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

Sharaban Tahura Zaman

Full Time Faculty
Lecturer

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

 
 
 

Mrs 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 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  University of Dhaka, with distinction. Mrs. Zaman also obtained a diploma degree from University of Eastern Finland, Finland on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (Effectiveness of Multilateral Environmental Agreements)

Mrs. Zaman currently working as a full time Lecturer at North South University, Bangladesh. She is also involve with Centre for Climate justice- Bangladesh (CCJ-B) as senior research fellow. Mrs. Zaman working on climate change and development through Centre for International Sustainable Development (CISDL), McGill University as LRG.  She is a visiting researcher of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh. Previously, she worked with Legal Response Initiative (LRI) [a NGO based in UK] as a Liaison Officer; ActionAid-Bangladesh, as Legal-Research Fellow, in its Disaster Management and Climate Justice Unit. Since 2015, Ms Zaman is involve with UNFCCC negociation process as LDC group negotiatior. She follows NDC and compliance in the negotiation track. Mz Zaman is keen to work on climate justice utilizing laws and policies as a tool. Particularly, her interest of working areas include Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), Low Carbon Development and Adaptation, energy,  Loss and Damage resulting from climate change and Climate displacement.

Refereed/ Peer reviewed Journal

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’, Faculty of Law, Chittagong University.

Other Journal/ Article/ Policy Brief

  • Co-other with M. Hafijul Islam Khan and Md. Ziaul Hoque Policy Brief on ‘Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Bangladesh: Exploring the Current Contexts’, Climate Justice Policy Brief, Issue II, April 2019. Published from Centre for Climate Justice- Bangladesh and MoEFCC.
  • The journey to COP24: Will the World Finally Work Together to Meet the Goals of the Paris Agreement? Available at https://www.dhakatribune.com/opinion/op-ed/2018/11/26/the-journey-to-cop24 .
  • Co-other with Subhi Barakat, Achala Abeysinghe and Janna Tenzing “How parliamentarians can help ensure the success of the Paris Agreement” IIED Briefing Papers, November 2016. Available at http://pubs.iied.org/17386IIED/
  • Co-other with M. Hafijul Islam Khan, “A Train to Paris: Liability and Compensation Concerns for the 2015 Climate Agreement”, Beahrs, Environmental Leadership Programme, University of Berkeley; Jun 1st, 2015 in Summer 2015 Alum. Available at http://beahrselp.berkeley.edu/newsletter/summer-2015-alum/a-train-to-paris-liability-and-compensation-concerns-for-the-2015-climate-agreement/
  • Co-other with M. Hafijul Islam Khan, “National Legislative Responses to REDD+ and Community Safeguards, Co-benefits and Community Participation in Bangladesh”, CISDL / GEM working paper series, CISDL, Canada 2015. Available at http://cisdl.org/public/docs/ZAMAN.pdf ;
  • Training Manual onLaws, Policies, Institutions and Judiciary: Contexts of Environment, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change and Disaster Management” with M. Hafijul Islam Khan, Executive Director, CCJ-B (Forthcoming, CREL Project, 2017).
  • Co-other with Remeen Firoz and Tanjir Hossain “Women’s Differentiated Vulnerability in Climate Change Context: Evidence from Ground” (Policy Brief, ActionAid- Bangladesh, 2013)

·         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

·         Position paper on the issues of “Social and National Recognition of Women Farmers and Right to Food”, with other co-others, Policy Brief, ActionAid, Bangladesh, 2012

·         Coastal Zone Management in the Context of Climate Change: Bangladesh Perspective; Bio Diverse Magazine, NECEER publication, Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2010; available at, http://biodiverse.nebio.in/?p=36

Ongoing Project work and research:

-       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 co-ordinated by Network on Climate Change Bangladesh, Trust (NCC, B Trust).

-       Governance for Climate Resilience (G4CR) Project [Position: Project coordinator, Funded by Climate Resilience fund, co-ordinated by Centre for Natural Resource Management (CNRS), Centre for Climate Justice-Bangladesh (CCJ-B) and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)]

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

Previous Project work and research experience

  • Developing pollution control Master Plan for peripheral rivers of Dhaka city [Funded and co-ordinated by Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) and the Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh]
  • Parliamentarian Project to support International Parliamentarian Union (IPU) for the implementation of Paris Agreement, 2015 [Funded and co-ordinated by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), 2016].
  • Exploring compensation mechanism to address loss and damage [Funded and co-ordinated by Centre for Climate Justice- Bangladesh, 2014]
  • Developing 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, forest dweller and fisher folk community. [Funded by USAID, WINROCK International, co-ordinated by Climate Resilient Ecosystem and Livelihood (CREL), 2014-15]
  • Assessing 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 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:

-          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/ Conferences

  • 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.

 

Membership and Professional Affiliation:

  • Member of Legal Research Group (LRG), Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), McGill University.
  • Reviewer of peer reviewed journal Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies and AOSIS publishing.
  • 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 do pro bono work to raise environmental awareness and build youth capacity.

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