The Centre for Peace and Justice was recently established as multi-disciplinary post-graduate institute within BRAC University. The mission of the Centre is ‘to promote global peace and social justice through the means of education and training, research and advocacy’ and with the vision of ‘a just, peaceful and inclusive society’.
While Bangladesh achieved remarkable success in the MDGs, especially in areas such as poverty alleviation, education, food security and gender parity, the MDG framework itself had two notable lacunae, namely governance and justice. The SDGs have started the discourse and process to address those deficiencies. Goal 16, also known as the ‘justice’ goal, declares: ‘promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels’.
In the present context of Bangladesh, after more than four decades of economic and social empowerment, the country is still wrestling with the issues of peace and social justice. In terms of violence Bangladesh ranks 83th out of 163 countries in the Global Peace Index 2016. Moreover, new threats have emerged in the form of both homegrown terror threats and transnational extremist networks.
CPJ, through quality education, cutting-edge research, training and advocacy, is committed to identifying and promoting sustainable and inclusive solutions to a wide range of global concerns and issues, including fragility, conflict and violence.
CPJ’s focus areas:
To promote and support quality multi-disciplinary education at different levels in order to create human capital that promotes and sustains peace & social justice;
To undertake research on topics related to peace, fragility, violence & social justice in order to generate knowledge and empirical evidence;
To offer multi-level training & workshop in order to build capacities of practitioners, academicians, researchers and trainers; and
To advocate reform with relevant stakeholders in key peace & social justice arenas.
Notable activities to date:
Two national Training of Trainers in Nepal & India
Five national Basic Training of paralegals in Bangladesh
Legal Appreciation Course for students
Need Assessment workshop on Advance Training Manual for paralegals
Monthly ‘Thursday Talk’ to brainstorm on possible research topics
Meeting with academics to explore short courses on ‘peace’ and ‘justice’