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By Md. Azhar Uddin Bhuiyan

A public lecture on the Role of International Law in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals was held at University of Dhaka on 29 March 2017 in the Seminar Hall, Nabab Nawab Ali Choudhury Senate Bhaban. The lecture was organized by Department of Law, University of Dhaka

Professor Dr. Nico Schrijver, Chair of International Law and Academic Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University, Netherlands delivered the lecture while eminent jurist Dr. Kamal Hossain was present as a discussant. The lecture was moderated by Professor Dr. Borhan Uddin Khan, Chairman, Department of Law which was followed by comments and questions from faculties and students.

In his lecture, Dr. Nico highlighted the role of International Law in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The main theme of SDG is that current generation can achieve everything without compromising the same for the future generations and it is necessarily linked with the concept of inter-generational equity. While highlighting the environmental and economic aspects of the SDGs, he stressed on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities that aims to ensure environmental accountability particularly by developed countries. The influence of global politics plays significant role that cannot be avoided wholly while demarcating state obligations in ensuring environmental protection and sustainable development, , he added.

Dr. Kamal Hossain emphasised on the role of good governance in ensuring the achievement of SDGs by highlighting the notions of bad governance. “We do know what bad governance is and staying away from all of those activities is called ‘good governance’”, he remarked.

The session ended with a note of gratitude by Professor Dr. Rahmat Ullah, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka.

Apart from his academic career as a legal scholar, Dr. Nico Schrijver is also a Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and a Member of the Advisory Committee on International Law Affairs, and the Committee on Human Rights of the Netherlands Advisory Council on International Affairs of the Dutch Government.


This event was covered by Md. Azhar Uddin Bhuiyan; He is a third year Law student at University of Dhaka, and works as a staff member at Dhaka Law Review. He can be reached at [email protected]


Special thanks to  Mohammad Golam Sarwar, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka.

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