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Dr Shawkat Alam

Professor Shawkat AlamPositions: Professor, Macquarie Law School
Director, Centre for Environmental Law 

Tel: +61-2-9850 8890
Fax: +61-2-9850 7686
Email: shawkat.alam@mq.edu.au
Location: W3A 440

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Dr Shawkat Alam is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Environmental Law at Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University. Prof Alam has previously taught in the Law School at Dhaka University and Rajshahi University in Bangladesh. He holds an LLB (Honours) from Rajshahi University, LLM from Dhaka University and PhD from Macquarie University. Dr Alam's primary teaching and research expertise lies in the areas of international law, environmental law, trade law, human rights and sustainable development. His research focuses on the opportunities and challenges faced by developing economies to achieve sustainable development by examining international legal, institutional and policy frameworks.

Prof Alam is the author of a monograph, Sustainable Development and Free Trade (Routledge, 2008), and has co-edited several books:  International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015); International Trade Law and the WTO (Federation Press, 2013); Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law (Routledge, 2012); and Globalisation and the Quest for Social and Environmental Justice: The Relevance of International Law in an Evolving World Order (Routledge, 2011). He has published in leading journals:  Netherlands International Law Review, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Asian Journal of International Law, Journal of World Investment and Trade and Journal of World Trade Law.

Dr Alam has built strong international research collaborations that have led to significant community outreach projects, partnerships and research consultancies. He leads a high profile initiative to promote sustainable development and capacity building for the Government of Bangladesh. Prof Alam is also engaged in various projects in South-East Asia, including Indonesia and Thailand.

Prof. Alam has an outstanding record in Higher Degree Research supervision, and has received a number of awards:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision, Macquarie University (2012);
  • Dean's Higher Degree Research Award for Building an Inclusive Research Culture, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University (2011); and
  • Executive Dean's HDR Award for Encouraging Candidate Publications, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University (2010).

He currently leads a team of researchers at Macquarie Law School that supervises over a dozen domestic and international PhD candidates. 

Prof Alam is a member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and actively engaged in its Learning and Capacity Building Committee. He regularly examines dissertations and reviews manuscripts for leading publishers and journals in his areas of expertise.

Qualifications 

LLB (Honours) (Rajshahi), LLM (Dhaka), PhD (Macquarie)

Teaching Responsibilities 

  • LAW 852 - Trade and Environment Law
  • LAW 860 - International Environment Law

Research Interests 

Public international law, international environmental law, international trade and environment nexus, WTO and sustainable development, international human rights law, regional trade and investment  agreements and the environment, globalisation and sustainable development, Law and Development, Governance and Public Policy.

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Recent Publications 

Books
  • Shawkat Alam, Jona Razzaque and Jahid Bhuiyan (eds), International Natural Resources Law, Investment and Sustainability, Routledge, 2017.
  • Shawkat Alam,  Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and  Jona Razzaque et al (eds), International Environmental Law and the Global South, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Indira Carr, Shawkat Alam and Jahid Bhuiyan, (eds), International Trade Law and the WTO, Federation Press, Australia 2013, ISBN 978186287879-2.
  • Shawkat Alam, Jahid Bhuiyan, Tareq M R Chowdhury and Erika J Techera (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law, Routledge, London, 2012, ISBN 978-0-415-68717-1.
  • Shawkat Alam, Natalie Klein and Juliette Overland (eds), Globalisation and the Quest for Social and Environmental Justice: The Relevance of International Law in an Evolving World Order, Routledge, London (2011) ISBN 13:978-0-415-49910-1.
  • Azizur Rahman Chowdhury, Jahid Bhuiyan and Shawkat Alam (eds), Issues in Human Rights, ISBN 978-81-269-1333-6, Atlantic Publishers, India, 2010.
  • Shawkat Alam, Sustainable Development and Free Trade, (Monograph), Routledge, London, 2008. ISBN 10:0-415-41294-3
Research Book Chapters
  • Shawkat Alam, "Natural resource protection in regional and bilateral investment agreements: In search of an equitable balance for promoting sustainable development" in International Natural Resources Law, Investment and Sustainability (Routledge, 2017).
  • Shawkat Alam, Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan and Jona Razzaque, "International natural resources Law, sustainable investment and green economy: Emergence of theories, principles and practices" in International Natural Resources Law, Investment and Sustainability (Routledge, 2017).
  • Shawkat Alam, "Trade, Investment and Biodiversity Conservation" in Jona Razzaque and Elisa Morgera (eds), Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law , Edward Elgar, 2017, pp 320-330..
  • Laely Nurhidaya and Shawkat Alam, 'MPA and Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood in Indonesia: Case study of MPAs in Karimunjawa and Mayalibit Papua, Indonesia' in Lena et al (eds). Marine Protected Areas: Interactions with Fishery Livelihoods and Food Security, FAO and IUCN, 2017. http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6742e.pdf
  • Shawkat Alam, "Trade and the Environment: Perspectives from the Global South"  in Alam, Atapattu, Gonzalez, and Razzaque (eds), International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University) (2015), pp 297-316.
  • Shawkat Alam and Jona Razzaque, "Sustainable Development versus Green Economy: The Way Forward?" in S. Alam et.al (eds), International Environmental Law and the Global South, Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp 609-623.
  • Shawkat Alam, "Shifting Global Power and Trade in Education Services: Opportunities and Challenges for 'Education for Sustainable Development'" in Rowena Maguire, Bridget Lewis and Charles Sampford (eds), Shifting Global Powers: Challenges and Opportunities for International Law (Forthcoming, Routledge, 2013, pp 133-153.
  • Shawkat Alam, "Collective Indigenous Rights and the Environment" in Shawkat Alam, Jahid Bhuiyan, Tareq M R Chowdhury and  Erika J Techera (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law, Routledge, London,(2012, pp 585-602.
  • Shawkat Alam and Md. Rizwanul Islam, "Barriers to Trade in Goods and Services" in Indira Carr, Shawkat Alam and Jahid Bhuiyan, (eds), International Trade Law and the WTO, Federation Press, 2013, pp 147-165.
  • Shawkat Alam, "International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships"-in Klaus Bosselmann, Daniel Fogel, and J. B. Ruhl (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Sustainability, Volume 3: The Law & Politics of Sustainability (2011), pp 74-77 (invited contribution).
  • Shawkat Alam, "Economic Globalization: Rethinking Its Promises for Economic and Social Development from a Developing Country Perspective" in Alam, Klein and Overland (eds), Globalisation and the Quest for Social and Environmental Justice: The Relevance of International Law in an Evolving World Order (Routledge, London (2011) pp 77-93.
  • Shawkat Alam, Natalie Klein and Juliette Overland, "Achieving Social and Environmental Justice Through The Many Dimensions of Globalisation: An Elusive or Achievable Quest?"  in Alam, Klein and Overland (eds), Globalisation and the Quest for Social and Environmental Justice: The Relevance of International Law in an Evolving World Order,  (Routledge, 2011), pp 1-10.
  • A.R. Chowdhury, J.H. Bhuiyan and Shawkat Alam, "Promotion, Protection and Enforcement of Human Rights: An Introduction to the Issues" in Chowdhury, Bhuiyan and Alam (eds), Issues in Human Rights (Atlantic Publishers, 2010), pp 1-16.
  • Rafiqul Islam and Shawkat Alam, "Inter-linking of Rivers: International and Regional Aspects" in Inter-Linking Rivers in India: Issues and Concerns, ISBN 9780415404693, pp 218-232, Taylor & Francis Group, UK 2008 (invited contribution).
Journal Articles
  • Shawkat Alam and Saif Uddin Ahammad, "Shrimp Aquaculture in Bangladesh: Domestic Regulatory Responses and Compliance with MEAs" (2017), Volume 82, Marine Policy, 122-133.
  • Shawkat Alam and George Tomossy, "Overcoming the SPS Concerns of the Bangladesh Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector: From Compliance to Engagement" (2017), Volume 16 Issue 2, Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, (forthcoming).
  • Laely Nurhidayah, Zada Lipman and Shawkat Alam, "REDD+ and Forest Fires: Implications for the Legal and Policy Forest Fire Management Framework in Indonesia" (2017) 34 Environmental and Planning Law Journal  251.
  • Laely  Nurhidayah, Shawkat Alam and Zada Lipman, 'The Influence of International Law upon ASEAN Approaches in Addressing Transboundary Haze Pollution in the ASEAN Region', 37:2 (2015) Contemporary
    Southeast Asia
    , pp 183-210.
  • Laely Nurhidayah, Zada Lipman and Shawkat Alam, 'Regional Environmental Governance: An Evaluation of the ASEAN Legal Framework for Addressing Transboundary Haze Pollution', 15:1 (2014) Australian Journal of Asian Law, pp 1-17
  • Shawkat Alam and Abdullah Faruque, 'Legal regulation of shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh: The international regulatory framework and domestic implementation challenges' (2014) 47C Marine Policy, pp 46-56.
  • Mia Mahmudur Rahim and Shawkat Alam, 'Convergence of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance: The Case of Bangladesh' (2013) (May) Journal of Business Ethics. DOI 10.1007/s10551-013-1699-x (Published online).
  • Shawkat Alam, Pundaik Mukhopadhya, and Md. Rizwanul Islam, "The Australia India Proposed Free Trade Agreement and Trade in Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges", February (2013), 14:1 Journal of World Investment and Trade, pp 167-197.
  • M Rafiqul Islam, Shawkat Alam and Pundarik Mukhopadhaiya, "Integrating Trade in Education Services between Australia and India: Complementarities and Challenges", (2012) 11:2 Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, pp 133-147.
  • Tanzim Afroz and Shawkat Alam, "Sustainable Shrimp Farming in Bangladesh: A Quest for an Integrated Coastal Zone Management", 71 (2013) Ocean and Coastal Management, pp 275-283.
  • Saiful Karim and Shawkat Alam, "Climate Change and Reduction of Emissions of Green House Gases from Ships: An Appraisal" (2011) (Issue I) Asian Journal of International Law, pp 131-148.
  • Shawkat Alam, Punarik Mukhophadhaya and David Randle, "The WTO Agreement on Trade in Services, Water Services, and Human Rights from the Perspective of Developing Countries" (2011) 58(1) Netherlands International Law Review, pp 43-75.
  • Shawkat Alam and Saiful Karim, "Linkages of Development and Environment: In Search of an Integrated Approach through Sustainable Development" (2011) 23:3 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, pp 345-363.
  • Sharmin Jahan Tania and Shawkat Alam, "Liberalisation of Sewerage and Waste Management Services and the GATS: Implications and Challenges for Developing Countries" (2011) 12(4) Journal of World Investment & Trade, pp 519-550.
  • Jennifer Brown and Shawkat Alam, 'Australia's Extended Producer Responsibility for Portable Consumer Batteries: Conflicting or Reconciling Trade and Environment Obligations?' (2009) 43:1, Journal of World Trade Law, pp 125-152.
  • Shawkat Alam and Abdullah Faruque, 'Tragedy of Gas and Coal Exploration in Bangladesh: Towards Ensuring Corporate Environmental Accountability' (2009) 12:1 Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, pp 117-148.
  • Rizwanul Islam and Shawkat Alam, 'Preferential Trade Agreements and the Scope of GATT Article XXIV, GATS Article V and the Enabling Clause: An Appraisal of GATT/WTO Jurisprudence" (2009) LVI (Issue I) Netherlands International Law Review, pp 1-34.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Biodiversity, Conservation, Law + Livelihoods: Bridging the North-South Divide', by M.I. Jeffery, J. Firestone, & K. Bubnalitic (eds)" (2009) 21 Journal of Environmental Law, 383-385.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'An Examination of the International Environmntal Law Governing the Proposed Indian River-linking Project and an Appraisal of Its Ecological and Socio-Economic Implications for Lower Riparian Countries' (2007) 19:2 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, pp 210-235.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Trade Restrictions Pursuant to Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Developmental Implications for Developing Countries' (2007) 41:5 Journal of World Trade Law, pp 983-1014.
  • Shawkat Alam, Natalie Klein and Juliette Overlad, 'Editorial:  Globalisation and the Quest for Social and Environmental Justice: The Relevance of International Law in an Evolving World Order', Editors' Note, (2007) 7 Macquarie Law Journal, pp 1-7.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'The Proposed Indian River-linking Project: Infringement of Rights', The Daily Star, 22 September 2007 Edition.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Trade, the Environmnt, and the World Trade Organization: A Developing Country Perspective on WTO Agreements Concerning Standards, Regulations and Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade' Vol 3 (2006) New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, pp 17-42.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'The United Nations' Approach to Trade, the Environment and Sustainable Development', 12:3 ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law (Summer 2006) pp 608-638.
  • Shawkat Alam and Rafiqul Islam, 'The Trade-Environment Interface: Issues Lurking behind the North South Tensions' (2005) 2:1 Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law, pp 121-144.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Trade-Environment Nexus in GATT Jurisprudence: Pressing Issues for Developing Countries' (2005) 17:2 Bond Law Review pp 1-26.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Trade and Environment Linkage in the Post-Uruguay Round Context' (2004) 11 James Cook University Law Review pp 36-62.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Protection of Children Rights: National and Global Approach' (1996) 7:1 The Dhaka University Studies, 83-98.
  • Shawkat Alam, Jona Razzaque and Jahid Bhuiyan (eds), International Natural Resources Law, Investment and Sustainability, Routledge, forthcoming, 2016.
  • Shawkat Alam, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and  Jona Razzaque et al (eds),  International Environmental Law and the Global South, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

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Awards 

  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision, Macquarie University,  2012.
  • Faculty of Arts Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in HDR Supervision, 2012,Higher Degree Research Award for Building Inclusive Research Culture, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University,  2011.
  • Dean's HDR Award for Encouraging Candidate Publications in 2010, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, 2010.
  • Tony Blackshield Award for Most Prolific Early Career Researcher, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2006, 2007.
  • Rosalind Croucher Award for Most Productive Researcher, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2008.

University Service and Administration 

  • Dean (Acting), Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University,  July 2013-July 2015.   
  • Director, Centre for Environmental Law (2012-)
  • Director, Higher Degree Research, Macquarie Law School, 2008-2011.
  • Deputy Director, Higher Degree Research, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2007-2008.
  • Cluster Leader, International Law Cluster, Macquarie University Centre for Legal Governance, 2011-2013.
  • Member, Macquarie University Higher Degree Research Committee, 2010-2012.

Research Supervisions 

Postgraduate Supervision/Completions by Supervised HDR Candidates
Supervisions as Primary Supervisor

HDR student name

HDR degree

Progress status

Supervisory role

Badiul AlamPhD,  IMQRES, full-timeCommenced Dec 2015,  anticipated completion 2018Principal Supervisor
Nadira SultanaPhD,  IMQRES, full-timeCommenced Dec 2015,  anticipated completion 2018Co- Supervisor
Atia Naznin ShuvraPhD,  IMQRES, full-timeCommenced Dec 2015,  anticipated completion 2018Principal Supervisor
Noor MohammadPhD,  IMQRES, full-timeCommenced Dec 2015,  anticipated completion 2018Principal Supervisor
Abdullah Al ArifPhD,  IMQRES, full-timeCommenced Dec 2015,  anticipated completion 2018Associate Supervisor
Sheikh Mohammad Towhidul KarimPhD,  IMQRES, full-timeCommenced Dec 2015,  anticipated completion 2018Associate Supervisor
Abdul MannanPhD,  IMQRES, full-timeCommenced Dec 2015,  anticipated completion 2018Associate Supervisor
Huda Al QasmiPhD,  Saudi Government Scholarship, full-timeContinuing, anticipated completion 2018Principal Supervisor
Zara BendingPhD, part-timeContinuing, anticipated completion 2018Principal Supervisor
Kirsten DaviesPhD,  MQRES, full-timeContinuing, anticipated completion 2018Principal Supervisor
Harold BaroiPhD,  IMQRES, full-timeContinuing, anticipated completion 2017Co-Supervisor
Shafiqur RahmanPhD, full-timeContinuing, anticipated completion 2016Associate supervisor
Hau NguyenPhD, full-timeContinuing, anticipated completion 2016Associate supervisor
Yuri SuzukiPhD, full-timeContinuing, anticipated completion 2016Principal Supervisor
Shireen DaftPhD, full-timeCompleted 2015Principal Supervisor
Laely NurhidayahPhD, full-timeCompleted 2015Principal Supervisor
Ummeh Sharaban TahuraMPhil, full-timeCompleted 2015Associate Supervisor
Patricia BlazeyPhD, full-timeCompleted 2015Associate Supervisor
Pradip RoyhanPhD, full-timeCompleted 2014Principal Supervisor
Tanzim AfrozPhD, full-timeCompleted 2014Principal Supervisor
Charu SharmaPhD, full-timeCompleted 2013Principal Supervisor
Jakerul AbedinPhD, full-timeCompleted 2013Associate Supervisor
Mostafa Mahmud NaserPhD, full-timeCompleted 2013Associate Supervisor
Iman PrihandonoPhD, full-timeCompleted 2013Associate Supervisor
Natalia Rodriguez UribePhD, full-timeCompleted 2013Associate Supervisor
Shima ZamanPhD, full-timeCompleted 2013Associate Supervisor
Mia Mahmudur RahimPhD, full-timeCompleted 2012Principal Supervisor
Shafiqur RahmanPhD, full-timeCompleted 2012, transferred to MGSMAssociate Supervisor
Sharmin Jahan TaniaPhD, full-timeCompleted 2011Principal Supervisor
Muhammad Towhid IslamPhD, full-timeCompleted 2011Principal Supervisor
Rizwanul IslamPhD, full-timeCompleted 2011Associate Supervisor
Nakib Muhammad, MPhilMPhil, full-timeCompleted 2010Associate Supervisor
Marina Abdul MajidPhD, full-timeDiscontinued 2010Principal Supervisor
Saif Uddin AhammadLLM, full-timeCurrent, Anticipated completion 2016Supervisor, Master's Dissertation
Sorrawit JaingamLLM, full-timeCompleted 2014Supervisor, Master's Dissertation
Chanyanit PiyatiansawatLLM, full-timeCompleted 2014Supervisor, Master's Dissertation
Jennifer BrownMIEL, full-timeCompleted 2008Supervisor, Master's Dissertation
Jane ScanlonMIEL, full-timeCompleted 2007Supervisor, Master's Dissertation
Alice NelsonLLB, full-timeContinuingSupervisor, Honours Dissertation
Billima StevensLLB, full-timeCompleted 2013Supervisor, Honours Dissertation
Michelle AitkenLLB, full-timeCompleted 2011Supervisor, Honours Dissertation
Emilia TkachenkoLLB, full-timeCompleted 2011Supervisor, Honours Dissertation
Phillip WardleLLB, full-timeCompleted 2011Supervisor, Honours Dissertation
Andrew WheatleyLLB, full-timeCompleted 2009Supervisor, Honours Dissertation
Megan SandlerLLB, full-timeCompleted 2009Supervisor, Honours Dissertation
Elnaz NikibinLLB, full-timeCompleted 2006Supervisor, Honours Dissertation
Rhys ManleyLLB, full-timeCompleted 2006Supervisor, Honours Dissertation

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Presentations at Conferences, Seminars and Lectures 

  • 'Trade and the Environment: Perspectives from the Global South'-paper presented at the 5th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law 2015, Bangkok, 26 November, 2015.
  • 'Trade and Sustainable Forest Management: Challenges and Options for the Global South', invited paper presented in the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Research Committee Workshop on Forest Value Claims in the Global Economy:  Social Justice and Sustainability Considerations, 7 September, 2015, Indonesia.
  • 'Sustainable Forest Management in Indonesia: Role of Certification and Labelling as Market based Instruments', Invited paper presented in Indonesian Institute of Sciences, 9 September 2015, Indonesia.
  • Reinvigorating Sustainable Development and the North South Divide: Current Challenges and Future Directions from the Perspectives of the Global South- paper presented at the AsianSIL Regional Conference, held in Dhaka, 24 August 2014.
  • 'Trade and the Global South' Paper presented at the 12th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium 2014, 4 July 2014; Chair of the Panel on International Litigation at 12th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium.
  • 'International Trade in Education Services and Its Implications for the Right to Education', paper presented at the 4th Biennial Conference of The Asian Society of International Law, November 2013.
  • "The Principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Operation of Climate Change Adaptation Funding: Implications for Sustainable Development, Equity and Environmental Justice"-Paper presented at the 2012 ANZSIL and ASIL Joint Conference on International Law and Justice, UNSW, Sydney, 25 October 2012.
  • Invited Lecture, "WTO and Animal Law"-in LAW497: Animal Law, Macquarie Law School, 12 October, 2012.
  • "Integrating Sustainable Development into Bilateral Trade Arrangements"-paper presented in the 10th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, University of Maryland, July 2, 2012.
  • Invited Lecture, "Politics of Multilateral Treaty Regime"- in POLS 5125: The Politics of International Law, School of Social Sciences, UNSW, 24 April, 2012.
  • "The Liberalisation of Education Services under GATS: Implications for Sustainable Development from the Perspective of Developing Countries"- Paper presented at the 2011 Human Rights and Governance Colloquium, QUT, Queensland, 25 November 2011.
  • Invited Lecture, "Presentation and Publication of Doctoral Research" at HDR Lunchtime Seminar, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, 18 October, 2011.
  • Invited Lecture, "Human Rights, National Security and Counter Terrorism"-presented at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT), Macquarie University, 30 June 2011.
  • Invited Lecture, "Sustainability and Trade"- at the CBL International Dubai Law School, Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai, 5 January 2011.
  • "Graduate Capabilities in Changing Legal Landscape: Opportunities and Challenges for Law Graduates"-Guest Lecture, Department of Law, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, 3 January 2011.
  • Invited paper, "Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Development:  Is Development the Missing Link?"- presented at a Seminar organised by the South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies, 3 January, 2011, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Invited paper, "WTO, Trade and Sustainable Development: Role of Health and Safety Standards in Market Access"- presented in a seminar organised by Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), 2 January, 2011, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • "Law Studies at Macquarie University"-Paper presented in a seminar organised by South East University, Bangladesh, 29 December 2010.
  • "The Linkages between Climate Change, Poverty and Sustainable Development:  An Appraisal of Inter and Intra-Generational Equity"-Paper presented at the 8th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2010, Ghent, Belgium, 14 September 2010.
  • "The Linkages between Environment and Development:  Exploring Equity in Sustainable Development"-Paper presented at Legal Governance COREs Seminar, Macquarie Law School, 26 August 2010.
  • "Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment, Right to Development and the North-South Divide: Reviewing the Global Partnership for Development"- Paper presented at the 7th Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Wuhan, China, 3 November 2009.
  • "Human Right to Water and Implications of Commodification of Water Supply for Access to Water"-Paper presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting, The Law and Society Association, Denver, Colorado, 28 May 2009.
  • Invited Speaker: "The Indivisibility of Human Rights in a Divided World: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in an Era of Globalisation"-Paper presented at the Human Rights after Sixty Years of Universal Declaration Conference, 19 December, 2008, Dhaka, Bangladesh organised by Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP).
  • Invited Lecture, "Human Rights Treaties" at Amnesty International Australia, Sydney, 10 September 2008.
  • Invited Lecture, "Understanding International Law and Human Rights" at Amnesty International Australia, Sydney, 3 September 2008.
  • Guest lecture on Trade and Environment: Interests of Developing States in International Trade and Environment LAWS6820 Class (postgraduate course) offered through Sydney Law School on 1 September 2008.
  • "Intra- generational Equity and the North-South Divide: The Neglected Cornerstone of Sustainable Development" Paper presented at the Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, James Cook University, 6-9 July 2008.
  • Invited Speaker: "Development, Environment and Human Rights"-Paper presented at the Human Rights and Corruption Conference, 09 December, 2007, Dhaka, Bangladesh, organised by Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP).
  • "The Interface between Globalisation, Trade & Sustainable Development: Implications for the Development Prospects of the South"-Paper presented at 23rd Australasian Law and Society Conference, University of Wollongong on 13-15 December 2006.
  • "Globalisation, Trade Liberalisation and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Options for Developing Countries"-Paper presented at the Globalisation Seminar Series, Division of Law, Macquarie University on 19 October, 2006.
  • Invited Guest lecture on "WTO Dispute Settlement System" in Law538: International Dispute Settlement, Department of Law, Macquarie University, 3 October 2006.
  • Invited Guest lecture on "Unwritten rules that I have learnt from my doctoral journey" in Legal Research Seminar for PhD Candidates at the Division of Law, Macquarie University, 30 August 2006.
  • "The Proposed Indian River-linking Project: An Appraisal of its Ecological and Socio Economic Implications for Lower Riparian Countries" Paper presented at the Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference, 4-7 July 2006.
  • "The WTO Standards Regime and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Options for Developing Countries" Paper presented at the Australian & New Zealand Society of International Law Conference, 29 June-1 July 2006.
  • Guest lecture on "Measures to address Climate Change and Impact on Small Island States" in International Marine Environmental Law & Oceans Governance (Postgraduate Course), offered through the Department of Environmental Law, Macquarie University, in 17 May 2006.
  • "International Trade and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Options for Developing Countries"- Paper presented at the Faculty of Law, Tribhuvan University Nepal, 21 November 2005.
  • "Interlinkages between Trade, the Environment and Sustainable Development: Developing Countries at the Crossroads"- Paper presented at the Biodiversity Conservation in Asia: Current Status and Future Perspectives Conference 2005, Nepal, 17 - 20 November 2005.
  • "Trade and the Environment in Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Implications for Sustainable Development in Developing Countries"- Paper presented at the 'Australasian Law Teachers Conference 2005', New Zealand, 5-8 July 2005.
  • "Trade and Environmental Issues in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation"- Paper presented at the Thirteenth Annual Conference on International Institutions in a Uni-Polar World- Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Canberra, Australia, 16 - 18 June 2005.
  • "From Singapore to Hong Kong: The Trade-Environment Linkage in the WTO Ministerial Conferences"- Paper presented at the Re-Collections: Official Knowledge and the Memory of Unofficial Practices, 22nd Annual Law and Society Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, 13-15 December 2004.
  • "The Trade-Environment Nexus and Sustainable Development"- Paper presented at the 6th Annual Postgraduate Law Conference 2004, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Australia, 29-30 October 2004.

Editorial Roles 

  • Guest Co-Editor, Asian Journal of International Law, 2013.
  • Editor in Chief, Macquarie Journal of International & Comparative Environmental Law, Vol 8 (1), 2012.
  • Editor in Chief, Macquarie Journal of International & Comparative Environmental Law Vol 8 (2), 2012.
  • Associate Editor, Australian Journal of International Law published jointly by Sydney Law School and Australian International Law Association, 2008-Present.
  • Co-Editor, Macquarie Law Journal, Volume 7, 2007.
  • Associate Editor, Macquarie Journal of International & Comparative Environmental Law Vol 3 (1), 2006.

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Membership in Professional Bodies 

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law
  • Asian Society of International Law
  • International Law Association (Australian Branch)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Amnesty International
  • Macquarie University Legal Governance CORE
  • Macquarie University Centre for Environmental Law Biosecurity Futures Research Centre

Competitively-awarded external grants 

Chief Investigator (Project Director)

Project title: Capacity Building for Effective Negotiation and Participation in International Treaties for Bangladesh
Investigators: Shawkat Alam, George Tomossy
Name of the awarding body: AusAID (DFAT) - Australian Leadership Awards, Round 14
Date range of grant/contract: 2014
Total $ funding of grant/contract: $334,000 ($271K Category 2 funding)

Chief Investigator (Project Director)

Project title: Capacity Building for Sustainable Development and Trade in Bangladesh
Investigators: Shawkat Alam, George Tomossy
Name of the awarding body: AusAID (DFAT) - Australian Leadership Awards, Round 12
Date range of grant/contract: 2013
Total $ funding of grant/contract: $277K ($251K Category 2 funding)

External research consultancies

Project title: Curriculum Renewal for the Law and Administration Course of the Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy
Investigators: Shawkat Alam, George Tomossy (in collaboration with Access MQ & MQELC)
Name of the funding body: Government of Bangladesh
Date range of grant/contract: 2015-2019 (pending final approval).

Competitively-awarded internal research grants

Project title: Promoting Australian Access to Indian Markets and Sustainable Economic Development under International Trade Law
Investigators: Dr Shawkat Alam
Name of the funding body: Macquarie University Safety Net (MQSN) Grant
Date range of grant/contract: 22 December 2010
Total $ funding of grant/contract: $14,500

  • "Australia-India Trade and Investment Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities for Environmentally Sustainable Economic Development", Macquarie University Research Development Grant Scheme 2009-2010, $49,875 (with Pundarik Mukhopadhaya).
  • "Integrating Sustainable Development into Bilateral Trade Arrangements: Opportunities and Challenges", Legal Scholarship Support Fund, 2012,  $3698.
  • "Human Rights and Environment: An Appraisal of Indigenous Peoples' Rights", Legal     Scholarship Support Fund, 2011,  $3884.
  • "Promoting Macquarie University's Academic and Research Profile in Bangladesh", Macquarie University Diversification Funding, 2010, $4274.
  • "Trade for Sustainable Development: Assessing the Impact of Trade Restrictions for Promoting Sustainable Development in Developing Countries", Macquarie University New Staff Research Grants Scheme 2007-2008, $17,831.
  • "Operation of Multinational Corporations (MNCs) in Oil and Gas Sector in Bangladesh: An Examination of International Norms and Their Limitations in Regulating MNCs for Environmental Responsibilities", Law Foundation, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2007, $2500.
  • "Development, Environment and Human Rights", Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2007, $2500.
  • "The WTO Standards Regime and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Options for Developing Countries", Law Foundation, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2006, $1813.
  • "The Proposed Indian River-linking Project: An Appraisal of its Ecological and Socio Economic Implications for Lower Riparian Countries", Law Foundation, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2006, $1617.
  • Implications of WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and Technical Standards for Sustainable Development in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges", Law Foundation, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2005, $2500.
  • "Trade-Environmental Linkage in Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Implications for Sustainable Developments in Developing Countries", Law Foundation, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2005, $1800.

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