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SAILS holds round-table on International Law

The South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS) and the International Law Association Bangladesh Branch (ILABB) jointly organised a roundtable on 'International Law Issues and Bangladesh' on March 19 at BRAC Centre Inn for the visiting students and faculties of International Law and Organisations Programme (ILAW) from the Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

There were thematic presentations on international relations, international human rights and humanitarian law, climate change and war crimes and crimes against humanity issues in the context of Bangladesh.

Professor Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University, Professor Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor Borhan Uddin Khan and Professor Asif Nazrul from the University of Dhaka, Dr Tureen Afroz of BRAC University and Dr Sharif Bhuiyan, Partner at Dr Kamal Hossain and Associates and Honorary Director of SAILS were the designated discussants.

Eminent Jurist and Chairperson of SAILS and ILABB, Dr Kamal Hossain chaired the programme. He said that the success of international law depends on the collaborative approaches and practices by different states. He underscored the need for consensuses among states for the realisation of individuals' rights under international law.

Acclaiming the recent victory of Bangladesh over Myanmar on maritime disputes, Dr Hossain termed it as a contribution and success of international law.

Amongst others, Professor M Shah Alam, Chairman (Acting), Law Commission of Bangladesh, Professor Ruth Wedgwood, Director, ILAW and President of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and Tiffany Basciano, Associate Director of the ILAW Programme at Johns Hopkins University participated in the discussion.

Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Former Vice Chancellor of BRAC University and currently on the Governing Council of SAILS, was also present.

There were 12 students and four Faculty Members in the visiting group. Apart from the visiting group, 25 academics and students from Bangladesh have participated in the programme. The Johns Hopkins team also visited the School of Law at BRAC University, Liberation War Museum and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) on March 19.

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