Assistant Professor
Department of Law
Faculty of Law
Short Biography:

I am a socio legal analyst. My areas of research interest include law and society, sociolegal studies, colonial legal history, human rights and religion. I completed LLM from Harvard Law School in 2015. I was fellow at the Swedish Institute in 2013-2014, and received a Diploma in Human Rights, Democracy and Social Networking. I won the 2017 UGC Gold Medal for comparative field research on Clinical Legal Education in Bangladesh and SouthAfrica.

Degree Name Group/Major Subject Board/Institute Country Passing Year
Masters Law Harvard Law School United States 2015
Post Graduate Diploma Human Rights and Democracy Swedish Institute Sweden 2013
Masters Law University of Dhaka Bangladesh 2012
Post Graduate Diploma French University of Dhaka Bangladesh 2011
Bachelor Law University of Dhaka Bangladesh 2011
Award Type Award Title Year Country Description
National EMK Center Small Grants 2019 Bangladesh

Award of 400000 BDT for conducting human rights fact finding simulation project on Trans community and the Harijan community in Dhaka city

Local CALS Research Grant, Centre for Advanced Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka 2019 Bangladesh

A grant of 50,000 BDT for conducting research on the impact of river erosion on domestic violence and other forms of GBV in coastal Bangladesh. Jointly received award with Dr. Nahid Rezwana, Department of Geography, University of Dhaka.

National UGC Gold Medal 2017 Bangladesh
International Harvard Law School Summer Fellowship 2015 United States

Fellowship to study colonial legacy of legislative drafting under Historian Professor Samuel Moyn, currently the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University.

National NHRC Research Grant 2014 Bangladesh

Research grant to study the Eductaion policies affecting the right to education in Bangladesh. Jointly received with Muhammad Rezaur Rahman.

Research Interest
Subject Description
Areas of interest:

Law and Society studies, Cultural rights (International Human Rights law), Identity politics, Feminist theory of Law, Family Law, Islamic Law

Human Rights, Cultural Rights, Colonial Legal History, Gender, Clinical Legal Education, Religion
Project/Research Supervision
Level of Study Title Supervisor Co-Supervisor(s) Name of Student(s) Area of Research Current Completion
Other Simulation project for Integrating Youth through Community Engagement (SPIYCE) Self Muhammad Rezaur Rahman 24 Students from various Bangladeshi Universities

Project/Research Work
Subject Project Name Source of Fund From Date To Date Collaboration
No project/research work is found
Invited Talk
SL Invited Talk

I was the Key Note Speaker at the Seminar on Instilling Human Rights Education in the Ethos of Bangladesh Police: A Way Forward for Bangabandhu's People Friendly Police at the Police Staff College, bangladesh in December 2020.


Speaker, TEDxNorthSouthUniversity, Dhaka 2017

The title of the talk was Inclusive solution for the society:

KolpoKoushol is about promoting interdisciplinary ideas and projects related to it. It is a platform for students and alumni of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to engage with the young minds of Bangladesh to inspire, develop and deploy new ideas and possibilities. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Title Organization Location From Date To Date Description
Certified as a Grade B Mediator Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation IIAM Kochi, India 05-08-2021
Legal Analyst (Bangladesh) iProbono (UK) Dhaka 15-05-2018
Consultant International organization for Migration IOM Dhaka 01-09-2017 30-11-2018
Human Rights Protection officer Relief International Bangladesh Dhaka 15-08-2015 15-10-2015
c ase officer Greater Boston Legal Services, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic Boston 01-02-2015 28-05-2015
Editor Harvard Human Rights Journal Cambridge, MA, USA 01-01-2015 31-03-2015
Book Section
Arpeeta Shams Mizan "Is Domestic Violence only Battery?." Street Law and Public Legal Education: A Collection of Best Practices from around the world in honour of Ed O’ Brien. David McQuid-Mason JUTA, 2019 .
Journal Article
Arpeeta Shams Mizan : Invisible to the Law: COVID-19 and the legal consciousness of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh, Journal of Disability and the Global South, vol.8, no.1 pp.1892-1909, 2021 .
Arpeeta Shams Mizan, Sayeed Hossain Sarwar and Muhammad Rezaur Rahman : Challenges of Taking Human Rights Fact Finding Lessons Out of Classrooms: Lessons from Bangladesh, Journal of Indian Law and Society, vol.10, 2020 .
Arpeeta Shams Mizan and Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed : Silencing the Minority through Domination in Social Media Platform: Impact on the Pluralistic Bangladeshi Society, Human Rights in Digital Age (ELCOP Journal of Human Rights), 2018 .
Arpeeta Shams Mizan : 4. Continuing the Colonial Legacy in the Legislative Drafting in Bangladesh: Impact on the Legal Consciousness and the Rule of Law and Human Rights, International Journal of Legislative Drafting and Law Reform, vol.5, no.1 2017 .