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Professor Muhammad Rafiqul Islam

Rafiqul Islam     Position:: Professor of Law
    Tel: +61-2-9850 7082
    Fax: +61-2-9850 7686
    Email: rafiqul.islam@mq.edu.au
    Location: W3A 444

 

 

Profile

Professor Islam is currently a professor of law and the Director of Law Higher Degree Research (PhD & MPhil degrees) at Macquarie Law School. He studied Economics and Law at The University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh and obtained BA Honours and MA in Economics and LLB with first class in 1975. He also obtained LLM in 1979 and PhD in 1983, both in International Law, from Monash University, Australia, under the Monash Graduate Scholarships. He has nearly 40 years of legal teaching and research experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at universities in common law jurisdictions spanning both developed and developing countries since March 1975, which in the main include nearly 25 years at Macquarie University since February 1991. Professor Islam also served as an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Law at The University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh and Head of the Department of Law at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Professor Islam has been an active legal academic and researcher and has published extensively in his areas of teaching and research interest, mostly in public international law. His recent publications include: An Introduction to International Refugee Law, Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston, 2013; International Law: Current Concepts and Future Directions, LexisNexis Australia, 2014. Professor Islam is actively involved in supervising higher degree research leading to M Phil and PhD degrees. He was awarded the "Outstanding Teacher Award" by Macquarie University in 2000 for his contributions to teaching and higher degree research supervision and administration. Professor Islam is also the recipient of the Macquarie University Arts Faculty Best Higher Degree Research Supervisor Award in 2013.

Qualifications

BA (Honours), MA (Economics), LLB (Rajshahi University), LLM, PhD (Monash University)

Teaching Responsibilities 

  • Law 459 - International Law
  • Law 460 - International Trade and Finance
  • Law 891* - International Law
  • Law 889* International Trade and Finance
    * Post-graduate course.

Areas of Teaching and/or Research Interests

  •  International Trade Law
  •  Law of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  •  International Economic Law
  •  International Law of Foreign Investment
  •  Law of International Economic Institutions
  •  International Commercial Law
  •  International Commercial Arbitration
  •  Public International Law
  •  International Human Rights Law
  • Law of International Organizations
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Regulation of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • International Security Law
  • Constitutional Law of Bangladesh

Postgraduate Research Degree Supervision

Supervision for Higher Degree Research leading to LLM, MPhil, and PhD may be available in any of the above areas.

Research and Publications

Apart from two major theses, both on International Law and Human Rights, which I wrote for my LLM and PhD Degrees at Monash University, Australia, I have been actively engaged in legal research, writings, and publication in some of the areas referred to. My published works include the following (reverse chronological order):

Work in Progress:  Current Research Project

National Trials of International Crimes in Bangladesh: Transitional Justice as Reflected in Judgments

There have been many ad hoc international crimes tribunals since the Bosnian crisis in 1993 and all of them have direct UN involvement. There have also been a number of international crimes trials (international, hybrid/mixed, and national) in Asia since the Tokyo trial. The Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal, formed in 2010 and operational in 2011, is a recent example of exclusively national tribunal to try international crimes with no external involvement whatsoever. The complementarity provision (Art. 17) of the International Criminal Court Statute conditionally permits such national trials. Testing the compliance with the complementarity conditions in the Bangladesh trial in deducing lessons for improvement and future similar trials is crucial for its precedential and law-making effect. The main research task involves a critical examination of major judgments (trial and appeal) with a view to:

  • Compare the mandates and modes of liability of international crimes trials in Bangladesh with other ad hoc international crimes trials;
  • Analyse the substantive law and procedural rules of the trials to ascertain whether these laws and rules are compliant with international standards;
  • Examine the complementarity between the Bangladesh criminal justice system and the International Criminal Court to try international crimes;
  • Determine the precedential and law-making effects of the Bangladesh trials; and
  • Articulate the legal legacy and contribution of the Bangladesh experience to the progressive development of international criminal law.

Publications

Apart from two major theses, both on International Law and Human Rights, which I wrote for my LLM and PhD Degrees at Monash University, Australia, I have been actively engaged in legal research, writings, and publication in some of the areas referred to. My published works include the following (reverse chronological order):

Books

  • International Law: Current Concepts and Future Direction, LexisNexis Australia, January 2014, pp xxxvii + 784.
  • (edited) An Introduction to International Refugee Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden/Boston, 2013 (edited by: Rafiqul Islam and Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan), pp xvii ­+ 429.
  • International Trade Law of the WTO, The Oxford University Press, September 2006, pp. xxxii + 616.
  • International Trade Law, The Law Book Company Ltd, Sydney, November 1999, pp. xiv + 532.
  • Legal Studies (co-authored), Heinemann, Melbourne, 1995, pp. viii + 312.
  • International Transactions: Trade and Investment, Law and Finance (associate editor with Dr D Wilde), The Law Book Company Ltd, Sydney, 1993, pp. xxxviii + 551.
  • The Bangladesh Liberation Movement: International Legal Implications, The University Press Limited, Dhaka, July 1987, pp. xv + 321.
  • The Ganges Water Dispute: Its International Legal Aspects, The University Press Limited, Dhaka, July 1987, pp. xiv + 220.


Refereed Book Chapters

  • "The Judiciary of Bangladesh: Its Independence, Accountability and Integrity" - a refereed book chapter in book entitled: Asia-Pacific Judiciaries: Independence, Impartiality, and Integrity, edited by Professor Hoong Phun Lee to be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2016.
  • "History of the North-South Divide in International Law: Colonial Discourses, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination" - a refereed book chapter in a book entitled: International Environmental Law and the Global South: Comparative Perspectives, edited by Shawkat Alam et al to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, chapter 2 (forthcoming).
  • "International Crimes Trial in Bangladesh: Prosecutorial Strategies, Defence Arguments, and Judgments"- a refereed book chapter in a book entitled: Trials for International Crimes in Asia edited by Kristen Sellars to be published by Cambridge University Press, UK, in 2015, chapter 14 (forthcoming).
  • "National Trial of International Crimes in Bangladesh: Its Significance in International Criminal Law" in Mofidul Haque and Umme Wara (eds), From Genocide to Justice: National and International Perspective, Centre for the Study of Genocide and Justice, Liberation War Museum, Bangladesh, December 2014, pp 51-70.
  • "Adoption of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973: Its History and Application, Non-retroactivity and Amendments" in Mofidul Haque and Umme Wara (eds), From Genocide to Justice: National and International Perspective, Centre for the Study of Genocide and Justice, Liberation War Museum, Bangladesh, December 2014, pp 71-92.
  • "The WTO Dispute Settlement System: Its Underlying Motivating Factors for Adjudication" in Natalie Klein (ed), Litigating International Disputes: Weighing Options, Cambridge University Press, London, 2014, pp 375-400.
  • "International Legal Protection for Refugees: Articulating Challenges and Options' in M R Islam and J Bhuiyan (eds), An Introduction to International Refugee Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden/Boston, 2013, pp. 1-11.
  • "The Origin and Evolution of International Refugee Law" in M R Islam and J Bhuiyan (eds), An Introduction to International Refugee Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden/Boston, 2013, pp. 13-36.
  • "Climate Refugees and International Refugee Law" in M R Islam and J Bhuiyan (eds), An Introduction to International Refugee Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publisher, Leiden/Boston, 2013, pp. 215-243.
  • "Human Rights of a Critically Disadvantaged Group: The Status of Indigenous Peoples in International Law" in Dr. Mizanur Rahman and Dr Rahmat Ullah (eds), Human Rights and Critically Disadvantaged Groups, Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2012, pp. 1-26.
  • "The Right to the Environment as a Human Right" in Dr. Mizanur Rahman (ed), Human Rights and Environment, Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2011, pp. 1 - 25.
  • "Harbingering a New Paradigm of Global Governance: The Role of NGOs in Shaping International Law and Relations in the Twenty-First Century" in  S Alam, N Klein, and J Overland (eds), Globalisation and the Quest for Social and Environmental Justice: The Relevance of International Law in an Evolving World Order,  Rutledge, London, 2011, pp. 235 - 253.
  • "Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources: Its Changing Landscape and Continuing Relevance in a Globalised World" in Dr. Mizanur Rahman (ed), Sovereignty over Natural Resources and Human Rights, Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 2010, pp. 1- 21.
  • "The Pursuit of Post-Conflict Justice through War Crimes Trials in Bangladesh: Challenges and Options" in Dr. Mizanur Rahman (ed), Post-Conflict Justice, Peace and Human Rights, Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 2009,  pp. 1-22.
  • "China and the World Trade Organization" in Patricia Blazey and Key-Wah Chan (eds), Chinese Commercial Law, Thomson, Sydney, 2008, chapter 7, pp 157 - 176.
  • "Inter-Linking Rivers: International and Regional Aspects" in M. Monirul Q Mirza et al (eds), Inter-Linking Rivers in India: Issues and Concerns, Taylor & Francis, 2008, chapter 13, 219 - 233.
  • "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Searching Reappraisal of Its Continuing Validity after Sixty Years of Proclamation" in Dr. Mizanur Rahman (ed), Human Rights: 60 Years after UDHR, Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 2008,  pp. 1-13.
  • "Human Rights and Good Governance: Charting their Complementarity" in Dr. Mizanur Rahman (ed), Human Rights and Good Governance, Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 2004,  pp. 1-12.
  • "Economic Globalisation and the International Trade: Prospects of Bangladesh" in M Hossain, A N Nabi and I Islam (eds), Bangladesh's Development Agenda and Vision 2020: Rhetoric or Reality? University Press Ltd, Dhaka, 2003, pp. 109-135.
  • "Protecting Human Rights in an Era of Globalization" in Dr. Mizanur Rahman (ed), Human Rights and Globalisation, Centre for Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2003, pp. 15-32.
  • "Development as a Human Right: An Economic Analysis from the Third World Perspective" in Dr Mizanur Rahman (ed), Human Rights and Development, Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2002, pp. 1-16.     
  • "Constitutionalism and Governance in Bangladesh" in M Alauddin and S Hasan (eds), Development, Governance and the Environment in South Asia: A Focus on Bangladesh, Macmillan, London, 1999, pp. 161-180.
  • "The Quest for Constitutionalism in Bangladesh: A Reflection on its First 25 Years" in M Alauddin and S Hasan (eds), Bangladesh: Economy, People and the Environment, The University of Queensland (Department of Economics Conference monograph Series 1), 1996, pp. 131-144.
  • "The Challenge of the Legal Position of Indigenous Peoples" in Legal Studies, Heinemann, Melbourne, 1995, Chapters 17-21 (Introduction, Self-Determination, Land Rights, Human Rights, and Historic Debt), pp.221-305.
  • "The Most-Favoured Nation Clause" in D Wilde and M R Islam (eds), International Transactions: Trade and Investment, Law and Finance, Law Book Co Ltd, Sydney, 1993, Chapter 9, pp. 215-224.
  • "GATT With Emphasis on Its Dispute Resolution System" in D Wilde and M R Islam (eds), International Transactions: Trade and Investment, Law and Finance, Law Book Company Ltd, Sydney, 1993, Chapter 10, pp. 225-239.
  • "The Nationality Law and Practice of Bangladesh" in K Swan Sik (ed), Nationality and International Law in Asian Perspective, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publication 1990, Chapter 1, pp. 1-25.
  • "The Indo-Bangladesh Common Water Resources Development: Problems and Prospects" in M G Kabir and S Hassan (eds), Issues and Challenges Facing Bangladesh Foreign Policy, Bangladesh Society of International Studies, 1989, Chapter 4, pp. 62-79.

Major Research Articles in Refereed Journals

  • "Integrating Trade in Education Services between Australia and India: Complementarities and Challenges" (2012) 11:2 Journal of International Trade Law and Policy (England) 133-147 (co-author).
  • "Political Strategies of TNCs for Corporate Interest in Indonesian Public Interest Litigation: Lessons for Developing Countries Hosting FDIs" (2011) 12:5 Journal of World Investment & Trade (Geneva) 701-723 (co-author).
  • "Looming Global Warming Induced Sea Rise and Transfer of Green Technology to LDCs: Challenges and Options for Submersible Bangladesh" (2010) 12 European Intellectual Property Review 643 - 652 (co-author).
  • "The Proposed Australia-China FTA: Protectionism over Complementarity?" (2010) 37:3 Legal Issues of Economic Integration (Kluwer) 203-219 (co-author).
  • "The Global Food Crisis and Lacklustre Agricultural Trade Liberalisation: Demystifying their Nexus Underpinning Reform" (October 2009) 10:5 Journal of World Investment & Trade (Geneva) 679-697(co-author).
  • "Judicial Independence amid Powerful Executive in Bangladesh: A Constitutional Paradox?" (April 2009) 18:4 Journal of Judicial Administration (Australia) 237-252.
  •  "Globalisation of Trade Liberalisation under the WTO: Its Effects on Human Rights and Social Justice" (2008) 1 Indian Journal of International Economic Law 1 - 33.
  • "The Sudanese Darfur Crisis and Internally Displaced Persons in International Law: The Least Protection for the Most Vulnerable" (2006) 18:2 International Journal of Refugee Law 354-385.
  • "The Culpability of Gender-based Terrorism in International Humanitarian Law: The Rape of Women in Armed Conflicts" (2006) 6 ISIL Yearbook of International Humanitarian and Refugee Law 87-105.
  •  "Market Access for LDCs under the Hong Kong Ministerial of the WTO: Outcomes for Bangladesh" (2006) 7:3 Journal of World Investment & Trade (Geneva) 383-406 (co-author).
  • "The Trade-Environment Interface: Lurking behind the North-South Tensions" (2005) 2:1 Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law 471-508 (co-author).
  • "A WTO Multilateral Framework for Competition Policy and Trade-Induced Development: Debunking their Complementarity in Developing Countries", (June 2004) 5:3 Journal of World Investment & Trade (Geneva) 491-508.
  • "Recent EU Trade Sanctions on the US to Induce Compliance with the WTO Ruling in the Foreign Sales Corporations Case: Its Policy Contradiction Revisited", (2004) 38:3 Journal of World Trade (Geneva) 471-489.
  • "Generic Drugs: Doha to Cancun - A Peripheral Response to a Perennial Conundrum" (September 2004) 7:5 Journal of World Intellectual Property (Geneva) 675-692.
  • "Pressing Issues of Global Free Trade in Services", (2004) 21 Law in Context 251-282.
  • "The New Speedy Trial Law to Maintain Order in Bangladesh: Its Constitutional and Human Rights Implications", (2004) 46:1 Journal of the Indian Law Institute 79-98 (co-author).
  • "The Realisation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Economic Globalisation in the Third World" (October 2004) 1:1 Human Rights Global Focus 18-25.
  • "Torture under Police Remand in Bangladesh: A Culture of Impunity for Gross Violation of Human Rights" (2003) 4:2 Asia-Pacific Journal of Human Rights and the Law 1-27 (Kluwer Publication, The Hague) (co-author).
  • "The Australian Policy and Practice of Preferential Bilateral Trade: A Benign or Malign Alternative to the WTO Multilateral Free Trading System?" (2003) 2:2 Journal of International Trade and Policy (British) 43-61.
  • "Public Confidence Crisis in the Judiciary and Judicial Accountability in   Bangladesh" (August 2003) 13:1 Journal of Judicial Administration 29-60 (co-author).
  • "The International Criminal Court without the United States: The Indefensible Position of an Indispensable State" [2002-03] Australian International Law Journal 220-236.
  • "The Enforcement of Rulings of the Supreme Court on Judicial Independence in Bangladesh: When Enforcer Becomes Violator" (2002) 4:2 Australian Journal of Asian Law 107-126 (co-author).
  • "Parochialism in Agricultural Trade Liberalisation under the WTO: Dilemmas and Options for Australia as a Middle-Sized Nation" (2002) 36:4 Journal of World Trade (Geneva) 773-882.
  • "Indigenous Self-Determination in the Final Draft Declaration of the UN Working Group" (1997) 1 Macarthur Law Review 139-163.
  • "Indigenous Self-Determination at the Cross-Roads: Right of a State versus Right of its Peoples" (1996) 36 Indian Journal of International Law 39-56.
  • "Free and Fair General Elections in Bangladesh under the Thirteenth Amendment: A Political-Legal Post-mortem" [1996] Politics, Administration and Change (Centre for Public Affairs, Bangladesh) 18-31.
  • "Dispute between Nauru and Australia Over Rehabilitation: A Test Case for Economic Self-Determination" (1992) 8 Queensland University of Technology Law Journal 147-159.
  • "The Proposed Driftnet-Free Zone in the South Pacific and the Third UN Convention on Law of the Sea" (1991) 40 International and Comparative Law Quarterly (London) 184-198.
  • "Secession Crisis in Papua New Guinea: The Proclaimed Republic of Bougainville in International Law" (Fall 1991) 13:2 Hawaii University Law Review 453-475.
  • "The Status of the Interim Government of Afghan Mujahideens in International Law" (1990) 37:1 Netherlands International Law Review 1-21.
  • "The Controversial Driftnet Fishing in the South Pacific and the Duty of Conservation and Management of the Living Resources of the Sea" (1990) 6 Queensland University of Technology Law Journal 137-143.
  • "The Bauganville Secession Crisis in Papua New Guinea" (1990) 18 Melanesian Law Journal 31-37.
  • "The Status of New Caledonia and the Right of Its Peoples to Self-Determination" (1989) 29 Indian Journal of International Law 1-23.
  • "Coastal States' Control Over the Driftnet Fishing and the Freedom of Fishing on the High Seas of the South Pacific" (1989) 17 Melanesian Law Journal  81-91.
  • "The Proposed Constitutional Guarantee of Indigenous Governmental Power in Fiji: An International Legal Appraisal" (1988-89) 19:1 California Western International Law Journal 107-128.
  • "The Recognition of the Revolutionary Regime of Fiji By Papua New Guinea" (1988) 16 Melanesian Law Journal 75-88.
  • "The 1988 Paris Agreement on the Future Status of New Caledonia" (1988) 4 Queensland University of Technology Law Journal 129-141.
  • "The United Nations and the Promotion of Human Rights" (1987) 15 Rajshahi University Studies, Bangladesh, 163-177.
  • "The Ganges Water Dispute: An Appraisal of a Third Party Settlement" (1987) 17:8 Asian Survey (California) 918-934.
  • "The Recent Self-Determination Referendum in New Caledonia: Terms Militating against Its Validity" (1987) 15 Melanesian Law Journal 136-153.
  • "The Separation of Powers and the Checks and Balances between the President and Parliament of Bangladesh" (1987) 6 Lawasia (Sydney) 177-189.
  • "The Seventh Amendment to the Constitution of Bangladesh: A Constitutional Appraisal" (1987) 58:3 Political Quarterly (London) 312-329.
  • "The Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka:  Some Factors Undermining the Claim" (1986) 33:1 Netherlands International Law Review 65-83.
  • "A Critique of the Ganges Water Accord of 1985" (1986) 5 Lawasia (Sydney) 141-152.
  • "Self‑Determination in a Non-Colonial Situation: The Bangladesh Experience" (1986) 14 Rajshahi University Studies (Bangladesh) 277-300.
  • "An Enquiry into the Constitutionality of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence of Bangladesh" (1985-86) IX Institute of Bangladesh Studies Journal 87-103.
  • "Secessionist Self-Determination:  Some Lessons from Katanga, Biafra and Bangladesh" (1985) 22:4 Journal of Peace Research (Oslo) 217-227.
  • "The Use of Force in Self-Determination Claims" (1985) 25:3&4 Indian Journal of International Law 424-447.
  • "The 1971 Bangladesh Crisis:  A Case Study in Violation of Human Rights and the Plea of Domestic Jurisdiction" (1984) 3:1 Lawasia (Sydney) 45-65.
  • "The Use of Force in International Relations: The Indian Invasion of East Pakistan" (1983) 2:2 Lawasia (Sydney) 171-193.
  • "The Status of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in International Law: The Case of Bangladesh" (1983) 23:1 Indian Journal of International Law 1-16.
  • "The Mandate of the Indo-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission and the Ganges Water Dispute" (1982-83) VI Institute of Bangladesh Studies Journal 121-138.


Short Articles in Refereed Journals

  • "After the Boipatong Massacre:  Legitimacy of Violent Resistance?" (1992) 17 Alternative Law Journal, 207-208, 219.
  •  "South African `Inkathagate': A Hidden Agenda" (1991) 16 Legal Service Bulletin, 270-272.             

Major Articles in Non-Refereed Journals

  • "The Territorial Sovereignty of India and Bangladesh over the Ganges" (1986) 17:1 Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Journal 1-31.
  • "The Ganges Water Agreements: A Comparative Study" (1986) 7:3 Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Journal 287-306.
  • "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:  An Appraisal" [1985] Law Review, University of Rajshahi (Bangladesh) 54-67.
  • "The Territorial Integrity of a State versus Secessionist Self-Determination of its Peoples: The Bangladesh Experience" (1984) 15:1 Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Journal  1-41.
  • "The Effects of the Farakka Barrage on Bangladesh and International Law" (1984) 5:3 Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Journal 249-273.
  • "The Meaning and Range of Domestic Jurisdiction and the Bangladesh Liberation War" (1984) 12 Rajshahi University Studies (Bangladesh) 117-144.
  • "The Long-Term Resolution of the Ganges Water Dispute" (1983) 4:3 Banglesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Journal, 1-22.

Newspaper/Magazine Articles

  • "Parliamentary impeachment of senior judges amid powerful executive: A paradox?" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 26 August 2014.
  • "Public interest litigation for political corruption" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 18 March 2014.
  • "Independence of the Judiciary - the Masdar case" The Daily Star, Anniversary edition, 10 March 2014.
  • "Curtailment of ACC power to sue public officials: A law to legalise corruption?" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 4 February 2014.
  • "Bangladesh's war crimes tribunals meet high standards" The Daily Caller, New York, 31 December 2013.
  • "Some inconvenient facts for the critics of Bangladesh ICT" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 24 December 2013.
  • "The execution of Quader Mollah: A legal response to critics" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 17 December 2013.
  • "Why Should International Crimes Trials in Bangladesh be Expeditious?" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 22 October 2013.
  • "SQ Chowdhury judgement controversy: Legal action for political over-reaction" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 8 October 2013.
  • "Contempt of court and press freedom: A balancing approach" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 1 October 2013.
  • "Judgement Review - Ghulam Azam Verdict: Mitigated sentence for aggravated crimes?" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 23 July 2013.
  • "Savar Tragedy through Legal PrismL Corporate Greed and Government Inaction" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 11 May 2013.
  • "Economist Report on the Bangladesh ICT: Arrogance of Ignorance" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 30 March 2013.
  • "Witness Protection is Exceedingly Important" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 9 March 2013 (interview).
  • "International Criminal Tribunal (ICT): Responding to its recent critics" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 25 February 2012.
  • "Viable alternatives to the caretaker government" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 24 December 2011.
  • "BNP and war crimes trial: A legal deception for political ends" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 10 December 2011.
  • "Self-help options for climate vulnerable countries" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 19 November 2011.
  • "Atrocities in Law Enforcement: A liability for the state?" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 06 August 2011.
  • "Judgement Review: The Supreme Court Ruling on the CTG (Caretaker Government)" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 21 May 2011.
  • "ICTA 1973 and Its International Standards" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 05, 12, 19, and 26 March 2011.
  • "Constitution on a Rollercoaster" The Daily Star, Dhaka, 20th Anniversary edition Article, 17 March 2011.
  • "War crimes trial and international standard" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 19 February 2011.
  • "In defence of Wikileaks: Right to information and press freedom" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 1 January 2011.
  • "Sovereignty Debate" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 22 January 2011.
  • "Stalking and its impunity must end" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 12 November 2010.
  • "Contempt of Court Vs Freedom of Press" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 4 September 2010.
  • "Reforms Must to Stop Death in Custody" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 24 July 2010.
  • "War Crimes Trial: Shimla Pact Not a Legal Barrier" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 20 March 2010.
  • "Fifth Amendment Case: Some Concerns" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 18 July 2009.
  • The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution: A Legal Appraisal" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 16 May 2009.
  • "Cognisance Power of Executive Magistrates: Some Issues" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, Dhaka, 4 April 2009.
  • "A War Crimes Tribunal: Some Suggestions" The Daily Star, Anniversary issue, Dhaka, 23 February 2009.
  • "Trials of War Criminals: Some Issues" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, 14 and 21 February 2009.
  • "Trials of War Criminals under International Humanitarian Law in Bangladesh" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, 31 January 2009.
  • "Political Process under Caretaker Government (in Bangladesh)" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, 12 May 2007.
  • "Apex Court Ruling on Separation of Judiciary: A Case of Enforcer Becoming  Violator" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, 7 and 14 October 2006.
  • "The Bangabandhu Murder Case: Legal Limits of Judges' Embarrassment" The Daily Star, Dhaka, 15 August 2006, editorial article.
  • "Guantanamo Bay: Why we should be very concerned", Macquarie University News (monthly magazine), April 2004, p. 13.
  • "The Indemnity Ordinance 2003 [of Bangladesh]: Whither Constitutional Legitimacy?" The Daily Star, Dhaka, Law & Our Rights, 2 and 9 February 2003.
  • "Human Rights: A Searching Reappraisal" in The Daily Star, No. 120, Dhaka, 11 December, 1998, editorial article.


Butterworths Legal Dictionary

  • International Law and Conflict of Laws Sections of Australian Legal Dictionary,
  • Butterworths, Sydney, January 1997 (prepared 550 entries over 40,000 words).    


International Conference Papers (presented)

  • Presented 2 papers on International Crimes Trial in Bangladesh (the 1973 Act of the trials and a comparative perspective of the trials) at the Winter School on "From Genocide to Justice in Bangladesh: 1971- 2014" organised and hosted by Centre for the Study of Genocide and Justice Bangladesh Liberation War Museum in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 19-20 December 2014.
  • "International Crimes Trial in Bangladesh: Its Mandates, Standards, Modes of Liability, and Legal Legacy" - a paper presented at an International Conference on Trials for International Crimes in Asia at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, The National University of Singapore on 17-18 October 2013.
  • "Protecting Human Rights of a Critically Disadvantaged Group: The Status of Indigenous Peoples in International Law" - a thematic keynote presentation at the 13th Human Rights Summer School organised by the Centre for Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) at Manikgonj, Bangladesh on 11 - 23 December 2012.
  • "Indivisibility and Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights" - a paper presented at the 12th Human Rights Summer Schoolorganised by the Centre for Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) at Manikgonj, Bangladesh on 19 - 30 December 2011.
  • "Human Rights and Environment" - a keynote presentation at the 12thHuman Rights Summer School organised by the Centre for Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) at Manikgonj, Bangladesh on 19 - 30 December 2011.
  • "Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources: Its Changing Landscape and Continuing Relevance in a Globalised World" presented at the 11th Human Rights Summer School organised by the Centre for Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) at Manikgonj, Bangladesh in December 2010.
  • "The Pursuit of Post-Conflict Justice through War Crimes Trials in Bangladesh: Challenges and Options" presented at the 10th Human Rights Summer School organised by the Centre for Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) at Manikgonj, Bangladesh in December 2010.
  • "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Searching Reappraisal of Its Continuing Validity After Sixty years of Proclamation" presented at the 9th Human Rights Summer School organised by the Centre for Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) at Manikgonj, Bangladesh in December 2008.
  • "Human Rights and Good Governance: Charting their Complementarity",  presented at the Fifth Human Rights Summer School organised by the Centre for Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) at The Bangladesh Academy of Rural Development in December 2004.
  • "Protecting Human Rights in an Era of Globalization", presented at the Fourth Human Rights Summer School organised by the Centre for Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) at The Bangladesh Academy of Rural Development on 18-30 December 2003.
  • "Good Governance and the Rule of Law in Bangladesh: Challenges and Prospects in the New Millennium" presented at an international conference on Bangladesh in the New Millennium: Unveiling Development Challenges and Visions organised by the School of Economics, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia on 30-31 January 2002.
  • "Development as a Human Right" presented at the Third Human Rights Summer School organised by the Centre for Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) at The Bangladesh Academy of Rural Development on 11-25 December 2002.
  • "Economic Globalisation and the International Trade Prospect of Bangladesh" presented at the International Conference on Economic Development Prospect of Bangladesh: Vision for 2020, jointly organised by the Hull University UK and Dhaka University, Bangladesh, held in Dhaka on 2-5 April 2001.
  • "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Searching Reappraisal of its Continuing Validity in the Twenty-First Century", presented at the Plenary Session of the British-Bangla Law Conference jointly organised by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the British Government and The British Council Bangladesh on 29 November - 5 December 1998 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • "The Quest for Constitutionalism in Bangladesh: A Reflection on its First 25 Years", presented at the International Conference on the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh hosted by the Department of Economics, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia on 10 June 1996.            

International Abstract References

  • The Abstract of article "Free and Fair Elections in Bangladesh under the Thirteenth Amendment: A Political-Legal Post-Mortem" (1997) 47:5 International Political Science Abstracts, Oxford/Paris, p. 636.
  • The Abstract of article "The Ganges Water Dispute:  An Appraisal of a Third Party Settlement" (1988) 38:2 International Political Science Abstracts, Oxford/Paris, p. 174.

 
Chapters in Law Teaching Materials

  • "The Law-Making Process in the International Legal System: Sources and Evidence of International Law" - a chapter annexed to International Law Teaching Materials, Macquarie University Law Division, 2003, pp. 55-88.
  • "Internationalisation of Indigenous Cause and their International Legal Personality"- a chapter annexed to International Human Rights Law Teaching Materials, Macquarie University Law Division, 2000, Vol. II, pp. 1-44.
  • "The Emerging International Normative Regime of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property"-a chapter in International Human Rights Law Teaching Materials, Macquarie University Law Division, 2000, Vol II, pp. 46-116.