Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Dr. Ishtiaque Ahmed, MCIArb.

Full Time Faculty
Assistant Professor & Chair

J.S.D., University of Maine School of Law, USA,

LL.B (Hons) , LL.M (Maritime Law) University of London in Associaltion with Queen Mary and UCL,

Of Lincoln's Inn Barrister-at-Law
B.Sc (Marine Engineering), Bangladesh Marine Academy (29 Batch)

Ex-Certified Merchant Marine Engineer Officer, Certificate of Competency Class III (Motor Ship), Bangladesh Merchant Navy

PGCL ( Int. Business Law) ,PGDL ( Corporate & Commercial Law) University of London
PGDL (Legal & Professional Skill ) Inns of Court School of Law, City University, London

Member , Chartered Institute of Arbitrators , London , UK

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext- 2100
Office: NAC 609


Dr. Ishtiaque Ahmed earned his J.S.D (Doctor of Juridical Science) from the Center for Oceans & Coastal Law, University of Maine School of Law, USA with specialization in International Maritime Law & Policy. He obtained his Master of Laws with specialization in Maritime Law from the University of London in association with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University College London (UCL) in 2010. Dr. Ahmed was called to the Bar from the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London and qualified as a Barrister of England in 2005. He worked as ‘‘IMO National Consultant (Legal)’’ for Bangladesh in projects administered by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Government of Bangladesh (GOB). Dr. Ahmed presented research papers on the topic of International Maritime Law in several international conferences arranged by reputed universities and prestigious organizations around the world. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, England (CIArb) and a licensed Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh since 2010. Dr. Ahmed is an Ex cadet of Bangladesh Marine Academy Chittagong (29th Batch) from where he completed 4-year Marine Engineering certificate course in line with Merchant Navy Training Board, UK and obtained a Bachelor of Science (Marine Engineering) degree in 1995. He is an Ex-Certified Merchant Marine Engineer Officer, worked on board ocean going merchant vessels as 3rd and 4th Engineer in different shipping companies notably Acomarit (UK) Ltd., Scotland, Mitsui OSK Line, Japan, New Asia Shipping Company Ltd., Hong Kong & Sea Quest Shipping Co. Ltd. Singapore from January 1996 to December 1999. Dr. Ahmed is currently working as Chair, Department of Law, North South University. He is a ‘Non-Resident Visiting Scholar’ and an "Affiliate Faculty" at the Center for Oceans and Coastal Law, University of Maine School of Law, USA. Dr. Ahmed joined North South University as a full-time faculty in September 2011. He began his academic career as a full time lecturer at the Department of Law , Stamford University Bangladesh in January 2006. 


Doctoral Thesis:

  • Ishtiaque Ahmed, 'Towards Ratification of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009: Application of this instrument in Bangladesh & India', (J.S.D. thesis, University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine, USA, 2018), Supervisor: Dr. Charles H. Norchi, A.B. (Harvard University), J.D. (Case Western Reserve University School of Law), LL.M. & J.S.D. (Yale Law), Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law, Director, Center for Oceans & Coastal Law and Graduate Law Programs , University of Maine School of Law, President, Admiralty & Martime Law Seciton, Association of American Law Schools (AALS),    

Journal Articles:

  • Ahmed, I (March 2012). ADR in Corporate Wrangling; A Vehicle for Easy Access to Justice, Dhaka, The Chartered Secretary, pp. 28-34
  • Ahmed J, Ahmed I, Chowdhury M (November 2016), “Ferdous; Custom Made Tailors Fabrics fashions”; Asia Pacific Journal of Management Research and Innovation (APJMRI), SAGE Publications

Conference Papers:

  • Ishtiaque Ahmed, ‘Jurisdiction, Practice and Procedure of Ship-recycling: International Law and the Response of Bangladesh and India’ (1st International Conference on Social Science and Law-2019, University of Barishal, Bangladesh, 15-16 March 2019)

Workshop Presentation:

  • Ishtiaque Ahmed, 'Hong Kong Convention and the Framework Legislations on Ship Recycling in Bangladesh : A Gap Analysis for the Purpose of the Effective Implimentation of the Convention', (IMO Seminar on Ship Recycling and the Hong Kong Convention, Zhoushan, China, 23 -25 July 2019)
  • Ishtiaque Ahmed & Archana Reddy, 'Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh', (International Maritime Organization Workshop on Ship Recycling , Dhaka, November 2018)
  • Charles H. Norchi & Ishtiaque Ahmed, International trade in the North Atlantic Arctic and near-Arctic regions ; Legal and Technological Infrastructure Challenges, (Fourth Ramball Arctic Round Tables 2016, Portland ME, USA 8-9 December 2016)



Maritime and Oceans & Coastal Law Award , University of Maine School of Law , USA.


J.S.D. (University of Maine School of Law, USA) , LL.B (Hons), LL.M (Maritime Law) University of London in Association with Queen Mary & UCL , Barrister-At-Law (The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn),
B.Sc (Marine Engineering), Bangladesh Marine Academy, Chittagong (29th Batch), Ex Certified Merchant Marine Engineer Officer (COC Class III)
PGCL ( Int. Business Law) ,PGDL ( Corporate & Commercial Law) University of London
PGDL (Legal & Professional Skill ) Inns of Court School of Law, City University, London, UK 

Prior working full time at the Department of Law at North South University, Mr. Ahmed taught law in different higher educational institutions both at home and abroad as adjunct faculty member. He has got over 12 years of teaching experience at undergraduate and post graduate level including part time positions. He taught Contract Law, Tort Law, Islamic Law, Islamic Criminal Law, Law of Trust , Evidence, European Union Law  as adjunct faculty member in LL.B. and LL.M. programs and ‘Business law’ and ‘Business Ethics’ in BBA and MBA programs of the following reputed universities and law schools in Bangladesh.


  • School of Business & Economics, North South University, (NSU)
  • United International University (UIU)
  • International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) [Dhaka Campus],
  • Dhaka International University, (DIU)
  • Stamford University, Bangladesh (SUB)
  • Northern University, Bangladesh (NUB)
  • British School of Law, (BSL)
  • Chancery Law Academy (CLA)
  • London College of Legal Studies, (South) (LCLS)
  • New Castle law Academy (NCLA)
  • Britannia Law Academy (BLA)
  • Dhaka Centre for Law and Economics, (DCLE)

Dr. Ahmed is curently a "Non-Resident Visiting Scholar" and "Affiliate Faculty" at the Center for Oceans & Coastal Law, University of Maine School of Law, USA, the only public & law school of the State of Maine, USA.



Mr. Ahmed worked as "Senior Associate" in several corporate law firms and later as an independent Legal Practioner at the District & Sessions Court Dhaka and the Supreme Court of Bangladesh until September 2011. He also worked as "National Consultant (Legal) " of IMO (International Maritime Organization) in Bangladesh to assist the country in the reform and alignment of several domestic maritime legislations and institutional frame work with the international standard. International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized regulatory agency of the United Nations with responsibility for the safety and security of international shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships.

He served in the past as "Merchant Marine Engineer Officer" on board ocean going merchant vessels carrying foreign flags. He has about four years sea service experience as 3rd and 4th Engineer. He worked for M/S Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan, Acomarit (UK) Ltd and M/S Sea Quest Shipping Co. Ltd, Singapore as Certified Watch Keeping Officer on board ocean going vessels in full charge of Engine Room watch. Dr. Ahmed has successfully completed the following nationally & internationally accredited courses;

1. Advanced Training on Fire Fighting ( Bangladesh Marine Academy)
1. Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, ( Bangladesh Marine Academy)
2. Basic Sea Survival, ( Bangladesh Marine Academy)
2. Advanced First Aid, ( Bangladesh Marine Academy)
3. Certificate in Personal Safety and Social Responsibility. (Seaman Training Center, Chittagong)
4. Internal Auditor course on ISO 9001:2008 (Bureau Veritus Bangladesh Pvt Ltd.)
5. Advanced Course on Research Methodology (Dhaka University)
6. UNDSS Basic Security in the Field, (United Nations Department of Safety & Security)
7. UNDSS Advanced Security in the Field, (United Nations Department of Safety & Security)

Maritime & Shipping Law (LL.M 515)

Law of the Sea

Corporate Governance (LL.M 512)

Corporate Law

International Commercial Arbitrations

Legal Environment of Business (LAW 200)


1. Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators , London ,UK (MCIArb)
2. Member, Dhaka Bar Association
3. Member, Bangladesh Bar Council
4. Member, The Hounourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn , UK
5. Member, Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association.
6. Member, Merchant Mariners Association of Bangladesh
7. Ex. Member, Merchant Navy Officers Guild, Hong Kong
8. Member, International Maritime Lecturer's Association, Sweden
9. Member, Dhaka Taxes Bar Association

Admiralty Law , International Maritime Law, International commercial Arbitration, Law of the Sea , Corporate & Commercial Law