Dr. Mizan wins “Best Law Teacher in SAARC Region
Dhaka University Law Professor Dr. Mizanur Rahman has been awarded the coveted "Professor N.R. Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher Award, 2010". This is considered to be the best law teacher award in the SAARC region. Dr. Mizanur Rahman is the exponent of the concept of Human Rights Summer School in Bangladesh which has gained international character over the last ten years. Professor Rahman is an ardent advocate of pro-poor lawyering which he terms as 'rebellious lawyering'. Named after legendary Prof. N.R. Madhava Menon who made a revolution in the legal education in India, the award is given jointly by the Society of Indian Law Firms and the Menon Institute of Legal Advoacacy to teachers who have contributed substantially to the development of legal education in the SAARC region. The Jury Board headed by Mr. Justice J.S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India selected Dr. Mizan for this prestigious awarad. In addition to the citation and a plaque of honour the award carries one Lakh rupees. The Awardee is to be one of the keynote speakers at the special seminar on "Ethical Lawyering: Role of Law Schools" to be held on 4 September 2010 in Delhi.
It may be added that Dr. Mizan's teaching style and charisma has been a "role model" for the entire legal fraternity in home and abroad. Pioneer in introduction of Clinical Legal Education and Street Law in Bangladesh he is acclaimed as one of the Best Human Rights educationists in the country by lawyers, judges, law teachers and students. Ten years ago Dr. Mizan, who believes in social transformation through rule of law and democracy mobilized a group of teachers and students for a Summer School to look at the status of human rights in the country and to explore how it can be improved even in adverse circumstances. Today the initiative has assumed the dimensions of a movement for civil liberties and good governance involving several hundred law students, teachers, activists and legal practitioners spread over several countries in South Asia. It is now being reckoned as a unique academic endeavour in public service in the cause of liberal democracy and rule of law besides being an instrument for strengthening human rights awareness in society.