- Dr Saiful Karim
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PhD (Macquarie University), LLM by Research (National University of Singapore), LLM (University of Chittagong), LLB (Honours) (University of Chittagong)
international and comparative environmental law, marine environmental law, REDD+ and environmental justice, climate change law, regional legal integration and environmental governance in the Asia-Pacific, environmental law of Bangladesh, piracy, maritime terrorism and maritime security, role of courts in the international legal system, ship breaking, law of the sea
Dr Saiful Karim is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. Saiful joined QUT as a lecturer in February 2013, having previously held full-time academic position at Southern Cross University. He has also held Visiting Faculty position at Sydney University where he taught a postgraduate course on Asia Pacific Environmental Law. He also taught law at Macquarie University and he was a consultant at the University of the South Pacific. He practiced at a Singapore law firm. He was a lawyer of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). He teaches and researches in different areas of international law, environmental law and agricultural law. Saiful has published extensively in the fields of public international law and environmental law and has presented research papers in many conferences and workshops organised by various academic and research organisations based in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. Saiful is the author of Prevention of Pollution of the Marine Environment from Vessels :The Potential and Limits of the International Maritime Organisation (Springer, 2015) and Maritime Terrorism and the Role of Judicial Institutions in the International Legal Order (Brill-Nijhoff, 2016). He is a recipient of the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Fund Award for Significant Achievement in Research. The Australian federal government nominated him as an expert in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) established under the auspices of the United Nations. He is currently contributing as a lead author of the Asia Pacific Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Assessment Report and the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Report of the IPBES. Saiful is a QUT accredited level -2 research supervisor. His main research and PhD supervision interests include:
- International and comparative environmental law
- Marine environmental law
- Law of the sea
- The role of national and international judicial institutions in the international legal system
- Maritime security
- Piracy and maritime terrorism
- Agricultural law and policy
- Climate change law
- Regional legal integration and environmental governance in the Asia-Pacific
- Asian legal studies
- South Pacific law
- Md Saiful Karim, Shipbreaking in Developing Countries: A Requiem for Environmental Justice from the Perspective of Bangladesh (Routledge, London, forthcoming 2017).
- Md Saiful Karim, Maritime Terrorism and the Role of Judicial Institutions in the International Legal Order (Brill -Nijhoff, Boston, 2016).
- Md Saiful Karim, Prevention of Pollution of the Marine Environment from Vessels : The Potential and Limits of the International Maritime Organisation ( Springer, Hidelberg, 2015).
- Daud Hassan and Md. Saiful Karim (eds.), International Marine Environmental Law and Policy (Routledge, London, forthcoming 2017).
- Steve Harrison and Md Saiful Karim (eds.), Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Agroforestry to Replace Unproductive Land use in Fiji and Vanuatu (ACIAR, 2016).
- Koh Kheng-Lian and Md Saiful Karim ‘The Role of ASEAN in Shaping Regional Environmental Protection’ in Philip Hirsch (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Environment in South East Asia (London: Routledge, 2017) 315.
- Abdullah Al Faruque and Md Saiful Karim, ‘Environmental Law of Bangladesh’ in Nicholas A. Robinson, Elizabeth Burleson, and Lin-Heng Lye (eds), Comparative Environmental Law & Regulation (Thomson Reuters, 2016) 7A:1 .
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Litigating Law of the Sea Disputes Using the UNCLOS Dispute Settlement System’ in Natalie Klein (ed.), Litigating International Law Disputes: Weighing the Options(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) 260.
- Natalia Szablewska and Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Protection, Prevention and International Cooperation: Refuge Perspective’ in Rafiqul Islam and Jahid Hossain Bhuyan (eds.), An Introduction to International Refugee Law (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 2013) 189.
- Koh Kheng-Lian and Md. Saiful Karim ‘South East Asian Environmental Legal Governance’ in Shawkat Alam et al. (eds.), Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law(London: Routledge, 2012) 461.
- Md. Saiful Karim and Ridwanul Hoque, ‘Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Sustainable Development of Coastal Area: A Short Overview of International Legal Framework’, in Erlend Moksness et al (eds.), Integrated Coastal Zone Management, (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) 170.
- Anna Huggins and Md Saiful Karim, ‘Shifting Traction: Differential Treatment and Substantive and Procedural Regard in the International Climate Change Regime’ (2016) 5 Transnational Environmental Law 427.
- Md Saiful Karim and Felicity Deane, ‘Proposed MBMs for Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Shipping and the WTO Rules’ (2014) Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 370.
- Md Saiful Karim, ‘Prosecution of Maritime Pirates: The National Court is Dead—Long Live the National Court?’ (2014) 32 Wisconsin International Law Journal 37.
- Md Saiful Karim, ‘The Rise and Fall of the International Law of Maritime Terrorism: The Ghost of Piracy is Still Hunting!’ (2014) 26 New Zealand Universities Law Review 82.
- Md Saiful Karim, ‘Flag State Responsibility for Maritime Terrorism’ (2013) 33 Johns Hopkins University SAIS Review of International Affairs 127.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Proposed REDD+ Project for the Sundarbans: Legal and Institutional Issues’ (2013) International Journal of Rural Law and Policy 1.
- Md. Saiful Karim et al., ‘Legal Activism for Ensuring Environmental Justice’ (2012) 7 Asian Journal of Comparative Law 346.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Is there an International Obligation to Prosecute Pirates?’ (2011) 58 Netherlands International Law Review 387.
- Md. Saiful Karim and Shawkat Alam, ‘Climate Change and Reduction of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Ships: An Appraisal’ (2011) 1 Asian Journal of International Law 131. (This journal is the successor of the Singapore Yearbook of International Law).
- Shawkat Alam and Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Linkages of Development and Environment: In Search of an Integrated Approach through Sustainable Development.’ (2011) 23 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 345.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Conflicts over Protection of Marine Living Resources: The ‘Volga Case’ Revisited’ (2011) 4 Goettingen Journal of International Law 101.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘IMO Mandatory Energy Efficiency Measures for International Shipping: The First Mandatory Global Greenhouse Gas Reduction Instrument for an International Industry’ (2011) 7 Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law 111.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Implementation of the MARPOL Convention in Developing Countries’, (2010) 79 Nordic Journal of International Law 303.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Environmental Pollution from Shipbreaking Industry: International Law and National Legal Response’ (2010) 22 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 185.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘US Led Informal Multilateral Political Arrangements: Whither International Law and Institutions?’ (2010) 49 Indian Journal of International Law 521.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Violation of Labour Rights in the Ship-breaking Yards of Bangladesh: Legal Norms and Reality’ (2009) 25 The International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations 379.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Implementation of the MARPOL Convention in Bangladesh’ (2009) 5 Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law 51.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘Future of the Haze Agreement– Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?’ (2008) 38 Environmental Policy and Law 328.
- Md. Saiful Karim, ‘UNCLOS and Regional Action for Protection of the Marine Environment: Perspectives of the South Asian Seas Region’, (2008) 29 Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Journal 415.
- Md. Saiful Karim et al, ‘UNCLOS and Conservation of Marine Living Resources within National Jurisdictions: Bangladesh Perspectives’, (2007) 2 Asian Journal of International Law (Serials Publications) 165.
Conferences, Workshops and Invited Seminars:
- Felicity Deane and Md Saiful Karim, ‘Voluntary Actions for Reduction of GHG Emissions from International Shipping: Probable Ways for Ensuring Transparency,’ Conference on Maritime Actors and Climate Change: Incentives and Strategies for Voluntary Action, 20-21 June 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Md Saiful Karim, ‘Marine Pollution in the Bay of Bengal: In Search of a Legal Response’, Seminar, Faculty of Law, University of Chittagong, 30 March 2016, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
- Md Saiful Karim, ‘Implementation of 2030 Development Goal 14: Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources’, International Conference on Rule of Law for Supporting the 2030 Development Agenda/Sustainable Development Goals, organised by the National Green Tribunal, in association with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change and Ministry of Water Resources, 4 – 6 March 2016, Vigyan Bhawan and Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi, India. ( Dr Karim attended this conference as an invited distinguished guest).
- Md Saiful Karim, ‘Reduction of Emissions of Greenhouse Gas from Ships and CBDR Principle’, Seminar, Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University, 8 March, New Delhi, India.
- Md Saiful Karim, ‘International legal framework for controlling movement of pandemic vectors and communicable diseases through Ships’, Conference on Biosecurity in a Globalised World: The Adoption of the Revised International Health Regulations – 10 Years On, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, 27-28 July 2015, Brisbane Australia
- Md Saiful Karim, Impact of Ship Breaking on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity: A Requiem for Environmental Justice, 2015 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Annual Colloquium, Jakarta, Indonesia, September 7-12, 2015.
- Md Saiful Karim, Seminar on Contemporary Global Environmental Legal Governance and the International Maritime Organisation: A Tale of Two Principles, 18 November 2014, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia.
- Md Saiful Karim, Are Sea Shepherd Crew Members ‘Common Enemies of Humankind’?, paper presented at the International Criminal Law Workshop, Faculty of Law, The University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia, 25 -26 September 2014.
- Md Saiful Karim, Marked-based Measures for Reduction of GHG Emissions from International Shipping, 2014 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Annual Colloquium, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain, 30 June – 5 July 2014.
- Md Saiful Karim, Legal Implications of Forest Carbon Investment: Land Tenure, Benefit Sharing and Corruption, Financing of Forestry, Agriculture and Climate Adaptation, Multi-Disciplinary Workshop, 22 November 2013, hosted by the Environmental and Natural Resources Research Program, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.
- Md Saiful Karim, State Responsibility for Maritime Terrorism, Inaugural Australian International Criminal Law Workshop, 12-13 September 2013, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Prosecution of Maritime Terrorists: The Role of National Courts in Ensuring Accountability, the 21st Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Australian National University, Canberra, 4-6 July 2013.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Climate Change and IMO Technical and Operational Measures for Reduction of Emissions of Greenhouse Gas from Ships, 2013 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Annual Colloquium, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand , 24 – 28 June 2013.
- Md. Saiful Karim, REDD+ and Mangroves: A Study on Sundarbans, Workshop on REDD+ and Legal Regimes of Mangroves, Peatlands and Other Wetlands: ASEAN and the World, 15–16 November 2012, Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Reduction of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Ships: Challenges and Opportunities for Asian Countries, Seminar organised by Asian Law Institute, 9 November 2012, Lee Sheridan Room, Eu Tong Sen Building, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Litigating Law of the Sea Disputes Using the UNCLOS Dispute Settlement System, Litigating International Law Disputes, Centre for Legal Governance, Macquarie Law School, 23 September 2011, The Mint, Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Prosecution of Somali Pirates, CIL Workshop on International Maritime Crimes: Legal Issues and Prospects for Cooperation in ASEAN, Centre for International Law, National University Singapore, Singapore, 17-18 January 2011.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Climate Change and Reduction of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Ships: An Appraisal’ Climate Futures Forum, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 1 December 2010.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Conflicts over Protection of Maritime Living Resources, International Conference on Resources of Conflict – Conflicts over Resources, Institute of International and European Law, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany, 7- 9 October 2010.
- Md. Saiful Karim and Okechukwu Benjamin Vincents, Legal Activism for Ensuring Environmental Justice In Bangladesh, Conference on Public Interest Law Opportunities and Obstacles: The 2010 Conference of the Civil Justice Research Group Melbourne Law School, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia, 27- 28 September 2010.
- Saiful Karim, Settlement of Maritime Security Disputes: Some Limitations of the UNCLOS Dispute Settlement System, Workshop on Resolving International Law Disputes: Strategies, Options and Outcomes, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 17 September 2010.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Litigation as A Strategy for Settlement of Maritime Security Disputes: The ‘Volga Case’ Revisited, Interdisciplinary Conference on Time and Law, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada, 5-6 May 2010.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Litigation as A Strategy for Settlement of Maritime Security Disputes: The ‘Volga Case’ Revisited, Conference on Law and Crisis, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Australia, 31 0ctober 2009.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Health Security and Maritime Transportation: An Analysis of International Legal Framework, poster submitted for display at the Annual Conference of the European Association of Health Law, University of Edinburgh, Scotland,15-16 October 2009.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Violation of Labour Rights in the Shipbreaking Yards of Bangladesh: Legal Norms and Reality, Asian Regional Conference on Labour Law and Labour Market in the 21st Century, Jointly organised by International Labour Organisation and Faculty of Law, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15 – 16 November 2008.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Sustainable Development of Coastal Area: A Short Overview of International Legal Framework, International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Institute of Marine Research (IMR) Flødevigen, Arendal, Norway, 11-12 June 2007.
- Md. Saiful Karim, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and Marine Environment: Perspectives of the South Asian Seas Region, Conference on International Law in Asia – Past, Present and Future, Inaugural Conference of The Asian Society of International Law, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 7 – 9 April 2007 .
- Md. Saiful Karim, Implementation of Vessel-Source Marine Pollution Prevention Conventions in Developing Countries: A Study from the Context of Bangladesh, Post Graduate Workshop of the 15th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, 27 June 2007.
- Md. Saiful Karim et al., UNCLOS and Conservation of Marine Living Resources Within National Jurisdictions: Bangladesh Perspectives, Fifth International Conference on International Environmental Law, Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi, India 8-9 December 2007.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Worker’s Security in Ship Breaking Yards of Bangladesh: Legal Norms and Reality, seminar organised by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), IEB Conference Room, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2005.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Legal Framework for Conservation of Coastal and Marine Environment: Bangladesh Perspective, seminar organised by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), IEB Conference Room, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2004.
- Md. Saiful Karim, Environmental Conservation of Kuakata Sea Beach, seminar organised by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), Barisal Press Club, Barisal Bangladesh, 2004.
- Mining and Energy Law
- International Environmental Law
- Public International Law
- Introduction to International Law
- Asia Pacific Environmental Law
- Administrative Law
- Public International Law
- Law in Context
- Sustainable Planning Law
- Property Law
- Local Government and Planning Law
- Comparative Environmental Law
- Law of International Organisations
- Law of the Sea
- Marine Law (covering Maritime and Admiralty Law)
- Business Law
- Corporations Law
- Business Litigation and Disputes
Guest Lecturer in:
- Climate Change and Energy Law,
- Sustainable Corporate Governance
- ASEAN Environmental Law and Policy
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Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)
- The Law and Policy for Electricity Generated by Renewable Energy: Greening the Power in Three Middle Eastern Jurisdictions (2016)