On January 5, 2017, Bangladesh Law Digest (BDLD) organised a seminar on 'Legal Writings and Legal Research' at the Department of Law, University of Dhaka. Law students from more than 20 universities of Bangladesh attended the seminar. Dr. Borhan Uddin Khan, Professor and Chairman, Department of Law, University of Dhaka was present as the chief guest in the seminar while Ms. Shirin Sultana, Lecturer in Law, University of Dhaka was present as the special guest. The keynote speaker was Mr. Mohammad Golam Sarwar, Lecturer in Law, University of Dhaka.
The Bangladesh Law Digest (BDLD) is an online law journal that started its journey back in June 2015 by some law students of Dhaka University. It strives to develop the skills of legal research and writing for law students and publishes articles aiming to serve both practical and academic purposes.
In his introductory speech, Dr. Borhan Uddin Khan emphasised the importance of legal research for law students. Highlighting the absence of legal research in the curriculum of many law schools of Bangladesh, he lauded the efforts of BDLD for taking such an initiative to organise the seminar. Ms. Shirin Sultana urged BDLD to continue such efforts and stated that the concerted efforts of law students and teachers would go a long way into paving the path for better legal research works in Bangladesh.
Mr. Mohammad Golam Sarwar then delivered the keynote speech in the seminar. He gave an overview of legal research, its importance, types of legal research and research methodologies. He remarked that originality of work was vital for legal research. He also noted that inter-disciplinary approach enhanced the quality of a research.
Mr. Sarwar further commented that law students should keep an open mind while praising and criticising any issue and that there should always be a balance of these two in a research work. On the issue of legal writing, he said that it was the task of the writer to ensure that even a layman could understand the ideas put forward by him. He advised to avoid jargons and be concise and lucid with words. Urging everyone to avoid plagiarism and other forms of copying, Mr. Sarwar emphasised that due credit must be given to past research works in reference, which will consequently boost, not diminish the quality of work of any researcher.
THE EVENT COVERED BY ALI MASHRAF, A CONTRIBUTOR OF BDLD.