Profile of Dr Mohammad Towhidul Islam

Profile of Dr Mohammad Towhidul Islam

Dr Mohammad Towhidul Islam
Professor
Department of Law
Faculty of Law
Email: towhid@du.ac.bd
Phone: +880 29661900 EXT. 6811
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Short Biography:

(Mohammad) Towhidul Islam is a Professor of Law at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He received his PhD in intellectual property law from the Macquarie University, Australia. He holds an LLM in international human rights law from the University of East London, United Kingdom and an LLB (honours) and an LLM from the University of Dhaka. He attended the UN/UNITAR Fellowship in international law at the Hague Academy of International Law, and participated in the WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Intellectual Property Law Teachers held in Geneva and Singapore. He authors several popular textbooks including Land Law: Text, Cases and Materials and Lectures on Land Law. One of his research monographs was also published in the United Kingdom. His research articles/book chapters appear in a number of reputed refereed journals and books published by international houses including the Oxford University Press, BRILL and Sweet & Maxwell . He presented papers in many conferences including the ATRIP Congress 2017 held in Wellington and the SIEL Global Conference 2018 held in Washington DC. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and also reviews books and articles for a number of international publishers. He is a member of the SIEL and the ATRIP. He is also an op-ed legal issues contributor in leading national dailies. He offers his consultative services to the government agencies, non-government organizations and international institutions including the ADB and the WIPO. He also coordinates the Dhaka University Law Clinic.

Degree Name Group/Major Subject Board/Institute Country Passing Year
Ph.D. Intellectual Property Law Macquarie University Australia 2011
Masters International Human Rights Law University of East London United Kingdom 2004
Award Type Award Title Year Country Description
International MQRES 2007 Australia

TRIPS Agreement of the WTO: Implications and Challenges for Bangladesh

International UN/UNITAR Fellowship in International Law 2006 Netherlands
Research Interest
Subject Description
Intellectual Property Law

Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Design Law, GI Law, and contemporary issues in Intellectual Property Law

Clinical Legal Education
Corporate Law

Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Finance Law and any legal issue involving businesses

International Refugee Law
Land Law

Property Law

International Human Rights Law
International Trade Law
Project/Research Supervision
Level of Study Title Supervisor Co-Supervisor(s) Name of Student(s) Area of Research Current Completion
Ph.D. Parochial Predicaments of Criminal Justice System in Bangladesh: Towards Alternatives Professor Dr Mohammad Towhidul Islam Mr Md. Zakir Hossain

Criminal Law

2018
Ph.D. Share Management and Securities Exchange Laws of Bangladesh: Determining Efficacy and Fallouts Professor Dr Mohammad Towhidul Islam Ms Syeda Nasrin

Corporate Law

2017
Ph.D. Settlement of Land Disputes in Bangladesh Professor Dr Mohammad Towhidul Islam Mr Ayub Ali

Land Law

Current Year
Project/Research Work
Subject Project Name Source of Fund From Date To Date Collaboration
Intellectual Property Law National Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy WIPO 13-04-2015
Intellectual Property Law Knowledge Sharing Program Korean Institute of Intellectual Property 14-12-2014
Customs Law Development Partnership Program for South Asia ADB 01-06-2013
Invited Talk
SL Invited Talk
1

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Bangladesh: Problems and Prospects’ (Conference on Intellectual Property held at IONA College, New York in 2010) (Fully funded by the Macquarie University)

2

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Intellectual Property Issues in Scientific Innovation and Communication' (Handholding Workshop for Swedish International Development Agency Young Investigators and Co-investigators at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh, Dhaka, 02 May 2017) (Commissioned lecture)

3

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Powering Change through Innovation and Creativity: Intellectual Property Rights and Bangladeshi Women’ (World Intellectual Property Day 2018 Seminar ‘Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity’ held at the Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka organized jointly by the Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka and the Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT) under the Ministry of Industries, Government of Bangladesh on 26 April 2018)

4

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Protection of Intellectual Property Rights: Options and Challenges’ (Faculty of Legal Studies Lecture Series, South Asian University, New Delhi, India, 05 August 2017) (Commissioned lecture)

5

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘The Legal Regime of Plant Varieties Protection, Seeds and Farmers’ Rights in Bangladesh’ (SAWTEE Workshop on Reimagining the Governance of Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property for Agriculture and Food Security in Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2-3 August 2017) (Fully funded by the SAWTEE)

6

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘BITS and Intellectual Property: Implications and Challenges for LDCs like Bangladesh’ (Asian Society of International Law Regional Conference, Dhaka in 2014)

7

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘TRIPS Agreement and Human Rights’ (Postgraduate Colloquium for law students held at Macquarie Law School in 2008)

8

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Human Rights in the Constitution of Bangladesh and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Comparative Study’ held in the UN/UNITAR Fellowship in International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague in 2006 (Fully funded by the UNITAR)

9

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘TRIPS Agreement and Human Rights: Protecting Public Interests in Developing Countries at the Cross-roads’ (Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Indian Society of International Law held at the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi in 2009) (Fully funded by the Macquarie University)

10

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘TRIPS Agreement and Food Security: Implications and Challenges for Bangladesh’ (WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Intellectual Property Teachers held at WIPO and WTO, Geneva in 2012) (Fully funded by the WIPO)

11

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Patent and Sui Generis Plant Varieties Protection under the TRIPS Agreement: Options for Bangladesh in the South Asian Landscape’ (SAWTEE Regional meeting on Conservation, Use and Exchange of Crop Genetic Resources: Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Food-Secure, Climate- Resilient South Asia, Kathmandu in 26-27 August 2015) (Fully funded by the SAWTEE)

12

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Incentivizing Women’s Traditional Ingenuity through Intellectual Property Rights: Options and Challenges for Bangladesh’ (2nd Works-in-Progress Conference IPScholars Asia 2017 held at the Singapore Management University, Singapore on 27-28 February 2017) (Fully funded by the university grants)

13

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Cross-border GI Protection: Challenges and Ramifications for Bangladesh’ (WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Intellectual Property Teachers in Asia held at Singapore Management University, Singapore in 2017) (Fully funded by the WIPO)

14

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Copyright Dilemma at Nilkhet Book-shops: Options and Challenges for Bangladesh in Protecting Copyright and Accessing Educational Materials at Low Prices’ (3rd Works-in-Progress Conference IPScholars Asia 2018 held at the Singapore Management University, Singapore on 1-2 March 2018) (Fully funded by the university grants)

15

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Finding an Appropriate Legal Framework for Bangladesh’ (ATRIP 2017 Congress, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 23 - 26 October 2017) (Fully funded by the WIPO)

16

Mohammad Towhidul Islam, ‘Protection of Copyright and Accessing Education Materials at Low Prices: Finding a Sustainable Solution for Bangladesh’ (Society of International Economic Law Biennial Conference held at the American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC, USA from July 12 – 14, 2018. (Fully funded by the American University Washington College of Law)

SL Collaboration & Membership Name Type Membership Year Membership Expire Year
1 Transparency International Bangladesh 2003 Life Time
2 International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property 2011
3 Society of International Economic Law 2010
Title Organization Location From Date To Date Description
Professor University of Dhaka Department of Law 24-01-2016 Currently Working

Land Law and Intellectual Property Law

Coordinator Dhaka University Law Clinic Department of Law 01-07-2014 Currently Working
Guest Lecturer Institute of Business Administration (IBA) University of Dhaka 01-07-2013

Legal Environment of Business

Associate Editor Dhaka University Law Journal Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka 01-07-2010 31-12-2018
Advocate Bangladesh Bar Council Dhaka District Bar Association 14-12-1999
Book
1
Mohammad Towhidul Islam Land Law: Text, Cases and Materials. Dhaka: CHRLR, 2018 .
2
Mohammad Towhidul Islam TRIPS Agreement of the WTO: Implications and Challenges for Bangladesh. New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2013 .
Journal Article
1
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : The Legal Regime of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Protection in Bangladesh: Options and Challenges’, Dhaka University Law Journal, vol.29, pp.21-40, 2018 .
2
Mohammad Towhidul Islam and Shirin Sultana : Nature of Land and Pre-emption Suits: Demystifying Ambiguities, Dhaka University Law Journal, vol.29, pp.71-86, 2018 .
3
Mohammad Towhidul Islam and Ferdaus Rahman : Mandating Corporate Directorship for Women in Bangladesh: Options and Challenges, Dhaka University Law Journal, vol.26, no.1 pp.47-72, 2017 .
4
Mohammad Towhidul Islam and Ahsan Habib : Intellectual Property Perspectives of Women’s Traditional Knowledge in Bangladesh, Dhaka University Law Journal, vol.27, no.1 pp.27-40, 2017 .
5
Mohammad Towhidul Islam and Ahsan Habib : Introducing Geographical Indications in Bangladesh’, Dhaka University Law Journal, vol.24, no.1 pp.51-82, 2016 .
6
Mohammad Towhidul Islam and Ahsan Habib : TICFA and Intellectual Property Rights: Implications and Challenges for Subsistence Needs in Bangladesh, Dhaka University Law Journal, vol.24, no.2 pp.49-66, 2016 .
7
Mohammad Towhidul Islam and Ferdaus Rahman : Shareholders’ Right to Distribution: A Misnomer, Dhaka University Law Journal, vol.23, no.1 pp.19-44, 2012 .
8
Mohammad Towhidul Islam and Ferdaus Rahman : Corporate Governance in the Stock Market of Bangladesh: Justification for a Viable Legal Framework, Dhaka University Law Journal, vol.23, no.2 pp.57-78, 2012 .
9
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : TRIPS Agreement and Public Health: Implications and Challenges for Bangladesh, International Trade Law and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell: London), vol.17, no.1 pp.10–39, 2011 .
10
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : TRIPS Agreement and Agriculture: Implications and Challenges for Bangladesh, Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, vol.8, no.2 pp.38-84, 2011 .
11
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : TRIPS Agreement and Economic Development: Implications and Challenges for Least-Developed Countries like Bangladesh, Nordic Journal of Commercial Law, vol.2, pp.1–48, 2010 .
12
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : Implications of the TRIPS Agreement for Bangladesh: Prospects and Concerns, Macquarie Journal of Business Law, vol.6, pp.1-19, 2009 .
13
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : Problems and Politics of IPRs Protection from WIPO to WTO: The Case Study of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, vol.21, no.2 pp.1-59, 2009 .
14
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : TRIPS Protection of IPRs as Private Rights: Implications on the Right to Health, Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights (University of Malta and University of Ena, Italy), vol.13, no.1 pp.55–79, 2009 .
15
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : Protection of Public Interests through a Human Rights Framework in the TRIPS Agreement: Realities and Challenges, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (Oxford), vol.8, no.4 pp.573-582, 2009 .
16
Mohammad Towhidul Islam and Khurshid Alam : The Legal Regime of Management and Settlement of Khas Land in Bangladesh, Rajshahi University Law Journal, vol.4, pp.117- 138, 2007 .
17
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : The Modus Operandi of International Trade Law Rules: A Critical Overview, Dhaka University Law Journal, vol.18, no.1 pp.43-78, 2007 .
18
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : TRIPS Agreement and Bangladesh: Implications and Challenges, Dhaka University Law Journal, vol.18, no.2 pp.57-80, 2007 .
19
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : Trademark Licensing: Bangladesh Perspective, Dhaka University Studies Part-F (Journal of the Faculty of Law), vol.17, no.1 pp.87-112, 2006 .
20
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : Death Penalty under Different National Legal Systems and Assessing Its Compatibility with International Human Rights, Dhaka University Studies Part-F (Journal of the Faculty of Law), vol.17, no.2 pp.147-192, 2006 .
21
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : Non-Muslims’ Rights in Islam and Its Compatibility with International Human Rights, Dhaka University Studies Part-F (Journal of the Faculty of Law), vol.16, no.1 pp.123-149, 2005 .
22
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : Development of Land Laws and Land Administration in Bangladesh: Ancient Period to Modern Times, Dhaka University Studies Part-F (Journal of the Faculty of Law), vol.16, no.2 pp.203-246, 2005 .
23
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : Protection of Refugees against Refoulement, Dhaka University Studies Part-F (Journal of the Faculty of Law), vol.15, no.1 pp.215 - 238, 2004 .
24
Mohammad Towhidul Islam : Equality between Men and Women in Islam Especially in Respect of Inheritance and Its Compatibility with International Human Rights, Dhaka University Studies Part-F (Journal of the Faculty of Law), vol.15, no.2 pp.163-207, 2004 .
Conference Proceedings
1
Mohammad Towhidul Islam and Masrur Bin Ansari "Cross-border GI Protection: Challenges and Ramifications for Bangladesh." [2017 Asian Edition] WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers , pp. 21-31. Geneva: WIPO-WTO, 2017 .
2
Mohammad Towhidul Islam "Linking Intellectual Property Rights with Plant Genetic Resources: Myths and Realities for Food Security in Least Developed Countries such as Bangladesh." WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers , pp. 11-30. Geneva: WIPO-WTO, 2012 .