Creating awareness among students about Alternative Dispute Resolution practices emphasised

Speakers at a seminar on Arbitration and Mediation as Dispute Resolution Methods held on 2 October 2019 at the Faculty of Law of the Northern University Bangladesh (NUB), in the city emphasised the need of creating awareness among Law students about the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods in the backdrop of the existing dilatory process in the court system for resolving commercial disputes. The seminar was jointly organised by BIAC and Northern University Bangladesh (NUB) which was participated by Members of the Faculty of Law and Honours and Master’s level students of Law of NUB. Speaking on the occasion as Guest of Honour, Vice Chancellor of Northern University Bangladesh Professor Dr. Anwar Hossain said that the concept of ADR once translated into motivation and action by students of Law who will be future legal practitioners, would definitely help dispose the huge bulk of cases pending for long in our civil courts. He also said that NUB would like to develop future meaningful relationship with BIAC to proceed with ADR as the western world does.

In his Keynote presentation Mr. Shahariar Sadat, Programme Head, Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, BRAC explained the usefulness of studying ADR by Law students. Citing success stories of Arbitration and Mediation, he underlined the importance of adhering to the norms and practices of ADR in order to combat backlog in courts. Dean, Faculty of Law, NUB Professor Abu Zayed Mohammad in his concluding remarks opined that ADR can raise the credibility of the legal profession and can save both time and money in disposing of commercial disputes. He lauded BIAC’s role in its efforts to establish an institutional framework of ADR. He said that NUB would build more functional and collaborative relationship with BIAC so that students of NUB can be benefitted by the programmes of BIAC. Mr. M A Akmall Azad, Director, BIAC also spoke on the occasion and praised policy makers’ appreciation for the need of ADR and mentioned about updating concerned laws by the Government. He said that pioneering ADR by teaching and promoting its methods at learners’ level at universities would encourage a culture where litigation would not be preferred or promoted, which would rather change the mindset of the legal professionals and academicians from the very outset of their career. Mr. Md. Gaziur Rahman, Head, Department of Law, NUB in his speech narrated the background of ADR in Bangladesh and explained how it can be integrated with the legal system for speedy disposal of business disputes and overall economic development of the country. Ms. Rubaiya Ehsan Karishma, Counsel, BIAC gave a presentation on BIAC’s activities over the last 8 years and its recent achievements. She also urged upon students and Members of the Faculty of NUB to become Members of BIAC for acquaintance with ADR and having benefits of BIAC’s facilities.