Uttam Kumar
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants

    Dr. Das is a human rights lawyer and practitioner from Bangladesh. He has a Doctor of Philosophy in Law and Human Rights from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He holds an LL.M. with honors and a Master of Human Rights.  Dr. Das worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as the National Protection (Legal) Officer in Bangladesh for four years. He has been instrumental in introducing the study of international refugee law in law schools in his country. He also worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for two years; he planned, coordinated, and directed training programs for lawyers, police, immigration officials, members of the armed forces, and law students on the issue of human trafficking. Dr. Das has taught in law schools and training institutes. His areas of interest include South Asian anti-human-trafficking laws and policies. Through the Humphrey Fellowship Program, Dr. Das wishes to learn about the anti-human-trafficking laws and policies in the U.S., especially strategies and mechanisms to prevent and prosecute cases of labor trafficking. He also intends to share his knowledge and experience with his counterparts in the U.S. and other countries.