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ARPEETA SHAMS MIZAN

Lecturer, Department of Law, North South University

amizan@llm15.law.harvard.edu

arpeeta.mizan@northsouth.edu

SKILLS

Research, Capacity Development, Project Design, Project Coordination, Training Facilitation, Teaching



EDUCATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, LLM, 2015

Activities: - Facilitator, Innovating Human Rights (Harvard Advocacy Project)



International Human Rights Clinic ( Right to Education in South Africa Project);

Independent Clinic on Street Law at University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa (worked on

legal literacy and capacity building trainings for legal and non-legal personnel and the

Communities);

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Law Clinic placed with Greater Boston legal Services (worked on Affirmative Asylum cases on Latin American Clients)

Concentration: Human Rights, Refugee Law and International Law

Dissertation: Need for a Right to Cultural Identity: The Dialectics of Narrow Identity markers and

Identity Crisis in Heterogeneous States


UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA, Bangladesh, LLM, 2013

Activities: General Secretary, Dhaka University Moot Court Society

Concentration: Human Rights law, Comparative Family Law

Dissertation: Conciliation and other alternative process of dispute resolution in the family matters in the

Subcontinent
UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA, Bangladesh, LLB (Hons), 2012

Honours:“Justice K.M. Subhan Memorial Best Mooter Trophy”,12th Human Rights Summer School,

Bangladesh, 2011

“Professor K.A.A.Quamruddin Best Fellowship Trophy”, 12th Human Rights Summer

School, 2011

Champion,6th National Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition, ICRC,2010

Departmental Scholarship for academic excellence

Government Scholarship for the entire Undergraduate Studies



SWEDISH INSTITUTE, December 2013

Diploma in Human Rights, Transparency, Democracy and Social Networking


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WORK EXPERIENCE

RELIEF INTERNATIONAL, BANGLADESH COUNTRY OFFICE Summer 2015

Human Rights and Protection Specialist
Designed and prepared a Policy Handbook for Relief International-BD on Human Trafficking and Unsafe Migration through the Bay of Bengal Route. The Policy Paper provides a holistic knowledge as to the geo political strategic value and impact of Bay of Bengal on increased unsafe human trafficking from Bangladesh.

Prepared the Final Report for the PVHT Project (Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking), a three year project run by Relief International which ended on September 2015. The Final Report includes concised activities description and critical impact analysis based upon case studies.



NORTHERN UNIVERSITY BANGLADESH, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Fall 2013-Summer 2014

Lecturer of Law, 2013-2014

Taught courses on American and British Constitutional Law,Law of Contract and Jurisprudence.



HUMAN RIGHTS SUMMER SCHOOL, Dhaka, BangladeshWinter 2013 and 2014

Residential Instructor

Worked as an instructor, gave lectures, coordinated student group exercises and conducted evaluation of student presentations on Human Right and Climate Justice, and Rights of Persons with Disabilities.



UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR),Dhaka, Bangladesh

Winter 2014



Researcher

Field based factual and analytical legal research on access to justice of the documented and undocumented Rohingya refugees living in Kutupalong Camp in Cox’s bazar, Bangladesh; drafted a handbook on guidelines and legal resources for judges and practitioners on refugee law in the courts of Bangladesh. I interviewed the refugees in the camps, the camp officials, compiled good practices by the courts on the issue.

Prepared proposal for human rights training of the Rohingyarefugees residing in the camps which was submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh by the UNHCR, Dhaka.

Intern Fall 2012

Under the supervision of the Chief Protection Officer in Bangladesh, conducted detailed analytical research on Released Prisoners under the Foreigners Act 1946. Focused on the legislative gaps and administrative flaws in the immigration laws of Bangladesh. Conducted field visit, data collection and interviewed judges and prison authorities. The research was later further developed (independently) and published by the National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh (NHRC-BD). Drafted a brief note on the Structure of the Bangladeshi Judiciary and its functions with regard to judicial activism. As a rapporteur in two AGDMs (Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming) on Refugees conducted by the UNHCR in Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar, recorded the proceedings and minutes of the conferences and drafted a full report for the office.



EMPOWERMENT THROUGH LAW OF THE COMMON PEOPLE (ELCOP)2008-2014

Coordinator February 2010 – August 2014

Trained and prepared young Law students on Human Rights Training targeted for the Secondary level students anddisadvantaged communities. The work also involved planning the trainings, recruiting, drafting and submitting project proposals and logistics management. Personally supervised the drafting and regular revision of the training manual.



Researcher February – December, 2012

Participated in the CLR (Community Law Research) program to conduct analytical research on the socio-legal aspects of the rights of the weaver community of Bangladesh. Particularly focused on the Intellectual property rights of the weavers over their hand woven products and traditional designs. The research was published in 2012 as part of a research anthology.



Street Lawyer June 2008- January 2010

Worked in four schools as a Street Lawyer sharing the basic concepts of Law and legal system for building awareness school students. The training focused on basic concepts of Human Rights and laws of Bangladesh. Drafted the chapter on domestic violence in the training manual.



THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMES TRIBUNAL, BANGLADESH (ICT-BD)

Translator 2013

Translated the depositions and testimonies made by the prosecution witnesses for the record and use by the Prosecutor’s Office.

Researcher 2010-2011 Conducted legal research for the prosecution. Drafted briefs of the depositions by the prosecution witnesses, analysed laws and collected legal authorities for the Prosecution.
THE LIBERATION WAR MUSEUM (LWM) ,Dhaka, Bangladesh

Volunteer, Legal Research Team November 2011- August 2012
Discussed and analysed the progress and challenges faced by the ICT (International Crimes Tribunal) Bangladesh. Made a presentation on the Topic “ The Definition of Crimes Against Humanity under the ICT Act 1973” at a seminar on “Definition of Crimes Against Humanity and Principle of non-Retroactivity” organized by the LWM jointly with the Legal Clinics of University of California and Yale University with Dr. Lawrence Fletcher.
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LANGUAGES

Bengali (Native Speaker), English (Fluent), French (Conversational), Hindi (Fluent but no reading or writing), Arabic (only reading, no comprehension)


PUBLICATIONS

Analysing the Legislative Gaps in the Detention Scheme of the Foreigners in Bangladesh: The Released Prisoners, National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh

Available at http://www.nhrc.org.bd/PDF/Study%20reports/The%20Realeased%20Prisoner.pdf


Unveiling the Invisible Anguish: the Victims of Climate Change, (coauthored), ELCOP Yearbook of Human Rights, 2013, 141-160

In Pursuit of Deliverance: Critical Analysis of the Draft Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Act 2012,(coauthored) ELCOP J. Human Rights and Critically Disadvantaged People, 2012, 207-224

IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH: THE TANTEES IN BANGLADESH, 2012, Ed. Dr. Md. RahmatUllah, ELCOP &Palal Publications, (2012)

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMES TRIBUNAL BANGLADESH: ANSWERS TO THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh (2012)

RESEARCH MONOGRAPH

Radicalization Of Religion In Bangladesh And National Cultural Identity, Graduate Essay, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, 2015

A Beginner’s Take on Love: Does the Sufi Love Transcend Religious Borders to Encapsulate Humanity?, Graduate Essay, Harvard Divinity School, 2015

The Diverse Steams of Education and Realization of right to Education in Bangladesh, Study Report conducted for the National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh , 2014

Conciliation and Other Alternate Procedure for Dispute resolution in Personal matters Incorporated within the Legal System of the Sub-continent, Research Monograph for LLM, 2013

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REFERENCES

Susan H. Farbstein

Clinical Professor of Law

Harvard Law School

sfarbstein@law.harvard.edu

Professor Farbstein was my direct Supervisor at Harvard International Human Rights Clinic. Under her supervision I worked with Equal Education (EE) and Equal Education Law Center (EELC) based in KZN, South Africa, on policy analysis on right to education in South Africa, drafted memorandum, analysed national and provincial legislations and action plans, analysed statistical data, and designed advocacy campaigns.

Sabrineh Ardalan

Lecturer and Assistant Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic,

Harvard Law School,

sardalan@law.harvard.edu


Ms. Ardalan was my clinical instructor at Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. She closely observed my progress with the clients and evaluated my case analyses.

Shahnaz Huda

Professor and Ex-Chairman

Department of Law, University of Dhaka



shahnazhuda@yahoo.com

Dr. Huda was my instructor in Family Law and my LLM Dissertation supervisor. I worked closely with her also as the President of the Moot Court Society and for several other Departmental events.

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