Dr. M. Habibur Rahman

Faculty Member

Professor & Dean

Department of Law
Contact: +88 01720 300055, habiburlaw@hotmail.com

Academic Background

LL.B. (1968), M.Sc. (1968) : University of Dhaka (Bangladesh)

LL.M. (1979) : University of Rajshahi (Bangladesh)

LL.M. (1982) : University of Wales (United Kingdom)

Ph.D. (1999): National Law School of India University  (Bangalore)

Professional / Teaching Experience

Department of Law & Justice, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi-6205, Bangladesh.

(a) Lecturer : 1970-74, (b) Assistant Professor : 1974-84, (c) Associate Professor : 1984-92, (d) Chairman : 1987-90, (e) Professor : 1992 onward, (f) Dean, Faculty of Law : 2001-2003

Seminars Attended

Attended seminars at home and abroad held under the auspices of the Hague Academy of International Law and UNITAR, Bangkok (1974), Dhaka (1976, 1984), SAARC Water Partnership Seminar, Katmandu (Nepal), 2002, Seminar on the Role of Major Powers in South Asia arranged by the Institute of Regional Studies, August 2003, Islamabad, International Conference on Japan and SAARC Co-operation , 2006, Dhaka.

Field of Specialization

Law of the Sea, International Law, Marine Environment, Foreign Policy, Constitutional Law, Muslim Law, UN & ICJ Affairs, Human Rights, Air and Space Law.

Title of LLM Thesis

Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries with Special Reference to the Bangladesh –India Situation, 1982

Title of Ph.D. Thesis

Deep Seabed Mining Under the Law of the Sea Convention, 1982 with Special Reference to the Interests of Developing Countries


Published papers on Law of the Sea, Human Rights, Muslim Law of Succession, Bangladesh Constitution in Research Journals in U.K., USA, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh some of whose abstracts have also been published in International and Political Science Abstracts Documentation in Paris. My book Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries (1991) has been reviewed in ICLQ (London) in 1992.

Other Present Positions

Life Member of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Rajshahi University Senate Member etc.

President of Bangladesh Society of International Law (BSIL)

Postdoctoral Research

Carried research on LEGAL REGIME OF MARINE ENVIRONENT IN THE BAY OF BENGAL  in the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany during November 2004 – April 2005. The book has been published  at Atlantic Publishers and Distributors (2007), New Delhi, India. It is of xix+377 pages, ISBN : 81-269-0759-2, Web: www. atlanticbooks.com, E-mail: info@atlanticbooks.com

Doctoral (PhD) Thesis Guide

1)       Md. Aminul  Islam: Law and Administration of Agrarian Tenancy in Bangladesh (2005), Department of Law, Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh

2)       Md. Aminur Rahmam: Human Rights for Backward Section of Citizens with Special Reference to Education : A Study of Dhaka City Slum Dwellers (2006), Institute of Education and Research (IER), Rajshahi University, Bangladesh

3)       Nasrin Lubna: Consumer Rights in Bangladesh : Legal Status and Protection Modalities (2006), Institute of Bangladesh Studies (IBS), Rajshahi University, Bangladesh

4)       A F M Mohsin: Equitable Reliefs Under the Civil Justice System in Bangladesh : An Analytical Study (2008), Department of Law and Justice, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh

5)       Zahid Rafique: Company Law as Administered in Bangladesh with Emphasis on Shares and Debentures (2011), Institute of Bangladesh Studies (IBS), Rajshahi University, Bangladesh

6)       A.B.M. Mahmudul Hoque: Institutionalizing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the Justice System of Bangladesh with Special Reference to Village Court (2011), Institute of Bangladesh Studies (IBS), Rajshahi University, Bangladesh

Moreover, several Ph.D/M.Phil fellows are pursuing research under my supervision. I have examined several PhD/M. Phil dissertations and convened my consent to different institutions to examine their dissertations at home and abroad.


1)       Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone- Their Impact on the Law of the Sea, 2(1979) Rajshahi University Law Review, 6-16.

2)       Law of the Sea Provisions Regarding the Delimitation of Territorial Sea - Impacts and Practical Approach, 3(1982) Ibid., 50-63.

3)       The Regime of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) - A Critical Study with Particular Reference to its Delimitation between Bangladesh and India, 6(1982-83) Journal of the Institute of Bangladesh Studies (Rajshahi) University) 44-66.

4)       The Law of the Sea and Settlement of Maritime Disputes, 5/1(1984) Journal of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (biiss journal, Dhaka) 69-96.

5)       Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries : A Survey of Problems in the Bangladesh case, 24/12 (1984) Asian Survey (University of California) 1302-17.

6)       The Impact of the Law of the Sea Convention on the Regime for Islands in Maritime Zones, 34/2(1985) International and Comparative Law Quarterly (London) 368-376.

7)       Assertion of Claims by Bangladesh to Newly Formed Offshore Islands, (1985) Lawasia (Sydney) 161-173.

8)       The Legal Basis for the Delineation of Baselines, 6/2(1985) Journal of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (biiss journal, Dhaka) 176-209.

9)       The Contiguous Zone and the Law of the Sea Convention : A Study with Reference to the Bangladesh - India Situation, 8(1985) Journal of the Institute of Bangladesh Studies (Rajshahi University) 44-66.

10)   The Exclusive Economic Zone, its Emergence in the Law of the Sea and the Rights of other States over the Living Resources, 13(1985) Part A Rajshahi University Studies 43-65.

11)   Delimitation of Sea Zones between States with Opposite and Adjacent Coasts with Special Reference to Bangladesh and India, 3/2(1986) South Asian Studies (Lahore) July 1-27.

12)   Problems for Orphaned Grandchildren in Succession : A Study of Suggestion, 25(1986) Islamic Studies  (Islamabad) Summer 211-226.

13)   The Law of the Sea - its Development, 14(1986) Part A Rajshahi University Studies 257-275.

14)   Whose is South Talpatty Island ? 15/5/(1987) Asian Profile (Hong Kong) 437-444.

15)   The Law of the Sea : A Suggestive Study for Bangladesh, 4/2(1987) South Asian Studies (Lahore) 1-34.

16)   South Talpatty Island : Its Impact on Peace, 9/3(1987) Asian Affairs (Dhaka) July-September 53-65.

17)   The Breadth of the Territorial Sea : A Historical, Analytical and Case-study, 15(1987) Part A Rajshahi University Studies 179-203.

18)   Practice of UNCLOS  between Developing Countries with Reference to the Conflict over the South Talpatty Island, (1987) Verfassung and Recht in Ubersee Law and Politics in Africa Asia and Latin America (Hambourg) 210-220.

19)   The Maritime Jurisdiction - Where is the End ? 5/1(1988) South Asian Studies (Lahore) 1-37.

20)   The Role of Pre-Islamic Customs in the Islamic Law of Succession, 8/1(1988) Islamic and Comparative Law Quarterly (New Delhi) 48-65.

21)   The Law of the Sea : Prediction of Sea Battle in Bangla-Indo-Pak Subcontinent, 11/1&2(1988) Law and International Affairs (Dhaka) 117-135.

22)   Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries : Some Pertinent Issues for Bangladesh, M.G. Kabir & Hasan (eds) Issues and Challenges Facing Bangladesh Foreign Policy (Dhaka) (1990), 108-122.

23)   The Continental Shelf : A Study with Reference to the Bangladesh- India Situation, 11/2(1990) Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (biiss journal, Dhaka) 168-190.

24)   The Law of the Sea for SAARC Countries : A Study of Problems, Emajuddin Ahmed & Abul Kalam (eds) Bangladesh South Asia and the World (Dhaka) (1990), 150-166.

25)   The Concept of the Continental Shelf : Impact of the 1958 and 1982 Conventions on the Delimitation, 9/1 (1992) July South Asian Studies (Lahore) 44-26.

26)   The Law of the Sea Through Koranic References, 2/1(1993) Religion and Law Review (New Delhi)

27)   Human Rights Under the Bangladesh Constitution : Pro and Anti-National and International Perceptions, 10/2 July (1993) South Asian Studies 1-16.

28)   The Role of Lawyers in Developing Countries, 47 (1995) The Dhaka Law Reports No 4 April 26-28.

29)   Women’s Right - A Prologue, 47/1(1995) The Dhaka Law Report October 79.

30)   The Role of Law and Technology for Maintaining Environment, 47/11 (1995) The Dhaka Law Reports November 79-87.

31)   Modern State and the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, 1972, 14/1(1997) January, South Asian Studies (Lahore) 45-62.

32)   Intellectual Property : An Identity, (2001) The Dhaka Law Reports, May 27.

33)   Water Law Network: Bangladesh Perspective, BIISS Journal, Vol. 23, No. 2, April, 2002, pp. 217-235.

34)   Regional Cooperation Under the Bangladesh Constitution : Sustainability Evaluation, Jati Journal (Judicial Administration Training Institute, Dhaka), Vol. 1, May 2002, pp. 35-45.

35)   International Trade of Deep Seabed Resources : A Legal Regime in Bangladesh Perspective, South Asian Studies (Lahore), Vol. 17, No. 1, May 2002, pp. 87-96.

36)   Human Rights on Women Matters through CEDAW and the Bangladesh Constitution, Dr Mizanur Rahman (ed): Human Rights and Development (2002), Empowerment through Law of the Common People, Dhaka, pp 109-115.

37)   The Law of the Sea: An Incoming Study for the Millenium, 2 (2003) JATI JOURNAL, Judicial Administration Institute pp 21-30.

38)   Legal Regime of Refugees : Some Specifications, Dhaka Law Reports (2003), Vol. LV November 57-59.

39)   Human Rights Syndrome in Common Heritage Regime, Dr Mizanur Rahman (ed): Human Rights and Globalization (2003), Dhaka, pp 45-54.

40)   Human Rights:General Approach, JATI JOURNAL, Vol. III, May 2004, Judicial  Administration Institute, Dhaka, pp 11-14.

41)   Japan and South Asia: Interests and Policy and Their Impact on the Region (Security and Economic Development) Major powers and South Asia, 2004, Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad,  pp I428-449.

42)   Legal Regime of Water Partnership : The Case of Bangladesh, Journal of Peace Studies (New Delhi), Vol. 11, Issue 2, April-June 2004

43)   Legal Regime of Water Partnership in the Bangladesh Case, Journal of Law and Society, Vol. XXX. No. 43, Faculty of Law, University of Peshwar. January 2004, pp 113-126.

44)   Impact of Democracy on Human Rights, 4 May (2005) JATI  JOURNAL, Dhaka, pp 17- 37.

45)   Residuary’s Succession in Muslim Family, 5 May (2006) JATI JOURNAL, Dhaka pp  21- 29.

46)   Japan and SAARC : Attributes to Inter- Relations Inertia, 4/26 Strategic Studies, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, Winter 2006, pp 61- 68.

47)   Deep Seabed Mining and Marine Environment, 3/47 Indian Journal of International Law(IJIL), Indian Society of International Law, July-September 2007, pp 400-431.

48)   Independence of Judiciary : An Approach, Chetona, 2007, Rajshahi Bar Association p 30

49)   Marine Environment : The Bay of Bengal Phase, Conference Book Commonwealth Legal 

50)   Education Association South Asia Regional Conference Colombo, Sri Lanka, 26-28 June 2008

51)   Pp 207-217.

52)   50.  Deep Seabed Mining And Environmental Determinants Specification : Legal Syndromes

53)   Conference Book Commonwealth Legal Education Association South Asia Regional  Conference Colombo, Sri Lanka, 26-28 June 2008 pp 218-232.   

54)   Buddha’s Vision : Some Glimpses of Knowledge, Dhammadhaja, Sangharaja & 79th Birthday    Celebration Volume of Ven. Dr. Rastrapal Mahathera, 2008 C.E. 2552 B.E., International Meditation Centre, Buddhagaya, Bihar, India, pp. 29-34.

55)   Human Rights monitor   Promoting Human Rights The Daily Star (Dhaka) 14 August 2010

56)   p. 22

57)   ADR: An effective alternative daily sun  (Dhaka) 26 November 2010 p. 7

58)   Promotion and Protection of Human Rights: Views for Institutionalizing, The Dhaka Law Reports (DLR), Vol. LXII October 2010, Tenth Issue pp. 31-32.

59)   The Regime of Air and Outer Space Call for Environmental Positives

60)   Banglarahadesh Police Academy: An Academic Approach Forward, Sharnaprovaii Shatabarsha Sharakgroantha 1912-2012 (2012) pp. 177-181. 

61)   Regime of Freedoms for Flights: Some Acquaintances with the Law

62)   United States of America: Insights for the Constitution achieving, Chittagong University Journal of Law, Vol. XVIII, 2013 (pp. 154-162.

Books (Transliterated as well)

a)       Muslim Ain  Vol 1 (1989) Rajshahi pp 233

b)       Muslim Ain  Vol 11 (1990) Rajshahi pp 157

c)       Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries (1991) Rajshahi  pp xvi + 311

d)       LEGAL REGIME OF MARINE ENVIRONENT IN THE BAY OF BENGAL  (2007) pp xix + 377 Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi,  India

Articles in Bengali (Transliterated)

1)       Dakkhin  Talpatty Aingato Obosthan 11 November ROBBER (Dhaka) 1990 pp 11-12

2)       Uttaradhikar Aine Narir Obosthan CHETONA Februry 1992, pp 3-6

3)       Shangbidhaner Alokey Parbotto Shanti Chukti, Dainik SHANGBAD 14 April 1998

4)       PP 3-4

5)       Parbotto Shanti Chukti Abong Shangbidhanik Obosthan BANGLAR BANI 8 February 1998 p 4; Parbatta Shanti Chukti 1997 : Shangbidhanik Obosthan 50(1998) Dhaka Law Reports (DLR) 47-50

6)       Shimito Khamatar Rastropati Oshim Khamatay : Shadda Bangladesh Prekkhapat Dainik SONALI SHANGBAD Rajshahi 21 November 2006

7)       C E C M A Azizer Oposharon Na Bidai : Kato Katha Kato Badha  Dainik SONALI SHANGBAD Rajshahi 22 November 2006

8)       C E C M A Azizer Tin Mash Chuti Shangbidhanik Bala Barai Karer Kichu Na Dainik Sonali Shangbad Rajshahi 29 November 2006

9)       C E C M A Az izer Tin Mash Chutitey Jowaya Poshengey INQILAB 11 December 2006

10)   Bicharak Niogey Maan Bazai Rakhun  Dainik SONALISHANGBAD Rajshahi 16 December Rajshahi 2006, BHORER KAGAJ 5 January 2007

11)   Tattabadhaok Sharkerer Meyadhkaley Nirbachan Na Holey Ki Hobey ? Dainik SHANGBAD 20 December 2006, Dainik SHONALI SHANGBAD Rajshahi  3 February 2007

12)   Durniti Daman, Khaddoshankat Mokabila  o Ainer Shashon, PROTHOM ALO 18 January 2008, p 11

13)   Durniti Niroshoney Ainer Shashon, PROTIBAK Dhaka University Debating Society (DUBS) 2008 p 30

14)   Uttaradikar Ainey Narir Obosthan, 7(2008) Rajshahi University Law Review, pp.175-182.

15)   Shamudrashima Niey Shalish O Shanglap Akshangey Saltey Parey, PROTHOM ALO 18 October 2009, p. 12

16)   Amar Dekha Tin Bigha Corridor, Sonali Sangbab 4 October 2011, p. 4.

17)   Bangladeshey Hoak Ekti Ain Bishshabiddalay, Prothom Alo, 22 January 2012, Supplement, p. 2.

18)   Bangladehey Ain Bisshabiddaylaya Sthaponer Prashingikata , Dhaka Law Reports (DLR), Vol. LXIII, December  2011, pp. 45-46

19)   Bangladesher Shathey Bharat Ebong Mayanmarer Shamudrawshima Birodh Nishpattitey Shamudra Ain Tribunaley Arbitration (Shalish) Prokriar Shunani: Bangladesh Prekhhapatey Amar Abhibakti, Dhaka Law Reports (DLR), Vol. LXIII, December 2011, pp. 42-44.


1)       Delimitation of maritime boundaries : A survey of problems in the Bangladesh case. Asian Survey 24(12) Dec. 1984 : 1302-1317 : 35.5672 International Political Science Abstracts Documentation Politique Internationale (Paris) (1985) 538.

2)       The impact of the Law of the Sea Convention on the regime for islands: Problems for the coastal State in asserting claims to “new-born” islands in maritime zones. International and Comparative La Quarterly 34 (2) Apr. 85: 368-376: 36.3140 Ibid 303.

3)       The contiguous zone and the Law of the Sea Convention : a study with reference to the Bangladesh - India situation. The Journal of the Institute of Bangladesh Studies  8(1985) : 61-76 : 37.2700 International Political Science Abstracts Documentation Politique Internationale (Paris) (1987)258.

4)       The exclusive economic zone, its emergence in the law of the sea and the rights of other states  over the living resources. The Rajshahi University Studies 13, 1985 : 43-65 : 37.2701 Ibid.

5)       Delimitation of sea zones between states with opposite and adjacent coasts with special reference to Bangladesh and India. South Asian Studies 3(2) July 86 : 1-27: 38.4062 Ibid (1988) 406-407.

6)       The Law of the Sea : A suggestive study for Bangladesh. South Asian Studies  4(1), Jan. 87: 1-34. 38.4063 Ibid 407.

7)       Whose is South Talpatty Island ? Asian Profile 15 (5), Oct. 87 : 437-444. 38.4064 Ibid.

Book Review

Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries (1991) By M. Habibur Rahman (Bangladesh) : N.M. Rahman Talukder $ 10/$ 18 : Reviewed by Clive R. Symmons in International and Com parative Law Quarterly (London) April 1992 Vol . 47 pp 487-788.

Media : Telecasting

a)       ATN (News) Telecasting on 15 March 2012 at 11-12 P. M  regarding Bangladesh and Myanmar Maritime Boundary Delimitation by ITLOS (Hamburg)

b)       Maasranga Television Telecasting Channel on 18 March 2012 at 11-12  P.M

c)       Talk Show : Independent Channel regarding Bangladesh – Myanmar Maritime Boundary Delimitation, 28 March 2012 at 11-12 P. M

d)       Talk Show : Independent Channel on 15 April 2012 at 11-12 P.M