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By Ali Mashraf

The Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka organized the inaugural ceremony of the ‘1st Senior Advocate Ozair Farooq Memorial Law Conference 2018’ on September 16, 2018 at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building. The Honorable Chief Justice of Bangladesh, Mr. Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain graced the occasion as the chief guest while the Honorable Vice Chancellor of University of Dhaka, Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman chaired the program.

The Honorable Attorney General of Bangladesh, Senior Advocate Mr. Mahbubey Alam and the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Senior Advocate Mr. Zainul Abedin were also in attendance as the special guests. Professor Dr. Md. Rahmat Ullah, Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka delivered the welcome speech while Professor Dr. Md. Nazrul Islam, Acting Chairman of Department of Law, University of Dhaka delivered the vote of thanks at the event.

Professor Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Former Chairman, National Human Rights Commission also spoke at the inaugural ceremony. Numerous faculty members of various universities of Bangladesh, legal researchers and practitioners, academicians, law students etc were present at the program.

In their speeches, the distinguished guests lauded this initiative of the Faculty of Law and stressed upon the importance of such academic discourse in ushering a new era of research development in the legal arena of Bangladesh. The honorable Chief Justice, Mr. Syed Mahmud Hossain remarked that such a time-befitting initiative will certainly benefit the academia, bar and bench on pressing national and global legal issues. He also stated that the recommendations from this conference will help bring new reforms in our laws. He ended his speech by reminiscing late Senior Advocate M. Ozair Farooq and acknowledging his contributions to our legal system.

20 papers authored by faculty members from reputed universities of Bangladesh, researchers from national and international NGOs and legal practitioners from the Supreme Court of Bangladesh will be presented on September 17, the second day of the conference.