Dr Saiful Karim is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. He has also held Visiting Faculty position at Sydney University where he taught a postgraduate course on Asia Pacific Environmental Law.  He also taught law at Southern Cross University and Macquarie University and he was a consultant at the University of the South Pacific.  He practiced at a Singapore law firm. He was a lawyer of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA).   He teaches and researches in different areas of international law, environmental law, land law and agricultural law.

Saiful has published extensively in the fields of public international law, land law and environmental law and has presented research papers in many conferences and workshops organised by various academic and research organisations based in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.  Saiful 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).

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 Asia Pacific Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Assessment Report and the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Reportof the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).