By Sakhawat Sejan
The Faculty of Law, University of Chittagong arranged the 2nd A.k. Khan Memorial Law lecture at the faculty on May 15, 2017. The lecture was graced with the presence of the living legends of law arena including Professor Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon, an acclaimed scholar of law from India, Professor Dr. Shah Alam, founding Chairman of Department of Law, Chittagong University and a current member of the Law Commission of Bangladesh and Professor Dr. Mizanur Rahman, former Chairman of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission. Furthermore, Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor of Chittagong University was present as the chief guest while Professor Shireen Akhter, Pro-vice Chancellor of Chittagong University was the special guest of the program.
The lecture by Professor Menon was focused on the topic of the ‘Rule Of Law and Social Justice: The Case For Restructuring Legal Education’. Professor Menon approached towards the issue with excellent analysis of the distinct features of rule of law and social justice with clarifying how the concept emerged and evolved, and how it assisted the society for wiping out itself from the ‘state of nature’ and insisted in the subjugation of the concept in eradicating arbitrariness. The students were directed to earn a good governance over law, implementation and improvisation of these in the society to establish social justice. The guests highlighted that law itself is a multidisciplinary subject, and law students should study law along with the other subjects related to sociology. With an urge towards the students to brace themselves for establishing justice and equality rather than only concentrating on money, the speakers ignited the young legal minds to get prepared for making changes in the legal education system of Bangladesh. The Lecture program was chaired by Professor A.B.M Abu Noman, Dean, Faculty of Law, Chittagong University who ended the program with a vote of thanks.
Sakhawat Sejan is a student of Department of Law, University of Chittagong and a contributor at the FutureLaw Initiative. Connect through [email protected].