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Dr. Chowdhury Ishrak Ahmed Siddiky

 

 

 

Professional Qualifications:

2008:   Enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

2006:   Enrolled as an Advocate by the Bangladesh Bar Council.

2004:  Called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Hon’ble Society of Middle Temple.

 Academic Qualifications:

LL.B (Hons.), University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

LL.M in Energy Law and Policy, Centre for Energy Petroleum Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Ph.D with specialization in Energy law and International Law of Natural Resources, Centre for Energy Petroleum Mineral Law

and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Work Experience:

2016-Present, Senior Associate, The Law Counsel, Chambers of Abdur Razzaq, Barrister-at-Law, Senior Advocate.

2012-2015, Associate, The Law Counsel, Chambers of Abdur Razzaq, Barrister-at-Law, Senior Advocate. 

2004-2005, Associate, Rokanuddin Mahmud & Associates, Chambers of Rokanudddin Mahmud, Barrister-at-Law, Senior

Advocate, Former Vice-Chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council and Former President of Supreme Court Bar Association. 

Practice Areas:

Banking, Insurance, Constitutional Law, Corporate Law, Employment, Government Contracts, Energy Law and Criminal Law.

Particulars of Work Experience:

Administrative Law   Extensive experience of drafting, conducting and contesting judicial review applications. Appeared on

behalf of various clients in numerous judicial review applications challenging decisions of nationalised banks, various ministries

of the Government of Bangladesh and a number of major state Corporations.

Banking Law   Represented various Banks including Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited in a number of cases before the High

Court Division and the Artha Rin Adalats. Provided legal opinions to several banks including leading Islamic banks.

Corporate Law  Matters including instituting    proceedings for rectification of share registers and drafting partnership

agreements and Memorandum and Articles of Association. Drafted opinions and legal notices and instituted various legal

proceedings on behalf of numerous companies. Provided legal assistance to various foreign companies in setting up subsidiary

companies/liason offices in Bangladesh.

Energy Law  Advised and drafted contracts for foreign companies and also nationalized oil and gas companies including Petrobangla.

Employment Law   Represented clients before the Labour Tribunal and the Labour Appellate Tribunal.Provided legal opinions

to several banks and private clients regarding various employment law issues.

 

Notable Cases:

 

  • Rubya Vegetable Oil Ind. Ltd. v Bangladesh Bank and ors (High Court Division). Representing Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, the largest private sector bank, in an application for judicial review, where the very basis of Islamic banking has been challenged.
  • Reliance Insurance Ltd.  v Amin Fish Farms and Ind. Ltd. (High Court Division). Successfully represented an insurance company in an appeal against an insurance claim of BDT 17,163,623.52.
  • Ravino Ltd. v Bangladesh Bank and ors (High Court Division). Successfully represented an insurance company against a claim that the insurance company was liable for the low credit rating of the insured as it (i.e. insured) had defaulted in its loan repayments because the insurance claim had not been honoured.
  • Deep Sea Navigators Ltd. and ors v Registrar, Joint Stock Companies and Firms and anor (High Court Division).  Represented shareholders in an application for rectification of the share register of the company.
  • Md. Mosharraf Hossain and anor v. Bangladesh and ors (High Court Division and Appellate Division).Successfully  represented employees of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh  in securing a higher pay scale.
  • Md. AbdusSattar and ors v Bangladesh and ors (High Court Division). Representing  Personal Officers (i.e. government officers) in relation to their entitlement to be posted at various Embassies and High Commissions of Bangladesh abroad.
  • United LandportTeknaf Limited v Bangladesh and ors (High Court Division). Successfully represented a tour operator (operating from a private jetty) against an attempt made by the government-approved jetty operator to compel it to use its jetties.
  • Md. Mir Kashem and another v Bangladesh and ors (High Court Division). Successfully represented employees of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh  in securing a higher pay scale.
  • Md. Mosharof Hossain and ors v Bangladesh and ors( High Court Division). Successfully represented the clients to be appointed as teachers in government primary school.
  • Md. Ismail Hossain v Azad Company and ors (High Court Division). Successfully represented the clients in winding up their company.
  • Md. Chan Mia v Md. Habibur Rahman and ors( High Court Division). Successfully represented the client to overturn the judgment and decree of the lower court in a civil dispute.
  • Badaruddin Chowdhury v Administrator of Waqfs and ors (Appellate Division). Successfully represented the client in modifying the judgement of the High Court Division.
  • Death Reference Case No. 15 of 2009 with Criminal Appeal No. 1257 of 2009 (High Court Division). Successfully represented the client as the court set aside the judgement of the trial court and acquitted the condemned prisoner of the charge levelled against him and set him free from the death cell.
  • Nurul Huda vs Bangladesh and ors (High Court Division). Successfully represented the client in challenging the result of election.
  • Md. Johurul Islam vs Bangladesh and ors (High Court Division). Successfully represented the client in appointing and absorbing him into the revenue budget of the Local Government Enginering department under the Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives.
  • Md. DorosatUllah and others vs The State (High Court Division). Successfully represented the client in overturning the judgement and order of conviction passed by the trial court.
  • Dr. Md. ShamsulAlam vs Bangladesh and ors (High Court Division). Successfully represented the client as his time in service was taken into account for the purpose of calculating his retirement.
  • Md. Nazrul Islam vs The State (High Court Division). Successfully represented the client in quashing the criminal proceedings filed against him.

 Academic Pursuits:

  • Visiting Scholar at Cornell Law School, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.
  • Teaching as Assistant Professor (Adjunct Faculty) and Head of the LL.M Program in University of Asia Pacific. Teaching two modules: International Organisation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teaching Assistant at CEPMLP, University of Dundee. My work involved assisting supervisors to carry out various legal research, summarizing articles, prepare power point slides.
  • Course Co-ordinator for advocacy skills for young lawyers entering the High Court of Bangladesh conducted by the Bangladesh Bar Council.

Professional Research and Consultancy Experience:

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.

Independent Legal Consultancy and Reports

  • ‘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 the Noble Peace Prize, 2006.

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 LawReview (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.

Journal:

Editor–in Chief: University of Asia Pacific Journal of Law and Policy.

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. Brill (forthcoming)

Achievements and Awards:

  • Judge in Henry Dunant International Humanitarian Law Moot    Court Competitionorganized by theInternational Committee of the Red Cross.
  • Recognised by the Academic Achievement Teaching Unit, University of Dundee for supporting their PLUS@Dundee program.
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