Oct 1, 2015
7:00pm - 8:30pm    |    Vanderbilt Hall 204, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

Join the Muslims Law Students’ Association, the South Asian Law Students’ Association, Law Students for Human Rights, and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice in conversation with Sara Hossain, a leading Bangladeshi human rights lawyer. Ms. Hossain will speak about her work on justice in south Asia, and its implications for gender equality. For more details on Ms. Hossain’s work, please see below.

This event will be moderated by Shreya Atrey, a Hauser Scholar at NYU Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. For more information about Ms. Atrey’s work, please see here.

About the speaker: Sara Hossain

M.A. (Hons) Jurisprudence, Wadham College, Oxford University, 1988

Sara Hossain is a leading human rights lawyer in Bangladesh. She is a barrister practicing in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh on constitutional, public interest, and family matters (including Muslim personal law). Significant judgments obtained on freedom from forced eviction w/o rehabilitation, habeas corpus, gender equality (women’s political participation in local government), freedom of association (of NGOs), voting rights and contempt of court.

She also serves pro bono as executive director of the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST, http://www.blast.org.bd), is on the executive committee of Ain o Salish Kendra (http://www.askbd.org/ask/), a leading human rights organization in Bangladesh, and is a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (http://www.icj.org/). Before this she headed the South Asia Programme at the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (Interights) and had been a founding Director and current Advisor of the South Asia Women’s Fund (http://www.sawf.info/index.php). She is the recipient of a number of human rights awards in recognition of her work to advance the protection of human rights. She is co- author and editor of a number of publications, including “‘Honour’: Crimes, Paradigms and Violence Against Women” (London: Zed Press, 2005) (author and co-editor with Lynn Welchman) and “Rights in Search of Remedies: Public Interest Litigation in South Asia” (Dhaka: University Press Limited, 1997) (co-editor with Shahdeen Malik and Bushra Musa).

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Law Students for Human Rights, South Asia Law Students’ Association, and Muslim Law Students’ Association. 



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