Experts on Thursday stressed the need for introducing alternative dispute resolution courses in law education in the country to promote the mechanism of dispute settlement for reducing pressure on the litigation system in the country.
At a dialogue on ADR, they also said that the mechanism was a low-cost and less time-consuming dispute resolution process, which should be promoted to create a culture where litigation would not be preferred.
Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre organised the dialogue in Dhaka.
Dhaka University law department professor Taslima Monsoor emphasised inclusion of ADR courses at honours level of law department at all universities in the country to promote the system.
Khaled Hamid Chowdhury, head of Laws at London College of Legal Studies (South), presented the keynote paper titled ’teaching alternative dispute resolution’.
In the paper, he said that policymakers had realised the need for alternative dispute settlement measures to reduce pressure on the legal system.
’There are around 3.3 million cases pending with courts in the country, which is destined to reach a staggering figure of 5 million by 2020,’ he said, adding that there was only one judge for around 2,000 cases.
ADR can play an important role in this regard and teaching and promoting ADR at undergraduate and university level is very important to promote a culture where litigation would not be preferred or promoted, he added.
BIAC chairman Mahbubur Rahman said that ADR could resolve disputes amicably at low cost and in less time.
The present legal education system in Bangladesh does not provide enough priority to this important area, he said.
Senior advocate at Supreme Court Shahdeen Malik, Eastern University professor and law faculty dean Anowar Zahid, Barrister Margub Kabir, Dhaka University law department professor Jamila Ahmed Chowdhury, Green University’s law department chairperson Parvez Ahmed, BIAC chief executive officer Muhammad A (Rumee) Ali attended the dialogue, among others.