Think Legal Bangladesh, an online legal resource platform based at www.thinklegalbangladesh.com, held its 3rd Lecture in its Think Legal Lecture Series last Saturday, 22nd August, 2015 at Dhanmondi's EMK Centre. The Hon'ble Mr. Justice M.A. Matin, retired judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, delivered the lecture on the topic “The Profession of Law”. Barrister Mustafizur Rahman Khan, an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, moderated the lecture. The event was well attended by several eminent former and present judges of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, as well as prominent practising lawyers and law students of different universities. Among Mr. Justice Matin's peers of the Supreme Court who attended the event included Mr. Justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury, former Judge of the Appellate Division and the first Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, Mr. Justice Muhammad Imman Ali, sitting judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, and sitting judges of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court, Mr. Justice A.F.M. Abdur Rahman and Mr. Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed.
Think Legal is a free online platform, a “for-good” initiative, with the mission of making laws more accessible and the vision of creating a one-stop-knowledge centre for lawyers and all things legal in Bangladesh. It is a combined effort of contributors and editors, where legal information is collected, crowd-sourced and curated. The Think Legal Lecture Series is an initiative to add to the knowledge pool by generating new legal content from renowned experts in our jurisdiction.
The Hon'ble Mr. Justice Matin started his lecture by providing a succinct and informative history about law and the legal profession. He took the audience through the evolution of the legal profession in some of the prominent jurisdictions of the world to better understand the profession as it stands today. Mr. Justice Matin engaged with his present and former peers of the Bench and the younger members of the Bar with various humourous anecdotes about the legal profession. He also briefly touched upon the importance of the independence of the judiciary and highlighted the importance of the mutually respectful and beneficial relationship that must be maintained between the Bar and the Bench. In this respect, Mr. Justice Matin encouraged the members of the Bar to be active and contribute to the betterment of the legal profession as a whole. Finally he called upon the members of the Bar to be united in the cause of justice and truth. Barrister Mustafizur Rahman Khan, summed up and requested all to put into practice, the words of Justice Matin.
The writer is a Barrister-at-Law.