1st Edition

Bangladesh and International Law

Edited By Mohammad Shahabuddin Copyright 2021
    366 Pages
    by Routledge

    366 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


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