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Situation Assessment of Justice and Legal Empowerment in Bangladesh

By: Jonathan Rose, Manzoor Hasan, Faustina Perreira, Ishita Islam

This situation assessment summarizes the current state of legal empowerment in Bangladesh, as well as the efforts by civil society to improve the situation and their limitations. The purpose is to provide a comprehensive analysis with which BRAC may build their upcoming legal empowerment program.

The assessment was completed in the summer of 2014, and uses several sources of information. First, the research team cites relevant international and national literature on legal empowerment, including books and articles. Second, the research team included official annual reports of civil society groups and other grey literature. Third, the research team conducted a series of over 50 interviews with relevant stakeholders in the summer of 2014.

Providing a comprehensive assessment of dozens of highly complex issues is of course an impossible task, and allows for only a small selection of relevant information. The situation assessment therefore cannot cover every single topic related to justice and legal empowerment. It is also limited by the available information, and the quality of that information, and as such the assessment identifies gaps in research.

The report is organized as follows. The first two sections describe legal empowerment from an international view, starting with the overall national and international initiatives, followed by a summary of the current state of the literature. This is followed by an assessment of Bangladesh along several dimensions of legal empowerment. These dimensions are separated into five categories, the first four having derived from the report of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, Making the Law Work for Everyone (2008): Access to Justice, Property Rights, Labor Rights, Business Rights, and Others. The report concludes with a brief description of potential activities for BRAC that derive from the analysis presented in the report.