Assoc Prof Saiful Karim

Associate Professor and the Leader of the Ocean Governance Research Group (OGRG)

Dr Saiful Karim is an Associate Professor and the Leader of the Ocean Governance Research Group (OGRG) in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. Dr Karim was the McDougall Visiting Professor in International Law at West Virginia University, where he taught a course on international climate change law and delivered the Annual McDougall Lecture. He also taught a postgraduate course on Asia–Pacific environmental law as a visiting faculty member at Sydney University. Dr Karim was a consultant at the University of the South Pacific where he taught courses on marine law and comparative environmental law. He was a visiting research fellow at the National University of Singapore and he practised at a Singapore law firm. Dr Karim was a lawyer in the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association.

Dr Karim teaches and researches in various areas of law relating to the environment, ocean, maritime security and autonomous systems. He is currently a Chief Investigator of an ARC discovery project titled “Improving International Law Regulation of Maritime Autonomous Vessels (MAVs).” The aim of this project is to fill a critical gap in current responses in international law in focusing on the challenges posed by MAVs to international maritime security law.

He has published extensively in the fields of ocean and environmental law and has presented research papers at several conferences and workshops organised by various academic organisations based in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. Dr Karim is the author of  Prevention of Pollution of the Marine Environment from Vessels: The Potential and Limits of the International Maritime Organisation (Springer, 2015), Maritime Terrorism and the Role of Judicial Institutions in the International Legal Order (Brill-Nijhoff, 2017) and Shipbreaking in Developing Countries: A Requiem for Environmental Justice from the Perspective of Bangladesh (Routledge, 2018).

The Australian Government nominated Dr Karim in several important global expert bodies. He is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). He is also a lead author of the first Global Assessment and the first Asia Pacific Regional Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Dr Karim was an advisor to the Australian government delegation in various sessions of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).

Dr Karim received the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law 2018 Scholarship Award for his outstanding contribution to interdisciplinary research of environmental law. He was also awarded the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Fund Award for Significant Achievement in Research.