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Centre for Peace and Justice(CPJ), Brac University

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joined August 2021

Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) is a multi-disciplinary academic institute, which promotes global peace and social justice through quality education, research, training and advocacy.

Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Education, Peace-building & Transitional Justice

CPJ is committed to identifying and promoting sustainable and inclusive solutions to a wide range of global concerns and issues, including fragility, conflict and violence. The centre was established in March 2017 and joined the impressive cluster of other institutes and centres of Brac University. Under the leadership of its Executive Director, Manzoor Hasan the centre has already achieved vast research, training and advocacy experiences in its three thematic area (1) Peace and Fragility (2) Social Justice, and (3) Open Society.

Since its inception, CPJ has developed working relationship with various academic institutions like National University of Singapore (NUS), Georgetown University, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. CPJ has undertaken training, research and advocacy in response to the Rohingya crisis, together with promotion of paralegalism and civic education for youths.

CPJ has also engaged with various UN agencies (UNDP, UN WOMEN, IOM, UNHCR, WFP) and donors, such as, Open Society Foundation, The Asia Foundation, DFID, USAID and IDRC. CPJ is a founding member of the Asia Justice Coalition, which is chaired by Manzoor Hasan. CPJ has acted as a facilitator to develop a broad network of legal aid and legal empowerment organizations in Bangladesh and other South Asian countries. CPJ and UN Women promoted the establishment of two Women Peace Cafés in two public universities – Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur and Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Mymensingh.


People Associated With This Organization

Faustina Pereira

Centre for Peace and Justice(CPJ), Brac...
Joined April 2012
Dr Pereira joined BRAC in September 2007 as the director of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Services programme. She is a lawyer, a human rights activist and an author. She obtained her doctorate in International Human Rights Law in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame, USA, and completed her post-doctorate in 2002 from the National University of Ireland, Galway, as a Bank of Ireland Fellow. Prior to joining BRAC, Dr Pereira served as the director of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK). Dr Pereira, an internationally established writer has authored the book “The Fractured Scales: The Search for a Uniform Personal Code”, which was awarded a Gold Medal by the Asiatic Society. In 2006, she was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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Shahariar Sadat

Centre for Peace and Justice(CPJ), Brac...
Joined March 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and an accredited mediator and master trainer on mediation. Currently I am the Head of Programme of Human Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS) at BRAC. Recently I have joined the Global Mediator Panel of the United Nations ( I have worked as in country mediator of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman of the World Bank Group and a panel mediator for the Independent Redress mechanism of Green Climate Fund. I am associated with Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre as a panel mediator and master trainer. I was a partner and course coordinator of London College of Legal Studies (South), an institution which provides teaching support for qualifying law degree under English law. I had been an adjunct faculty of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and University of Dhaka. I was the Academic Coordinator and Research Manager of South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS) and played the key role of Academic Coordinator at the Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), BRAC University.
I have primarily graduated in Economics from University of Dhaka and achieved Master’s in Social Science in Economics. Afterwards graduated in Law from University of London and completed Master’s in Industrial and Employment Relations from ITCILO under University of Turin with distinction.

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