Dr. Chowdhury Ishrak Ahmed Siddiky

Dr. Chowdhury Ishrak Ahmed Siddiky

Associate Professor & Head of the Department
Barrister-at-Law, Hon’ble Society of Middle Temple, UK
LL.B. (Honours), University of Kent, UK
LL.M., Ph.D., CEPMLP, University of Dundee, UK

E-Mail: headlhr@uap-bd.edu, siddiky@uap-bd.edu

  • Educational Qualification
  • Professional Qualification
  • Publications
  • Experience
  • Research Interest

PhD    Energy Law, CEPMLP, University of Dundee (UK), 2007 – 2011

Completed my PhD at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum Mineral Law and Policy under the University of Dundee. My research interest includes international investment law in regard to natural resources, the politics of Energy Security and cross border pipelines and its legal and economic implications for developing countries.

LLM   Energy Law & Policy, CEPMLP, University of Dundee (UK), 2005-06

Result: 2.1(67%)

Modules: Downstream and upstream Energy law and policy , International Investment Arbitration, International Commercial Contracts, International Comparative Petroleum Law and Policy , EC Energy Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy, International Relations and Energy and Natural Resources Law, UK oil and gas law.

Barrister English Bar, 2003 – 2004

I passed my Bar Exams (became a Barrister) and was called to the English Bar from the Hon’ble Society of Middle Temple.

LLB    Honours, University of Kent (UK), 2000-03

Result: Pass with 2.1(68%)

‘A’Levels     1998-2000

Three Subjects including: Economics, Accounting, Business Studies.

GCSE’s   1996-98

10 Subjects

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

♦ Senior Partner at Dr. Ishrak Siddiky & Associates, 16 Dilkusha, Commercial Area, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Senior Associate at The Law Counsel, 67 Naya Paltan, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The firm has been listed as tier 1 by THE LEGAL 500 and the Chambers Asia Pacific. The firm also works extensively with Baker & McKenzie LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in the United States and Mayer Brown LLP, Field Fisher and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in the United Kingdom.

High Court 2018

Qualified to practice in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

2006-07

Qualified to practice in the High Court division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

Advocate  2004-2005

Qualified to practice as an Advocate in Bangladesh.

Selected Publications

♦ Articles:

♦ The Caspian Energy Scenario and the Pipelines of former Soviet Union. OGEL, 2008

♦ The Caspian Energy Scenario and its Pipelines: Amalgamation of Interests? International Energy Law Review (IELR), 2009.

♦ The Energy and Transportation Policy of Kazakhstan. How wise is it? OGEL, March, 2010.

♦ Towards a New Framework for Cross-border Pipelines: An International Pipeline Agency? The China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, vol 8, no.2, 2010.

♦ The Failure of ECT in resolving Cross-Border Pipeline Problems: Towards a New Framework for Cross-border Pipelines – The International Pipeline Agency (IPA) Energy Policy, August 2011.

♦ Co-editor of OGEL special issue on Cross-border Pipelines, OGEL, 2011 at www.ogel.org. 

♦ Cross-border Pipelines and Cross- Border Waterways: a comparison between the two legal regimes, The journal of World Energy Law and Business, Oxford University Press, 2013 

♦ The International Legal Instruments for Cross-border Pipelines (chapter in a book), Research Handbook on International Energy Law, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, USA, 2014.

♦ Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant: is Bangladesh ready for Nuclear Power? The journal of World Energy Law and Business, Oxford University Press, 2015

♦ The Nuclear conundrum for developing countries. Are they ready yet? Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, International Bar Association, 2015.

♦ The Regime of Cross-Border Pipelines and the Issue of Transit: the Way Forward? International Energy Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015.

♦ Cross-border Pipelines and its Legal Aspects, OGEL, September, 2018

♦ Is the lack of exploration by Petrobangla hurting Bangladesh: an analysis, Journal of World Energy Law and Business, Oxford University Press, 20 July 2021: https://academic.oup.com/jwelb/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/jwelb/jwab028/6324620

♦ The energy security and insecurity of Bangladesh : a critical analysis, Journal of World Energy Law and Business, Oxford University Press, 22 July 2021: https://academic.oup.com/jwelb/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/jwelb/jwab020/6325615?redirectedFrom=fulltext

 

♦ Books:

♦ The Energy Security of Bangladesh. Is Gas Export an Option for the Country? VDM publishers, 2009, ISBN-10: 3639194624.

♦ Cross-border Pipeline Arrangements: What would a single regulatory framework look like? :Kluwer Law International , December 2011, ISBN- 9789041148446

♦ The Rule of Law in Developing Countries: The Case of Bangladesh, Routledge, March, 2018.

♦ The geopolitics of energy in South Asia: The case of Bangladesh, Routledge, July 2021: https://www.routledge.com/The-Geopolitics-of-Energy-in-South-Asia-Energy-Security-of-Bangladesh/Siddiky/p/book/9780367618728

♦ Editor-in Chief

University of Asia Pacific Journal of Law and Policy(UAPJLP).

Ø   Study Guides

♦ Contributed in the writing of the study guide for International Comparative Mineral Law and Policy for Distance learning students at the Centre for Energy Petroleum Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee, 2009.

♦ Contributed in the writing of the study guide for International Law of Natural Resources and Energy for Distance learning students at the Centre for Energy Petroleum Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee, 2011.

♦ Contributed to the writing of a study guide for Energy Law and Policy for students studying the course in various British Universities in August 2018.

♦ Independent Legal Consultancy and Report

♦ ‘The legal aspects of exploration and drilling in South Asia’, independent legal consultant and contributor in a report for Futuretec Limited, an Aberdeen based drilling and casing company, 2008.

♦ ‘The legal and financial implications of disbursing loans for renewable energy in rural Bangladesh’, contributor in a report for Grameen Bank, a microfinance organization and winner of Noble Peace Prize, 2006.

Ø   Research Grants

♦ A research grant of Tk. 1, 80,000 was awarded to study the plight of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh by the Institute of Energy, Environment, Research and Development (IEERD) University of Asia Pacific.

♦ A research grant of Tk. 50,000 was awarded for research on the topic of “The Muslim Conception of International Law and the Western Perspective: is the internal struggle of Moderate Muslim countries like Bangladesh and their role in the world be understood from the perspective of Muslim international law?” by the Centre for Advanced Legal Studies, University of Dhaka.

WORK EXPERIENCE

2004-2005       Pupillage in 5 Paper buildings (London)where I analyzed the various legal and commercial aspects of the contract negotiations between the government and the International companies, drafting for litigation and writing opinions.

2002-2003       Done mini-pupillages in 5 Paper buildings (London), Blackstone Chambers (London), 3 Verulam buildings (London).

1998-2000       Worked in reputed English daily ‘The Daily Star’ where my tasks included writing regular columns in sports and other issues.

TEACHING AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION 

2019- Present Associate Professor  and Coordinator of the LL.M & UNESCO Madanjeet Singh South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights studies (UMSAILS) LL.M Program in the Department of Law and Human Rights, University of Asia Pacific.

2019- Present External Examiner, Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka

2016      Visiting Scholar at Cornell Law School, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.

2013–2019   Taught as Assistant Professor (Adjunct Faculty) and Coordinator of  LL.M Program in University of Asia Pacific. Teaching two modules: International Organisation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

2011-2015      Taught as Adjunct faculty in South East University, Bangladesh for   three modules: Private International Law, International Law of Natural Resources and Water Law and Policy.

2009-2011       Worked as a Distance Learning Tutor cum Teaching Assistant at CEPMLP, University of Dundee for three modules: Environmental Law and Policy, Mineral and Petroleum Taxation and International and Comparative Mineral Law and Policy.

2008-2009       Teaching Assistant for the Mining Programme at CEPMLP, University of Dundee. My work involved collating the mining legislation for different countries in order to create a database, analyzing different mining legislations.

2007-2008       Teaching Assistant at CEPMLP, University of Dundee. My work involved assisting supervisors to carry out various legal research, summarizing articles, prepare power point slides.

My research interest includes international investment law in regard to natural resources, the politics of Energy Security and cross border pipelines and its legal and economic implications for developing countries.