Ms. Arpeeta Shams Mizan

Assistant Professor Department of Law University of Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh
South Asian Law Review


LLM (Harvard), Diploma (Swedish Institute), LLM (University of Dhaka),  LLB (Hons) (University of Dhaka)


Ms. Arpeeta has seven years of experience in coordinating and conducting human rights training and legal literacy awareness. She is one of the first to have introduced in Bangladesh the Human Rights Fact Finding Simulation, a tactic to train young law students in interviewing victims of serious human rights human rights violation. She has worked as the Coordinator of Street Law, a legal literacy campaign, for five years, and is the Bangladesh representative of Street Law Global, the international Street Law online network. Apart from training, Arpeeta has worked for international organizations like Relief International and UNHCR as researcher. While at Harvard Law School, she conducted field research at the Law Clinic of University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban South Africa. She also worked as a researcher for Professor Susan H. Farbstein on clinical law practices in South Africa. She also worked as a case officer and interviewed Latin American asylum seekers at Greater Boston Legal Services, a pro bono asylum law firm in Boston. Before joining academia, Arpeeta worked as translator and researcher for the International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh under the supervision of the Prosecutor Barrister Tapas Kanti Baul. Currently, Arpeeta is researching on identity and cultural rights issues in Bangladesh.



  1. Archaeological Sites and Mangrove Forest as Ecologically Critical Areas in International Environmental Law: Analysing the Case of Bangladesh, Australian Journal of Environmental Law, 2016, V.3, 95-116, available at
  2. A Beginner’s Take on Love: Does the Sufi Love Transcend Religious Borders to Encapsulate Humanity? Journal of Asiatic Society Bangladesh, 2016,V. 1, Issue 1.
  3. Community Lawyering or Collaborative Lawyering? – How Far Human Rights Advocacy Strategies harbor the Theory of Change, Asian Journal of Legal Education, 2016, V.3, Issue 2, 188-200
  4. Unveiling the Invisible Anguish: the Victims of Climate Change,  (coauthored), ELCOP Yearbook of Human Rights, 2013, 141-160
  5. In Pursuit of Deliverance: Critical Analysis of the Draft Rights of the Persons with Disabilities Act 2012,(coauthored) ELCOP J. Human Rights and Critically  Disadvantaged People, 2012,  207-224

Study Reports

  1. Analysing the Legislative Gaps in the Detention Scheme of the Foreigners in Bangladesh: The Released Prisoners, National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh. Available at
  2. Diverse Streams of Education in Bangladesh and Realisation of Right to Education,(coauthored) JAMACON Yearbook 2014, National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh (2014). Available at Study%20reports/Right%20to%20Education.pdf

Book Chapters

  1. In The Shadow Of Death: The Tantees In Bangladesh, 2012, Ed. Dr. Md. Rahmatullah, Elcop&Palal Publications, (2012)
  2. The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh: Answers To The Frequently   Asked Questions, National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh (2012)


University of Dhaka, Lecturer of Law, October 2016 – present Institute of Modern Languages, University Of Dhaka, Part time Faculty, April 2017- present North South University, Lecturer of Law, December 2015-September 2016 University of Asia Pacific,Guest Faculty,Fall 2015 Jahangirnagar University, Lecturer of Law, July 2014- September 2014 Northern University Bangladesh,Lecturer of Law, September 2013- July 2014

Research Interest

Arpeeta’s research interest includes issues in identity and religious and socio cultural rights. Her Masters thesis at Harvard analysed how State promoted identity markers minoritised people who otherwise qualified to be recognised as part of the majority population. She other research works focus on how issues of identity are changing in Bangladesh. Currently she is working on a project with Kolpokouashol,an interdisciplinary platform for stellar innovators and researchers to engage with the young minds of Bangladesh to develop new ideas and skills towards solving local and community specific problems, initiated by the Bangladeshi students of MIT Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The project focuses on creating an interconnected network for laws in Bangladesh.