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1st Edition

Bangladesh and International Law

ISBN 9780367618582
Published February 23, 2021 by Routledge
366 Pages

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Book Description

This book is the first-ever comprehensive analysis of international law from Global South perspectives with specific reference to Bangladesh.

The book not only sheds new light on classical international law concepts, such as statehood, citizenship, and self-determination, but also covers more current issues including Rohingya refugees, climate change, sustainable development, readymade garment workers and crimes against humanity. Written by area specialists, the book explores how international law shaped Bangladesh state practice over the last five decades; how Bangladesh in turn contributed to the development of international law; and the manner in which international law is also used as a hegemonic tool for marginalising less powerful countries like Bangladesh. By analysing stories of an ambivalent relationship between international law and post-colonial states, the book exposes the duality of international law as both a problem-solving tool and as a language of hegemony.

Despite its focus on Bangladesh, the book deals with the more general problem of post-colonial states’ problematic relationship with international law and so will be of interest to students and scholars of international law in general, as well as those interested in the Global South and South Asia in particular.

Table of Contents


A. F. M. Maniruzzaman

Part I General International Law Issues

1. Glimpses of International Law Discourse

Borhan Uddin Khan & Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman

2. Framework of Engagement with International Law

Farhaan Uddin Ahmed

3. Judicial Invocation of International Law

Abdullah Al Faruque

4. Involvements in International Courts & Tribunals

Abdullah Al Faruque


Part II Sources

5. Customary International Law

Emraan Azad

6. The Law of Treaties and Treaty Reservations

Md. Al-Ifran Hosain Mollah


Part III Statehood

7. Territory, People, and Self-determination

K. M. Shazzad Mohashin

8. Citizenship and Statelessness

Naureen Rahim

9. Natural Resources

Md. Lokman Hussain

10. International Watercourse Law

Md. Nazrul Islam

11. Marine Resources and the Blue Economy

Tahsin Khan


Part IV International Environment Law

12. International Environmental Law

Mohammad Golam Sarwar

13. Climate Change and Human Mobility

Mostafa Mahmud Naser

14. Sustainable Development

Md. Abu Bakar Siddique


Part V International Economic Law

15. Intellectual Property Rights and Other Trade & Development Challenges

Shawkat Alam

16. LDC Graduation and WTO Challenges

Md. Abu Saleh & Muhammad Omar Faruque

17. International Investment Agreements

Ferdous Rahman


Part VI International Criminal Law

18. International Criminal Law: Historical Perspectives

Quazi Omar Foysal

19. Substantive Law of the International Crimes Tribunal (Bangladesh)

M. Rafiqul Islam

20. Crimes against Humanity and the Principle of Legality

M. Sanjeeb Hossain


Part VII The State and Its Others

21. Women and a National Imaginary

Psymhe Wadud

22. Rohingya Refugees

Md. Mostafa Hosain

23. Religious Minorities

Tapas Baul & Priyanka Bose Kanta

24. Indigenous Peoples & Ethnic Minorities

Mohammad Shahabuddin

25. Readymade Garment Workers and Inchoate Compensation Rights

Taqbir Huda

26. Slum Dwellers and Forced Evictions

S. M. Atia Naznin

27. Voices of Dissent

Tashmia Sabera

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Mohammad Shahabuddin is a Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Birmingham, UK.