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

Sharaban Tahura Zaman

Full Time Faculty
Senior Lecturer (Department of Law)

LL.M (Global Environment & Climate Change Law)
         University of Edinburgh, UK
         [Chevening Scholar]
LLB (Hons) and LL.M, University of Dhaka

Diploma Degree on Multilateral Environmental Agreements,
         University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Phone: +880-2-55668200
Email: sharaban.zaman@northsouth.edu
Office:NAC 11103

Curriculum Vitae

 
 
 

Ms. Sharaban Tahura Zaman, is an environmental law lecturer and lawyer based in Bangladesh, working to promote environmental and climate justice. Ms. Zaman is a Chevening Scholar and completed her specialized LL.M in 'Global Environment & Climate Change Law' at the University of Edinburgh, UK with Merit. Her Dissertation topic was- 'Exploring the Legal Nature of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Under International Law'. Previously she obtained her LL.B (Honours) and LL.M degrees from the University of Dhaka, with distinction. Ms. Zaman also obtained a diploma degree from the University of Eastern Finland, Finland on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (Effectiveness of Multilateral Environmental Agreements)

Ms Zaman currently working as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Law, North South University, Bangladesh. She is also involved with the Centre for Climate justice- Bangladesh (CCJ-B) as a senior research fellow.  Ms Zaman is a member of the Legal Research Group (LRG), Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), Canada with a particular research interest in climate change and development. She is also involved with the UN climate change negotiation process since 2012.

From 2017 Ms Zaman started negotiations as a Bangladesh government delegate on the ‘compliance’ and ‘Mitigation’ issues on behalf of LDCs Climate Negotiators Group. Currently, she is serving as a legal advisor to the LDCs Group member of the ‘Paris Agreement Implementation and Compliance Committee’ (PAICC).

Ms. Zaman is keen to work on climate justice utilizing laws and policies as a tool. Particularly, her interest in working areas includes Low Carbon Development, climate-induced displacement, NDC, market-mechanism, human rights, and gender.

Publications:

Refereed/ Peer-reviewed Journal

  • Exploring the Legal Nature of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the International Law Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Oxford Journal, Volume 26, 1 October 2015, Pages 98–126, published 2017. [Online ISSN 2045-0052, Print ISSN 0965-1721]. Available at https://academic.oup.com/yielaw/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/yiel/yvx006/4555613?redirectedFrom=fulltext
  • Co-other with Katherine Lofts, Sharowat Shamin, & Robert Kibugi Sustainable Development Goal 13 on Taking Action on Climate Change and Its Impacts: Contributions of International Law, Policy and Governance, McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law, Volume 13: Issue 1, 2017 page 183-192 [ISSN 1712-9664]. [The article has been referenced in the 2018 IPCC report. The reference is in Chapter 1 of the SR15 report.] Available at https://www.mcgill.ca/mjsdl/files/mjsdl/issue_brief_final_march_30.pdf
  • The bottom-up pledge and review’ approach of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the Paris Agreement: A historic breakthrough or a setback in new climate governance?’ [Vol 5, Issue 1, Autumn 2018, IALS Law Review, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study | University of London] ISSN (Print) 2053-7646 ISSN (Online) 2053-7646, DOI: https://doi.org/10.14296/islr.v5i2.4898, Available at http://journals.sas.ac.uk/lawreview/search/authors/view?firstName=Sharaban&middleName=Tahura&lastName=Zaman&affiliation=&country
  • "Sustainable Energy Transition in Developing Countries: Is Leapfrogging a Feasible Proposition?" The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review 16 (1): 81-89. 2020. doi:10.18848/1832-2077/CGP/v16i01/81-89. ISSN: 1832-2077 (Print). Available at https://cgscholar.com/bookstore/works/sustainable-energy-transition-in-developing-countries
  • “Legal Protection for the Cross Border Climate-Induced Population Movement in South Asia: Exploring a Durable Solution”, Forthcoming from Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation, University of Oregon School of Law, USA. ISSN: 1049-0280

Book Chapter

  • Co-other with M. Hafijul Islam Khan and Md. Ziaul Hoque book chapter on ‘National Legal and Policy Approaches to Climate Change: Bangladesh Perspective'. The book chapter published in the book ‘New Dimensions of Law: Analysis of Selected Laws of Bangladesh’, ISBN 9789843409784, Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project Faculty of Law, Chittagong University.
  • Book chapter titled ‘A Legal Appraisal on Liability and Compensation Logic to Address the Impact of Climate Change', forthcoming from the Amity Law School, Amity University Delhi in the book titled “Conservation, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice in India”. This forthcoming peer-reviewed book is edited by Professor Alok Gupta and Douglas Vakoch. The book will be published by LEXINGTON Books.

 

Other key Journal/ Article/ Policy Brief:

·       Co-other with M. Hafijul Islam Khan and Cristoph Schwarte, “Compensation for Loss and Damage: Law and Justice Perspective”, Climate Justice Policy Brief, Issue 1, October, Center for Climate Justice-Bangladesh 2013, available at http://ccj-b.org/images/compensation.pdf

Project work and research

Ongoing Project and research works:

  • Conducting country research on “Just Energy Transition at Rural Area of Bangladesh” [Research Institution involved: Centre for Climate Justice- Bangladesh]
  • Conducting legal research on “common concern of mankind under the CBD and its Nagoya Protocol?” Funded and facilitated by CTRGC, North South University, Bangladesh.
  • Researching “Accountability and Redress Mechanisms of Green Climate Fund (GCF) Against Environmental, Social and Gender-Related Safeguards”. Funded and coordinated by ICCCAD under the LDCs Group LUCCC Project. 
  • Conducting country research on ‘Climate-Induced Displacement in Bangladesh- Exploring Legal Avenue’. Funded and facilitated by CTRGC, North South University, Bangladesh.
  • Book Chapter titled ‘A Nexus between Damage to Atmosphere (Global Commence) and Loss of Lives and Livelihoods: Climate Change Policy Perspectives’ [Research Institution involved: Centre for Climate Justice- Bangladesh, Climate Law and Governance Initiative (CLGI)]

Key projects and research works conducted before

-  Researching “National Communication Strategic Framework on Climate-Induced Migration”. [Position: Consultant, co-ordinated by Asiatic Marketing Communications Limited, Funded by PROKAS British Council and UKAID]. 

-  Capture and waste of resources in climate change investments in Bangladesh’ [Position:  researcher, Funded and co-ordinated by SOAS University of London and Transparency International- Bangladesh]

-  Research on ‘Legal Protection for the Climate-Induced Migrant in South Asia’. Funded and facilitated by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) based in Sweden.

-  Policy Gaps and Needs Analysis for the Implementation of NDCs on Adaptation, and Loss and Damage in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Funded by APN and co-ordinated by SLYCAN Trust, ICCCAD.

- “Exploring the current contexts of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) Implementation in Bangladesh” Funded and coordinated by Network on Climate Change Bangladesh, Trust (NCC, B Trust).

- Developed pollution control Master Plan for peripheral rivers of Dhaka city  [Funded and coordinated by the Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) and the Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh]

- Parliamentarian Project to support the International Parliamentarian Union (IPU) for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, 2015 [Funded and coordinated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), 2016].

- Developed a training manual on “Laws, Policies, Institutions, and Judiciary: Contexts of Environment, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, and Disaster Management” and capacity building training to government officials, local government, a forest dweller, and fisherfolk community. [Funded by USAID, WINROCK International, co-ordinated by Climate Resilient Ecosystem and Livelihood (CREL), 2014-15]

- Assessed Women’s Vulnerability in the Context of Climate Change: Case studies in seven ecological areas of Bangladesh [Funded and co-ordinate by, ActionAid- Bangladesh, 2013]

- Climate change, Food security, and rights of the small farmer [Funded and co-ordinate by, ActionAid- Bangladesh, 2012]

- Climate Tribunal – A Legal Avenues to Address the Plight of Climate Victims [Funded and co-ordinate by, OXFAM- Bangladesh, 2010]

  • Chevening Scholarship: Foreign Commonwealth office of UK issued the award to study LL.M on Global Environment and Climate Change Law, in University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • Scholarship from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): United Nations Environment Programme issued the award to study Diploma course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (Effectiveness of Multilateral Environmental Agreements) at University of Eastern Finland, Finland.
  • Deutsche Post DHL Scholarships: Scholarships and Student Funding Office of University of Edinburgh issued the award to study LL.M on Global Environment and Climate Change Law, in University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • The Norwegian Quota Scheme Scholarship: University of Oslo issued the award to study LLM in Public International Law. Though Ms Zaman choose Edinburgh University to do her specialized LL.M
  • Scholarship for four years Undergraduate study at Dhaka University: Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Bangladesh awarded the scholarship based on merit position. Later on the scholarship extends for another one year for good behaviour, regular attendance and satisfying academic progress.

Specialized LL.M (2015-2016)

 

[Chevening Scholar]

School of Law

University of Edinburgh, UK

 

Programme: Master of Laws Global Environment and Climate Change Law

 

Class of Award: With Merit.

 

LL.M (2010-11):

Department of Law

University of Dhaka  

 Result: CGPA 3.46

LL.B [Honours] (2007-2010):  

 

Department of Law

University of Dhaka

Result:  First Class, Position- Sixth

 

H.S.C, 2005:                      

 

Chittagong College, Chittagong

Result: GPA 5

 

S.S.C, 2003:                        

 

St. Scholastica’s Girls’ High School, Chittagong.

Result: GPA 3.69.

 

Diploma Course

School of Law,

University of Eastern Finland, Finland

 

Programme: Multilateral Environmental Agreements (Effectiveness of Multilateral Environmental Agreements)

 

Department of Law,

North South University

[January 2017 – to date]

 

 

Position:

-          Seniro Lecturer (Full-time faculty)

Key responsibility:

-          Courses taught: Environmental Law; Constitutional Law; Transfer of Property Law, Business Law, Hindu Law. 

-          Research facilitation and conducting research

 

Centre for Climate

 Justice- Bangladesh

 (CCJ-B)

[January 2012 – to date]

 

 Position:

-       Senior Research Fellow

Key responsibility:

-       Conducting legal research on Environment, Natural Resource Management and Climate Change.

-       Policy advocacy.

-       Drafting Legal and Policy Documents.

-       Project management and implementation.

-       Organising and providing training to governmental officials, local governments, local community people and NGOs.

-       Legal assistance to delegates of Bangladesh in connection with international negotiations on climate change.

-       Co-ordinating youth wing of CCJ-B.

 

Legal Response Initiative (LRI), a NGO based in

UK working on legal issues

related to climate change

[August 2013- t0 2015]

 

Position:

-       Liaison Officers (Part- time)

Key responsibility:

-       Providing advices on legal issues and ad-hoc assistance to the developing country delegates in the climate negotiations (Worked during COP18 at Doha; COP 19 at Warsaw, COP 21 at Paris; ADB Geveva Session- 2015 and Bonn Session-2015).

-       Assisted to organize Training Workshop for the delegates of Bangladesh in connection with international negotiations on climate change in August 2013.

 

 

Centre for International Sustainable Development

Law (CISDL), McGill University

[June 2014 - Till to date]

Position:

-       Member of Legal Research Group (LRG)

Key responsibility:

-       Conducting legal research on climate change and sustainable development.

 

 

International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), a Centre based in the Independent University, Bangladesh.

[ August 2016- to date]

Position:

-       Visiting Researcher

Key responsibility:

-       To provide legal and technical support to the Parliamentarian Project, funded and co-ordinated by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

-       Publishing quarterly newsletter for International Parliamentarian Union (IPU).

 

Daffodil International University Bangladesh

[February 2015 – 31st December, 2016]

Position:

-          Lecturer

Key responsibility:

-        Courses taught: Environmental Law, Labour and Industrial Law (at LL. B programme); Natural Resource Management Law (at LL.M programme).

 

Northern University Bangladesh

[January 2014 – to January 2015]

 

 

Position:

-       Lecturer 

Key responsibility:

-        Courses Taught: Environmental Law, Transfer of Property Law, Criminology and Labour Law.

-       Assist students to conduct different research studies.

 

 

ActionAid- Bangladesh [Disaster Risk Reduction

 and Climate Justice Unit]

[March 2013 – December 20 13]

 

 

  Position:

-       Legal Research Fellow

 Key responsibility:

-       legal/policy analysis.

-       Conducted research on ‘Policy and Local Institutional Responses to the Women Vulnerability Associated with Climate Change’.

-       policy analysis for ‘Right to Food’ campaign.

-       policy support for the water commons study.

 

 

ActionAid- Bangladesh [Disaster Risk Reduction

 and Climate Justice Unit]

[September 2011 – January 2012]

Position:

-       Legal Research Fellow

Key responsibility:

-       Policy analysis and research on “Social and National Recognition of Women Farmers and Right to Food”.

 

Short Courses and Professional Trainings

  • Co-other with M. Hafijul Islam Khan, present Workshop Paper titled- ‘The Paris Agreement and National Legal and Policy Approaches to Low-emission Climate Resilient Development’, Oxford University workshop on ‘Regulating the Energy Transition: Issues at the Intersection of Energy and Environmental Law '. Workshop held on 30 June -1 July, 2016 in the University of Oxford, UK.
  • Attended ‘GOBESHONA Young Researcher Workshop’ in 2015 at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB). Organized by Independent University Bangladesh (IUB); International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD); Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies; and BRAC University, Bangladesh.
  • Attended Training Workshop on Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change held in 2013 at BRAC- Centre for Development Management, Saver (BRC CDM). Organized by International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University Bangladesh (IUB).
  • Attended Environment and Environmental Law Professional Training Program, Organized by Bangladesh Lawyers Association (BELA) in 2012.
  • Attended 11th Human Rights Summer School Program held in 2010 at Manikgonj, Organized by ELCOP, University of Dhaka.

 Paper presentation at academic conferences

  • Present conference abstract on “Indigenous Rights, Identity & Food Security- A Legal Appraisal from Climate Change Context” at “Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals & the Law: Online International Legal Symposium” Organized by McGill University in collaboration with Cambridge University, on 15th April, 2020. Available at https://www.cisdl.org/2020/04/19/human-rights-the-sustainable-development-goals-the-law-international-legal-symposium/?fbclid=IwAR1ulg7KbLmAzwLrISlwNzKQ0gqz7J-sEQSsYkJRHBOcTKVnmwjLpVmpTW0
  • Present paper titled ‘Legal Protection for the Climate-Induced Migration and Displacement: Exploring National and Regional Legal Frameworks in South Asia’ at Regional Human Rights Research Initiative 2019 organized by Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) in Bangkok.
  • Co-other with M. Hafijul Islam Khan, present Workshop Paper titled- ‘The Paris Agreement and National Legal and Policy Approaches to Low-emission Climate Resilient Development’, Oxford University workshop on ‘Regulating the Energy Transition: Issues at the Intersection of Energy and Environmental Law '. Workshop held on 30 June -1 July 2016 at the University of Oxford, UK.

Membership and Professional Affiliation:

  • Member of Legal Research Group (LRG), Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), McGill University.
  • Honorary Executive Editor, Bild Law Journal [a peer-reviewed Journal from Bangladesh Institute of Legal Development (ISSN-L 2518-6523)].
  • Visiting Researcher, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Centre based in the Independent University, Bangladesh.
  • Member, Bangladesh Bar Council.
  • Member, Dhaka Bar Association.
  • Executive & Founding Member, Bangladesh Youth Environment Initiative (BYEI). The youth platform does pro bono work to raise environmental awareness and build youth capacity.

Mrs. Zaman's interest in working areas includes- Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), Low Carbon Development and Adaptation, Energy transition, Climate Finance, Loss and Damage resulting from climate change, climate-induced displacement, CBD, SDG.