Department of Development Studies
Professor Dr. Farhana Helal Mehtab  Associate Dean
Name :
Professor Dr. Farhana Helal Mehtab
Employee ID
Associate Dean  
Department of Development Studies
Faculty of Humanities & Social Science
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  • 2017
    University of Dhaka
    Title of the thesis:
    “Constitutional Responsibility of the Government of Bangladesh for
    Implementing Compulsory Primary Education: Issues & Challenges”
  • 2008-2009
    Master of Education
    Institute of Education & Research (IER)
    University of Dhaka
  • 2002 - 2004
    M.A. in English
    National University of Bangladesh
  • 1997-1999 Session
    Bachelor in English Language Teaching (BELT)
    Bangladesh Open University
  • 1994
    Enrollment as an advocate
    Bar Council, Dhaka
  • 1993-1994
    Master of Laws (LL.M)
    University of Dhaka
  • 1989-1993
    Bachelor of Laws (LL.B, Hon)
    University of Dhaka
  • 1988
    Higher Secondary Certificate (H.S.C)
    Holy Cross College
  • 1986
    Secondary School Certificate (S.S.C)
    Holy Cross School

Professional Training

  • Attended a day long workshop on “Outcome based Course Curriculum and Quality Assurance” resource person from International Development Consultant at Learning Synergy, Ottawa, Canada on March 13, 2016
  • Attended a 4 days International training program, “Training of Trainers in Arbitration”(ToT) from June 9, 2013 to June 12, 2013 organized  by Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) in collaboration with International Law Institute (ILI) Washington DC
  • Attended a training program on “The Process of Outcome-based Education- Implementation, Assessment & Evolution” resource person from University of West Florida, USA in June 1 &  2, 2013
  • Completed 3 months “Professional Course in Business English” in British Council in 2001

Conference, Legal Workshop, Seminar & Roundtable Discussion

Conference Abroad/ International Conference:

  • Attended the 7th International Conference on the New Haven School of Jurisprudence, organized by the Guanghua Law School of Zhejiang University, in collaboration with the Yale Law School (Connecticut, United States) and Tulane Law School (New Orleans, United States) from December, 20 to 22, 2015 in Hangzhou, China 
  • Attend “Borneo Youth Leadership Conference” organized by Curtin University Sarawak Malaysia from August 4 to 8, 2014 in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia

Organized and presided over the following seminars:  (from 2012-2016 till date)

  • Legal Career seminar, topic  “Legal Career: Scope and Challenges” on March 12, 2016
  • Women’s Day seminar, topic  “Let’s Help Girls Achieve their Ambitions” on March 8, 2016
  • International Human Rights Day seminar, topic “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” on December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day
  • Seminar on Law & Literature, topic “Literature and the discourse of Human Rights: After William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' “on October 25, 2014
  • Seminar topic “A legal study on Nationality and Citizenship: Global and Municipal Context of Bangladesh” on June 5, 2014
  • Seminar topic “Importance of Election in Democracy: Role of Youth and Students” on March, 24, 2014
  • Seminar topic “SUICIDE or MURDER; A Forensic Analyses of Hanging” on 30th June 2013
  • Seminar topic “International Human Rights Instruments on Indigenous Peoples and implementation in Bangladesh’’ on March 19,2013
  • Seminar topic "Intellectual Property Law & its Role in Socioeconomic Development” on October 20, 2012 collaboration with the Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT), Ministry of Industries, Government of Bangladesh

Attended Seminar (from 2000-2012)

  • Presented Seminar Paper on ‘Rights of Indigenous People in Bangladesh: A Review’ in University of Development Alternative (UODA) on 13th February 2010
  • Participated in Teaching Seminar on ‘Child Rights’ organized by Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka & UNICEF on 3rd-4th  November 2009
  • Attended in Roundtable Discussion on ‘UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture’ organized by Odhikar and RCT, Denmark on 27th June 2009
  • Participated in Roundtable Discussion  on ‘Environment Friendly Development: Ways and Means to Remove Obstacles’ organized by Bangladesh Development  & Environment Forum (BDEF) on  20th June 2009
  • Participated in a Focus Group Discussion on ‘Citizen’s Perception of News Media’ organized by Bangladesh Center for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) on 11th June 2009
  • Delivered special lecture on ‘Women Rights & CEDAW’ in a training program on Empowerment of Women Human Rights Defenders, organized by Odhikar with the support from Gender Fund, CIDA, on 10th-12th January 2009  
  • Participated in First Teaching Seminar on ‘Legal Responses to Terrorism’ organized by Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka on 27-28 July 2008
  • Attended an International Workshop on ‘ From Patriarchy to Empowerment: Gender and Law in Bangladesh’ organized by Empowerment of Women in the Legal Region (EWLR) & Department of Law, University of Dhaka on 16th March, 2008
  • Organized and presented Seminar on ‘Writing Academic Papers’ in  Department of Law & Human Rights, University of Development Alternative (UODA) on 10th April 2006
  • Participated in Workshop on ‘Advanced Research in Law’ organized by Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka on 26th-28th September 2005
  • Conducted seminar on ‘Role of NCC, UK , IT Education in Bangladesh’ organized by NCC Education, Bangladesh on 5th December 2000

    Experience in Organizing / Attending Workshop and Seminar
    As Language Lecturer (from 1996 - 2004) & as Law Student (from 1992 - 1995)
  • Conducted & organized a Workshop titled ‘Teacher-Student Development’ in an English medium school in 1998
  • Organized a workshop titled ‘Current trends in Education’ in Redland School, in 1996
  • Worked as Program presenter in National Professional Workshop for Lawyer’s on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of Bangladesh and United Nation Development Program, Dhaka in 1995
  • Organized & conducted  Seminar on ‘Blasphemy Law’ by Law Review, DU, in 1994
  • Organized & attended in ‘First Inter University Law Debate Competition’ organized by ‘Law Review’ Dhaka University in 1994
  • Introduced & organized Court Model Debate in First National Debate Festival, 1994
  • Organized Law Review’s  Dr. Z.I. Chowdhury Law Lecture cum workshop on ‘Scope and Implementation of the Law of Torts in Bangladesh’ in 1993
  • Organized an ‘Open Debate Workshop’ in Rokeya Hall with the co-operation of Bangladesh Debate Federation in 1992
  • Was selected as a student participant  in the  seminar  ‘A Review of Public Interest Litigation in South Asia’ in October 1992, organized by ‘Ain O Shalish Kendra’  

LL.B (Hons) Courses:

Legal Research Methodology, Human Rights Law, Criminology, Constitutional Law, Legal
English (English for Law), Mooting & Debating.

LL.M Courses:

Gender & Law, International Environmental Law, International Organization, Refugee Law,
Administrative Law, Good Governance, Research Monograph.

Book Publication

  • “Terrorism and Counter Terrorism: Legal Issues, Challenges and Responses” June, 2015, ISBN: 978-984-90671-8-4 from  CCB Foundation
  • “An Introduction to ADR Mechanism: Bangladesh Perspective” June 2015, Shams Publication
  • “Human Trafficking: International and Bangladesh Perspective” July, 2014, ISBN: 978-984-33-5461-7 from CCB Foundation
  • “LAW & LEGAL ENGLISH”September 2012, ISBN-978-984-33-5349-8 from CCB Foundation

Research Paper/ Publication

  • Analyzing the position of Human Rights in Vision 2021 of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh  (RAB special journal, 12 years special publication, March 28, 2016)
  • Identifying the Problems of Bangladesh Police & Rapid Action Battalion & Recommending Way Out (DIU Journal of Humanities & Social Science, Vol 2 July 2014, ISSN 2305-0136) 
  • Evaluating Activities of Rapid Action Battalion in Improving Law & Order in Bangladesh” published in (BAB early journal 2014, 10 years special publication, on March 26, 2014)
  • Current Practices of Learner-Centered Participatory Teaching-Learning Methods in Private Universities of Bangladesh: An Exploratory Study ( published in International Conference on Tertiary Education publication of DIU, January 19, 2012)
  • Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement in Bangladesh: An Overview and Determination of the Extent of Its Becoming TRIPS-Compliant (Dhaka University Law Journal, Studies Part-F, Vol. 21, No. 2, December 2010)
  • Critically Looking at the Just International Environmental Order from Developing Countries’ Perspective  (Chittagong University, Journal of Law, Vol. II, 2006, published in March 2010)
  • Reflection of the Constitutional Provisions on the Education Commissions Reports of Bangladesh (Thesis paper, Master of Education, Institute of Education and Research, Dhaka University, Session 2008-2009)
  • Leadership and Leadership Poems: A Collaborative Approach for Education (Dhaka University Journal of Education & Research, Teacher’s World, Vol.33-34, December 2008 & June 2009, ISSN 0040-0521)
  • Law in the Real World: Revisiting the Existing Framework of Legal Education in Bangladesh(Journal of Law and Development, publication of the Law Dev, Bangladesh, July 2009)
  • Juvenile Justice System of USA and Bangladesh: A Comparative Study of Diversion and Alternative Measures and Hard Realities of Juvenile Justice System in Bangladesh  (Dhaka University  Studies Part-F, Vol. 19, No. 1 June 2008)
  • Gender Discrimination and Its Impact on Social Development: Special Focus on Bangladesh ((UODA Studies Part-II, April 2007, Vol-1, No-1, ISSN No. 1996-7667)
  • An Attempt to Focus on Gender Differences in Scientific Perspective (UODA Studies, a scientific journal, December 2006, Vol.-2, No.-2, ISSN No. 1817-4825)
  • An over-view of Gender Discrimination: Bangladesh perspective and some related issues (Keynote Paper Presentation, UODA Seminar, 2006)
  • Emergency Inclusion of English Medium Education System in the Rural Areas of Bangladesh (Course Paper Presentation, British Council, 2001

Academic Paper Work on Education

  • Feasibility Study for Introducing ‘Basic Law’ as a compulsory subject at Higher Secondary Level Education in Bangladesh (February, 2009,)
  • Developing Awareness to Restrain Child Marriage among the People of Mohammadpur Geneva Camp (May, 2009)
  • Developing Awareness of Women’s Basic Rights through Non Formal Education      (September 2009)

Editorial Experience
Member of the Editorial Board of UODA Studies Part-II, April 2007, Vol-1, No-1, ISSN No. 1996-7667

Newspaper Article

Number of Articles has been published in ‘Prothom Alo’ ‘Shomokal’ ‘Jugantor’ ‘Daily Ittefaq’ ‘Kaler Kantho’ and ‘The Daily Star’ on Law, Human Rights, Education, Environment and Economics. Some of the net link address & published dates have been given below:

Prothom Alo:                                     Shomokal:                              Jugantor:
(11 Articles)                                        (10 Articles)                            (3 Articles)

June 22, 2008                                      May 25, 2008                          November 10, 2008
April 4, 2009                                       July 9, 2008                             June 8, 2009
April 27, 2009                                     October 16, 2008                    March 23, 2010
August 19, 2009                                 December 8, 2008
October 1, 2009                                  June 2, 2009                            Ittefaq:
August 28, 2011                                 June 8, 2009                            (3 Articles)
December 29, 2011                             June 21, 2009                          September 27, 2009   
May 30, 2012                                      August 23, 2009                     July 4, 2010
June 30, 2012                                      September 28, 2009                May 25, 2015
September 30, 2012                            December 10, 2012
January3, 2013                                   

Kaler Kantho:                                   The Daily Star:                      Dhaka Tribune:
(1 Article)                                            (3 Articles)                              (1 Article)
March 16, 2011                                   April 12, 2008                         February 12, 2015
May 20, 2010
May 29, 2013

Magazine Article

  • Article “Constitutional Provisions on Education & National Education Policy 2009” published in special feature of ‘Sikkha Songbad’ in November 2009 issue
  • Article “Caretaker Government System in Bangladesh” published in the debate magazine, a publication of DIU National Debate Festival 2012
  • The Daily Star's monthly publication 'Forum'
    "Violence against Women: About Shifting the Burden of Proof and Ensuring Perpetrators' Punishment"

Awards, Achievement & Activities in Student Life:   

  • Achieved award in Recitation in Dhaka University and an audiotape ‘Nisshangaata’ was released on recitation in ‘February Boi Mela’ in1993
  • Achieved Award on Public Speaking in World Vision and completed Intensive Course on Community Health & Family Health under a project of World Vision in 1993
  • Runner up in Rokeya Hall Literacy competition, 1992
  • Certificate in 2nd National Debate Workshop organized by BUET Debating Club in 1992
  • Proficient student award (Cultural) from Vice-Chancellor, Dhaka University in 1991

Dhaka University Hall Competition and DUCSU Competition from 1991 to 1994

Prizes for

#Elocution (Bangla and English)        #Extempore Speech                #Debate
#Fiction                                           #One act performance             #Mime

  • Master of ceremony in DUCSU Literacy competition in 1991 and Rokeya Hall competition in 1991, 1992 and 1994
  • Special prize from Vice-Chancellor for being the first female mimic in Dhaka University in 1991
  • Awarded First prize in Debate and Public speaking organized by the Project of World Vision on World Health Day, 1991
  • Master of the Ceremony organized by World Vision, Dhaka as part of EPI motivation program in 1989
  • Interpreter of the Director of Student affairs (Sister Joseph Mary) of Holy Cross College (1987-1988)
  • Participated in Bangladesh Television’s quiz competition ‘Dhiman’ from Holy Cross College in 1987
  • Participated in Radio Bangladesh Dhaka, as a program presenter, script writer, debater and interviewer in 1983-1987 in School & College level program
  • Committee member of School Magazine ‘Mondira’ (1983-1986)
  • Prizes on different Cultural Activities from 1980-1988;  Special prizes on recitation & public speaking, 2nd prize on recitation in Dhaka zone in 1980

Special Responsibilities & Achievements in Professional Life:

Responsibilities: Debating & Mooting

Founder & Chief Advisor: Daffodil Moot Court Society (DMCS), from 2012 till date
Moderator: Daffodil International University Debating Club (DIUDC), from 2015 till date

  • Being the Convener, organized the biggest festival “DIUDC National Debate Festival 2016” – one month long festival by involving 34 public & private universities, 24 colleagues & schools from January 21, 2016 to February 13, 2016
  • Being the Convener, organized DIU Inter Department Debate Competition 2015- three weeks long competition, October 2015 
  • Convener & the Chief Adjudicator in “DIU National Debate Festival 2012” in DIU, in October 2012
  • Organizer and Chief Moderator of ‘Law Debate Competition & Open Discussion 2012’ in Uttara University, April 2012
  • Chief Moderator of Debate festival in ‘UODA Week’ 2007 & 2009 in University of Development Alternative.
  • Being invited, attended the seminar on ‘Integrating International Humanitarian Law and Mooting in Law Curriculum’ organized by Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka in collaboration with ICRC on February, 10, 2012
  • Doing adjudicating/ judgment of different Public & Private universities debate and moot court competitions from 2005 till date

    Responsibilities & Achievements: Other Events 

  • Organized 15 days program to observe Elimination of Violence against Women from November 25, 2015 to December 10, 2015 in DIU with the Ministry of Education, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • Being the Convener of the “Independence Day Celebration Committee” (nominated by the DIU management) on March 26, 2015, organized a grand event “Shadhinota Tumi”.
  • In International Women's Day, invited by PINC, delivered speech on “Promotion of Human Rights for Preventing Violence and Discrimination against Women and Girls" in the Banquet Hall, DIU on March 8, 2015
  • Being invited by Change Maker in the celebration of “International Day of the Girl Child" declared by the United Nations, delivered speech on October 11, 2014 at EMK Center
  • Convener in Project Exhibition in “Social Business Youth Convention 2013” in DIU, in June, 2013
    Worked as nominated rappporteur in the Technical Session “Living Curricula Development” in the “International Conference on Tertiary Education: Realities & Challenges” held in DIU, January 19-21, 2012
  • Master of the UODA 1st Convocation Ceremony, 2007 and Presenter of the Convocation Speech on behalf of the Honorable Convocation Speaker of UODA 2nd Convocation Ceremony, 2009.
  • Worked as program presenter in Multimedia Projection of 7th International Convention on Students Quality Control Circles (SQCC) organized by Bangladesh Society for Total Quality Management (BSTQM) in 2004
  • Awarded as Best Faculty Member in 3 consecutive years in Neural (B.Sc. Program of NCC, UK) in 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Invited as Honorable Speaker & Judge in Special Debate Competition in Holy Cross School’s 50 Years Golden Jubilee in November 2001
  • January 2011- April 2012
    Associate Professor and Incharge
    Department of Law
    Uttara University
  • April 2008- December 2010
    Associate Professor and Chairperson
    Department of Law & Human Rights
    University of Development Alternative (UODA)
  • March 2005 – March 2008
    Assistant Professor and Coordinator
    Department of Law & Human Rights, UODA
  • January 2000 – February 2005
    Senior Lecturer
    Neural Institute of Science & Technology
    (B.Sc. & BBA Program, Curriculum of National University, Bangladesh)
    January 2000 – February 2005
    Senior Lecturer
    Neural Institute of Management & Information Technology
    (B.Sc. Program of NCC, UK)
  • 2003
    Senior Lecturer
    (Worked as visiting faculty member)
    Green University of Bangladesh
  • September 2000 - September 2002
    Asian Institute of Management & Information Technology (AIMIT),
    Bangladesh Campus of American World University, U.S.A
  • October 2001 – December 2001
    English Language Teacher
    (Worked as visiting teacher)
    British American Language Institute, ICMA Bhabon
    (A Corporate Member of the British Council)
  • 1995 – 1998
    Teaching in O’ Level School
    Assigned as Principal (in charge) in 1997
  • July 1994 – December 1994
    Worked as a practicing junior lawyer
    Senior: Advocate Sigma Huda
    Chancery Chamber
    Motijheel, Dhaka