Dr. Rumana Islam is a Professor of Law at the University of Dhaka currently on deputation. She joined Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) in May 2022 as the first female Commissioner of BSEC for a term of four years. Professor Islam joined Dhaka University as a faculty in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. She was nominated as a Panel Arbitrator designated by the Government of Bangladesh to the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in April 2021 for a term of six years. She completed her LLB (Hons) and LL.M from the University of Dhaka with first class in both. She earned another LL.M (specialization in commercial law) from the University of Cambridge, UK with a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship in 2006 and obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Warwick in 2015 with Commonwealth Scholarship. During her PhD, she also obtained Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust Doctoral Bursary, in 2013. Her seminal work on the Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET) standard has been published as a book titled “Fair and Equitable Treatment in International Investment Arbitration: Developing Countries in Context” (Springer, 2018). She has published journal articles on various issues at home and abroad. She has participated and presented papers in international roundtable discussions, seminars, symposiums, and conferences held in India, South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, the Netherlands, the USA, the UK, and China. She is also an alumnus of the Scholars Workshop (2011) of the Institute of Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School. She has acted as the Assistant Director of Research (Law) (part-time) at Bangladesh Institute for Law and International Affairs (BILIA), the leading think tank of law in the country from September 2015 to September 2019. Her administrative experience includes serving as House Tutor (part-time) in Ruqayyah Hall, University of Dhaka for more than eight years and as a Subwarden at Cryfield Halls of Residence at the University of Warwick from September 2011 to March 2015. She also taught at the Warwick School of Law as a Seminar Tutor during 2011-2012. She served as a consultant in different research projects by the Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka; University Grants Commission (UGC), Ministry of Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and UNDP. She is an affiliated expert of the Asia Pacific FDI network and a founding committee member of the South Asian Economic Law Network (SAELN). Her areas of interest include international investment law, developing countries in investment arbitration, commercial arbitration, and third-world approaches to international law.Read less
|Degree Name||Group/Major Subject||Board/Institute||Country||Passing Year|
|Ph.D.||International Investment Law||University of Warwick||United Kingdom||2015|
|Masters||International Commercial Law||University of Cambridge||United Kingdom||2006|
|Masters||Law||University of Dhaka||Bangladesh||2004|
|Bachelor||Law||University of Dhaka||Bangladesh||2003|
|Title||Organization||Location||From Date||To Date|
|Moderator||Ruqayyah Bitarka Angan (Ruqayyah Hall Debating Club)||University of Dhaka||01, Jul 2017||Currently Working|
|Adjunct Faculty||Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Dhaka||Bangladesh||01, Jan 2016||30-06-2017|
|Assistant Director (Research Law) (Part-time)||Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA)||Dhaka||15, Sep 2015||30-09-2019|
|House Tutor (Part-time)||Ruqayyah Hall, University of Dhaka||University of Dhaka||09, Sep 2015||Currently Working|
|Seminar Tutor||School of Law, University of Warwick||United Kingdom||01, Jan 2012||31-12-2012|
|Sub-warden||Cryfied Halls of Residence-2, University of Warwick||United Kingdom||10, Sep 2011||30-04-2015|
|Subject||Description||Research Interest (Goal, Target Indicator)|
|Third Word Approaches to International Law (TWAIL)||
Global south perspectives of International law
|Public International Law||
Issues in public international law realtion to developing countries
|International Economic Law||
Developing countries perspectives in International Economic Law
|International Investment Law||
International invesment arbitration, investor prorection standards, international invesment treaties, Bilateral invesment treaties (BITs), perspectives of developing countries in international invesment law
|Level of Study||Title||Supervisor||Co-Supervisor(s)||Name of Student(s)||Area of Research||Current Completion|
|No project/research supervision is found|
|Subject||Project Name||Source of Fund||From Date||To Date||Collaboration|
|CEDAW and women's rights||“Social and Legal Implications of Withdrawing the CEDAW Reservations on Bangladesh Legal System and Social Norms” (UNDP, 2019) with Professor Dr. Shahnaz Huda||UNDP||01-01-2021||30-09-2019||Department of Law|
|International Investment Law||Mapping Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) of Bangladesh||Investment Claims (Oxford University Press )||01-01-2018||31-12-2021|
|Discrimination in Laws of Bangladesh||Finding Discriminatory Provisions of the Laws of Bangladesh||Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs||01-01-1970||31-12-2020||Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka|
|No invited talk is found|
|SL||Collaboration & Membership Name||Type||Membership Year||Expire Year|
|1||Editorial Assistant||“Judicial Training in the New Millennium: An anatomy of BILIA Judicial Training with Difference”, Edited by Wali-ur Rahman and Mohammad Shahabuddin, (BILIA, 2005) (ISBN 984-32-2449-3)||2005|
|2||Associate Editor||Bangladesh Journal of Law||From September, 2015 –Septembe|
|3||Member of Editorial Board||Stamford Journal of Law||January 2007-30th September, 2|
|4||Member of Editorial Board||Dhaka University Journal of Law||from October, 2016 –October, 2|
|5||Member of Editorial Board||Indian Review of International Arbitration||From January 2020- till date|
|6||Founding Committee Member||South Asian Economic Law Network [ https://www.saieln.com/founding-committee.html]||From 2018 till date|
|7||Affiliated Expert||Asia Pacific FDI Network [https://www.fdi- forum.com/affiliated-expert ]||From 2020 till date|
|8||Member||Asian Society of International Law||2018-2020|
Shahnaz Huda and Rumana Islam Social and Legal Implications of Withdrawing the CEDAW Reservations on the Bangladesh Legal System and Social Norms. UNDP, 2019 .
Rumana Islam The Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET) Standard in International Investment Arbitration: Developing Countries in Context. Springer, 2018 .
Shima Zaman and Rumana Islam "“Towards a Constitutional Law Framework for Foreign Direct Investments and Intellectual Property Rights Reform: The Case of Bangladesh” in M Rafiqul Islam and Muhammad Ekramul Haque eds." “The Constitutional Law of Bangladesh: Progression and Transformation at its 50th Anniversary”. Springer, 2023 at pp. 267–282 .
Rumana Islam ""Know Thy History ! An Anecdote of the Founding of the University of Dhaka"." in 'History of the University of Dhaka and Higher Education in Bangladesh'. Imtiaz Ahmed (ed) University of Dhaka, 2023 pp.3-18 .
Rumana Islam "‘Mapping the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Regime of Bangladesh: Past, Present and Future’." Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy. Chaisse J., Choukroune L., Jusoh S. (eds) Springer, 2020 .
Rumana Islam and Maksuda Sarker : State of Necessity in Post Covid-19 Investor-State Arbitration: CMS and LG&E Revisited, Dhaka University Law Journal , vol.34 , no.1 , pp.1-23 , 2023 .
Rumana Islam : Features of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Provisions under Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) of Bangladesh: An Overview, Dhaka University Law Journal (Part F) , pp.85-103 , 2020 .
Rumana Islam : “Does Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET) Standard in International Investment Treaties Create a Customary Rule of International Law “, Dhaka University Law Journal (Part F) (2019) , pp.27-45 , 2019 .
Rumana Islam : “Autonomy of the Arbitration Clause and Invalid Contracts: All is fair in Arbitration?”, Jahangirnagar University Journal of Law , vol.V , pp.141-154. , 2017 .
Rumana Islam : “Banker’s Reference and the Bank’s Duty of Confidentiality under Common Law Reappraised”, Jahangirnagar University Journal of Law , vol.IV , pp.81-94. , 2016 .
Rumana Islam : Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET) Standard in Arbitral Practice: Sustainable Development in Context, Bangladesh Journal of Law , vol.16 , no.1 , pp.21-68 , 2016 .
Rumana Islam : Interplay between Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET) Standard and other Investment Protection Standards, Bangladesh Journal of Law , vol.14 , no.1&2 , pp.117-142 , 2014 .
Rumana Islam : “Proportionality as a tool for balancing competing interests in investment disputes: Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET) Standard in Context,", Jahangirnagar University Journal of Law , vol.I , pp.119-139 , 2013 .
Rumana Islam : "Role of Good Faith in Interpreting Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET) Standard in Arbitral Practice", Bangladesh Journal of Law , vol.12 , no.1&2 , pp.107-134 , 2012 .
Rumana Islam : Unlawful Dividends and Scope of Unjust Enrichment: Issues and Controversies in English Law, Stamford Journal of Law , vol.1 , no.1 , pp.41-71 , 2008 .
Rumana Islam : ‘Misfeasance in Public Office and Liability of the Bank Regulator: Revisiting Three Rivers District Council’, Chittagong University Law Journal , vol.X , pp.37-54 , 2005 .
|International||Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust Doctoral Bursary||2013||United Kingdom||
Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust Doctoral Bursary, 2013
|International||Commonwealth Scholarships||2010||United Kingdom||
Commonwealth Scholarships in the UK for PhD, 2010
|International||Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Bursary for LL.M||2005||United Kingdom||
Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Bursary for LL.M (2005-2006)
|Local||Justice Amiruddin Ahmed Memorial Gold Medal, 2002||2002||Bangladesh||
Justice Amiruddin Ahmed Memorial Gold Medal, 2002 for securing first class first position in LL.M, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
|Local||Dr. Alim Al-Razi Gold Medal, 2002 for obtaining highest marks in LL.M, University of Dhaka||2002||Bangladesh||
Dr. Alim Al-Razi Gold Medal, 2002 for obtaining highest marks in LL.M, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh