Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) is a multi-disciplinary academic institute, which promotes global peace and social justice through quality education, research, training and advocacy. CPJ is committed to identifying and promoting sustainable and inclusive solutions to a wide range of global concerns and issues, including fragility, conflict and violence. The centre was established in March 2017 and joined the impressive cluster of other institutes and centres of Brac University. Under the leadership of its Executive Director, Manzoor Hasan, the centre has already achieved vast research, training and advocacy experiences in its three thematic area (1) Peace and Fragility (2) Social Justice, and (3) Open Society.
Since its inception, CPJ has developed working relationship with various academic institutions like National University of Singapore (NUS), Georgetown University, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. CPJ has undertaken training, research and advocacy in response to the Rohingya crisis, together with promotion of paralegalism and civic education for youths.
CPJ has also engaged with various UN agencies (UNDP, UN WOMEN, IOM, UNHCR, WFP) and donors, such as, Open Society Foundation, The Asia Foundation, DFID, USAID and IDRC. CPJ is a founding member of the Asia Justice Coalition, which is chaired by Manzoor Hasan. CPJ has acted as a facilitator to develop a broad network of legal aid and legal empowerment organisations in Bangladesh and other South Asian countries. CPJ and UN Women promoted the establishment of two Women Peace Cafés in two public universities – Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur and Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, Mymensingh.
In 2019, CPJ established a Refugee Studies Unit and established a ‘satellite’ office in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar to undertake research and other activities related to Rohingya and host communities. This facility is close to the camps, and serves as workstation for CPJ’s researchers and trainers. CPJ has developed partnership with community-based organisations, including educational institutions, in the camps and host community of Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar.