Jobair Alam

Jobair Alam

Md Jobair Alam

PhD Candidate & Casual Academic

Macquarie Law School
Tel: +61-2-9850 8647
Email: mdjobair.alam@mq.edu.au

Alam is an Assistant Professor of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and currently pursuing Ph.D under the International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship. He obtained LLM in 2010 and LLB (Hons') in 2009 from the Department of Law, University of Dhaka and has the distinction of being first in both of the examinations. In recognition of these outstanding academic achievements he has been awarded with prestigious gold medals from the Prime Minister, the President and the Chief Justice of Bangladesh. His primary areas of interest are international law, international human rights law, international criminal law and poverty and development studies in a south Asian context.

Qualifications

LLM (1st Class 1st) (University of Dhaka), LLB (Honours) (1st Class 1st) (University of Dhaka)

Teaching Responsibilities

LAWS259 - International Law
LAWS523 - Intellectual Property Law
LEX 101 - Law, Human Rights and Global Governance

Thesis

Alam is currently undertaking his PhD under the supervision of Dr. M. Rafiqul Islam and Dr. Archana Parashar. His thesis addresses some of the pressing international law issues of the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Myanmar (Burma), which inclusively includes international refugee, migrant, stateless, and criminal law issues. Through the application of a doctrinal research with a reformist approach his study aims to (a) critically examine the status and protection of the Rohingya in international law, (b) discern how to ascertain and combat their marginalised human rights plight, and (c) derive lessons to maximise the protection of vulnerable groups should a parallel situation emerge in the future. The study will make recommendations for a negotiated peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis.

Current title: The Rohingya in Crisis: Their Status and Protection in International Law

Awards

  • Prime Minister Gold Medal for obtaining highest marks in the Faculty of Law in the LLB Hons’ Final Examination
  • Justice Amin Ahmed Gold Medal for securing highest marks in the LLM Final Examination
  • Fakir Abdul Mannan Memorial Gold Medal for academic excellence in the LLM Final Examination
  • Justice Abdulla Gold Medal for academic excellence in the LLM Final Examination

Publications

  1. ‘The Rohingya Minority of Myanmar: Surveying their Status and Protection in International Law’, International Journal of Minority and Group Rights (BRILL), (2018) (advance published),DOI: 10.1163/15718115-02503002.
  2. ‘The Rohingya of Myanmar: Theoretical Significance of the Minority Status’, Vol. 19, No. 2 2018, Asian Ethnicity (Routledge) pp. 180-210, DOI: 10.1080/14631369.2017.1407236.
  3. ‘Trips Agreement of the WTO:  Implications and Challenges for Bangladesh’, Vol.11, No.5, 2016, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford Journal) pp.390-391, DOI: 10.1093/jiplp/jpw024.
  4. ‘Exploring the Right to Development through the Right to Food Indicator in Bangladesh: Potentials and Pitfalls’, Vol. 17, No. 2, Article 9, 2016, The Australian Journal of Asian Law pp. 1-18.
  5. ‘Rethinking on the Post-divorce Maintenance: An Alternative Tool for the Empowerment of the Muslim Women in Bangladesh?’, Vol. 15, Nos. 1 & 2,  2015, Bangladesh Journal of Law (BILIA) pp. 81-110.
  6. ‘Comparing the Transfer of Property Law in Bangladesh and England: Any Lesson for Bangladesh from Contemporary English Law?’, Bangladesh Journal of Law (BILIA) (2018) (forthcoming).
  7. ‘Human Rights and Bioethics: Determining the Relationship on the Basis of Conceptual Frameworks’, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2016, Dhaka University Law Journal pp.12-32.
  8. ‘The Prevention of Oppression against Women and Children Act and Special Tribunal: Revisiting the Law and Its Implementation’, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2014, Dhaka University Law Journal pp.17-46.
  9. ‘A Critical Assessment of the Ethical Approaches to Environmental Legislation in Bangladesh with an Emphasis on Biodiversity’, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2016, Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics pp.60-88.
  10. ‘Realizing ESC Rights through Budgetary Allocation: A Viable Alternative for Bangladesh’, Vol. 13, No. 1 & 2, 2013, Bangladesh Journal of Law (BILIA) pp. 129-155.
  11. ‘Reflections on the Right to Palliative Care in Bangladesh: Legal Regime Revisited’, Vol. IV, No.III, 2013, Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics pp. 25-33.
  12. ‘The Role of Natural Justice in Regulating the Exercise of Administrative Discretion: A Critical Reflection’, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2012, Dhaka University Law Journal pp. 34-58.
  13. ‘Legal and Policy Framework for Poverty Reduction in Bangladesh: An International Human Rights Law Perspective’, Vol. 23, No.1, 2012, Dhaka University Law Journal pp. 22-45.
  14. ‘Public Interest Litigation: An Effective Mechanism for Securing Human Rights and the Rule of Law’, Vol. 22, No.2, 2011, Dhaka University Law Journal pp. 17-36.
  15. ‘Poverty and Human Rights: Determining the Relationship on the Basis of Conceptual Frameworks’, Vol. 22, No.1, 2011, Dhaka University Law Journal pp. 37-62.

Presentations at Conferences

  1. 'Trapped Beyond Borders: Human Rights and Plight of the Forced Displaced Rakhine Rohingya in Bangladesh’, Brown International Advanced Research Institutes, Brown University, USA, 2-16 Jun 2018.
  2. ‘Asian States’ Reliance on the Concept of ‘Irregular Migration’: Is it Prolonging the Refugee Crisis in Asia?’, 108th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), Dublin, Ireland,  4-9 Sep 2017.
  3. ‘Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide: Humanising the Struggle of Stateless Rohingyans’, Asia and Global South: An International Conference (by the Crime and Justice Research Centre, QUT, and the Asian Criminological Society), Queensland, Australia, 9-13 Jul 2017.
  4. ‘Is EU Diminishing the Spirit of the Principle of non-refoulement?: A Study of the EU Legal Regime and Recent Practices for the Refugees’, Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) Conference, Canberra, Australia, 29 Jun-01 Jul 2017.
  5. ‘Constitutional Change and Security Force Dynamics and Asia and Southeast Asia: An Example from Myanmar’, British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) Annual Conference, Nottingham, the UK, 19-21 Apr 2017.
  6. ‘A Critical Assessment of the Ethical Approaches to Environmental Legislation in Bangladesh with an Emphasis on Biodiversity’, 16th Asian Bioethics Conference (by the Asian Bioethics Association), Manila, the Philippines, 3-8 Nov 2015.
  7. ‘The Prevention of Oppression Against Women and Children Act, 2000: Looking at Law and it’s Implementation’, Researcher Link Workshop (by Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka and SOAS, the University of London in collaboration with British Council), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 23-26 Feb 2015.
  8. ‘Poverty, Inclusion and Social Protection: Revisiting the Sixth Five Year Plan of Bangladesh’, 7th Poverty and Social Protection Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 9-11 Mar 2014.
  9. ‘Ethical Perspectives of Palliative Care in Bangladesh’, 14th Asian Bioethics Conference (by Asian Bioethics Association), Chennai, India, 19-23 Jun 2013.
  10. ‘The Emerging Socio-economic Rights’, Colloquium on Constitutional Law on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Bangladesh Constitution ( by Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 9 Mar 2012.

Research Interests

International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law

Membership

  • Bangladesh Bar Council, Member
  • Bangladesh Bioethics Society (BBS), Life Member
  • The British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS), Member
  • The Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), Member
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