Md. Rizwanul Islam

Md. Rizwanul Islam
North South University · Department of Law

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Publications (25)
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The special and differential treatment (“SDT”) provisions have been a recurring feature in the agreements of the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) treaties. However, most analysts would probably agree that the many SDT provisions have been more aspirational than operational. Hence, there is little surprise that even a selective review of the WTO jur...
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While in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) years, generally developed economies pursued preferential trade agreements (PTAs), and the states of the global South were also pursuing PTAs between and among each other. The recently concluded Bangladesh-Bhutan Preferential Trade Agreement (BBPTA) is an addition to this list. This article...
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In the interconnected world in which we live today, a virulent disease anywhere in the world may spread globally very quickly. Hence, there is a critical international legal obligation on the World Health Organization (WHO) member states to notify WHO about the threat of infectious diseases occurring within their respective territories. This Articl...
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This article attempts to understand the lack of Least Developed Countries (LDC)s and small developing member states’ participation as complainants in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) by undertaking the case study of the only LDC initiated dispute in the DSB: India – Anti-Dumping. This article enumerates and analyzes...
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The Rohingya ethnic group of Myanmar's Rakhine State have suffered systemic discrimination and violence for several decades. An overwhelming majority of Rohingya had to either flee their homes, or stay and suffer from deplorable conditions. While a majority of states have condemned the atrocities perpetrated on the Rohingya, decisive action or even...
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Public interest litigation (PIL), i.e., cases filed for the benefit of not of the person (either natural or legal) who approaches the court but for This has been a potent force in the hands of many public-minded individuals and NGOs for seeking redress to wrongs which may trample the rights of many who may not approach the court for one reason or t...
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Recently in Bangladesh, there is a discernible (albeit rare) trend of the Supreme Court passing directives to the government for making laws for redressing specific wrongs or addressing some issues of public importance. While this type of directives is apparently motivated by a benevolent desire for ensuring better governance, this paper argues tha...
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The frequent incidents of attributable to systemic lack of compliance with fire safety standards in garment factories of Bangladesh has been a recurring problem taking away lives of many workers over the years. The manufacturers possessing significant economic and political clout have almost invariably escaped the sanctions of the national legal sy...
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This article deals with the proposed high-profile Australia-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA). It recognizes their economic complementarities for an FTA. However, their negotiations reveal many competing interests, militating against an FTA. If political enthusiasm succeeds in concluding this FTA, it is likely to fall short of delivering the project...
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Although the Agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) was signed in January 2004, it has not substantially contributed to the expansion of regional trade among its contracting states. This article shows how a number of bilateral preferential trade agreements (PTAs) between SAFTA parties act as formidable stumbling blocks against the expansi...
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This article critically analyses the main features of the Agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA). As a preferential trade agreement (PTA) concluded among WTO members, the SAFTA must comply with the WTO rules on PTAs. This article finds that the SAFTA has flouted with the requirement of timely notification to the WTO. Even though the Agree...
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The question whether or not international law is really 'law' has haunted legal minds for ages and has been the subject of a large volume of academic works. This recurring question and the fairness of international law have been addressed in this article building on the existing literature. This article argues that despite all its structural and fu...
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Legal context The protection of databases has been a debatable issue. There is little doubt that databases are important for modern society and deserve protection from slavish copying. But to what extent and how they should be protected has been a matter of intense debate for the last few years. Key points This article discusses the protection ava...
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Despite being contradictory to the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) core objective of freer trade, its rules permits execution of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) provided certain conditions are complied with. WTO mechanism to oversee compliance of these conditions on PTAs is continuously evolving from somewhat tentative approach of earlier Gen...
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Preferential Trading Arrangements (PTAs) have become the order of the day. A significant portion of global cross-border trade is now being carried out on preferential terms. In a similar vein, seven of the eight member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have recently concluded the South Asian Free Trade Agreement...
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Preferential trading exchanges have been a very common phenomenon in today's world. FTAs and RTAs are growing so fast that many academics are arguing that they are creating obstacles towards WTO's multilateral trade liberalization. Although seven nations in the South Asian region have recently executed an FTA, the progress of regional cooperation i...
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Scholarly literature abounds with the exposition of the role of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) in enhancing or reducing global economic welfare, specifically in the context of the WTO. However, the bulk of it is written by economists and predominantly confined to economic analysis. Economic insight is a very vital facet of the evaluation of P...

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