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Saqeb Mahbub

Saqeb Mahbub is a UK-educated Barrister, independent judicial reform consultant and part-time Lecturer at North South University based in Bangladesh. Besides legal practice, the expert is regularly consulted by international organisations such as UNDP, UNHCR and USAID. He has conducted research, advisory and consultancy work in Bangladesh on the formal and informal justice systems, freedom of speech and other political rights, anti-corruption, violence against women, minority rights, etc. Saqeb Mahbub has produced expert reports for UK and US courts and tribunals covering the following topics:
(i) Political situation in Bangladesh (including in-depth analysis of all the political parties (BNP, Jamaat, etc), senior and local leaders of opposition parties);
(ii) The criminal justice system; 
(iii) Laws curtailing free speech, state attitude towards opposition;
(iii) Judicial independence;
(iv) Freedom of speech; 
(v) Extra judicial killings;
(vi) Enforced disappearances;
(vii) Police Harassment; 
(viii) Ghost and False cases;
(ix) Persecution of human rights defenders; 
(x) Persecution of LGBTQ community members; 
(xi) Persecution of religious minorities and violent extremism;
(xii) Persecution related to family disputes (including violence against women); 
(xiii) Police powers and abuse; 
(xiv) Citizenship laws, dual citizenship, etc, 
(xv) Family law, child custody, guardianship
(xvi) Bangladeshi immigration laws and practices

Name
Saqeb Mahbub
Occupation
Lawyer, Researcher, Part-time Lecturer
Expertise

The Expert is a UK-educated Barrister, independent judicial reform consultant and part-time Lecturer at North South University based in Bangladesh. Besides legal practice, the expert is regularly consulted by international organisations such as UNDP, UNHCR and USAID. He has conducted research, advisory and consultancy work in Bangladesh on the formal and informal justice systems, freedom of speech and other political rights, anti-corruption, violence against women, minority rights, etc.

Experience

Several expert reports produced in asylum cases in the UK relating to Bangladeshi, British-Bangladeshi and American-Bangladeshi citizens. The reports broadly analysed the following:

 

(i) Political situation in Bangladesh (including in-depth analysis of all the political parties, its' senior and local leaders);

(ii) The criminal justice system; 

(iii) Laws curtailing free speech, state attitude towards opposition;

(iii) Judicial independence;

(iv) Freedom of speech; 

(v) Extra judicial killing;

(vi) Enforced disappearance;

(vii) Harassment; 

(viii) Ghost and False cases;

(ix) Persecution of human rights defenders; 

(x) Persecution of LGBTQ community members; 

(xi) Persecution of religious minorities and violent extremism;

(xii) Persecution related to family disputes (including violence against women); 

(xiii) Police powers and abuse; 

(xiv) Citizenship laws, dual citizenship, etc, 

(xv) Family law, child custody, guardianship

(xvi) Bangladeshi immigration laws and practices

 

The Expert also has a dedicated network all over in Bangladesh to authenticate and verify any legal/non-legal documents, if required, in addition to his expert opinion. Furthermore, he has provided oral evidence on landmark UK asylum cases and is available to provide such if required in support of his opinion.

Publications

International:

  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Secularism and the Constitution of Bangladesh: Issues and Concepts” (Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012)
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Amending the Constitution” (2013), in Guhathakurta, M. &Schendel, W.V. (eds.), The Bangladesh Reader (page 572), Durham, NC: Duke University Press
  • Mahbub, S. & Khan, A. H, “Consumer Law in Bangladesh: An Overview”. South Asia Jurist, Volume 4, pp. 7-10

 

Newspaper Articles:

  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Mandatory Mediation helps promote commerce and foreign investment”, The Financial Express [Dhaka], 3rd October, 2013, Views and Opinion
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “The supposed identity crisis”, The Dhaka Tribune [Dhaka], 18th August, 2013, OP-ED
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Rape and the Law: The Post-Delhi SyndromeFORUM – A Monthly Publication of The Daily Star [Dhaka] Volume 07 Issue 02 February 2013
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Inside a political case”, The Financial Express [Dhaka], 24th June 2012, Views and Opinion
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Can Parliament be more than a rubber stamp?” FORUM – A Monthly Publication of The Daily Star [Dhaka] Volume 06 Issue 04 April 2012
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Article 70 is no more welcome” The Daily Star [Dhaka], 6th Jan 2012, OP-ED
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Mobile Courts: The Question of Legality” The Independent [Dhaka], 18th Jun 2011, OP-ED
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Unraveling the “basic structure” of the Constitution”, The Financial Express [Dhaka], 18th Apr2011, Views and Opinion
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Village Courts: An assessment of the ‘loopholes’”, The Financial Express [Dhaka], 1st Sep, 2010, Views and Opinion
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “A case for defining and criminalising torture in Bangladesh”, The Financial Express [Dhaka], 12th May, 2010, Views and Opinion
  • Mahbub, Saqeb, “Uniting to realise a supreme goal”, The Financial Express [Dhaka], 18th Dec, 2009, Views and Opinion
Languages
English, Bengali, Hindi (Spoken)
Ethnic groups expertise
All Bangladeshi ethnic groups
Political groups expertise
Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Jamaat-e-Islami, Gonojagoron Moncho, Civil Society, Human Rights Defenders.
Religious groups expertise
Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Ahmadiyah Muslims, Shia Muslims
Other social groups expertise
LGBT community
Contact email
Phone
[Private to EIN members]
Address
[Private to EIN members]