Welcome to the School of Law
Chittagong Independent University (CIU) School of Law (SOL) started its journey with a clear mission of contributing towards the transformation of Bangladesh state and society through improved legal education.The SOL is not interested in producing parrot lawyers' and 'literalistic judges' who are obsessed with reciting law books or statutes verbatim. Its motto is 'Learning by Serving'. Thus, the mission of CIU Law School goes beyond mere academic exercises. The school was established with a vision to produce law graduates who will not only serve the law and their clients with professionalism and integrity but also contribute to nation-building by pro bono lawyering and judicial activism. With this end in view, the Law School realizes that it is insufficient to simply master the "rules". Rather, SoL students are expected to learn what underlies these rules. They are, therefore, not only taught what law is, but also what the law ought to be. To accomplish this objective, the SoL has been working relentlessly in designing and redesigning its model of legal education. The curriculum of the SoL blends academic rigors of the classroom with real-life experience of contemporary society. The distinguished SoL faculty both from home and abroad, is composed of academics, judges and practicing lawyers who possess academic excellence, practical skills and superior ability. Here, students have the opportunity to learn in a collegial and cooperative learning process that facilitates students' learning of doctrinal knowledge and acquisition of practical skills. ClU School of Law is duty-bound to produce fair-minded judges, practicing lawyers, academics and dedicated leaders for public and private sectors. Finally, CIU School of Law will give its students a taste of the transformative approach to a complete legal education.
The Chittagong Independent University School of Law intends to prepare outstanding lawyers and legal trained professionals to serve their local, national, and global communities with excellence, integrity, and professionalism; and through its scholarship and service strives to contribute to the development of a more robust society. The School of Law envisions to be a center of excellence that advances knowledge in law through participatory learning and interdisciplinary inquiry. It seeks to promote the development of new knowledge by utilizing strengths and opportunities including promoting teamwork.
The School of Law (SOL) aims at imparting quality legal education as per the needs of the changing world. The SOL has a clear mission of making law students well equipped in both theoretical knowledge and practical skills so that they can enter the legal profession with a comprehensive understanding of law. Major goals of the School of Law are:
1. Ensuring justice for the people of Bangladesh and the world.
2. Making students successful in the legal profession while promoting excellence and opportunity.
3. Foster a scholarly community that promotes a passion for the pursuit of knowledge, the exchange of impactful ideas, innovative research, and transformative teaching.
4. Model and instill integrity and professional values.
5. Cultivate a diverse, inclusive, and civil community where everyone is valued and supported.
Global Standard Legal Education
Faculties with Foreign Degree with Specialization
Specialized Master of Laws (LLM) in Human Rights
Credit Transfer Facilities
Student Exchange Program with Foreign University
Courses taught by Judges and Faculty Members from Public Universities
Online Class Facilities with Foreign Faculty Members
Seminar or Webinar round the year
Students’ Court Visit
The School of Law Society for students
The Debating and Mooting Club for students
The Legal Training Institute for students opportunity to participate in the International Moating Competition
Legal position/jobs in the Ministry
Legal Advisory positions
Academic (University Teaching)
Bangladesh Civil Service
Bangladesh Military Service
Specialized Practitioner (Immigration, Corporate, Tax & VAT, Land & Real Estate etc)
Legal Executive in Regulatory Agencies
Legal Executive in International Organizations
Human Rights Activists
Researcher and Consultant (National and International)
Every day, lawyers and legal professionals make a real difference in people’s lives. Our society looks to the legal profession for leadership in working through many of the most difficult issues that we face: balancing values of liberty and privacy against the need for security, establishing equality against a history of discrimination, ensuring the fairness of markets and safeguarding our economy, protecting the environment in the face of climate change, preserving free expression and religious liberty.
Our goal at Chittagong Independent University (CIU) Law School is to prepare you not simply to manage the many roles that lawyers play but to fulfill the responsibilities that clients will entrust to you and that our society places on the profession. Our goal is to prepare you to overcome the challenges that you will face. To improve the lives of the clients you represent. To make our institutions stronger. To help our society find solutions that are effective and fair, smart and compassionate, principled yet practical. To excel.
The law is a service profession, and CIU Law is a service-oriented school. Our motto, “In the service of others,” is not a mere catchphrase; it is the guiding principle that will prepare you for a life of responsible legal practice.
CIU Law faculties will help you in your preparation to become a leader in the legal profession. Our faculties demand high standards—not simply diligence but also intellectual openness and integrity. They will help you see important connections between the practice of law and principles of justice and fairness.
Perhaps most important, the CIU community will support you throughout your time at CIU Law school and long after graduation. You will become an integral member of a large and loyal support system. You will become connected with CIU Law alumni who are involved in all aspects of the law, from government service to big business, litigation to arbitration, advocacy to legislation. You will benefit from that we call the Network Effect.
I invite you to check out more of our website to discover what you can do with a CIU Law education. Of course, the best way to learn more about us is to visit us in person. We’re in the heart of Chittagong just down the block from Jamal Khan Road. We’re eager to greet you and show you what kind of impact you can make with a CIU Law degree.
Ms. Nazneen Akter
School of Law, CIU
The School of Law, Chittagong Independent University is organizing an International Conference on “Human Rights and Business” on 19 February 2022 with a theme “Addressing the Emerging Coherence between Human Rights and Business”. In 21st century, one of the most significant changes in the human rights debate is the increased recognition of the link between business and human rights. Businesses are increasingly focused on the impact they have on individuals, communities and the environment. Harmonizing economic growth with the protection of human rights is one of the great challenges we face today. Corporate sectors are important actors in the international system as they are major source of investment, trade and employment. Growing evidences reveal that multinational corporations can even undermine the legitimate authority of the nation state and may have profound negative consequences upon social and economic structure of a state. Ongoing process of globalization carried by economic integration, free trade, technological innovation has fueled the possibility of rampant human rights violations by businesses. “Business agreements invariably affect the human rights of consumers, residents, workers, those in poverty and others, and on the ability of States to regulate and protect the human rights of their people. However, Business agreements are often negotiated without reference to their impact on the rights to health, education, food, work, and water,” according to a joint report from the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The purpose of human rights analysis in Business issues is to explore how “Business affects the enjoyment of human rights and how the promotion and protection of human rights can be placed among the objectives of Business reform.” In a recent panel during a World Business Organization (WTO) Public Forum, human rights and business experts debated ways in which human rights can be woven into the fabric of the international trading system, including the WTO Dispute Settlement and Business Policy Review Mechanisms. The panel sought to identify avenues for ensuring coherence and synergy between human rights and business. In theory, more business should increase economic welfare and protection of human rights should ensure individual dignity. Both fields of law protect certain freedoms: economic development should lead to higher human rights standards, and UN embargoes are used to secure compliance with human rights agreements. However, the interaction between business liberalisation and human rights protection is complex, and recently, tension has arisen between these two areas. In light of the above recent developments, School of Law, Chittagong Independent University would like to extend a platform to all researchers, practitioners and academicians to contribute through the upcoming International Conference. Early career scholars, PhD candidates, researchers, practitioners and academicians are encouraged to submit an Abstract (maximum 300 words) of their works to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 November, 2021. Selected abstracts will be notified by 15 December, 2021. Paper (5-6 pages / 2000-4000 words) for the Conference will be due by 15 January, 2022. Last date of payment for participation fee is 31 January 2022. The Conference will take place virtually on 19 February, 2022.
--- To provide a platform for intellectual from various fields and disciplines to discuss contemporary issues;
--- To enhance collaboration between academics and practitioners and researchers from various places to share experiences and knowledge;
--- To establish international networks among the participants from various disciplines.
Prof. Md. Zakir Hossain, Chittagong Independent University
Prof. Dr. Mir Mohammad Nurul Absar, Chittagong Independent University
Prof. Dr. Manzur Qader, Chittagong Independent University
Prof. Madya Dr. Rohana binti Abdur Rahman, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Yubaraj Sangroula, Kathmandu School of Law
Prof. Dr. Zahurul Haq, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Shahin Chowdhury, University of Chittagong
Submissions should relate to one of the conference-theme tracks:
(Any participant from Law and Business disciplines are invited to submit their papers on the following themes)
1. Human Rights
|Abstract Submission (300 words)
|30 November 2021
|Notification of the Acceptance of Abstract
|15 December 2021
|Full Paper Submission (5-6 pages / 2000-4000 words)
|15 January 2022
|31 January 2022
|19 February 2022
|Distribution of e-Certificate
|28 February 2022
Participation Fee: USD 20.00 / BDT 1,700.00
Payment of Participation Fee can be made to:
Beneficiary Name: CHITTAGONG INDEPENDENT UNIVERSITY
Account No.: 00533006881
Swift Code: BALBBDH005
Branch Routing Number: 070150135
19 February, 2022 (Bangladesh Time)
09.00 - 10.30 Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speech
10.30 - 12.30 Concurrent Session I
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 - 17.00 Concurrent Session II
17.00 - 17.30 Conference Ends
Interested participants shall made their submission to the Email: email@example.com
Please use the Subject for Email as “CIU School of Law International Conference 2022”
All accepted Extended Abstracts of the International Conference on “Human Rights and Business”will be published as e-proceedings. E-Certificate will also be provided to all the participants.
Selected full papers will have the opportunity to publish in the following indexed journal:
- UUM Journal of Legal Studies (SCOPUS)
- CIU Journal