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Director International Centre for Ocean Governance

Associate Professor Daud Hassan, Director ICOG.

The ICOG is led by its director, Associate Professor Daud Hassan who is himself an internationally recognized academic in the area of the law of the sea and ocean governance. The international stature of Professor Hassan's work has been recognised by his visiting professorships at various universities in Asia and Europe. His research work focuses on global and regional environmental issues that are of international significance. Professor Hassan´s research efforts have gained him recognition in Australia, Bangladesh, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway and Switzerland.

Professor Hassan’s very recent book titled Daud Hassan (et al); International Marine Environmental Law and Policy (Routledge, 2018) is an important reference for research on the sustainable protection of the world’s marine environment. His book titled Daud Hassan (et al) Trans-boundary Marine Spatial Planning and International Law (Routledge, 2015) is a first ever, comprehensive book on trans-boundary MSP and ‘a significant contribution to the scant literature on MSP in international law’. He has been awarded the Essex University International Visiting Fellowship Award, 2018; the Waginengan University Research Award, 2018 and the Heiwa Nakajima Foundation Grant, Japan, 2015. He was a visiting scholar at the David C. Lam Institute for East West Studies (LEWI), Hong Kong Baptist University, the Finnish Environment Institute and Waseda University in 2010, 2012 and 2015 respectively. In 2014 Daud was invited as a Visiting Professor of International Environmental Law by the Faculty of Law, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands. In 2007 he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Bern, Switzerland. Currently he is a Visiting Professor of Oceanography at The University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

He is a member of the Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs for the IUCN and a member of the International Law and Sea Level Rise Committee for the International Law Association (ILA), Global Branch.

Professor Hassan holds a PhD in the Law of the Sea and is actively engaged in supervising PhD students in the areas of International and Comparative Environmental Law, Law of the Sea and Climate Change Law. Professor Hassan served as the Director of Higher Degree Research, Western Sydney University, School of Law from 2014-2016. He is a former Japan Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow.

Core Members

Donna Craig, Professor

Donna is a specialist in international, comparative and national environmental law and policy at Western Sydney University.

Paul James, Professor And Director, Institute For Culture And Society

Paul is Research Director of Global Reconciliation, an international organisation based in Australia that has been doing work in zones of conflict around the world.

James Arvanitakis, Professor, Graduate Research School

James is the former Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University where he is also a lecturer in the Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society.

Gregory Barton, Professor, School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Gregory is an historian that specializes in the profound global impact of environmental reforms related to forestry, agriculture, and human-induced climate change.

Liam Magee, Senior Research Fellow, ICS

Liam is a Senior Research Fellow at ICS. Liam's principal research interests focus on the application of social methods and information technology to the areas of urban development and sustainability.

Anna Cody, Professor, School of Law

Donna is a specialist in international, comparative and national environmental law and policy at Western Sydney University.


Dr Ataur Rahman, Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

Ataur is a Professor in Water Engineering at Western Sydney University.


Neil is a Senior Research Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.


Samsul Huda, Associate Professor, School of Science and Health

Samsul is an agro climatologist/agronomist and modeller; based at Western Sydney University, Australia.

Dr Beatriz Garcia, Senior Lecturer, School of Law

Beatriz is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, and holds a degree in Law and a Ph.D. in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Sandra Cassotta

Sandra is currently Associate Professor in International Environmental Law and Energy at the Department of Law of Aalborg University (Denmark), and is Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University.

PHD Scholars

Hector Gutierrez-Bocaz

Hector is a PhD Scholar undertaking research leading to his doctorate in international law. Hector is an Australian lawyer, admitted in the Supreme Court of NSW and The High Court of Australia. Hector graduated from The University of Sydney and The University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Law, and a Master of International Trade Law. Hector has practiced law both as a solicitor and a barrister both for Sydney based law firms, and as an independent legal practitioner. He has worked in the area of public international law and immigration law in Australia and overseas. Hector has a long established relationship with Western Sydney University, having tutored company law and equity & trusts and more recently has also held the position of sessional lecturer for the law of the sea and ocean governance units.

Hector has worked closely with the International Centre for Ocean Governance where he has worked alongside the director of ICOG in international partnerships and the development of international communications and programs, as well as in research within the thematic research areas of ICOG. Hector has recently attended IMPAC 4, and in 2018 was invited by the Chilean Navy to attend EXPONAVAL in Valparaiso, Chile. He will be a speaker at the LawAsia International Environmental Law Conference in the Pacific, Fiji 2020. Hector has a strong practice area focus and interest in the following areas: Law of the Sea, Ocean Governance, Law of Naval Warfare, Humanitarian law, Human Rights Law, and Indigenous Peoples Rghts. Hector is currently completing his PhD studies at Western Sydney University on maritime delimitation under the supervision of Associate Professor Daud Hassan and Dr. Ludmilla Robinson.

Hassan Al Imran

Hassan is a PhD Scholar currently undertaking research leading to his doctorate in international law. The title of his research project is: ‘Interception of Boat Refugees and International Law: A Rohingya Perspective.’ His PhD research focuses on the boat refugee issue of the South East Asia that deals with international refugee law, law of the sea, international maritime laws, human rights, and law & policy of South East Asian States. Hassan completed a Bachelor of Law from The University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Laws (LL.M in International Law) from The University of West England, also in the United Kingdom, he also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (PGDL) from the same university. He is a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn (UK) and an Advocate of The Supreme Court of Bangladesh. 

Hassan has extensive teaching experience working at the Faculty of Law of a number of universities in Bangladesh. He has published several articles in international law journals and Newspapers related to international law. He is the author of the following books - ‘Refugee Law and Gender Based Persecution: A Comparative Analysis,’ and ‘Labour Law in Bangladesh: Doctrine, Practice and Theory’ (co-author). Hassan has research interests on the following areas: international law, law of sea, international refugee law, human rights of South East Asia, comparative constitution and business law.

Abu Hena Muhammad Yousuf

Yousuf is a PhD Scholar currently undertaking research leading to his doctorate in international law, his research interests include: Ecosystem Based Management for the Sustainable Ocean Governance, Marine Spatial Planning as a Way Forward to Enhance the Efficiency of Marine Policy. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from The University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is an Assistant Professor at The Department of Oceanography, Faculty of Earth & Environmental Sciences University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He brings with him solid teaching experience and a track record of international publications

Alim Fazley

Alim is a Master of Philosophy student and is undertaking research in line with his academic interests. His current research work is on "Sustainable Port Management in Bangladesh needs for Regulatory Reform". Alim was awarded Bachelor of Science Engineering from CUET, Bangladesh, a Master of Science on Port Management from The World Maritime University, Sweden.

Adetokunbo Alase

Adetokunbo is a PhD Scholar Scholar undertaking research leading to his doctorate in international law. His research work is focused on Environmental accountability and Natural Resource governance in extractive industries from a dispute resolution perspective. His work seeks to explore the adverse impact of extractive activities, available remedies and non-judicial remedies. His research is being conducted at the International Centre for ocean governance under the principal supervision of Associate Professor Daud Hassan and Dr Beatriz Garcia from the School of Law, Western Sydney University.

Adetokumbo began his academic work in 2013 following studies in international law and commercial dispute resolution at the University of Westminster, London. He was appointed lecturer at the faculty of law, Lead City University, Nigeria and over the ensuing years has gained research and teaching experience in Environmental law and Governance with a special interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a result, he has taught various courses in oil and gas law, environmental law, and international humanitarian law and human rights law.

Associate Members

  • Dr Henrik Ringbom
    Adjunct Professor (Docent), Maritime Law and the Law of the Sea
    Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
    Professor, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law
  • Dr Timo Koivurova
    Research Professor and Director
    Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Dr Alexander Proelss
    Professor, Law of the Sea
    University of Trier, Germany
  • Dr Tuomas Kuokkanen
    Ministerial Advisor,
    Ministry of the Environment Government of Finland

Advisory Board

  • Dr Marie Jacobsson
    Vice Chairperson, International Law Commission (ILC) Principal Legal Advisor on International Law, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
  • Professor Shigeki Sakamoto
    Emeritus Professor, Kobe University, Japan President, Japanese Institute for the Law of the Sea President, Japanese Society of International Law Japan
  • Professor Martin Tsamenyi AM
    Director Emeritus Australian National centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Professor Frank Maes
    Head, Department of European, Public and International Law Director, Maritime Institute, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Dean, School of Law
    Professor Anna Cody


  • Dr Saiful Karim
    Senior Lecturer Faculty of Law,
    Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Jon C Day
    Former Director (Conservation)
    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Dr. Abdullah Al Faruque
    Professor and Dean, Faculty of Law University of Chittagong, Bangladesh






  • Professor Hakan Karan
    Director, Research Centre of the Sea and Maritime Law (DEHUKAM) Ankara University, Turkey
  • Dr Saiful Karim
    Associate ProfessorFaculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Jon C Day
    Former Director (Conservation)
    Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Dr. Abdullah Al Faruque
    Professor and Former Dean, Faculty of Law University of Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Mr. Khaled Iqbal
    Rear Admiral and Vice Chancellor Bangabandhu Seikh Mujibur Rahman, Maritime University of Bangladesh

Contact ICOG

Building EJc
School of Law
Parramatta Campus
Western Sydney University
Parramatta, NSW 2151, Australia.

Postal Address
ICOG, School of Law, Western Sydney University
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751