Arafat Hosen Khan

Arafat Hosen Khan, Board of Trustees

Arafat Hosen Khan is a fully qualified English Barrister and an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh with an advanced degree in law. He is a researcher and a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Law, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also a Partner at the Apex Court Chambers- a leading law firm in Bangladesh. Prior to this, he was working as an associate at Dr. Kamal Hossain & Associates, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has significant experience in institutional capacity building for a range of institutions including, Department of Labour (DoL), Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE), criminal justice sector institutions, National Legal Aid Services Organization, Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), judicial capacity building among the indigenous population, Bangladesh Parliament, and women police (Police Reform) in Bangladesh. He has 11 years of professional experience, including several assignments related to access to justice and good governance, and have excellent experience in contemporary human rights issues. He worked all over Bangladesh and have excellent experience with some of the National and International NGOs focused on access to justice and human rights in Bangladesh including, ILO, USAID, DFID, UNDP, CHRI, BLAST, ASK, Manuser Jonno Foundation, and BELA. He worked on several UNDP projects as a legal expert (National Consultant) including the Justice Sector Facility (JSF) Project, Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development (IPD) Project and the Justice Sector Strategy Dialogue Project. He is also worked in several ILO projects as a national consultant including National Employment Injury Compensation Project, Promoting Fundamental Rights and Labour Relations in Export Oriented Industries in Bangladesh (FRLR) Project and ILO shrimp project. He worked as a National Consultant for EU- Legal & Local Governance Expert for Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (AVCB) Phase II Evaluation cum Formulation Mission and also legal consultant for Danish Working Environment Authority, Royal Danish, Embassy, Dhaka. He also worked various public interest litigation matters relating to access to justice and protecting the rights of the poor, women, children, labour, people with disabilities and the indigenous population of Bangladesh. He is a published writer on the contemporary legal and human rights issue. He has published a books and several academic articles both nationally and internationally. He is holding an MA in Global Ethics and Human Values from the King’s College London with Chevening Scholarship awarded by FCO, UK and awarded as an O’Brien Fellows in Residence, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Selected Publications:

1. BOOK:

The Right to Equality of the Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh: An Analysis of the Challenges to the Peace Accord”(Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012)

2. Journal Articles

I. “Restrictions on Freedom of Expression: Getting the Right Balanced” (June, 2015), Journal of International Relations, (Vol. VI, No. 6, pp: 181-190), Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka-1342, Bangladesh.

II. Capability Approach and its Universility (December, 2013), Journal of the Chevening Society of Bangladesh, (Vol. 02, Issue. 01, pp. 163 – 182), British High Commission, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (

III. Ethics and Action of Law Enforcement Agency in Bangladesh: A Study on RAB (September, 2013), Journal of the Society & Changes (Vol. VII, Issue. 03, pp. 51 – 69), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

3. Newspaper Articles

I. “Bangladesh charts a cleaner, fairer way forward”, Bangkok Post, Bangkok, Thailand, October, 2019

II. “Pluralism in Women’s Property and Inheritance Rights – Challenges for realizing human rights in Bangladesh and India” McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 11 October, 2019

III. “Protecting consumer rights”, The Daily Star Dhaka, 22 April, 2013;

IV. “Upholding right to freedom of expression through Internet”, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 20 September, 2013;

V. Revisiting democracy and its practice in Bangladesh, The Daily Financial Express Dhaka, 24 June 2012;

VI. “Turning The Tide Of RMG Labour Unrest The Daily Financial Express , Dhaka, 20 June 2012;

VII. Putting an End to Fatwa Violence The Daily Star , Dhaka, March 2012 Forum;

VIII. Duty of the State”, The Daily Star, Dhaka, January 2012, Forum;

IX. Ban on Corporal Punishment in Upholding Rule of Law, The Daily Star, Dhaka, June 2011Forum;

X. Women’s Rights and the Fourth Estate, The Daily Star, Dhaka, March 2011 Forum;

XI. Stop Extra Judicial Killings: Respect and Establish an Effective Judiciary,The Daily Star, Dhaka, 15 May 2010;

XII. Ensuring Effective Policing: Bangladesh High Court’s Guidelines on Arrest Without Warrant, Network for Improved Policing in South Asia(NIPSA) [Online],May 2010;

XIII. Corruption, Democracy and Bangladesh, The Daily Financial Express, Dhaka, 5 December 2009;