Dr Shawkat Alam

Associate Professor
Director Centre for International & Environmental Law
LLB (Honours) (Rajshahi University), LLM (Dhaka University), PhD (Macquarie University)

Dr Shawkat Alam is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for International and Environmental Law at Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University. He has previously been an academic in the Law School at Dhaka University, and has also taught at Rajshahi University, Bangladesh. Dr Alam holds an LLB (Honours) from Rajshahi University, an LLM from Dhaka University and a PhD from Macquarie University. Dr Alam's teaching and research expertise are in the areas of international law, international environmental law, international trade and sustainable development. He has published extensively in his areas of expertise. He is the author of the book, Sustainable Development and Free Trade (Routledge, 2008). His recent co-edited books include Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law, Routledge, London, 2012, Globalisation and the Quest for Social and Environmental Justice: The Relevance of International Law in an Evolving World Order, Routledge, London (2011), and International Trade Law and the WTO, Federation Press, Australia, 2013.

Dr Alam is currently the Editor of the Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law. He has served as an International Expert for United Nations Industrial Development Organisation's Quality Support Programme in Bangladesh and engaged in consultancy and community work in Bangladesh.

Through AccessMQ, Shawkat lead an AusAID funded program, Capacity building for trade, environment and sustainable development in Bangladesh, with the aim to build the capacity of leaders and professionals in trade, environment and development in Bangladesh. The program aimed to support a comprehensive and continuing agenda for building institutional capacity of the Bangladesh Government, focusing on the enhancement of the three dimensions of capacity building: sustainable economic, social and political growth.

The goal was to enhance the capacity of government officials through focused knowledge transfer and skills training, and academic knowledge in the areas of international law, international trade law and international environmental law.

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Shawkat Alam

Areas of expertise:

  • International law
  • International environmental law
  • International trade
  • Sustainable development