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|Minister of Law|
12 January 1972 – March 1973
|Foreign Minister of Bangladesh|
March 1973 – August 1975
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
|Prime Minister||Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Muhammad Mansur Ali
|Preceded by||Abdus Samad Azad|
|Succeeded by||Abu Sayeed Chowdhury|
|Born||April 20, 1937|
|Political party||Gano Forum
Bangladesh Awami League (before 1990)
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
|Occupation||Politician, statesman and lawyer|
|Known for||The principal author of the Constitution of Bangladesh|
Kamal Hossain (born 20 April 1937) is a Bangladeshi jurist, statesman, politician and freedom fighter. After the independence of Bangladesh, he served as Minister of Law from 1972 to 1973 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1973 to 1975. He was also the Minister of Energy in 1974. Under his leadership, the Constitution of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Petroleum Act were enacted.
Hossain was awarded a Bachelor of Jurisprudence degree with honours 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.
Hossain accompanied Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in negotiations with Pakistani President General Yahya Khan and Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on the transfer of power to the National Assembly following the 1970 election.
Hossain was arrested during the Bangladesh Liberation War in April 1971 by the Pakistani government and kept in custody along with Sheikh Mujib in West Pakistan. He was released together with Mujib when both of them flew to London and then to independent Bangladesh.
After the independence of Bangladesh, Hossain served 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. Hossain is regarded as the father of the Bangladeshi constitution.
He is a leading jurist in Bangladesh and has conducted a number of landmark cases, published in various law journals in Bangladesh. In addition, he has appeared in several international arbitrations, both as a lawyer and an arbitrator, including acting as an arbitrator in the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.
Role in the international arena
Hossain is renowned worldwide as a jurist and enjoys a long-standing association with the United Nations. Between 1998 and 2003, he served as the UN Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan. He is a current member of the UN Compensation Commission. He is also currently vice chairman of the International Law Association London, chairman of both the  BLAST and South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS), honorary fellow of Notre Dame University Bangladesh and the Institute of Mineral and Petroleum Law, University of Dundee and advisory council member for Transparency International. He has also acted as an observer in various elections around the world.
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- Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust
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- International Law and the Challenge of Change in the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law
- International Law and Sustainable Development in the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law
Abdus Samad Azad
|Minister of Foreign Affairs
Abu Sayeed Chowdhury