should be enough to understand that every citizen stands equal and must get equal protection of law.

  • The strength of human rights education

    Human rights education teaches more than the mere definition of human rights. It enables a person to know about his actual legal rights, ways to safeguard those rights and teaches respect to the rights of others.

  • Reflecting on the Anti-Terrorism Act 2009

    2019 Global Terrorism Index says that Bangladesh is the most successful South Asian country in countering terrorism. The observations made by the Global Studies require an analysis of the legislative endeavours made by Bangladesh in combating terrorism.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and justice in civil courts

    Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) through civil courts in Bangladesh is a painstaking appraisal of court-based ADR regarding civil disputes in the context of Bangladesh.

  • 2nd DUMCS-TIB Anti-Corruption Moot Competition held

    The 2nd DUMCS-TIB Anti-Corruption Moot Court Competition was held from 28-30 November 2019 at the Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka. With 26 law schools participating, this was one of the biggest national moot court competitions. The University of Dhaka became the champion, while BRAC University became the runner-up.

  • FutureLaw conclave 2019 held in London

    With a view to inspiring Bangladeshi law students and early-career professionals in the United Kingdom, the FutureLaw Initiative hosted a career development session titled...

  • How far the Biological Diversity Act 2017 complies with international obligations?

    Access under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is meant to be of biological or genetic resources, and benefit-sharing refers to the benefits that might ensue from the use of genetic resources or associated traditional knowledge (TK).

  • Combating intolerance

    Tolerance recognises the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others, irrespective of their differences.

  • South Asia in a changing world

    South Asia is a critical link to the rise of Asia and its position in the international system. With a population of 1.8 billion people, it houses one fourth of the global humanity.

  • On payment of security deposit to landlords

    We have rented an office for a term of four years in Banani with a monthly rent of BDT 1,45,000 (One lakh and Forty-Five Thousand) only.

  • DHLR holds 6th public lecture

    A public lecture titled “Transforming Conflict in Educational Settings: The Benefits and Limitations of Mediation and Restorative Dialogue,” arranged by Dhaka Law Review (DHLR)

  • Intellectual Property regime in the age of Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence (AI) generated contents have been posing formidable challenges to the existing Intellectual Property (IP) regime.

  • Comprehensive book on corruption related laws

    The word ‘corruption’ has multidimensional facets and corrupt practices have far reaching effects. Offences as such are often termed as white-collar crimes and are committed and carried out by individuals, corporations or organised groups for the purpose of generating huge profits.

  • Can we make our justice system disabled-friendly?

    Sudeep Das, a visually impaired law graduate from the University of Chittagong, recently filed a writ petition seeking the Apex Court ruling to allow him to participate in the thirteenth Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission (hereinafter BJSC) examination with the aid of a writing assistant.

  • Legal approaches to curb air pollution

    The air quality of Dhaka has been “unhealthy” and “extremely unhealthy” for an increased duration in recent years, says an analysis of Air Quality Index data, monitored by the Department of Environment under its Clean Air and Sustainable Environment (CASE) project.

  • Rohingya crisis: An effective playmaker in the reserved bench

    Rohingya refugees are hitting Bangladesh hard. International support for a strong measure against the recalcitrant Myanmar seems a far cry.

  • Twelve years of Judicial Magistracy

    As per Article 22 of the Constitution and the twelve-point directive of the Masder Hossain case, the responsibility of judicial magistracy was entrusted upon the Judiciary on November 1, 2007 with a view to ensuring its separation from the Executive.

  • The legality of Shakib’s ban

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) on October 29, 2019, banned Shakib Al Hasan from all levels of cricket for two years.

  • Education and inclusion should be human rights priorities

    On November 1, the newly elected General Assembly President, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande recalled the responsibility of the States to actualise their vision of a better world. He further added, “we can only ensure peace and development if human rights are upheld”.

  • SED Foundation organises Environmental Autumn School

    1st Environmental Autumn School, 2019 (EAS) on ‘Climate Change & Refugee’ was a six day residential program organised by Strategy for Environmental Development Foundation (SED).

  • Protection of the identity of victims in judgements

    Provisions designed for the protection of the identity of victims of crimes and witnesses in one form or another can be gleaned in many legal systems of today.

  • HRSS reaches its 20th year

    Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) conducted its 20th Human Rights Summer School (HRSS) from 10th to 21st October, 2019.

  • Precedents to be used to avoid the misuse of the Artha Rin Adalat Ain

    The Artha Rin Adalat Ain, 2003 (Money Loan Court Act, 2003) is the primary legal instrument dealing with bank and non-bank financial institutions’ (NBFI) loan defaulters, which prescribes mechanisms for the banks and financial institutions (FIs) to get reimbursed.

  • On laws relating to alcohol consumption

    Currently the Government of Bangladesh has been very strict in controlling the consumption of alcohol. So, I was wondering as to what extent alcohol consumption is permissible under Bangladeshi law.

  • UAP holds freshers’ reception of UMSAILS LLM Program

    The freshers’ reception and orientation program of the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (UMSAILS) LLM program...

  • The outcome of any UPR or treaty body review should be placed before the parliament for deliberation and policy guidance

    UPR may be described as an interactive dialogue about human rights situation between the state under review and other UN Member States. It entails immense importance in the present context. For instance, although it is said that human rights are universal, in practice states have a tendency to view their respective human rights situations as domestic matters.

  • Is there a human right to water?

    Although water is an essential element for human survival, access to water was not recognised as a human right when most fundamental rights were adopted under the International Bill of Human Rights. The reason behind this might be that none had predicted that a time would come when water would become insufficient for the masses.

  • Institutional barriers in accessing civil justice system

    Goal 16 of the SDGs pledges ‘ensuring access to justice for all’ as a target to be achieved. The term ‘all’ signifies everyone irrespective of their race, sex, color, language, religion, wealth, etc. In this article, I will not take a holistic approach to access to justice, but attempt to explore the likely institutional barriers that cause obstacles for the poverty ridden people in starting judicial proceedings before any civil court.

  • The chronicle of gambling law: A legal analysis

    Of so many queries that the recent drive against the casino by the law enforcing agencies put before the citizen of the courtly, one that comes out on top and perplexes us the most is – ‘are running and playing casino legal in Bangladesh?’.