SOAS University of London

School of Law

Mohammad Golam Sarwar

LLB & LLM (Dhaka University), LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights (Warwick)
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Mohammad Golam Sarwar
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Thesis title:
Integrating Environmental Rule of Law into the domestic environmental law framework: Challenges and Opportunities for Bangladesh
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Mohammad Golam Sarwar teaches environmental law as an Assistant Professor at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also the Editor of Law & Our Rights page at The Daily Star (The largest English Daily in Bangladesh). He studied International Development Law and Human Rights from University of Warwick with Chevening Scholarship. He has published a good number of research articles in peer reviewed journals including Routledge, BRILL Nijhoff and Springer on various aspects of international law, environmental law, and human rights law. In addition to academic research, he has experience of working as a Legal Consultant for Trade Policy Review Project undertaken by Ministry of Commerce Bangladesh under the Bangladesh Regional Connectivity Project-1 funded by World Bank. 

Recently, he has undertaken a research project on clean river policy in urban Asia under REACH sub project, commissioned by the University of Oxford and funded by DFID, UK. He served Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Consultant to draft State party treaty report on UN Convention against torture. He also drafted the National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) in Bangladesh.  He has experience of completing legislative research for identification of discriminatory provisions in the existing laws of Bangladesh in the light of SDGs and human rights standards, funded by Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Bangladesh. He worked with UNDP to formulate legislative scrutiny tools to review laws and policies in the light of leaving no one behind (LNOB). He drafted the first ever Bangladesh national study on trafficking in persons undertaken by UNODC South Asia. He has also served as a Consultant to the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRCO), UNDP, UNHCR, UNODC, UN Women, European Union, ILO, IDLO, USAID, Swedwatch, and Ministry of Home Affairs Bangladesh. 

PhD Research

The aim of my socio-legal research is to examine the viability of concept of ‘environmental rule of law’ as coined by UNEP in 2013 in addressing the gap between the texts of environmental laws and their enforcement. This study will analyze the legal framework of environment in Bangladesh in order to identify the missing elements of rule of law. The study will scrutinize the law-making process which carries colonial, which endowed the executive with unfettered power however without ensuring their accountability. The study will argue that, integrating the environmental rule of law into the domestic environmental law framework will ensure proper enforcement of laws that is conducive to achieve the sustainable development goals that the country aims to achieve by 2030.


Law and Development, Environmental law, International human rights law, investment law, business and human rights, Law and SDGs and other inter-disciplinary issues.