M. Hafijul Islam Khan is a CIGI senior fellow, focusing on international climate change law and policy, and in particular on loss and damage resulting from climate change impacts. He is an environmental lawyer who has been working on legal issues related to the environment and climate change for the past 16 years. Hafijul has been a climate negotiator and a member of the core negotiating team for the United Nations Least Developed Countries Group with the Bangladesh delegation since 2011. He is the director of the research organization Climate Justice-Bangladesh, and teaches environmental law at North South University in Bangladesh. He is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Environmental Law and is also involved with Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide.
Hafijul has provided consultancy services to national and international organizations, including the government of Bangladesh, the United Nations Development Programme, the Asian Development Bank, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ), Oxfam-Great Britain, Germanwatch-Germany, the Legal Response Initiave, Winrock International and Environ-Consulting Services-Malaysia, on legal and policy issues related to the environment, natural resource management and climate change. Hafijul has LL.M. degrees from the University of Dhaka and Central European University. As a grantee of the JDR 3RD Scholars Program, Hafijul recently completed a research program for creating a legal basis for community co-management of wetlands in Bangladesh (publication forthcoming). Hafijul has published a number of papers on environment and climate change legal issues.