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Community Legal Services (Bangladesh)

Presence in: Bangladesh

The CLS programme is closely coordinated with the overall Safety & Justice (S&J) Programme, and the two other S&J outputs; 1), the Justice Sector Strategy Fund (JSSF), as well as 2) the Police Reform Programme II (PRP II). Only through the joint success of all three outputs of the S&J programme can the objectives of creating better demand-side and supply-side governance be achieved. This is also in line with the GoB’s National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction. The CLS programme is working from the demand-side of the equation and would need strong linkages with the two other outputs, as well as goodwill from the GoB, to reach the results that are expected at the supply-side of the equation.

The JSSF’s main mandate of developing an inclusive national strategic vision for justice sector reform is intrinsically linked with the long term success of the CLS programme. Thus, the success of the overall S&J Programme (the JSSF) is impacting on the CLS programme’s ability to achieve its stated goal and purpose.

Maxwell Stamp Ltd. is working as the implementing body of the CLS project in Bangladesh

People Associated With This Organization

Dr. Santi Ranjan Howlader

Bangladesh  
Community Legal Services (Bangladesh)
Joined May 2012

Hector Soliman

Philippines  
Community Legal Services (Bangladesh)
Joined February 2012
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Land & Natural Resources
A public interest lawyer with thirty-five years of experience with non-governmental legal service organizations, the private sector, and government. Finished Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines and a member of the Philippine Bar. Graduated from Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Administration. Currently the Key Expert in Court Administration and Financial Management in the Justice Sector Reform Programme: Governance in Justice (GOJUST) in the Philippines, implemented by the British Council/ UNOPS and funded by the European Union (2016-2019). Acted as Team Leader/ Project Director for eight years in various multi-year access to justice projects, managing an inter-cultural staff to deliver results in court annexed ADR, justice reform advocacy and community legal services in Bangladesh, Vietnam and the Philippines. Worked as a senior government official (Assistant Secretary and Undersecretary) managing the legal affairs of the Department of Agrarian Reform for six years. Active in the legal service NGO sector for ten years, working closely in the field of agrarian reform law and environmental law, and facilitated the formation of the Alternative Law Group (ALG) a network of community oriented legal service organizations in the Philippines.

Contributed Resources:

Shamsul Arefin

Bangladesh  
Community Legal Services (Bangladesh)
Joined April 2012
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Land & Natural Resources

Shirin Lira

Bangladesh  
Community Legal Services (Bangladesh)
Joined April 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice
SHIRIN LIRA, Capacity Building and Research Specialist

Shirin Lira is an experienced legal professional with over 10 years of working experience in the development field. Prior to her work with CLS, she worked in several national and international policy advocacy and right based organizations and undertaken several research consultancies that includes Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD), International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission, OXFAM Bangladesh, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trusts (BLAST), Nagorik Uddyog (NU), Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA), Human Rights Watch, Ben Hoare Bell LLP in the UK. She also worked as a part time faculty member at School of Law, BRAC University. She was awarded for British Chevening Scholarship in Human Rights and Rule of Law field and completed her Specialized LL. M in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2010). Her areas of specialization are indigenous and ethnic minorities’ rights, women human rights and international protection for human rights, Islamic law and human rights, Intellectual property rights and development. She is co-editor of ‘Compendium on National and International Laws and Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh’, Oxfam GB, Dhaka, 2010 and author of several research papers on indigenous and women rights and access to justice.
Dr. Santi Ranjan Howlader is the network champion (main point of contact) for Community Legal Services (Bangladesh).

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