Name: Dr. Ridwanul Haque
Degree:LLB,LLM (CU), LLM, University of Cambridge, PhD, University of London
Phone:880-2-9661900, 01727038740


PhD, 2007.University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Dissertation: “Judicial activism as a golden mean: A critical study of evolving activist

jurisprudence with particular reference to Bangladesh”

Supervisor: Professor Werner Menski, Professor of South Asian Laws, University of London

Award:Commonwealth Scholarship, 2003-2006

 LLM (International Commercial Law),2002. University of Cambridge

Class obtained: Second Class, 1st Division (2:1)

Subjects studied: Settlement of international disputes, WTO law, international commercial

litigation, and corporate governance.

Award:Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship (jointly funded by Cambridge University

and DFID), 29 September 2001 – 30 June 2002

 LLM, 1997.University of Chittagong

Class obtained: First Class (secured the 1st place)

Subjects studied: International human rights law, intellectual property law, comparative law,

and the law of international organisations

LLM thesis: “Jurisdictional problems of the International Court of Justice: Search for ways to

make the World Court more effective”

Award:Bangladesh University Grants Commission’s National Merit Scholarship 1996-7

LLB Honours, 1996. University of Chittagong

Class obtained: First Class (secured the 1st place)

Award: Chancellor’s Gold Medal 1996


List of Publications


  1. Judicial activism in Bangladesh: A golden meanapproach. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, April 2011.

 Refereed Book Chapters (submitted)

  1. “Eternal provisions in the Constitution of Bangladesh: A Constitution once and for all?”, to be published in An Unconstitutional Constitution?:
    Unamendability in Constitutional Democracies, edited by Richard Albert and BertilEmrah Oder, Springer (JusGentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justiceseries) (forthcoming, 2017)(proof-read copy submitted).
  2. “Rule of Law in Bangladesh: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?”, to be published in Chowdhury Ishrak A. Siddiky (ed.), Issues Affecting the Rule of Law in Developing Countries: The Case of Bangladesh, Routledge, 2017 (proof-read copy submitted).


Refereed Book Chapters (published)


  1. “Inclusivity role of the judiciary in Bangladesh”, in Nizam Ahmed (ed), Inclusive Governance in South Asia: Parliament, Judiciary, and Executive. Palgrave McMillan (Springer), pp. 99-123.
  2. ‘Judicialization of Politics in Bangladesh: Pragmatism, Legitimacy, and Consequences’, in Mark Tushnet and Madhav Khosla (eds.), Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia, New York: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 9, 261-290.
  • Courts and the Adjudication System in Bangladesh:
    In Quest of Viable Reforms’, in J. Yeh and Wen-Chen Chang (eds.), Asian Courts in Context, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 13, 447-486.
  1. ‘Constitutionalism and the judiciary in Bangladesh’, in S. Khilnani, V. Raghavan & A. Thiruvengadam (eds.), Comparative constitutionalism in South Asia, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 303-340.
  2. “The International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 and the concept of fair trial”, in Afroz, Tureen (ed.), Genocide, War Crimes & Crimes against Humanity in Bangladesh: Trial Under the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973. Dhaka: Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trial of War Criminals of 1971, pp. 57-81.
  3. “Integrated coastal zone management and sustainable development of coastal area: A short overview of international legal framework”, in ErlendMoksness, EinarDahl, and Josianne G. Støttrup (eds.), Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Wiley-Blackwell, August 2009, Chapter 13, pp. 170-77 (co-authored).
  • “The Long Shadows of 1971”, in Rahman, Mizanur (ed.), Post-conflict Justice, Peace and Human Rights. Dhaka: ELCOP, pp. 51-72 (co-authored).
  • Articles (forthcoming)

    1. “Inclusive Constitutionalism and the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh”, Indian Yearbook of Comparative Law, vol. 1 (inaugural issue), March 2017 (Forthcoming.)

     Articles (published)

    “Can the Court invalidate an original provision of the Constitution?”, 2(1) Univ. of Asia Pacific Journal of Law and Policy, pp.13-27.

    1. “War crimes trial in Bangladesh: Revisiting the issue of international standards of fair trial”, 17(1) Australian Journal of Asian Law, pp. 1-19,
      1. “Gender and the legal profession in Bangladesh: achievements and challenges”, No. 3, Special Issue, (Nordic)Journal of Law and Social Research,[1] pp. 45-64. (Published from Copenhagen).
      2. “Public procurement law in Bangladesh: From bureaucratisation to accountability”, Vol. 3 (3), National University of Juridical Science Law Review,pp. 281-97. (Published in India).
      • “Bangladesh’s experience with judicial activism”, Vol. 30, South Asian Journal, pp. 25-43. (Pakistan).
      1. “Public law compensation in Bangladesh: Looking within and beyond”, Vol. 1 (2), Journal of Law and Development, pp. 1-24.
      2. The recent emergency and the politics of the judiciary in Bangladesh”, Vol. 2(2), National University of Juridical Science Law Review,pp. 183-204. (UGCAward winning article). (Published in India).
      3. Elimination of the worst forms of child labour through law in Bangladesh: A critique”, Vol. 18 (2), Dhaka University Law Journal, pp. 187-202.
      • “Criminal law and the Constitution: The relationship revisited”,Special Issue (Nov 2007),Bangladesh Journal of Law, pp. 45-78.
      • “Judicial activism and Islamic family law: A socio-legal evaluation of recent trends in Bangladesh”, Vol. 14 (2), Islamic Law and Society,[2]pp. 204-39. (Co-authored).
      1. “Judicial agency to achieve good governance in Bangladesh: An analysis”, Vol. 18 (1), Dhaka University Law Journal, pp. 91-108.
      2. “The UNCLOS and conservation of marine living resources within national jurisdictions: Bangladesh perspectives”, Vol. 2 (1-2), Asian Journal of International Law, pp.165-179 (co-authored).
      3. “Taking justice seriously: Judicial public interest and constitutional activism in Bangladesh”, Vol. 15 (4) Contemporary South Asia, pp.399-422.
      • “The judicial invocation of international human rights law in Bangladesh: Questing a better approach”, Vol. 46 (2), Indian Journal of International Law, pp. 151-84(co-authored). (UGC award winning article).
      • Suo motu jurisdiction as a tool of activist judging: A survey of relevant issuesand constructing a sensible defence”, Vol. 8, ChittagongUniversity Journal of Law, pp.1-31.
      • “Corporate governance: Mapping the territory for Bangladesh’s visit”, Vol. 5, Chittagong University Journal of Law, pp.35-71.
      1. “Jurisdictional problems of the International Court of Justice: Towards an alternative framework”, Vol. 3 (1), Bangladesh Journal of Law, pp. 49-89.
      • “Right to post-divorce maintenance in Muslim law: The Shamsun Nahar revisited”, Vol. IV Chittagong University Journal of Law, pp. 1-32 (co-authored).
      • “Province of the law of contempt of court undetermined”, Vol. III Chittagong University Journal of Law, pp. 181-203.

      [1] Renamed Nordic Journal of Law and Social Research, the journal is a joint effort of Copenhagen University, Denmark and Bahauddin Zakaria University, Pakistan. The Issue No. 3 is available at: <>.

      [2] This is an A* journal according to the Ranking Body ASAA (

      1. “Province of the law of contempt of court undetermined”, Vol. III Chittagong University Journal of Law, pp. 181-203.Works in progress
        • “Judicial review of original constitution” (a work with Richard Albert and YanizRoznai; targeted journal is Oxford Journal of Legal Studies).
        • “Citizenshipin Bangladesh” in Olivier Vonk (ed.), Citizenship laws in Asia (work in progress).
        • “Defending constitutionalism through public interest litigation in Bangladesh: A skeptical view” (a research completed at the Melbourne Law School, and being developed for Cambridge Journal of Comparative Law).
        • “Horizontality of fundamental rights in Bangladesh: Discordance between the text and the judicial say” (this paper, originally read at a Dhaka seminar, is being developed for publication in the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal).
        • “Judicial use of comparative constitutional law in Bangladesh: Method, benefits and perils” (being developed as a paper for International Journal of Constitutional Law).
        • A translation book (editing) on public interest litigation by Hans Dembowski.


        Shorter Articles (selected)

        • The “Datafin” Turn in Bangladesh: Opening Up Judicial Review of Private Bodies”, 25 October 2017, in: <>.
        • “Global silence in view of genocidal action” (on Rohingya crisis), In D+C (Democracy & Cooperation), Germany, e-paper no 10/2017 (12/10/2017), available at: <>.
        • “ Rule of law: Room for Improvement”, In D+C (Democracy & Cooperation), Germany, e-paper no 11/2017 (19/10/2017), at p. 38, available at:<>.
        • “Developments in Bangladeshi constitutional law”, 2016 Global Review of Constitutional Law (Richard Albert et al. eds., I-CONnect-Clough Centre, Boston College) 17-21 (co-authored).
        • Constitutional Challenge to the State Religion Status of Islam in Bangladesh: Back to Square One?, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, May 27, 2016, at: <>.
        • Comment (on Rohingya Refugees): Asian challenge. In D+C (Democracy & Cooperation), Germany, e-paper no 4/2016, p. 42 (April 2016), available at: <>.
        • “A Situation of bonded labour”, interview on international migration including irregular migration from Bangladesh. InD+C (Democracy & Cooperation), Germany, e-paper no 5/2016, p. 37 (May 2016), available at:
          • “Clashing ideologies” (A comment on civil liberties in Bangladesh), In: Vol. 8, August 5, 2015, D+C (Democracy & Cooperation), Germany, at p. 42. Available at: <>.
          • “Emigration fraud and justice for migrant workers”, The Daily Star, 18 December 2012, at:
          • “Law Schools: Room for improvement”. In: Vol. 5, May 2012, D+ C (Development and Cooperation), Germany, pp. 200-202. Available at: <>.
          • “Rights and protection of our children: Where do we stand?”. In: Vol. 5, Issue 12 (December 2011) Forum, The Daily Star, Dhaka.
          • “Taking the Constitution away from Courts? “, Issue No. 218 Law & Our Rights, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 21 May 2011, available at:
          • “The sovereignty debate: Whose sovereignty is it anyway?”,Issue No 216,Law & Our Rights, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 30 April 2011, at p. 22, available at: <>.
          • “Fairness in the war crimes trial”, 4(2) Forum, the Daily Star, Dhaka, 10 December 2010. Available at: <>.
          • Ridwanul Hoque (2010), “The case of Shukkur Ali: Mandatory death penalty and the hard case phenomenon”, the Daily Star, Issue 195 Law & Our Rights, 20 November, 2010. <>.
          • “Judicial stance against polygamy: Some reflections on the case of DilrubaAktar 55 DLR 568”, (2006) 58 Dhaka Law Report, Journal section, pp. 51-54.
          • “Recent decisions of the International Court: Saving International Law from its demise?”, Issue 9, [2004-5] Law Vision, pp. 14-19, Chittagong University Faculty of Law.
          • “On coup d’etat, constitutionalism, and the need to break the subtle bondage with alien legal thought: A reply to Omar and Hossain”, Law & Our Rights, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 29 October 2005, available at:
          • “On freedom of religion and the plight of Ahmadiyas”, Law & Our Rights, The Daily Star, Dhaka, 21 March 2004, available at:
          • “State liability for judicial mistakes: A new avenue for judicial accountability or a mere dream?”, Issue 8 [December 2002] Law Vision, Chittagong University Faculty of Law, 8-13.
          • “Court declares unauthorised fatwa illegal”, Issue 6 [December 2000] Law Vision, Chittagong University Faculty of Law, 12-13.State Practice Reports2013    State Practice of Bangladesh in the Field of International Law, in: 19 (2013) Asian Yearbook of International Law (forthcoming).2012    State Practice of Bangladesh in the Field of International Law, in: 18 (2012) Asian Yearbook of International Law (pp. 212-220; 228-231; 239-250; and 323-327).

            Book Reviews

            1. Review of Md Saiful Karim. Prevention of Pollution of the Marine Environment from Vessels:The Potential and Limits of the International Maritime Organisation (Heidelberg; New York; London: Springer, 2015). In: 25(1) Yearbook of InternationalEnvironmental Law 642-645.
            2. Review of Siddharh Kara. (2012). Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia. New York: Columbia University Press. In: Vol. 1(2), Journal of Society, Economy and Development (Dhaka), pp. 112-117.
            • Review of Alamgir Muhammad Serajuddin. (2011). Muslim family law, secular courts and Muslim women of South Asia. Karachi: Oxford University Press. In: Issue 246, Law & Our Rights (The Daily Star, Dhaka), 3 December 2011.
            1. Review of Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed. (2011). Certiorari: An Administrative Law Remedy.Dhaka: Mullick Brothers. In: Issue 227, Law & Our Rights (The Daily Star, Dhaka), 16 July2011.At: <>.
            2. 2011c.Review of SumaiyaKhair, Child Labour Revisited: Gender, Culture, Economics and Human Rights. Dhaka: University Press Limited. In: Issue 238 Law & Our Rights (The Daily Star, Dhaka), 1 October 2011.
            3. 2011d.Review of Abdullah Al Faruque. (2011). Petroleum Contracts: Stability and Risk Management in Developing Countries. Dhaka: BILIA. In: Issue 235 Law & Our Rights (The Daily Star), Dhaka, 9 September 2011.
            • Review of Mahmudul Islam, Interpretation of statutes and documents (Dhaka: Mullick Brothers, 2009). In: Issue 117 Law & Our Rights (The Daily Star, Dhaka), 9 May 2009. At: <>.
            • Review of SumaiyaKhair, Legal empowerment for the poor and the disadvantaged: Strategies, achievements and challenges (Dhaka: CIDA Legal Reform Project in Bangladesh, 2007), Journal of Law and Development, vol. 1 (1): 75-78.
            1. Review ofM. Shah Alam, Enforcement of international human rights law by domestic courts (Dhaka: New Warsi Book Corporation, 2007), South Asia Research, Vol. 28 (3): 307-09.
            2. 2008b. Review of Joseph M. Jacob, Civil justice in the age of human rights (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 22 (1): 91-92.
            3. 2008c.Review of Usha Jumani, Empowering society: An analysis of business, government and social development approaches to empowerment (New Delhi: Foundations, 2006), Journal of South Asian Development, Vol. 3 (1): 168-70.
            • Review of Hans Dembowski, Taking the state to court– Public interest litigation and the public sphere in metropolitan India (, online edition of a controversial book originally published by OUP in 2001), D+C Democracy and Cooperation, vol. 3: 128-29. At:
            • Review of Marc Hertogh and Simon Halliday (eds.), Judicial review and bureaucratic Impact:International and interdisciplinary perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), and of Simon Halliday, Judicial review and compliance with administrative law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), Cambridge Law Journal, Vol. 65 (1): 231-34.
            • Review of Salman M A Salman and Kishor Uperty, Conflict and cooperation on South Asia’s international rivers: A legal perspective (London et al: Kluwer Law International, 2002), South Asia Research, Vol. 25 (2): 230-32.
            1. Review of JonaRazzaque, Public interest environmental litigation in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (The Hague et al: Kluwer Law International, 2004), South Asia Research, Vol. 25(1): 114-15.


            Special Lectures/Workshop Papers (Selected)

            15 August 2016. “Constitutional Amendment in Bangladesh: Legislative, Judicial, and (Not) Popular?”. Paper presented at the Gilbert+Tobin Centre of Public Law Workshop on Comparative Constitutional Amendments. UNSW Law School, Sydney, Australia.


            6 July 2016. “Factory Collapse in Bangladesh and Extra-Territorial Tort Action: Reflections on the Delaware Superior Court’s Recent Opinion in Rahaman V. J.C. Penny et al”. Paper presented at the La Trobe Law School Staff Seminar Series, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.


            19 August, 2015.“Constitutional Identity and the Basic Structure Doctrine (BSD) in Bangladesh”.

            Inaugural lecture of the UAP Special Law Lecture Series. Dhaka: University of Asia Pacific.

             Conference Papers

            1. “The inclusivity role of the judiciary in Bangladesh”, a paper read in the International

            Seminar on Inclusive Governance in South Asia, held in Dhaka, 8 –9 May 2016, organised by The Public Administration and Governance Research Network.


            1. ‘Eternal Provisions in the Bangladeshi Constitution: A constitution once and for

            all?’, read at the Workshop on Unamendable Constitutional Provisions, June 9, 2015, at Koc University Law School, Istanbul, Turkey.

            1. ‘Judicialization of politics in Bangladesh: Judicial Meddling in Politics or ‘Upholding the

            Law?’, a paper given at the La Trobe University International Seminar on A Conversation about Judicial Power in Comparative Perspective, 17 March 2015, Melbourne, Australia.

            1. “Judicial system and adjudication in Bangladesh,” a paper read at a conference on

            ‘Asian Courts in Context’, held at the National Taiwan University, 23-24 March 2012, Taiwan. 

            1. ‘Public procurement law in Bangladesh: From bureaucratisation to accountability’,

            paper read at the 4th International Conference of Public Procurement (IPPC 2010) on Towards a New Horizon in Public Procurement, South Korea, August 2010.

            1. “The recent emergency and the politics of the judiciary in Bangladesh’, a paper read at

            the inaugural conference of LASSnet (Law and Social Science Network), held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 8-12 January, 2009.

            1. Effective judicial review in Bangladesh: Reviewability of ‘private’ contracts by the

            state”,a paper read at the Joint workshop on Effective Judicial Review: A Cornerstone of Good Governance, organised by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Cambridge Universities, Hong Kong, December 8-10, 2008. (The paper was granted a Young Scholar Award).

            1. “Taking justice seriously: Judicial public interest and constitutional activism in

            Bangladesh”, paperpresented at the Annual Conference of the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS), 21-23 April 2006, Birkbeck College, London.

            1. “Judicial activism in Bangladesh: Agency to improve governance through establishing

            Constitutionalism and justice”, paper presented at the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Governance Alumni Workshop on Governance in the Commonwealth: Civic engagement and democratic accountability, 11-13 March 2006, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London.





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