Public Interest Litigation in South Asia Rights in Search of Remedies edited by Saa Hossain, Shahdeen Malik and Bushra Musa ISBN 984 05 1391 5 1997 200pp HB 215x136mm Tk.270.00 US$23.00
Over the past decade or more, Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has seized the imagination of judges, lawyers and human rights activists throughout South Asia. It has opened new avenues for access to justice, to legal remedies and catalysed innovative responses for protection of basic human rights, including economic and social rights.
In this book, eminent jurists and lawyers from South Asia review movements for legal aid and the protection of human rights, legal developments relating to and national experiences of public interest litigation in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The use of PIL in relation to environmental issues, preventive detention and women’s rights is considered in particular detail, as are strategies for ensuring that PIL moves beyond ad hoc initiatives and becomes sustainable, and an essential part of the armoury of human rights activists throughout the region.
Sara Hossain practices as a barrister in the High Court in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is a member of Ain o Salish Kendra, a legal aid and human rights organisation. She was educated at Oxford University.
Dr. Shahdeen Malik is a lawyer and an Advisor to the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Dhaka. He was educated at Dhaka, Moscow, Boston and London Universities.
Bushra Musa has practised as a lawyer in the U.S. She was educated at Dhaka and Columbia Universities.