Dr. Saira Rahman Khan
Room: UB 40502
Postal Address: School of Law
BRAC University, 66 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212
Dr. Saira Rahman Khan joined the School of Law, BRAC University in February 2005. Prior to her appointment, she was Programme Director at the Acid Survivors Foundation (Legal and Rehabilitation Units) and Human Rights Adviser for CIDA-PSU. Dr. Khan earned a PhD. in Socio Legal Studies from the University of Kent at Canterbury and is a British Chevening Scholar. She has been involved in human rights-based activism and research since her undergraduate years; and has been a contributor to newspaper columns, relating to law and human rights issues, for more than 20 years. She is a member of the international coalition ‘Everywoman Everywhere’ under the Carr Centre for Human Rights at Harvard University and a member of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association.
LL.B (Hons.), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
LL.M, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
PhD., University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Certificate on the Advance Study of Non Violent Conflict, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Mass. USA
LAW 103: Delict: Law of Tort
LAW 201: Equity and Specific Relief
LAW 302: Criminal Law
LAW 308: Criminal Procedure
LAW 345: Women, Law and legal Protection
LAW 447: Human Rights
- July 2015: Professor, School of Law, BRAC University. Joined the Law School as Asst. Professor in February 2005.
- Khan, Saira Rahman. ‘Vested Interest: The Human Rights Practices of Political Parties’, Article 2: Special Report: Inexistent Rule of Law in Bangladesh, Vol 13, No. 2&3 (June – September) Asian Human Rights Commission, 2014.
- Khan, Saira Rahman. ‘Aspects of Violence against Women in Bangladesh’, The Journal of the Bangladesh Chevening Society. Volume 1 October 2012.
- Khan, Saira Rahman. ‘Indigenous Peoples Sovereignty over Natural Resources’, Human Rights Summer School Journal 2010. Dr. Mizanur Rahman (Ex. Ed). Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) and Palal Prokashoni. December 2010.
- Khan, Saira Rahman. ‘The Use and Abuse of the Law of Confessions in Bangladesh’. Bangladesh Journal of Law: Special Issue on the Criminal Justice System. Bangladesh Institute for Legal and International Affairs (BILIA), November 2007.
- Books/ Book Chapters
- Khan, Saira Rahman. The Socio-Legal Status of Bangali Women in Bangladesh: Implications for Development. University Press Ltd. 2001. ISBN 984-05-1545-4.
- Khan, Saira Rahman. The Implementation of the Provisions of the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on International Migration of Bangladeshi Women. UNIFEM, Bangladesh. July 2008.
- Khan, Saira Rahman. The need to Criminalise Torture in Bangladesh, Human Rights and Governance in Bangladesh (Shariful Islam Ed.) Asian Legal Resource Center, Hong Kong. September 2013. ISBN: 978-962-8161-13-3.
- Khair, Sumaiya. Khan, Saira Rahman. Philanthropy and the Law in Bangladesh. Philanthropy and the Law in South Asia. (Mark Sidel, Iftekhar Zaman Ed.). Asia-Pacific Philanthropy Consortium July 2004.
- Khan, Saira Rahman. Across Borders of Despair – Trafficking in Women and Children in Bangladesh. Rights and Realities (Dr. Hameeda Hossaid Ed.). Ain-O-Salish Kendra. University Press Ltd. 2002.
- Khan, Saira Rahman. The NGO Mixture: Seeking the Perfect Ingredient. The Other Option: NGO’s and People’s Praxis. Mohiuddin Ahmed (Ed.). Community Development Library. September 2000. ISBN 984-31-0969-4.
- Khan, Saira Rahman (Ed.) The Battle Continues: Violence against Women in Bangladesh.Published by Odhikar. April 2013.
- Khan, Saira Rahman (Ed.) Labour Rights in the Ready Made Garments Industry in Bangladesh – Perspective 2008. Published by Odhikar. August 2009.
- Khan, Saira Rahman (Ed.)Criminal Responsibility for Torture : A South Asian Perspective. Published by Odhikar. 2004
Access to Justice
Conferences, Talks, and Speaking Engagements:
- ‘Terrorism and the Death Penalty: The Law in Bangladesh’. Panel speaker. Fifth World Conference against the Death Penalty. Madrid, Spain, 12 – 15 June 2013.
- ‘Law and Reality of Child Marriages in Bangladesh’. Tenth Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference. National Law School, Banglaore, India. 23 – 25 May 2013.
- ‘Causes and Consequences of Violence against Women’ Keynote. National Conference on Violence against Women, organised by the Bangladeshi human rights organisation, Odhikar and the Finnish human rights organisation, KIOS. 21 April 2012.
- ‘Women and the Law in Bangladesh: Problems and Possible Solutions’ Voices of Scholars series, Asian University for Women, Chittagong. 25 November 2011.
- ‘Status of Human Rights Defenders in Bangladesh : 2007 – 2010’ Regional Symposium on the Criminalisation of Free Speech, Expression and Opinion in Asia, organised by Media Defence – South East Asia, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Southeast Asian Press Alliance and The alliance for Independent Journalists, Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia on 15 – 16 July 2011.
- ‘Bangladesh and the Rome Statute: The Long March to Ratification’ Regional Coalition for the International Criminal Court conference, held in Quezon City, Philippines. Regional Coalition for the International Criminal Court conference, held in Quezon City, Philippines. The meeting was held on 10 – 11 April 2011
- ‘The need to Criminalise Torture in Bangladesh : A Country Report’ Meeting of Asian Experts on Law and Practice in Respect of Torture, jointly organised by Redress and the Asian Human Rights Commission/ Asian Legal Resource Center, in Hong Kong from 23 – 25 September 2011.
- ‘Human Rights Defenders in Bangladesh and the Freedom of Expression’. Regional Symposium on the Criminalisation of the Freedom of Opinion and Expression. Alliance of Independent Journalists, Indonesia and the Asian Forum for Human Rights. Jakarta, Indonesia. 15 – 16 July 2011.
- ‘The Family Courts: Justice for All?’ Seventh Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference. Anwar Ibrahim Kulliyah of Laws, International Islamic University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 25 – 26 May 2010.
- ‘The Practice of the Death Penalty in Bangladesh’. Anti Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) meeting. Third International Conference against the Death Penalty, Geneva, 24 – 26 February 2010.
- ‘Migration and Violence : Bangladeshi Women Overseas Workers’. Sixth Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference. Hong Kong University, Hong Kong. 28 – 29 May 2009.
- Review of the research report Combating Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India and Cambodia published by the Avon Global Centre for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School. January 2011.
- Book Review of R. Kapoor and B. Cossman’s Subversive Sites: Feminist Engagements with the Law in India. Published in Feminist Legal Studies. Vol. VI. No 1, Feb 1998. Deborah Charles Publications, Liverpool 1998.
- Book Review of Srimati Basu’s She Comes to Take her Rights: Indian Women, Property and Propriety (State University of New York Press 1999) for the Journal of Social and Legal Studies, Department of Law, Keele University, Keele, UK.
- British Chevening Scholarship, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1997 - 1998
- Overseas Research Students Award (ORSA), UK (1996)
Member, Supreme Court Bar Association
Member, Dhaka District Bar Association
Member, Everywoman Everywhere Coalition,Carr Centre for Human Rights, Harvard University
Founding Member, Odhikar