Farjana Yesmin 2018-10-17T04:38:35+00:00

FARJANA YESMIN

Senior Fellow – Bangladesh

Farjana Yesmin is currently a Joint District and Sessions Judge in Pirojur.  She has served as a judicial officer and trial judge since her appointment to the Bangladesh judiciary as an assistant judge in 2008.

About Farjana Yesmin

Farjana Yesmin has served as a judicial officer and trial judge since her appointment to the Bangladesh judiciary as an assistant judge in 2008.

Judge Yesmin is currently a Joint District and Sessions Judge in Pirojur, where among other duties, she is responsible for hearing appeals from the lower courts, many of which arise under the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act, 2010 and Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980. As part of her judicial service, she is committed to promoting dispute resolution procedures during the appellate process, in order to assist vulnerable women litigants, whose cases are pending in the courts.

She was the first woman to have been appointed Deputy Registrar in the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, where she facilitated the coordination between the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Justice, and other stakeholders regarding the implementation of judicial initiatives that promoted the development of dispute resolution processes in connection with the judiciary.

Judge Yesmin has been committed to changing the Bangladeshi legal regime by advancing the resolution of disputes through her daily work in judicial service, since 2008.

Judicial Experience

Judge Yesmin’s judicial experience involves the adjudication of civil and criminal cases, including:

  • Property disputes
  • Commercial and contract disputes
  • Family matters and juvenile cases
  • Prisoners’ rights

Mediation Experience                      

Judge Yesmin has promoted dispute resolution and the settlement of disputes since 2008 as a judicial officer. Her interests in mediation include:

  • Family disputes
  • Real estate disputes
  • Commercial disputes
  • Insurance disputes
  • Revenue disputes
  • Land disputes
ADR Achievements and Training

  • Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Award (2016)
  • Presentation on Dispute Resolution Developments in Bangladesh, Mediation Society San Francisco (2016)
  • Mediation Training (40-Hours), University of California, Berkeley Extension (2016)
  • Course on dispute system design and ADR law, practice and policy, Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School (2016)
  • Basic Training Course on ADR, Judicial Administration and Training Institute, Dhaka (2008)

Publications and Education

Publications

“Imperatives for a Pro-Women Judiciary in Bangladesh,” JATI Journal (2016)

  “In Stream Uses of Water Law: A Comparative Analysis Between California and Bangladesh,” JATI Journal (2015)

  “Child Custody and Visitation: A Comparative Analysis Between California and Bangladesh,” JATI Journal (2014)

 “Supreme Court of Subordinate Judiciary,” Journal of Bangladesh Women Judges Association (2014)

 “Adalaty Shahitya” (Judiciary in Literature), Journal of the Bangladesh Judicial Service (2011)

 “Nari o Adalat” (Women & Judiciary), Journal of Bangladesh Women Judges Association (2010)

 “Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR: A Way Toward A Better Revelation,” Journal of Bangladesh Women Judges Association (2009)

 Life on a Swing: Human Rights of the Riverbank Erosion-Induced Displacees, Dhaka (2009)

Educational Qualifications

  • Master of Laws (LL.M. in Environmental Law), Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA (2013) (International Women Judges Graduate Fellowship Award for 2012-2013, in partnership with Golden Gate University School of Law)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M. in International & Comparative Law), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (2006)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. Hons.) University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (2005)

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