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Professor Shawkat Alam

Professor Shawkat AlamPosition: Professor
Director, Centre for Environmental Law
Director, Postgraduate Programs
Tel: +61 (2) 9850 8890
Fax: +61 (2) 9850 7686
Email: shawkat.alam@mq.edu.au
Location: 6 First Walk, Room 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 including International Natural Resources Law, Investment and Sustainability (Routledge, 2018), 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 including Netherlands International Law ReviewMarine Policy, Georgetown International Environmental Law ReviewJournal of Business EthicsAsian 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 igh-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);
  • Executive Dean's Excellence in Higher Degree Research supervision of the Year Award 2017, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, 2017.
  • 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. The international PhD candidates come from various countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

Prof Alam is a member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and Co-Chair of the IUCNAEL Teaching and Capacity Building Committee. Prof Alam is currently Co-Editor in Chief, of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law E Journal. He regularly examines dissertations and reviews manuscripts for leading publishers and journals in his areas of expertise.

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Qualifications 

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

Teaching Responsibilities 

  • LAW 852 - Trade and Environment Law
  • LAW 860 - International Environmental 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, environmental governance, sustainable forest management.

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Publications 

Books 
  • Shawkat Alam, Jona Razzaque and Jahid Bhuiyan (eds), International Natural Resources Law, Investment and Sustainability (Routledge, London, 2018). ISBN 13: 978-1138848702.
  • Shawkat Alam et al (eds), International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015). ISBN 978-1316621042.
  • Indira Carr, Shawkat Alam and Jahid Bhuiyan (eds), International Trade Law and the WTO (Federation Press, Australia, 2013). ISBN 978186287879-2.
  • Shawkat Alam et al (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 (Atlantic Publishers, India, 2010). ISBN 978-81-269-1333-6.
  • Shawkat AlamSustainable Development and Free Trade (Monograph) (Routledge, London, 2008). ISBN 10:0-415-41294-3.

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Research Book Chapters 
  • Shawkat Alam, Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan and Jona Razzaque, 'International natural resources law and sustainable investment: principles and practices' in Shawkat Alam, Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan and Jona Razzaque (eds), International Natural Resources Law, Investment and Sustainability (Routledge, 2018) 15, 44.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Natural resource protection in regional and bilateral investment agreements: In search of an equitable balance for promoting sustainable development' in Shawkat Alam, Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan and Jona Razzaque (eds), International Natural Resources Law, Investment and Sustainability (Routledge, 2018) 108, 131.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Trade, Investment and Biodiversity Conservation' in Jona Razzaque and Elisa Morgera (eds), Biodiversity and Nature Protection Law (Edward Elgar, 2017) 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) 5, 20. http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6742e.pdf.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Trade and the Environment: Perspectives from the Global South' in Shawkat Alam et al (eds), International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015) 297, 316.
  • Shawkat Alam and Jona Razzaque, 'Sustainable Development versus Green Economy: The Way Forward?' in Shawkat Alam et al (eds), International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015) 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 (Routledge, 2013) 133, 153.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Collective Indigenous Rights and the Environment' in Shawkat Alam et al (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law (Routledge, London, 2012) 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) 147, 165.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Reccling of Ships" in Klaus Bosselmann, Daniel Fogel, and J B Ruhl (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Sustainability, Volume 3: The Law & Politics of Sustainability (Berkshire, 2011) 74, 77. (Invited contribution).
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Economic Globalization: Rethinking Its Promises for Economic and Social Development from a Developing Country Perspective' in 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, 2011) 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 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, 2011) 1, 10.
  • A R Chowdhury, J H Bhuiyan and Shawkat Alam, 'Promotion, Protection and Enforcement of Human Rights: An Introduction to the Issues' in A R Chowdhury, J H Bhuiyan and Shawkat Alam (eds), Issues in Human Rights (Atlantic Publishers, 2010) 1, 16.
  • Rafiqul Islam and Shawkat Alam, 'Inter-linking of Rivers: International and Regional Aspects' in Monirul Qader Mirza, Ahsan Uddin Ahmed and Q K Ahmad (eds), Inter-Linking Rivers in India: Issues and Concerns (Taylor & Francis Group, UK, 2008) 218, 232. (Invited contribution).

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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 Sheikh Noor Mohammad, 'Applying the ecosystem approach to the Sundarbans of Bangladesh: Possibilities and challenges' (2018) Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (Forthcoming).
  • Harold Baroi, Shawkat Alam and Carlos Bernal, 'Can An Open Access Approach be the Solution to Better Implementation of the Right to Information Act in Bangladesh?' (2018) Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law (forthcoming).
  • S M Atia Naznin and Shawkat Alam, 'Judicial Remedies for Forced Slum Evictions in Bangladesh: An Analysis of the Structural Injunction' (2018) Asian Journal of Law and Society (forthcoming).
  • George Tomossy and Shawkat Alam, 'Shifting Public Procurement towards Sustainability: A Comparative Case Study of Indonesia and Australia' (2018) Australian Journal of Asian Law (forthcoming).
  • 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 70, 91.
  • Zada Lipman, Laely Nurhidayah and Shawkat Alam, 'REDD+ and Forest Fires: Implications for the Legal and Policy Forest Fire Management Framework in Indonesia' (2017) Volume 34 Issue 3 Environmental and Planning Law Journal 251, 267.
  • Shawkat Alam and Laely Nurhidayah, 'The international law on transboundary haze pollution: What can we learn from the Southeast Asia region?' (2017) Volume 26 Issue 3 Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 243, 254.
  • Laely Nurhidayah, Shawkat Alam and Zada Lipman, 'The Influence of International Law upon ASEAN Approaches in Addressing Transboundary Haze Pollution in the ASEAN Region' (2015) Volume 37 Issue 2 Contemporary Southeast Asia 183, 210.
  • Laely Nurhidayah, Zada Lipman and Shawkat Alam, 'Regional Environmental Governance: An Evaluation of the ASEAN Legal Framework for Addressing Transboundary Haze Pollution', Volume 15 Issue 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) Volume 47C Marine Policy 46, 56.
  • Mia Mahmudur Rahim and Shawkat Alam, 'Convergence of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance in Weak Economies: The Case of Bangladesh' (2014) Volume 121 Issue 4 Journal of Business Ethics 607, 620. DOI 10.1007/s10551-013-1699-x.
  • Shawkat Alam, Pundarik Mukhopadhya, and Md. Rizwanul Islam, 'The Australia India Proposed Free Trade Agreement and Trade in Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges' (2013) Volume 14 Issue 1 Journal of World Investment and Trade 167, 197.
  • M Rafiqul Islam, Shawkat Alam and Pundarik Mukhopadhaya, 'Integrating Trade in Education Services between Australia and India: Complementarities and Challenges' (2012) Volume 11 Issue 2 Journal of International Trade Law and Policy 133, 147.
  • Tanzim Afroz and Shawkat Alam, 'Sustainable Shrimp Farming in Bangladesh: A Quest for an Integrated Coastal Zone Management' (2013) Volume 71 Ocean and Coastal Management, 275, 283.
  • Saiful Karim and Shawkat Alam, 'Climate Change and Reduction of Emissions of Green House Gases from Ships: An Appraisal' (2011) Volume 1 Issue 1 Asian Journal of International Law 131, 148.
  • Shawkat Alam, Pundarik Mukhopadhaya and David Randle, 'The WTO Agreement on Trade in Services, Water Services, and Human Rights from the Perspective of Developing Countries' (2011) Volume 58 Issue 1 Netherlands International Law Review 43, 75.
  • Shawkat Alam and Saiful Karim, 'Linkages of Development and Environment: In Search of an Integrated Approach through Sustainable Development' (2011) Volume 23 Issue 3 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 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) Volume 12 Issue 4 Journal of World Investment & Trade 519, 550.
  • Jennifer Brown and Shawkat Alam, 'Australia's Extended Producer Responsibility for Portable Consumer Batteries: Conflicting or Reconciling Trade and Environment Obligations?' (2009) Volume 43 Issue 1 Journal of World Trade Law 125, 152.
  • Shawkat Alam and Abdullah Faruque, 'Tragedy of Gas and Coal Exploration in Bangladesh: Towards Ensuring Corporate Environmental Accountability' (2009) Volume 12 Issue 1 Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 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) Volume 56 Issue 1 Netherlands International Law Review 1, 34.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Biodiversity, Conservation, Law + Livelihoods: Bridging the North-South Divide' in M I Jeffery, J Firestone, and 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) Volume 19 Issue 2 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 210, 235.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Trade Restrictions Pursuant to Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Developmental Implications for Developing Countries' (2007) Volume 41 Issue 5 Journal of World Trade Law 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) Volume 7 Macquarie Law Journal 1, 7.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'The Proposed Indian River-linking Project: Infringement of Rights' The Daily Star, 22 September 2007 Edition.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Trade, the Environment, and the World Trade Organization: A Developing Country Perspective on WTO Agreements Concerning Standards, Regulations and Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade' (2006) Volume 3 New Zealand Yearbook of International Law 17, 42.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'The United Nations' Approach to Trade, the Environment and Sustainable Development' (2006) Volume 12 Issue 3 ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law 608, 638.
  • Shawkat Alam and Rafiqul Islam, 'The Trade-Environment Interface: Issues Lurking behind the North South Tensions' (2005) Volume 2 Issue 1 Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law 121, 144.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Trade-Environment Nexus in GATT Jurisprudence: Pressing Issues for Developing Countries' (2005) Volume 17 Issue 2 Bond Law Review 1, 26.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Trade and Environment Linkage in the Post-Uruguay Round Context' (2004) Volume 11 James Cook University Law Review 36, 62.
  • Shawkat Alam, 'Protection of Children Rights: National and Global Approach' (1996) Volume 7 Issue 1 The Dhaka University Studies 83, 98.

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Awards 

  • Executive Dean's Excellence in Higher Degree Research supervision of the Year Award 2017, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, 2017.
  • The Faculty of Arts Research Prize (Highly Commended) for Research Leadership and Mentoring 2017, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, 2017.
  • 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.
  • Rosalind Croucher Award for Most Productive Researcher, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2008.
  • Tony Blackshield Award for Most Prolific Early Career Researcher, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2006, 2007.

University Service and Administration 

  • Dean (Acting), Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, July 2013-July 2015.   
  • Director, Centre for Environmental Law (2012-)
  • Director, Postgraduate Programs, Macquarie Law School (2017-)
  • 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.

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Research Supervisions 

Current Supervisions 
Primary Supervisor 
  • Md. Saif Uddin Ahammad, Thesis Title, 'Implementation of Trade Facilitation Framework under the WTO: An Assessment of National Regulatory Framework in Bangladesh' (PhD).
  •  Badiul Alam, Thesis Title, 'Management of International Climate Change Adaptation Finance under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol from the Perspective of the Least Developed Countries: A case study of Bangladesh' (PhD).
  • Huda Alqasmi, Thesis Title, 'The Relationship between Consumer Law and Sustainable Consumption' (PhD).
  • Najnin Begum, Thesis Title, 'Access to Environmental Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decision-making Process in Bangladesh' (PhD).
  • Zara Bending, Thesis Title, 'Governing the International Illegal Trade in Wildlife: How the law of treaties and rules of the WTO contend with the trade in rhino horn' (PhD).
  • Kirsten Davies, Thesis Title, 'What Value Can Customary Law Add to Rebuild Coupled Nature Human Systems in Climate Change Adaptation?' (PhD).
  • Peerapon Jaderojananont, Thesis Title, 'The Cooperative Management and Conservation of Transboundary Heritage Sites in the Southeast Asia Region' (PhD).
  • Rhys Manley, Thesis Title, 'Liberalisation of Trade in the Era of Increasing Supervision of the Financial System: A Model for Promoting Financial Stability and Inclusion' (PhD).
  • Sheikh Noor Mohammad, Thesis Title, 'An Evaluation of the Integration of Ecosystem Based Approach in Legal and Policy Framework for the Sustainable Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystem: A Case Study of the Sundarbans of Bangladesh'. (PhD).
  • S M Atia Naznin, Thesis Title, 'Judging the Right to Housing: Towards an Appropriate Judicial Remedy in Litigations on Forced Slum Evictions in Bangladesh' (PhD).

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Associate Supervisor
  • Abdullah Al Arif, Thesis Title, 'Achieving Sustainable Marine Fisheries in Bangladesh: A Legal and Policy Analysis" (PhD).
  • Md. Abdul Mannan, Thesis Title, 'Is Organisational culture a barrier to civil service reform in Bangladesh?: A legal and policy analysis'  (PhD).
  • Hau Nguyen, Thesis Title, 'Vietnamese Corporate Governance Mechanisms Through Transplanting Australian Corporate Governance' (PhD).
  • Nadira Sultana, Thesis Title, 'A Critical Exploration of Policy and Practice Pertaining To Climate Justice, Sustainable Development And Gender Mainstreaming: A Case Study of Bangladesh' (PhD).
  • Sheikh Mohammad Towhidul Karim, Thesis Title, 'Improving Patient Safety in Healthcare in Bangladesh': Opportunities and Challenges' (PhD).
Past Supervisions
Primary Supervisor
  • Muhammad Towhid Islam, Thesis Title, 'The TRIPs Agreement of the WTO: Implications and Challenges for Bangladesh' (PhD).
  • Sharmin Jahan Tania, Thesis Title, 'The Interface between Market Access and Sustainable Development: Implications for Sustainable Development for Least Developed Countries' (PhD).
  • Mia Mahmudur Rahim, Thesis Title, 'Corporate Social Responsibility: Small and Medium Enterprises, Challenges and Options' (PhD).
  • Yuri Suzuki, Thesis Title, "Regional Legal Framework on ABS (Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing) in Small Islands Developing Countries in the South Pacific Region" (PhD).
  • Tanzim Afroz, Thesis Title, "Legal Framework for Coastal Zone Management in Bangladesh" (PhD).
  • Pradip Royhan, Thesis Title, "The Interface between the Environmental and Health Related Requirements and Market Access: The Challenges for the Least Developed Countries' Market Access under WTO" (PhD).
  • Charu Sharma, Thesis Title, "Civil Liability for Environmental Damage: An Analysis of Environmental Claims under Private and Public Law in India" (PhD) (completed).
  • Shireen Daft, Thesis Title, " 'The Relationship between Human Security Discourse and International Law: A Principled Approach" (PhD).
  • Laely Nurhidayah, Thesis Title, "Transboundary Haze Pollution in ASEAN Region: An Assessment of Regional and National Legal Framework in Indonesia" (PhD).
Associate Supervisor:
  • Nakib Mohammad Nasrullah, Thesis Title, 'Corporate Social Responsibility in Bangladesh: The Concerns of Private Enterprises' (MPhil).
  • Harold Baroi, Thesis Title, 'The Right to Information Act: Issues & Challenges of its Implementation in Bangladesh', (PhD).
  • Rizwanul Islam, Thesis Title, 'Trade Cooperation within SAARC and Possibility of Integration: A Historical, Legal and Economic Perspective' (PhD).
  • Trish Blazey, Thesis Title, 'The Value of Carbon Sinks in Mitigating Green House Gas Emissions' (PhD).
  • Shima Zaman, Thesis Title, 'Mainstreaming Human Rights Issues in the WTO Agreements: A New Era to Enforce Human Rights Obligation in International Trade' (PhD).
  • Jakerul Abedin, Thesis Title, 'International Watercourses Law and the Utilisation of Fresh Water Resources in the Ganges Basin' (PhD).
  • Natalia Rodriguez Uribe, Thesis Title, 'Rights-Based Environmental Protection in Colombia: Implementation Challenges in Environmental and Cultural Diversity Issues' (PhD).
  • Mostafa Mahmud Naser, Thesis Title, 'Climate Change and Forced Migration' (PhD).
  • Iman Prihandono, Thesis Title, 'Violation of International Human Rights Law by TNCs in Indonesia: The Prospect of Transnational Litigation' (PhD).

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Postgraduate supervision
  • Saif Uddin Ahammad, Thesis Title 'Challenges of Implementing Environmental Laws and Polices in Bangladesh for Sustainable Development: A case Study on Shrimp Farming in Coastal Areas' (Completed, 2015).
  • Chanyanit Piyatiansawat, Thesis Title 'The Application of the precautionary principles in the WTO Agreements: An evaluation of the EC-Biotech Case' (Completed, 2015).
  • Sorrawit Jaingam, Dissertation Title 'Socio-Economic Considerations on GMOs Regulations and Its Recognition in The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and WTO Agreements' (Completed, 2015).
  • Emiliano Schivazappa, Dissertation Title 'Ecological Networks as The Tool for Protecting Biodiversity in the Twenty- First Century' (Completed with Distinction, 2005-2006).
  • Jennifer Brown, Dissertation Title 'Do WTO and ASEAN Allow the Use of Environmental Protection Measures; An Investigation Based on the Example of Australia's Portable Consumer Battery Product Stewardship Arrangements' (Completed, 2006).
  • Margaux Pariente, Dissertation Title 'The Trade of Toxic Waste and the End of Life Ship Breaking: Challenges for Environmental Law and Policy' (Completed, 2006).
  • Jane Rebecca Scanlon, Dissertation Title 'A Review of the DEC's Biodiversity Banking Scheme' (Completed, 2006).
  • Umaporn Sukhavudhichai, Dissertation Title 'Deep Sea Mining: Common Heritage of Mankind or Freedom on the High Seas' (Completed, 2006).
Undergraduate supervision
  • Samuel Cameron, Thesis Title 'Allies from Abroad: Using Foreign Direct Investment to Realise the Right to Water by 2030' (Honours) 2017.
  • Alice Nelson, Thesis Title 'Ecologically Sustainable Development in NSW Planning Law: Saviour or Failure?' (Honours) 2015.
  • Billima Stevens, Thesis Title 'Integrating Trade Liberalisation and International Environmental Issues: Process and Production Methods and The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement' (Honours - LAW564) 2013.
  • Andrew Wheatley, Thesis Title 'Lessons for TRIPS and Public Health: The Patent Experience in India' (Honours) 2009.
  • Phillip Wardle, Thesis Title 'Despot or Dignitary? A Chronicle of Head of State Immunity and the Prosecution of Omar al-Bashir at the ICC' (Honours - LAW561) 2009.
  • Emilia Tkachenko, Thesis Title 'Where there's a will, there's a way: How 'Bad' Corporate Practices Can Transform into 'Good' (Honours - LAW561) 2009.
  • Michelle Aitken, Thesis Title 'Adequate Remuneration and Pharmaceutical Profits - The Key to Resolving the Compulsory Licensing Dilemma' (Honours - LAW561) 2009.
  • Ellen Geraghty, Thesis Title 'Why Australia's Current Stance on Monsanto's Terminator Technology is Morally and Legally Wrong' (Special Interest Project - LAW447) 2006.
  • Rhys Manley, Thesis Title 'Interaction between TRIPS, Development and Traditional Knowledge in Bangladesh' (Advanced Legal Research - LAW511) (Distinction) 2006.
  • Einaz Nikibin, Thesis Title 'State Succession: The Issue of State Continuity Under International Law' (Advanced Legal Research - LAW511) 2006.

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Presentations at Conferences, Seminars and Guest Lectures 

  1. 'Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management: Balancing Competing Interests with Access and Benefit Sharing' presented at the Research Centre for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI), Jakarta, Indonesia, 14 August 2017.
  2. 'The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Implementation Challenges in Bangladesh' public lecture delivered at the Faculty of Law, Dhaka University, 24 August 2017.
  3. 'Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries-Challenges for Institutional Frameworks, Governance and Capacity Building' keynote paper presented at the North South University, Bangladesh, 27 August 2017.
  4. 'The role of effective governance for sustainable development in developing countries at the Regional Roundtable of the Strengthening Capacity for Environmental Law in the Asia-Pacific: Developing Environmental Law Champion'  paper presented at the ICUN Academy of Environmental Law, Cebu, Philippines, 30 May 2017.
  5. Chaired a Plenary Session on 'Perspectives on Environmental Law and Policies in a Changing World' at the 15th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, Cebu, Philippines, 1 June 2017.
  6. Chaired a Session on Forest Biodiversity at the 15th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, Cebu, Philippines, 2 June 2017.
  7. 'International Trade, Investment and Biodiversity Conservation: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Development' presented at the School of Environmental Development Administration, National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand, 30th July 2016.
  8. 'Forest Governance' guest lecture delivered at the Research Centre for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI), 25 July 2016.
  9. 'Trade and the Environment: Perspectives from the Global South' paper presented at the 5th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law 2015, Thailand, 26 November 2015.
  10. 'Trade and Sustainable Forest Management: Challenges and Options for the Global South' invited paper presented at the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Research Committee Workshop on Forest Value Claims in the Global Economy:  Social Justice and Sustainability Considerations, Indonesia, 7 September 2015.
  11. 'Sustainable Forest Management in Indonesia: Role of Certification and Labelling as Market based Instruments' invited paper presented at Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Indonesia, 9 September 2015.
  12. 'Governance and Public Policy in Australia and India' invited paper presented at the Australia India Youth Dialogue Conference, Sydney, January 2015.
  13. '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, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 24 August 2014.
  14. '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.
  15. '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.
  16. '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.
  17. 'WTO and Animal Law' in LAW497 Animal Law, Macquarie Law School, 12 October 2012.
  18. 'Integrating Sustainable Development into Bilateral Trade Arrangements' paper presented in the 10th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, University of Maryland, 2 July 2012.
  19. 'Politics of Multilateral Treaty Regime' invited lecture in POLS 5125: The Politics of International Law, School of Social Sciences, UNSW, 24 April 2012.
  20. '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.
  21. 'Presentation and Publication of Doctoral Research' invited lecture at HDR Lunchtime Seminar, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, 18 October 2011.
  22. 'Human Rights, National Security and Counter Terrorism' invited lecture at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT), Macquarie University, 30 June 2011.
  23. 'Sustainability and Trade' invited lecture at the CBL International Dubai Law School, Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai, 5 January 2011.
  24. 'Graduate Capabilities in Changing Legal Landscape: Opportunities and Challenges for Law Graduates' guest lecture, Department of Law, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, 3 January 2011.
  25. 'Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Development:  Is Development the Missing Link?' invited lecture presented at a Seminar organised by the South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 3 January 2011.
  26. 'WTO, Trade and Sustainable Development: Role of Health and Safety Standards in Market Access' invited paper presented in a seminar organised by Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2 January 2011.
  27. 'Law Studies at Macquarie University' paper presented in a seminar organised by South East University, Bangladesh, 29 December 2010.
  28. '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.
  29. 'The Linkages between Environment and Development:  Exploring Equity in Sustainable Development' paper presented at Legal Governance COREs Seminar, Macquarie Law School, 26 August 2010.
  30. '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.
  31. '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.
  32. 'The Indivisibility of Human Rights in a Divided World: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in an Era of Globalisation' invited paper presented at the Human Rights after Sixty Years of Universal Declaration Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh organised by Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), 19 December 2008.
  33. 'Human Rights Treaties' invited lecture at Amnesty International Australia, Sydney, 10 September 2008.
  34. 'Understanding International Law and Human Rights' invited lecture at Amnesty International Australia, Sydney, 3 September 2008.
  35. 'Trade and Environment: Interests of Developing States in International Trade and Environment LAWS6820 Class (postgraduate course)' guest lecture offered through Sydney Law School, 1 September 2008.
  36. '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.
  37. 'Development, Environment and Human Rights' paper presented at the Human Rights and Corruption Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh, invited speaker at the event organised by Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), 9 December 2007.
  38. '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, 13-15 December 2006.
  39. 'Globalisation, Trade Liberalisation and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Options for Developing Countries' paper presented at the Globalisation Seminar Series, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 19 October 2006.
  40. 'WTO Dispute Settlement System' invited guest lecture in Law538: International Dispute Settlement, Department of Law, Macquarie University, 3 October 2006.
  41. 'Unwritten rules that I have learnt from my doctoral journey' invited guest lecture at Legal Research Seminar for PhD Candidates at the Division of Law, Macquarie University, 30 August 2006.
  42. '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.
  43. '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.
  44. 'Measures to address Climate Change and Impact on Small Island States' guest lecture in International Marine Environmental Law & Oceans Governance (Postgraduate Course), offered through the Department of Environmental Law, Macquarie University, 17 May 2006.
  45. 'International Trade and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Options for Developing Countries' paper presented at the Faculty of Law, Tribhuvan University Nepal, 21 November 2005.
  46. '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.
  47. '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.
  48. '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.
  49. '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.
  50. '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.

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Editorial Roles 

  • Co-Editor in Chief, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law E Journal 2017-
  • 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 Centre for Environmental Law
  • Biosecurity Futures Research Centre

Research Grants

Competitively-awarded external grants 
Chief Investigator (Project Director)

Shawkat Alam and George Tomossy, Project Title, "Building Capacity for Sustainable Forest Governance in Indonesia", AusAID (DFAT) - Australian Leadership Awards, Round 16, Category 2, 2017, $192,761 (Category 2).

Shawkat Alam and George Tomossy, Project Title, "Improving Skills of Civil Servants of the Government of Bangladesh", Ministry of Public Administration, Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh, 2018-2020 (Pending final approval), $585,000 (Category 3).

Shawkat Alam and George Tomossy, Project Title, "Capacity Building for Effective Negotiation and Participation in International Treaties for Bangladesh", AusAID (DFAT) - Australian Leadership Awards, Round 14, Category 2, 2014, $334,000 ($271K Category 2 funding).

Shawkat Alam and George Tomossy, Project Title, "Capacity Building for Sustainable Development and Trade in Bangladesh" AusAID (DFAT) - Australian Leadership Awards, Round 12, Category 2, 2013, $277K ($251K Category 2 funding).

Competitively-awarded internal research grants

Shawkat Alam, Project Title, "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.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "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).

Shawkat Alam, Project Title, "Promoting Australian Access to Indian Markets and Sustainable Economic Development under International Trade Law", Macquarie University Safety Net (MQSN) Grant, 2010, $14,500.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "Integrating Sustainable Development into Bilateral Trade Arrangements: Opportunities and Challenges", Legal Scholarship Support Fund, 2012, $3698.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "Human Rights and Environment: An Appraisal of Indigenous Peoples' Rights", Legal Scholarship Support Fund, 2011, $3884.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "Promoting Macquarie University's Academic and Research Profile in Bangladesh", Macquarie University Diversification Funding, 2010, $4274.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "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.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "Development, Environment and Human Rights", Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2007, $2500.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "The WTO Standards Regime and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Options for Developing Countries", Law Foundation, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2006, $1813.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "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.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "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.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "Trade-Environmental Linkage in Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Implications for Sustainable Developments in Developing Countries", Law Foundation, Division of Law, Macquarie University, 2005, $1800.

Shawkat Alam, Project title, "Interlinkages between Trade, the Environment and Sustainable Development: Developing Countries at the Crossroads", Centre for Environmental Law Research Fund, Macquarie Universit, 2005, $2500.

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