Department of Law
Dr. Sumaiya Khair is a Professor at the Department of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Adviser, Executive Management at Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), country chapter of Transparency International, a Berlin-based anti-graft organisation. Her teaching expertise lies in, inter alia, Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Law on Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Persons. Her research expertise spans multi-dimensional fields, such as, human rights, access to justice and legal empowerment, refugees & migration, governance and anti-corruption, labour standards, child rights, and gender issues and has to her credit a number of publications in national and international journals and books. She is a regular contributor She is a regular contributor to the Asian Yearbook of International Law (Brill), where she writes on “State Practice of International Law: Bangladesh”.
At TIB, Professor Khair has been guiding and supervising anti-corruption research undertaken by the research and policy team since 2013. She also oversees the organisation’s programme on climate finance and environmental governance. In this connection, she supervises concerned teams in terms of activity planning, research and policy, advocacy, and networking with the aim of increasing the capacities of stakeholders, particularly civil society, to contribute to climate finance and environmental governance risk assessment, policy development, implementation and oversight in collaboration the government, citizens, media and other relevant actors.
CV: SUMAIYA KHAIR
LL.B. (Honours) (Dhaka), LL.M. (Dhaka), Ph.D. (London)
Professor of Law, University of Dhaka and Adviser, Executive Management, Transparency International Bangladesh, TIB
Human rights, humanitarian law, access to justice and legal empowerment, refugees & migration, anti-corruption and governance, child rights, workers’ rights and gender issues.
Journal Articles/Working Papers
I regularly peer review academic articles and papers. Some selected reviews include:
Academic Journal Editorial Boards
|Degree Name||Group/Major Subject||Board/Institute||Country||Passing Year|
|Ph.D.||Law||University of East London, Essex, U.K.||United Kingdom||1996|
|Masters||Law||University of Dhaka||Bangladesh||1985|
|Bachelor||Law||University of Dhaka||Bangladesh||1984|
|Title||Organization||Location||From Date||To Date|
|Adviser||Executive Management, Transparency International Bangladesh, TIB||Dhaka||01, Jul 2017||Currently Working|
|Deputy Executive Director||Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)||Dhaka||01, Jul 2013||30-06-2017|
|Chairman||Department of Law, University of Dhaka||01, Jan 2009||31-12-2011|
|Professor||Department of Law, University of Dhaka||Dhaka||01, Jan 2005||Currently Working|
|Adjunct Faculty||Eastern University, Bangladesh||Dhaka||16, Jan 2002||30-12-2013|
|Associate Professor||Department of Law, University of Dhaka||Dhaka||01, Jan 2002||01-01-2005|
|Assistant Professor||Department of Law, University of Dhaka||01, Jan 1994||01-01-2002|
|Lecturer||Department of Law, University of Dhaka||01, Jan 1990||01-01-1994|
|Subject||Description||Research Interest (Goal, Target Indicator)|
|My areas of interest and research include human rights, humanitarian law, access to justice and legal empowerment, refugees & migration, anti-corruption and governance, child rights, labour and gender issues.|
|Level of Study||Title||Supervisor||Co-Supervisor(s)||Name of Student(s)||Area of Research||Current Completion|
|Ph.D.||Consumer Justice in Bangladesh: A Critical Study of Laws and Rules||Supervisor||Degree awarded|
|Subject||Project Name||Source of Fund||From Date||To Date||Collaboration|
|No project/research work is found|
|SL||Collaboration & Membership Name||Type||Membership Year||Expire Year|
|1||• Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the Faculty of Law, Part F, University of Dhaka, 2007-2010.||2007-2010|
|2||• Member, Editorial Board, The Asian Yearbook of International Law, published under the auspices of the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia (DILA).||2021|
Sumaiya Khair Justice at the Doorsteps. Mediation on Migration Fraudulence, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU). Bangladesh: RMMRU, Dhaka., 2018 .
Sumaiya Khair and co-authored Governance and Integrity. The National Integrity System in Bangladesh. University Press Limited (UPL), 2017 .
Sumaiya Khair and co-auhored Child Labour Revisited. Gender, Culture, Economics and Human Rights. University press Limited (UPL), 2011 .
Sumaiya Khair Child Migration for Work, Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty. Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), Dhaka, 2008 .
Sumaiya Khair Legal Empowerment for the Poor and the Disadvantaged: Strategies, Achievements and Challenges. Experiences from Bangladesh. Colourline, Dhaka, 2008 .
Sumaiya Khair and co-authored Women in the Labour Market. Impact and Implications of Labour Law. Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Government of Bangladesh, PLAGE Project (supported by CIDA), 2002 .
Sumaiya Khair "REFUGEE POLICY CONTEXT ANALYSIS: THE CASE OF BANGLADESH." Encyclopedia of Public International Law in Asia [EPILA]. Muhammad Ekramul Haque (ed), ‘Bangladesh’, in Seokwoo Lee, (ed) Brill, 2021 .
Sumaiya Khair "Corruption in humanitarian assistance: challenges and opportunities’." Disaster Law. Emerging Thresholds. Amita Singh ed Routledge, London & New York, 2018 .
Sumaiya Khair "‘Globalisation and children’s rights: The case of child labour’." Globalisation and the Quest for Social and Environmental Justice. The relevance of international law in an evolving world order. Alam, Shawkat, Klein, Natalie and Overland, Juliette (eds.) Routledge, London & New York, 2011 158-188 .
Sumaiya Khair "‘Migration and Minority Formation: The Interplay of Economics, Politics and Conflict’." Counter-Gaze: Media, Migrants and Minorities. Bhaumik, Subir (ed.) Frontpage, London, 2010 101-120 .
Sumaiya Khair "From consciousness to empowerment: role and significance of legal literacy’." Uncharted Territories. Thoughts on 2020. ActionAid Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2009 15-34 .
Sumaiya Khair "Challenges to democratization: perspectives of structural malgovernance in Bangladesh." Towards Freedom in South Asia. Democratization, Peace and Regional Cooperation. Panandiker, V.A. Pai and Tripathi, Rahul (eds.) Konark Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2008 47-64 .
Sumaiya Khair "Philanthropy and Law in Bangladesh: Recent Developments." Philanthropy and Law in South Asia. Recent Developments in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. PALISA Group, Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium (APPC), Philippines, 2007 7-23 .
Sumaiya Khair and Co-authored "Philanthropy and Law in Bangladesh’." Philanthropy and Law in South Asia. Sidel, Mark and Zaman, Iftekhar (eds.) Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium (APPC), Philippines, 2004 49-114 .
Sumaiya Khair : ‘State Practice of Asian Countries in International Law. Bangladesh’, Asian Yearbook of International Law , vol.24 Brill , 2018 .
Sumaiya Khair : ‘Legal Empowerment for Improved Access to Justice: Dominant Discourses’, Dhaka University Law Journal (The Dhaka University Studies Part-F) , vol.28 , pp.1-20 , 2017 .
Sumaiya Khair : ‘State Practice of Asian Countries in International Law. Bangladesh’, Asian Yearbook of International Law , vol.23 , 2017 .
Sumaiya Khair : State Practice of Asian Countries in International Law. Bangladesh’, Asian Yearbook of International Law , vol.22 Brill , pp.329-345 , 2016 .
Sumaiya Khair : ‘State Practice of Asian Countries in International Law. Bangladesh’, Asian Yearbook of International Law , vol.21 Brill , 2015 .
Sumaiya Khair : ‘UNCAC and Civil Society Activism Against Corruption In Bangladesh’, Asian Yearbook of International Law , vol.20 , pp.115-162 , 2014 .
Sumaiya Khair : Evaluating Legal Empowerment: Problems of Analysis and Measurement, Hague Journal on the Rule of Law Cambridge University Press , pp.33-37 , 2009 .
Sumaiya Khair : Juvenile Justice Administration and Correctional Services in Bangladesh: A Critical Review, Journal of the Faculty of Law, The Dhaka University Studies, Part F , vol.16 , no.2 University of Dhaka , pp.1-28 , 2005 .
Sumaiya Khair : Alternative Dispute Resolution: How It Works in Bangladesh, , Journal of the Faculty of Law, Dhaka University Studies, Part F , vol.15 , no.1 University of Dhaka , 2004 .
Sumaiya Khair : Enslavement across the Borders: The Case of Trafficking in Women and Children in Bangladesh, BIISS Journal , vol.25 , no.3 BIISS , pp.255-278 , 2004 .
Sumaiya Khair : ‘Bringing International Human Rights Law Home: Trends and Practices of Bangladeshi Courts’, Asian Yearbook of International Law , vol.17 Brill , pp.47-84 , 2001 .
|National||University Grants Commission (UGC) award in the research category for publication of Child Labour Revisited. Gender, Culture, Economics and Human Rights, University Press Limited (UPL), Dhaka||2011||Bangladesh|
|International||the Commonwealth Post-Doctoral Academic Staff Fellowship tenable at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London, U.K.||2006||United Kingdom|
|International||Overseas Development Agency (ODA) Scholarship for Ph.D. degree at UEL||1993||United Kingdom|