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Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, BRAC

We provide legal literacy initiatives, complemented with comprehensive legal aid services, and empowerment of people through formal and informal justice mechanism.

Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

Our work reduces incidences of violence against women, domestic violence, child marriage, dowry, and polygamy. We also offer a 360° approach to victims of human trafficking, facilitate access to land rights and partner with GIZ in improving prison overcrowding, and pursue public interest litigation to address legal issues.


Improve and raise legal awareness, mobilise communities and provide legal aid against social injustice.

Improve access to justice for women, children and people with special needs and minorities.

Scaling up urban interventions to meet the legal needs of people living in poverty in Urban and peri-urban areas.

Extending the coverage of legal services and counseling on juvenile justice

Promote alternative dispute resolution (ADR), to resolve legal issues.

Ensure safe work place environment for all through safeguarding training and developing complaint mechanism.

We have presence in 61 districts of Bangladesh. There are 410 legal aid clinics with 392 staff, 350 panel lawyers all over the country. In 2019 we have provided legal aid support to 32000 beneficiaries. We have conducted 21,500 ADR and helped women to recover 5.6 million USD from other parties.

People Associated With This Organization

Shahariar Sadat

Human Rights and Legal Aid Services,...
Joined March 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Education, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, 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 (https://fpombudsman.org/global-mediation-panel/shahariar-sadat/). 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.
Shahariar Sadat is the network champion (main point of contact) for Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, BRAC.

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