Biography of Dr. S M Masum Billah
Associate Professor S M Masum Billah graduated from Rajshahi University with First Class First Position both in LLB (Hons) and LLM. He holds a PhD in Law from Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Dr Billah’s thesis examined the political nuances of land law and its relationship in perpetuating the poverty of the Bengal peasants. He is the honorary Director of ELCOP Human Rights Summer School (HRSS), Dhaka. In this role, he acts in close association with Professor Mizanur Rahman in championing the idea of rebellious lawyering, the art of advocacy and human rights teaching.
His area of interest includes human rights, law and language, land law and poverty, legal history and constitutionalism in South Asia.
Dr Billah has presented papers in international conferences at Mofid University, Iran (2010); Hong Kong University (2011), Istanbul Kultur University, Turkey (2012), University of New England (2014), World Bank, Washington (2015), University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2015), Thammasat University, Thailand (2017), CUPL, Beijing (2018, 2019), National University Singapore (2018, 2019) and Kathmandu, Nepal (2019). He has published papers on property law, legal education, human rights and constitutionalism in scholarly journals.
Dr Billah was a visiting fellow at the South African Chair in Property Law, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2019). He has been a guest teacher at different private universities in Bangladesh.
He is the author of “Ainer Vab o Ovab” (The Art and Inert of Law) [Dhaka, Palal, 2019] that adds a new linguistic vista to Bangla legal understanding. His PhD thesis is going to be published from University Press Limited this year (2020) with an introduction from famous New Zealand Legal Historian Prof Richard Boast.
Dr Billah appears in TV talk shows and remains active in intellectually compelling national debates on various national and international issues. Among other subjects, Dr Billah has taught Intellectual Property Law, Land Law and Comparative Constitutional Law in the immediate past semesters.