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By Ali Mashraf

Operating in 26 different countries and expanding across six continents of the globe, the Network for International Law Students (NILS) is an international, independent, non-political and non-profit organization that contributes to the arena of legal education by hosting various competitions, workshops, seminars, conferences, webinars, residential school programs, delegation programs, legal aid activities and miscellaneous educational activities.

The Bangladesh Chapter of NILS has been successfully carrying out the operations of NILS in the country for quite a while now. On November 24, 2017, NILS Bangladesh hosted the Workshop on Legal Research and Advocacy Skills in collaboration with Department of Law, East West University (EWU). Law students from 25 different universities of Bangladesh spontaneously participated in the workshop.

During her inaugural speech, Ms. Nasrin Sultana, President, NILS Bangladesh welcomed everyone to the workshop and highlighted the past activities of NILS as well as its aims and objectives. She mentioned the tremendous growth that NILS has experienced in the past three years and noted that in an age of globalization, it is essential to network with law students beyond borders.

Afterwards, Barrister Sohan Khan from Accord Chambers addressed the students and appreciated their enthusiasm for their quest for knowledge. He urged the students to go beyond textbooks and acquire real-life skills that would not only boost their CVs and enable them to attract potential employers, but also assist them in building a diverse network which would accentuate their progress in their respective careers.

Following the inauguration ceremony, two sessions of the workshop were held. The first session was conducted by Mr. Md. Pizuar Hossain, Lecturer, Department of Law, EWU on ‘Introduction to Legal Research and Methodology’ while the latter session was conducted by Mr. Tahsin Khan, Lecturer, Department of Law & Justice, Southeast University on ‘The Art of Mooting and Memorial Writing’. Both the facilitators spoke at length regarding legal research and its methodology, drafting of memorials and preparing for oral submissions before the judges and answered questions from the participants regarding the said issues.

The final session was facilitated by Professor Dr. Tureen Afroz, Chairperson, Department of Law, EWU on ‘The Art of Advocacy’. She intricately discussed the technical know-hows of being an advocate and underlined the basic court etiquettes required to be followed by the lawyers. She ended her presentation by urging the students to never stop learning and sharing the knowledge with their peers.

A closing ceremony took place at the end of the workshop. Dr. Fouzia Mannan, Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences chaired the ceremony. In her speech, Dr. Mannan advised the students to be honest, responsible and committed in the arena of legal profession and thanked everyone for such a lively workshop.

Ali Mashraf from University of Dhaka and Esrat Jahan from East West University jointly won the Best Performer award. The program ended after certificates were handed out to all the participants.