Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) is known as the ‘second parliament’ of Bangladesh. It has historically been the embodiment of democracy and the central hub of the country to hold public policy discussions and debates. In spite of such significance of DUCSU in the national life of this country, after the DUCSU election of 1990, University of Dhaka administration was unable to hold any election for last 28 years. With the political will of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, an Alumnus of the University of Dhaka and a life member of DUCSU, Sheikh Hasina, the University administration held an election on 11 March 2019.
The elected representatives of students, DUCSU aims at creating University of Dhaka as the central hub for holding public policy debates with national and international policy makers, jurists and academicians and forming a bridge between the academia and the industry. To foster the aim of DUCSU, the office of the Secretary, International Affairs, DUCSU, Shahrima Tanjin Arni has constituted a student body to publish the DUCSU Law and Politics Review (DUCSU LPR).
The DUCSU Law and Politics Review is an academic journal about law, policy, politics and governance edited by the top most students of the country selected through an admission test where every year the top hundred thousand students of Bangladesh compete. Only the students to get into University of Dhaka can be involved with the DUCSU LPR.
DUCSU LPR aims to enhance the research, writing and editing skills of the members of DUCSU LPR. The primary purpose of DUCSU LPR is to publish cutting edge critical scholarly works on the relevant field and organize public lectures, symposiums, seminars and conferences. The publication shall include works written by students, top level policy maker, scholars, professors and noted practitioners of home and abroad. In this academic platform, all the editorial and organization decisions are taken solely by the students of University of Dhaka with the suggestions of the Advisers.
The writings of the students shall take the form notes, comments on any specific law or policy decisions made by the government or the Supreme Court or the parliament. All articles — even those by the most respected authorities — shall be subjected to a rigorous editorial process by the brightest students of University of Dhaka designed to sharpen and strengthen substance and tone of the writings.
The President, DUCSU selects the teachers proposed by the Secretary, International Affairs as the Adviser of the DUCSU LPR. The Advisers of DUCSU LPR advises the Editor-in-Chief regarding the call for paper, editing of the submitted articles, sponsors for publications and overall functioning of the DUCSU LPR.
Moreover, the Secretary, International Affairs, DUCSU may request reputed experts/practitioners in the field of law, politics, international relations, history, economics etc. as the adviser of the DUCSU LPR.
Since the Independence of Bangladesh, the students of University of Dhaka has elected their representative in their Student Union namely Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) through their direct votes. Even though DUCSU has historically been the embodiment of democracy and the central hub of the country to hold public policy discussions and debates, after the DUCSU election of 1990, University of Dhaka administration was unable to hold any election for last 28 years. As a result, there was a vacuum. After 28 years, a major reform was made to the constitution of the DUCSU introducing several positions for secretaries of DUCSU who shall represent the students of University of Dhaka in their respective sectors. The office of the Secretary, International Affairs, DUCSU is one of the newly created office in the history of DUCSU.
Shahrima Tanjin Arni was elected to the office of Secretary, International Affairs, DUCSU and became the first ever International Affairs Secretary of DUCSU in its almost 100 years history.
To foster the academic exercise of the brightest students of the University of Dhaka in the field of law, politics, public policy in national and international sphere, the newly elected Secretary, International Affairs, DUCSU has taken the initiative to constitute and publish the DUCSU Law and Politics Review (DUCSU LPR).
Through a rigorous interview process, a current LLM Student of Department of Law, University of Dhaka, Md Azhar Uddin Bhuiyan was selected as the Editor-in-Chief of the DUCSU Law and Politics Review (DUCSU LPR).
The Editorial Board of DUCSU LPR shall be constituted through rigorous interview soon after the appointment of the Advisers and Editor-in-Chief.