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About LCLS (S) Publishing:

Since its inception in 2004, LCLS-South is committed to contributing to the legal studies environment offering international undergraduate and graduate degree programmes, vocational and clinical legal education and training as well as subject-focused certification and short courses for students, practitioners, activists and the academia. LCLS-S also places a particular emphasis on the need for and significance of promoting and engaging in research, networking and scholarly publication on demanding issues of contemporary relevance. This book is an effort to carry forward these visionary objectives.

A Compilation of Reflective Essays:

In the backdrop of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted all segments of life worldwide, including the inevitable ramifications in the access to justice and dispute settlement atmosphere, this anthological compilation incudes six reflective essays authored by reputed academics, practitioners and scholars in the legal field in Bangladesh. The book begins with a detailed insight into the challenges and opportunities of using alternative tools, methods and approaches for dispute resolution, ADR-ODR in particular, in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. The second chapter then assesses the scope and limitations of commercial mediation in Bangladesh by undertaking a comparative analysis of Bangladesh’s approaches and practices in this regard vis-à-vis the global community. The third chapter covers an extended study on the root causes of the enormous backlog of cases in Bangladesh and the measures that can be taken to ensure justice by reducing the number of cases within the shortest period of time. The author of the fourth chapter has sought to determine the status of Shari’ah as the applicable law for the settlement of international commercial disputes through reviewing a number of landmark cases from the United States and the United Kingdom. The fifth chapter sheds light on the alarming rise in Bangladesh in violence against women and children during the COVID-19 crisis and how the proliferated lack of access to justice has played a crucial role in this regard. The final chapter six presents a thought-provoking discussion on the issue of whether ADR should be considered as a substitute for the formal system for all legal issues and disputes while addressing the challenges and possibilities of using virtual hearing technologies and remote dispute settlement platforms during the pandemic and beyond.

Author Profiles

Dr. MD Parvez Sattar
Dr A.B.M. Mahmudul Hoque
Shahariar Sadat

Professor M. Nazmuzzaman Bhuian
Professor Dr Muhammad Anowar Zahid
Rifat Rahman

Mr. Nuran Choudhury
Dr. Assaduzzaman Khan