Ode to BDLR: Advancing ‘awesome activism’ throughout the nation

by  Kawsar Mahmood

 

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BDLR Logo in Bangladesh Green

 “Our Vision is very clear, Mission is explicitly defined and Fashion, way of work, is well designed. Still, as it is a new national law review that seems deviant and feels extraordinary, let us justify our endeavor to glorify the very purposes of law review.”

‘Law Review’ is a customary expression of law journal edited, published and managed by students from law schools. But, while making an extreme-exception is the general-disposition of creative legal mind, we, a group of young law professionals in Bangladesh pull us together to thrive on academic research with this surname.  In such a deviation, our action is audacious. Hence, we set March – the same month in which our brave national heroes started showing extreme audacity in 1971 – to unveil our official website.

The founders, composed BDLR’s ‘editorial clan’, are of mainly proficient legal professionals; but, we believe ourselves life-time law learner. Our major contributions are expected from law students and larger readership is based on different law schools from all over the country. Therefore, we cannot avoid the popular appellation ‘Law Review’ as we entitled BANGLADESH LAW REVIEW. It supposedly deviates from convention but strongly signifies the conformity to the very purposes of any and every law review!

Name any popular law school – Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Stanford, and Chicago – and you hardly find any of them without any associated, sometimes affiliated too, law review or journal equally popular and reputed as the very law school are. Dhaka Law Review (DHLR) – the initiators deserve a big credit for their challenging drive – takes honor to be the first law review in Bangladesh exclusively run by students from Dhaka University.

Moving forward, this time, BDLR is going to be circulated throughout the nation and involving both professionals and students – probably the first of its kind in entire law review history.

“Better utility is a legitimate ground for breach of custom.
When the necessity begins to evolve, it is very natural not to coincide with old practice that doesn’t spill over into transgressing law.”

To let the history speak truth, we want to take the privilege to mention here that the concept of BDLR is basically masterminded by an auspicious professional from justice-sector of Bangladesh whose jurisdictive experience and research activism of years helped him understand the rudimentary flaws of our legal education and practice. He realized the demand of developing a common platform for the performance of legal scholarships irrespective of professional strata and educational orientations. As his research oriented attitude got popularity among many other legal minds, he could easily transmit his ideas to the others who themselves are already involved in many national dailies. Soon this state-of-the-art idea was shared with a number of law and justice sector professionals and young academics of various law schools of the land it was instantly accepted.

 

Now, shouldering the responsibility of advancing all the common goals, together we venture with other young law professionals to be committed to ameliorate the paradigm of legal scholarship and legal expression in Bangladesh with BDLR’s pages.

Coming to alive, this new online law journal is offering a flexible outlet for recent graduates and students to publish original article and idea, commentary, essay, note, news and debate on timely legal topics. Eminent jurists and recognized authors are also to be invited to discourse on jurisprudential philosophy and principles.

It is an axiomatic fact that our students seldom give much focus on research and publication, which is a sheer necessity for unfolding a fulfilling legal career. Moreover, our mainstream law journals are mainly focusing on receiving submissions from awarded authors. As our promising professionals and recent graduates are completely underestimated in contributing legal scholarship, they can’t be a part of national legal development and policy reform.

We, therefore promise to facilitate research advancement with all inclusive plans and features that a full-fledged online law journal may envisage: publication would always be our prime concern, public lecture, seminar and symposium would be arranged too.

We acknowledge that popularization of research may be a daunting task but an easily accessible platform for publication is to be ensured. No doubt can be cast on our commitment to experience BDLR’s prosperity with the passage of time. Through awesomeness in our self-righteous legal and juridical activism, let us pursue the absolute human development, integral security and justice. Be fervent on BDLR’s activism and keep your finger crossed!!

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Kawsar Mahmood
Kawsar Mahmood has just started his career as ‘Legal Executive’ . Earlier in student life he served Chittagong University Debating Society as its president in 2014. He flew into Chennai, India to participate in “Worlds Universities Debating Championship” in 2013. Power of persuasive presentation and interpretation of law gave him Best Advocate Award in BLAST-UK AID Inter-Varsity Mooting Championship. Along with bachelor, he holds a Diploma in Economic, Social and Development Rights from Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal. Currently he is, voluntarily, working as ‘Executive Editor' of Bangladesh Law Review. He can be reached at cukawsar@gmail.com
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Kawsar Mahmood has just started his career as ‘Legal Executive’ . Earlier in student life he served Chittagong University Debating Society as its president in 2014. He flew into Chennai, India to participate in “Worlds Universities Debating Championship” in 2013. Power of persuasive presentation and interpretation of law gave him Best Advocate Award in BLAST-UK AID Inter-Varsity Mooting Championship. Along with bachelor, he holds a Diploma in Economic, Social and Development Rights from Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal. Currently he is, voluntarily, working as ‘Executive Editor' of Bangladesh Law Review. He can be reached at cukawsar@gmail.com

  • Naurin Aktar Kankon

    Ode to BDLR and BDLR Clan for this awesome activism. Potentially it will impact the discourse of juridic insights and legal research in the contemporaneous legal regime, I reckon. We want a grand march ahead for this Law Review, first of it’s genre in this land.

    • jurisreader

      Finger Crossed for BDLR and BDLR editorial team, the BDLR Clan.