Profile of Dr. Jamila A. Chowdhury

Profile of Dr. Jamila A. Chowdhury

Dr. Jamila A. Chowdhury
Professor
Department of Law
Faculty of Law
Email: jamilachowdhury@du.ac.bd
Phone: cell: 01718147837, 880-2-9661900,
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Short Biography:

Dr Jamila A. Chowdhury is a Professor of Law at the Department of Law, University of Dhaka, with more than 15 years of legal research and teaching experience at the tertiary level. She holds a PhD in dispute resolution from the University of Sydney, Australia. Her PhD thesis on ‘women’s access to justice through mediation’ is available for viewing at the ‘Rare and Special Collection’ of the Fisher Library, the University of Sydney, Australia. She authored five research books and more than twenty research articles in different national and international journals. Amongst her research publication, Gender power and mediation: Evaluative Mediation to Challenge the Power of Social Discourses (UK) deserve a special mention as it accumulates the most significant findings of her PhD. Her research acumen was further acknowledged nationally by the University Grants Commission Award (UGC) twice in 2005 and 2012; and internationally through Australia Day Award (for the excellence of research on women empowerment) by Australian National Women Council, NSW, Australia. Considering her outstanding academic calibre, she was awarded JICA-JDS Fellowship 2002-04, UNESCO Fellowship 2005, and UGC-UNICEF Fellowship 2020. She achieved the Prime Minister award for the excellent result at the HSC level. Her outstanding performance was also imaged at her 4-years LL.B (Hons.) level, when she received the Attorney Alamgir Gold Medal for securing 1st class 1st position from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her passion for working with vulnerable has cemented her determination to pursue her drives for them.

Degree Name Group/Major Subject Board/Institute Country Passing Year
Post Graduate Diploma Adult and Tertiary Education WINTEC New Zealand 2017
Ph.D. Dispute Resolution University of Sydney Australia 2011
Masters Law Niigata University Japan 2004
Bachelor Law University of Dhaka Bangladesh 1999
Award Type Award Title Year Country Description
National UGC-UNICEF C4D Research Fellowship 2020 Bangladesh

This fellowship is the first-ever UGC-UNICEF joint research fellowship awarded to three public university teachers of Bangladesh under an open call to research on "Communication for Development".

National UGC Award 2012 (UGC Gold Medal) 2012 Bangladesh

Each year, in the ‘Research Book’ category, one book is nominated under an open call to all public and private university teachers holding a permanent position in their respective institutions.

International Australia Day Award 2008 Australia

The selection process is undertaken by the participating university faculty, subject to final approval by the Sponsor and the NCW NSW Awards Committee of 1840.

International University of Sydney International Research Scholarship 2008 Australia

The 3.5-year research scholarship was provided for pursuing PhD in Dispute Resolution under the Emeritus Professor Hilary Astor, the former commissioner of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission.

National UGC Award 2005 (UGC Gold Medal) 2005 Bangladesh

Each year, in the ‘Research Book’ category, one book is nominated under an open call to all public and private university teachers holding a permanent position in their respective institutions.

International UNESCO/Suzanne Mubarak/Japan-Egypt Friendship Research Fellowships for the Empowerment of Women in Peace a 2005 Egypt

The fellowship was awarded to commemorate the inauguration of rebuilt Bibliotheca Alexandria, once the world's biggest library. This facility is now a part of UNESCO world heritage.

International Japan Development Scholarship (JDS) 2002 Japan

This JICA-JDS fellowship was introduced in 2002 for fellows to conduct two year Masters in various universities of Japan. Courses are taught entirely in English with one year of research in the 2nd year.

Research Interest
Subject Description
ADR Curriculum Development

Under the socio-economic and cultural context of Bangladesh in one hand and a huge backlog of cases in formal courts the need for an integrated ADR course in Law Schools and training for diverged professionals on the application of ADR in their respective fields can not be emphasized more. See, ADR in Legal Curriculum: A Daunting Progress towards a Pressing Need inBangladesh,18(1) Korea University Law Review; See also, Accrediting divergent professionals in ADR: How a shift from pedagogy to andragogy can make a difference? Dhaka University Studies Part F,Vol.27(2).

Access to Justice and ADR

My research on Access to Justice involves physical barriers, including cost and time (delay). Other related issues are access to legal aid; See, Legal Aid and Women’s Access to Justice in Bangladesh: A Drizzling in the Desert, 1(3) International Research Journal of Social Sciences.

International Dispute Resolution

This research area is a relatively new area of exploration involving International Commercial Arbitration and International Peace Mediation; See, Lockdown And Restricted Movement Under Covid-19: Where Lies The Opportunities Of Institutional Arbitration During The Pandemic?, Celebrating the First 9 Years: Impact of BIAC on Institutional ADR in Bangladesh, Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre, Dhaka 2020 pp. 13-15.

Gender Justice

This stream involves applying 'Feminist Legal Research Methodology' to shed light on existing legal practices that seem pro-women, yet may have some serious negative consequence to fair access to justice for women. See my recent publication, A Gentle Breeze on the Wheels of Fair Justice for Women in Bangladesh: An Empirical Evaluation of Family Courts’ Mediation Underpinning Rawls’ Theory of Justice, Dhaka University Studies Part F, Vol.31; See also, ADR in Criminal Cases and Decriminalization of Violence: A Gender Perspective, Indian Journal of Law and Justice,Vol.7 (2).

Human Rights

This area constitutes my primary stream of writing, though not much explored in my specialized research areas.

Human Trafficking

This stream involves my sporadic research interest in human trafficking. See, one of my most read papers, Human Trafficking - A New Form of Slave Trade in Bangladesh, FOCUS Asia Pacific Human Right Center, Osaka, Japan; Vol. 37, November.2004.

Project/Research Supervision
Level of Study Title Supervisor Co-Supervisor(s) Name of Student(s) Area of Research Current Completion
Masters Inter-State Dispute Resolution Through Negotiation and Conciliation: A Review of International Human Rights Instruments Dr Jamila A Chowdhury None

ADR under International Human Rights Instruments

Masters Insertion of Legal Aid Officers as Mediators under the CPC (Amendment) Act 2017: Expectations and Realities Dr Jamila A Chowdhury None Afrida Noshin; Md. Yunus Ali

Access to Justice, ADR and Legal Aid

Ph.D. Mediation under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908: Legal and Institutional Reforms Dr Jamila A Chowdhury None Ifat Mubina Eusuf

Effectiveness of mediation in civil courts

Current Year
Ph.D. Effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Recovery of Non-Performing Loans under Artha Rin Adalat: A Study on Nationalized Commercial Banks in Bangladesh Dr Jamila A Chowdhury None Aminul Islam

Effectiveness of ADR in the recovery of Non-Performing Loans

Project/Research Work
Subject Project Name Source of Fund From Date To Date Collaboration
Communication for Development Women Empowerment through Legal Awareness: Harnessing the Normative Leverage of Law to Promote Empowerment through Economic Participation UNICEF 01-04-2020 28-02-2021
Invited Talk
SL Invited Talk
1

Foreign Deligate. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Turkey, Participated as a Foreign Delegate in the ‘3rd OIC. Member States Conference on Mediation’, Conrad Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey, November 01, 2019.

2

Foreign Deligate, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Turkey, ‘International Peace Mediation: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead ‘, Participated as a Foreign Delegate in the 6th‘Istanbul Mediation Conference’, Conrad Hotel, Istanbul Turkey, October 31, 2019.

3

Faculty of Legal Studies, SOA National Institute of Law, ‘Key Note’ presented in the International Seminar on Legal Interpretations of Professional Misconduct in India: A Multidisciplinary Approach, November 23, 2019.

4

Facilitated a Session on “Revisiting the Methods of Evaluation of Students Performance” for the faculty members of Department of Law and Human Rights, University of Asia Pacific under the Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC); September 23, 2018.

5

Panel Discussant, Webinar on Ad hoc vs Institutional ADR, Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre, 31 August 2020.

SL Collaboration & Membership Name Type Membership Year Membership Expire Year
1 Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, UK 2018
2 Member, Part F Editorial Board 2019
3 Member, Sexual Harassment Committee. University of Dhaka 2020
Title Organization Location From Date To Date Description
Coordinator, 1st Year LLB University of Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh 15-02-2020 Currently Working
Professor Department of Law, University of Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh 15-10-2018 Currently Working
Associate Professor Department of Law, University of Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh 15-05-2014 15-09-2018
Assistant Professor Department of Law, University of Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh 15-07-2011 15-05-2014
Lecturer Department of Law, University of Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh 15-09-2006 15-07-2011
Lecturer, School of Law Bangladesh Open University Gazipur, Bangladesh 15-09-2005 15-09-2006
Lecturer, Department of Law Prime University Dhaka, Bangladesh 15-03-2005 15-05-2005
Book
1
Jamila A Chowdhury and None (Self authored) Mediation to enhance gender justice in Bangladesh: Navigating wisdom in Asia and the Pacific. Dhaka: London College of Legal Studies (LCLS), 2018 .
2
Jamila A Chowdhury and None (Self authored) ADR Theories and Practices: A Glimpse on Access to Justice and ADR in Bangladesh, 1st Edition. Dhaka, Bangladesh: London College of Legal Studies (LCLS), 2013 .
3
Jamila A Chowdhury and None (Self authored) Gender Power and Mediation: Evaluative Mediation to Challenge the Power of Social Discourses. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 .
4
Jamila A Chowdhury and Dr. M. Shokry Eldakak (Former Justice and Chairman of the High Court of Appeal, Alexandria, Egypt) Women’s Access to Justice in Bangladesh through ADR in Family Disputes: Present Limitations and Remedial Measures with Some Lessons from Egypt. Mansoura, Egypt: Modern Bookshop, 2005 .
Journal Article
1
Jamila A Chowdhury and Nushera Tazrin Darin : Judicial Possibilities of ADR through ‘Plea Bargaining’ of Compoundable Offences: Potentials and Perils under the Current Socio-Legal Context of Bangladesh, University of Asia Pacific Journal of Law and Policy, vol.4&5, no.1 pp.1-18, 2020 .
2
Jamila A Chowdhury and None (Self authored) : A Gentle Breeze on the Wheels of Fair Justice for Women in Bangladesh: An Empirical Evaluation of Family Courts’ Mediation Underpinning Rawls’ Theory of Justice, Dhaka University Studies (Part F), vol.31, 2020 .
3
Jamila A Chowdhury and Ifat Mubina Eusuf : Women’s Empowerment in the Justice Delivery System of Bangladesh: Social milieus and women’s sluggish progression in Bar and Bench, Kanagawa Law Review, vol.51, no.3 pp.57-94, 2019 .
4
Jamila A Chowdhury and none (self authored) : Accrediting divergent professionals in ADR: How a shift from pedagogy to andragogy can make a difference?, Dhaka University Studies (Part F), vol.27, no.2 pp.15-32, 2018 .
5
Jamila A Chowdhury and Aminul Islam : Divergence in NPL Recovery of Public Banks vs. Private Banks in Bangladesh: Could ADR be an effective Tool to Improve the Parity?, Dhaka University Studies (Part F), vol.29, pp.87-104, 2018 .
6
Jamila A Chowdhury and None (self authored) : Gender Parity through Evaluative Mediation: Controlling Disparity under the Post-structural Notion of Power, Dhaka University Studies (Part F), vol.25, no.1 pp.31-52, 2017 .
7
Jamila A Chowdhury and None (self authored) : Three Waves of Access to Justice in Bangladesh: Call for a System Approach to Success, Dhaka University Studies (Part F), vol.26, no.1 pp.73-96, 2017 .
8
Jamila A Chowdhury and None (Self authored) : ADR in Criminal Cases and Decriminalization of Violence: A Gender Perspective, Indian Journal of Law and Justice, Indian Journal of Law and Justice, vol.7, no.2 pp.1-19, 2016 .
9
Jamila A Chowdhury and None (Self authored) : ADR in Legal Curriculum: A Daunting Progress towards a Pressing Need in Bangladesh, Korea University Law Review, vol.18, no.1 pp.3-13, 2015 .
10
Jamila A Chowdhury and None (Self authored) : Cultural Repercussion on Mediation: Exploring a Culturally Resonant Mediation Approach Germane to Asia, Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law, vol.42, no.1 pp.43-65, 2015 .
11
Jamila A Chowhdury and None (Self authored) : Paradox of Neutrality in Mediation: An analysis under High Power-Distance vs.Low Power Distance Cultural Dichotomy, Bangladesh Journal of Law, vol.15, no.1 & 2 pp.1-20, 2015 .