Ishrat Jahan

  • Ishrat Jahan

    PhD candidate

Ishrat is a PhD Candidate at the Melbourne Law School and her doctoral research focuses on the recognition of the rights of rivers in various jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, she worked as a judge and mediator at various courts of first instance (civil and family) in Bangladesh. She also performed as a first-class magistrate in executing civil and family court decrees. She has experience working at the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs of Bangladesh, where she participated in the law-making process and conducted research on various legal issues including the administration of justice during COVID-19.

Ishrat holds a Master of Environmental Law from the University of Melbourne, where her study focused on national and international environmental issues including climate change, biodiversity degradation, and environmental rights. In 2018 she has been awarded an Australia Awards Scholarship funded by the Australian Government to study in Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) and a Master of Laws from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her research articles have been published in peer-reviewed international journals including the Journal of Water Law (UK), Environmental Policy and Law (IOS Press, Netherlands), and Environmental and Planning Law Journal (Australia).

Thesis Title

Protection for the Rivers of Bangladesh: In-depth Analysis of the Current legal and Institutional Frameworks related to rivers in Bangladesh

Thesis Summary

Rivers that are traditionally considered objects have become legal subjects or legal persons in various jurisdictions. Different countries have adopted different frameworks to address the rights of rivers, however, there are some challenges arising from various models of the rights of rivers. This thesis will examine key features as well as challenges arising from those models of rights of rivers and explore which model of rights of the river would be suitable for protecting the rivers.


  • Environmental Law
  • Water Law
  • Climate change law
  • Disaster Law
  • Family Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution