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Athabasca University

Muhammad Majibar Rahman, Ph.D.

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Education

  • L.L.B. (Honours) (Department of Law, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • L.L.M. (Department of Law, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • Certificate in Legislative Drafting (BPST, Lok Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi, India)
  • L.L.M. in Legislative Drafting (Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies, Barbados)
  • Ph.D. in Legislative Drafting (AUOL, UK)

Biography

In January 1982, I obtained L.L.B. (Honours) degree from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 1983, I joined the Bangladesh Judicial Service as an Assistant Judge. Until December 1988, I worked in the District Judges’ Courts both as Assistant Judge and Senior Assistant Judge. In January 1989, I started my legislative drafting career as an Assistant Secretary (Drafting) in the Ministry of Law and Justice of the Government of Bangladesh. In June 1990, I was promoted to Joint-District Judge and placed in the District Judges’ Court, Dhaka, Bangladesh. In this capacity I exercised unlimited civil jurisdiction. In April 1991, I was transferred to the Ministry of Law and Justice as a Senior Assistant Secretary (Drafting) and worked there until November 1995. During this tenure, I obtained L.L.M. in Legislative Drafting degree in 1994 from the University of the West Indies, Barbados under a fellowship from the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.

In November 1995, I was promoted to Additional District and Sessions Judge and placed in the District Judges’ Court in Chittagong, Bangladesh. In this capacity, I exercised both original sessions and criminal appeal jurisdiction. I exercised civil appellate jurisdiction as well. As an Additional Sessions Judge, I exercised the highest criminal jurisdiction including imprisonment for life and death penalty. In October 1996, I was transferred to the Ministry of Law and Justice as the Deputy Secretary (Drafting) and worked there until November 1998. Both as Senior Assistant Secretary (Drafting) and Deputy Secretary (Drafting), I drafted primary and subsidiary legislation for the Government of Bangladesh.

In November 1998, I took up an assignment in Gibraltar as a Legislative Draftsman under the auspices of the CFTC, Commonwealth Secretariat in London. In this capacity, I was tasked to consolidate and revise the laws of Gibraltar and to draft primary and subsidiary legislation for the Government of Gibraltar. I continued as such for 6 years in Gibraltar until November 2004. However in 2002, I resigned from the Bangladesh Judicial Service. In March 2003, I did Ph.D. in legislative Drafting by submitting a thesis entitled, “Legislative Drafting: A 21st Century Approach” under the supervision of Professor Dr. Stephen Redner of the American University of London which was published in December 2013 as a book entitled “Modern Legislative Drafting” by the Scholar’s Press of Germany.

In November 2004, on completion of my CFTC assignment, I was appointed by the Government of Gibraltar as a Law Draftsman in the Civil Service of Gibraltar. In December 2006, I was made British citizen and confirmed as Permanent and Pensionable to the above position. In May 2009, I have been called to the Supreme Court Bar as an Advocate of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

In February 2010 I was placed in the European Union and International Department of the Government of Gibraltar. In December 2010, I was promoted to Senior European Union Law Draftsman in order to draft legislation exclusively for transposition of European Union Directives into the laws of Gibraltar. Since December 1, 2010, I have been teaching legislative drafting online in the Athabasca University of Canada to its students for the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting course.

In February 2013, my official title has been changed to Senior Law Draftsman to include drafting of domestic legislation as well. From July 2015 my official title has once again changed to Crown Counsel (Senior Law Draftsman) in the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, Gibraltar.

Publications

I have authored the following legal publications so far:

“Practical CR. P. C.” - a book of commentaries in English language on the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 of Bangladesh. Published in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1994.

“Muslim Family Laws in Bangladesh” - a book in English language on the Muslim Family Laws of Bangladesh. Ppublished in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1988.

“An Introduction to Muslim and Family laws” - a text book in Bengali language on the Muslim and family laws of Bangladesh. Published in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1989.

An Introduction to Marriage Law” - a book of commentaries in Bengali Language on the laws relating marriage, divorce and registration in Bangladesh. Published in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1993.

Laws of Family Courts” - a book of commentaries in Bengali Language on the Family Courts Ordinance 1985 of Bangladesh. Published in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1992.

The Code of Civil Procedure” - a book of commentaries in Bengali language on the Code of Civil Procedure 1908 of Bangladesh. Published in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1987.

“Modern Legislative Drafting: A 21st Century Approach” - a research book based on my Ph.D. thesis. Published in December, 2013 by the Scholar’s Press, Germany.


Updated November 06 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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