The Department of Law of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) organised an international colloquium titled “Implication of Climate Change on Human Rights: Deepening Understanding through Research and Knowledge Dissemination” recently.
While inaugurating the programme, IUB Vice-Chancellor Tanweer Hasan said since climate change was already having manifold adverse impacts on the lives and livelihood of human beings, systematic research and study in this field has become very crucial.
The programme was held in collaboration with the Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD).
“The outcomes of the colloquium will significantly contribute to the area of climate change and human rights by disseminating findings in the wider forum,” he added, according to a statement.
In his welcome remark, Md Shamsuddhoha, CEO of CPRD, highlighted the implications of climate change on human rights with a special focus on Bangladesh. Special guest Emeritus Prof Rafiqul Islam from the Macquarie University of Australia congratulated IUB and CPRD for organising such an important and timely colloquium.
Prof Dr Taiabur Rahman, Dean of IUB’s School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Prof Dr Borhan Uddin Khan, advisor and adjunct professor of IUB’s Department of Law, also spoke at the event. Dr Md Abdul Awal Khan, associate professor of Law at IUB, coordinated the workshop as the team leader of the project with CPRD.
Renowned experts from home and abroad including Prof Dr Nazrul Islam from Faculty of Law of University of Dhaka, Dr Daud Hassan, director at the International Centre for Ocean Governance, Western Sydney University, Australia, Prof Dr Abdullah Al Faruque from the Faculty of Law of University of Chittagong, and Dr Matthew Scott, Head of Thematic Area Human Rights and the Environment, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Sweden, spoke at the various sessions of the colloquium.
A total of nine papers were presented by Dr Chatu Bhoom Bhoom Boonchoo of Naresuan University in Thailand; Ms Ferdousi Begum of AIUB; Md Mostafa Hosain of BRAC University, Prof Dr Md Sahal Uddin of University of Rajshahi; Dr Md Shahidul Islam of Jagannath University; Ms Nusrat Jahan of International Islamic University Chittagong; Dr Md SirajulHaque, a solicitor based in New South Wales, Australia, Dr Md Abdul Awal Khan of IUB; Dr Md Mahatab Uddin, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern Denmark; and Mr Raihan Rahman Rafid, an independent researcher.