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Dr. Kamal Hossain

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Dr. Kamal Hossain
He is endorsed as being one of the key authors of the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.

Dr. Kamal Hossain is a respected senior distinguished citizen of Bangladesh. He is a double Oxford graduate, an honorable doctorate of international laws and is among the most reputed, knowledgeable and experienced law professionals internationally. At national levels, he is a top statesman, a policy maker, a law adviser, a chief arbitrator, a senior politician and an honorable ex Minister. He is endorsed as being one of the key authors of the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.

Dr. Hossain earned his Bachelor of Jurisprudence degree with honors from the University of Oxford in 1957 and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the same institution in 1958. In 1964 he was awarded a Doctorate in International Law. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn, London.He is renowned worldwide as a jurist. He is a leading advocate of Bangladesh who has conducted a number of landmark cases and published in various law journals. He has an admired association with the United Nations and is a current member of the UN Compensation Commission. He has materialized in several international arbitrations, both as a lawyer and an arbitrator. He acted as an arbitrator in the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. He has also acted as a witness in numerous elections around the globe.

During the Bangladesh Liberation War in April 1971, Dr. Hossain was detained by the Pakistani Government and kept in custody in West Pakistan. He was together with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman freed when both of them left Pakistan for London.

After East Pakistan earned its independence and became Bangladesh, Dr. Hossain served in the Government of Bangladesh under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the Minister of Law (1972-1973), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1973-1975), and Minister of Petroleum and Minerals (1974-1975). One of his earliest tasks as Minister of Law was the drafting of the Constitution of Bangladesh, which was completed in 1972. Dr. Hossain was a member of the Awami League in the early 1990s, when he formed his own political party, Gano Forum (People’s Forum). He has stood for election in several General Elections.

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