SDG Thought

July 23, 2019

Promoting FDI and SDGs through judicial development

Sekander Zulker Nayeen Sustainable development and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) are somehow strongly connected which is widely recognised by a large number of policy instruments. For example, the Rio Earth Summit 1992 affirmed that investment is critical to the ability of developing countries to achieve needed economic growth to improve the welfare of their population and to meet their basic needs in a sustainable manner. The Monterrey Consensus and World Summit on Sustainable Development (2000) also recognised that mobilising FDI is important to achieve the goals of eradicating poverty, effectuating economic growth and promoting sustainable development. Goal 17.5 of the […]
July 23, 2019

The role of civil justice in achieving SDGs

Sekander Zulker Nayeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into force by a historic UN Summit with a view to mobilising efforts to end all forms of poverty, inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The goals are interconnected and often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another. Issues related with civil justice like equal rights to economic resources, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance etc. (goals 1, 5), equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs for agro-based and small-scale […]
March 21, 2019

Three dimensions of access to justice for achieving SDGs

Goal sixteen of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pledges ‘ensuring access to justice for all’ as a target to be achieved. The principle of rule of law requires that any person with a bona fide reasonable legal claim must have an effective means of having that claim considered. To have any claim considered people must have an easy access to justice services. Whether any country is providing access to justice is determined through the procedures of reaching the justice mechanisms by the common people. In our country, justice-seekers tussle with some economic, social and institutional barriers in accessing formal judicial system. […]
December 16, 2018

Seventy years of UDHR: The fight for human dignity

Mohammad Golam Sarwar This year, Human rights day will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, 1948), the core human rights instrument which is also considered the mother document of human rights. UDHR laid down the foundation of human rights by asserting inalienable rights which every human being is inherently entitled to, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The underlying philosophy of UDHR is to ensure human dignity while fulfilling the mandates of human rights principles and standards. Over the years, […]
September 15, 2017

Options of litigation funding in serving the interests of society: a critical evaluation from the viewpoint of access to justice

Sekander Zulker Nayeen Litigation funding, over the years, has run reverse from champerty and maintenance and been established as an integral part of mainstream civil justice system with a view to facilitating access to justice. Admittedly, its present standard in the United Kingdom has been impacting considerably on the objective of ensuring access to justice. But how far are the funding options serving the interests of the society is still a matter of debate. In this study, some hypotheses have been drawn to assess how far the options of litigation funding are facilitating the litigants’ satisfaction as to access to […]
September 13, 2017

To introduce the principle of finality: An urge of a judge

Sekander Zulker Nayeen Recently on 17 January, a serious concern has been expressed in the daily Prothom Alo regarding an estimation of the case backlog to five million by the year of 2020. Among others, prominent journalist Mr. Mizanur Rahman Khan suggested to increase the number of judges in order to curb this terrific situation. However, increasing the number of judges is not possible overnight while the number of cases is bouncing thousands to thousands every day. Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission (BJSC) cannot appoint as many judges as they want unless the Law Ministry sends requisition for it. The Law […]
April 25, 2017

How Do We Know that We Are Develop

Rezwan Siddiqui In the era of sustainable development goal (SDG), one of the debatable questions is, how do we know if we are develop, or at least our country is in the right track toward development? This question is triggering research, discussions and debate for long, and there is no chance that it will end soon. Luckily, there are several indices to compare and monitor national, regional and global development (like World Development Indicator, World Governance Indicator, SDG Indicators, Index for Risk Management and etc). Governments and international development partners often focus on the process and techniques to improve these […]