Two Bangladeshi justices appointed at The Hague

Former Chief Justice Md Tafazzul Islam and former judge of the High Court Justice Md Awlad Ali have been appointed members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague of Netherlands for resolving international disputes.

This is the first time Bangladeshi judges are going to be included in this prestigious institution, a foreign ministry press release said yesterday.

The International Bureau of the PCA has welcomed the appointments for the next six years in accordance with Article 44 of the 1907 Hague Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes.

These appointments resulted from Bangladesh’s continuous and extensive engagement with the legal institutions in The Hague and beyond in promoting world peace, it said.

Situated in a heritage building called Peace Palace in The Hague, the PCA is an intergovernmental organisation with 117 member states.

Since its establishment in 1899, PCA has been active in facilitating arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution between states. This is the court from where arbitration decision on maritime boundary dispute between Bangladesh and India was awarded, says the press release.

Justice Tafazzul Islam had led the apex court bench upholding the High Court judgment that scrapped the fifth amendment to the constitution, which had legitimised the regimes of Khandaker Mushtaque Ahmed, Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem, and Maj Gen Ziaur Rahman between August 15, 1975 and April 9, 1979 after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975.

The SC bench led by Justice Tafazzul Islam also affirmed the HC verdict that upheld the death sentence of 12 killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Besides, the former chief justice is the principal author of several landmark judgements.

Justice Awlad Ali, during his professional career, conducted a good number of commercial arbitration cases as a lawyer.

Law Minister Anisul Huq told The Daily Star that the appointment was made following the ministry’s recommendation.