LAW WATCH | The Daily Star
  • Global warming, cyclones and International Environmental Law

    A recent study conducted by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Chittagong, shows that the frequency of cyclones have increased by four-folds in the Bay of Bengal, in the last 60 years.

  • For effective management of medical waste

    Medical wastes have been the reason of thousands of deaths around the world.

  • Precedents to be used to avoid the misuse of the Artha Rin Adalat Ain

    The Artha Rin Adalat Ain, 2003 (Money Loan Court Act, 2003) is the primary legal instrument dealing with bank and non-bank financial institutions’ (NBFI) loan defaulters, which prescribes mechanisms for the banks and financial institutions (FIs) to get reimbursed.

  • Strengthening the National River Conservation Commission of Bangladesh

    Recently, in a ground-breaking and precedent setting judgment, the High Court Division (HCD) of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh declared that the river Turag and all other rivers flowing throughout the country are ‘living entities’ with legal personalities.

  • What do our laws say about gambling?

    Gambling encompasses various concepts like wagering, betting, gaming etc. in different jurisdictions, but it essentially refers to a transaction of staking money or something of value on an event whose outcome is not within the control of the person. The predominant moral values of Bangladesh (which may or may not be rooted in religious perceptions) disapprove of gambling activities and the same is reflected in its laws.

  • Maze of belief-disbelief: Corroboration in rape cases

    Corroboration rule in rape cases has mostly evolved in the sub-continent including in Bangladesh as a rule of prudence as opposed to one of law. It implies that the solitary evidence of the alleged victim cannot be accepted as sufficient, rather it requires corroboration

  • Revisiting Small Cause Courts Act

    The Small Cause Courts Act 1887 was brought to regulate small issues and matters by the assigned courts. It is no doubt that the law was brought with the purpose of resolving disputes of small nature in a convenient manner.

  • Enforcing fire safety requirements

    Enforcing fire safety requirements

    Over the past few months, Bangladesh has been passing an anxious situation. Banani FR Tower and Gulshan DNCC Market fire

  • Chawkbazar Building Fire negligence

    Fire incidents and our negligence

    On 10 June, 2010, the High Court Division(HCD) of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh ordered the government formed probe

  • Death of Meme Culture in EU

    The European Parliament recently approved the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, popularly referred to as EU Copyright Directive.

  • LDC graduation and legal challenges

    On 16th March 2018, we have come to know that Bangladesh has attained all three criteria (Gross National Income, Human Assets Index and Economic Vulnerability Index) for graduation from the least-developed country (LDC) group to developing one. Bangladesh has set a goal to establish itself as a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous country by 2041. Until today, being an

  • Through the specs of law, language and others

    In the post World War I era, self-determination emerged as a purely political concept and not as a norm of international law.

  • Compensation for the crime victims

    With the increasing emphasis on human rights and notion of restorative justice, awarding compensation to crime victims is being utilised in furtherance of more effective and compassionate criminal justice in

  • Rohingya genocide & the politics of terminologies

    Rohingyas are now the world's most persecuted community. World powers and rights advocates however struggle hard in finding an appropriate terminology for the persecution.

  • Bangladesh High Court

    Why a dispassionate & thorough investigation is required

    Many may say that the way the out-going Chief Justice Sinha has resigned from his office may have saved our highest court from a

  • Rohingya refugee

    Secularism and the virtue of tolerance

    Secularism, as one of our fundamental state policies, was unanimously adopted by the Constituent Assembly. The Assembly was of the

  • An untold odyssey of prisoners

    No one would deny the need for punishments as a consequence of offences. Thereby, the compromise of certain rights in case of

  • Curbing malicious prosecutions

    The object of criminal justice system is to punish the wrongdoer and thereby to ensure justice for the victim. When any person comes

  • Strengthening labour adjudication

    At present, Labour Courts in Bangladesh are functioning under the Bangladesh Labour Act, 2006. According to this Act, the Labour

  • Biopic and new film policy

    Film is often defined as a form of language. It is a form of language which is an essence of inspiration to some and to some it is a

  • Discipline of Judges in the grab of the Executive

    The independence of the Judiciary is one of the basic structures of our Constitution. The development of democratic

  • How far the use of ‘Bangla’ in the Court of Bangladesh?

    Speaking in mother tongue and making the use of mother tongue in all levels thereby turns to be as of the fundamental right of a nation. There is a long history of thousand years behind the establishment of ‘Bangla’ language.

  • To prosecute the offence of torture

    Torture is prohibited in many international instruments. As for example, article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 prohibit torture and cruel or inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.

  • Symposium on “The Proposed Child Marriage Restraint Law in Bangladesh: Legal and social aspects”

    In Bangladesh child marriages is one of the most common phenomenon and the existing law in the country has failed to eliminate child marriage.

  • The UN: Fostering or failing?

    Challenges in implementing human rights through the UN mechanisms begin with the need to decide among competing priorities and strategically categorising the best use of its limited resourc

  • Regulating on-demand transport technology

    Within days of Uber launching its operations in Dhaka, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) suspended its

  • Trademark dilution: The blurry arena

    Symbols or words are traditionally trademarks when individuals or corporations use them for the purpose of identifying or differentiating their goods or services.

  • International law and WTO legal order

    The particular uniqueness of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) makes it rational to consider that the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a particular system has escaped itself from the range of Public International Law (PIL)...

  • Mainstreaming biodiversity

    22nd May has been observed as the International Biological Diversity day globally with the theme of 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods' with a view to increasing awareness of biodiversity issues.

  • Laws of 2015

    Legislature passed seventeen Acts in 2015, some of which directly signal the progress towards achieving technological and scientific development goals as promised in the government's manifesto. Whereas in 2014, the Parliament was more inclined towards enacting laws which regulated various aspects of education and tourism, in 2015 there was an ascension in tendency of addressing emergency situations, such as, inimical use of formalin in food.