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Abdullah Al Arif

Abdullah-Al Arif


  • Master of Laws (2013) (South Asian University, New Delhi, India)
  • Master of Laws (2009) (University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • Bachelor of Laws (2008) (University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh)


Abdullah Al Arif is a PhD candidate at Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University. Before coming to Macquarie University, he was a senior lecturer at the Department of Law, Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has completed his LL.B. (Honours) and LL.M. from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2008 and 2009 respectively. He has also completed a second LL.M. from South Asian University, New Delhi, India in 2013. During his study at SAU, he received the esteemed SAARC-India Silver Jubilee Scholarship. Furthermore, he was awarded the prestigious South Asian University Gold Medal for securing the first position in LL.M. He was the editor of Juris, the erstwhile weekly law page of Dhaka Tribune from July 2013 to April 2015. He has written numerous articles on diverse issues in the major newspapers of Bangladesh.



"Achieving Sustainable Marine Fisheries in Bangladesh: A Legal and Policy Analysis"


Numerous studies show that marine fisheries resources in Bangladesh have been overexploited. Therefore, conservation and sustainable management of marine fisheries have become a pressing need. As the laws and policies for regulation of marine fisheries in Bangladesh are scattered and dated, achieving sustainable marine fisheries will be a challenge for the government. The present research seeks to find actual gaps in the legal, policy and institutional frameworks for exploitation, conservation and management of marine fisheries in Bangladesh and delves into the means to fill in those gaps with a view to achieving sustainable marine fisheries.


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Awards & Scholarships

  • International Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship for doctoral research at Macquarie University (2015-2018)
  • University Grants Commission (Bangladesh) Award - 2014
  • SAARC-India Silver Jubilee Scholarship for LLM at South Asian University (2011-13)

Selected Publications

  • Arif, Abdullah Al  (2018)  "Legal Status of the Precautionary Principle in International Fisheries Law and Its Application in The Marine Fisheries Regime of Bangladesh" Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy (Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands) (Accepted).
  • Arif, Abdullah Al  (2017) "Legal Status of Maximum Sustainable Yield Concept in International Fisheries Law and its Adoption in the Marine Fisheries Regime of Bangladesh: A Critical Analysis" 32(3) International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 544.
  • Arif, Abdullah Al  (February 2018) "An Introduction to International Fisheries Law Research" GlobaLex
  • Arif, Abdullah Al and Md Ershadul Karim  (June 2015) "A Research Guide on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)" GlobaLex
  • Book review, "International Environmental Law and the Global South, edited by Shawkat Alam, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez and Jona Razzaque", Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law, forthcoming, 2016.
  • Arif, Abdullah Al (Ed) (2015), Juris: A Layman's Guide to the Law, Palal Publication, Dhaka.
  • Arif, Abdullah Al and Md. Ershadul Karim (2013) "Marine Pollution and the South Asian Coastal States: A Legal Appraisal," 9(2) Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law 18.