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Call for papers: Islam, Law and the State in Myanmar

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies is pleased to invite applications to present a paper at the Workshop on ‘Islam, Law and the State in Myanmar’. The Workshop will be held at the Law Faculty, the National University of Singapore, from 23 to 24 January 2014. This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the relation between Islam, law and the state in Myanmar from both an empirical and theoretical perspective. It seeks to provide an informed, scholarly response to contemporary issues facing the Muslim communities of Myanmar. It will further understanding and knowledge on the dynamics of, and the interaction between, the legal system, state institutions and the Muslim communities of Myanmar. See here for the call for papers and submission form , or the Centre for Asian Legal Studies  website.  Abstracts are due by 20 June 2013.

Working Group on Myanmar Attorney General's Office

On 21-22 May 2013, Melissa attended a consultation workshop with the Attorney General's Office in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. The purpose of the workshop was to develop recommendations for the future training needs of the Union Attorney General’s Office (UAGO). Hosted by the UAGO and the UNDP, the workshop was attended by representatives from a range of law schools, institutions and development organisations from around the world. Melissa with law officers from the UAGO International workshop participants with workshop facilitator Larry Taman, and the Attorney General of Myanmar, Dr Tun Shin

Conference on Minorities within Muslim Majority Societies

On 17-18 May 2013, I presented a paper at the conference on 'Minorities within Muslim Majority Societies: Contested Identities and Dialogues with Islam ', organised by the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations , Aga Khan University, London. The workshop investigated issues surrounding the ethnic and religious composition of the Muslim world and its culture. By looking both at religious and ethnic minorities within the Muslim world and their unique social structures, the workshop discussed relationships between ethnicities and faith groups, and how issues of identity and power are negotiated. In particular, it examined the role that minorities play in Muslim majority societies and their interaction with the dominant social identity.

Policy paper: Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia

On 21 May 2013, a policy paper, 'Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia: 2007-2012 ', written by Dr Antje Missbach and Dr Melissa Crouch was launched by the new Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, at the University of Melbourne. The policy paper addresses the critical need for greater knowledge and understanding of how the contemporary Indonesian legal system is dealing with people smuggling. It primarily presents the findings of a survey of court cases from May 2011 to December 2012, in the first year and a half of the operation of Law 6/2011 on Immigration. The paper identifies patterns in court cases in terms of the location of people smuggling operations, profiles of the accused, the criminal charges laid against them, and the severity of penalties handed down by the courts. The paper argues that any efforts to increase the scope and depth of such cooperation between Australia and Indonesia must take into account the progress made by, as well as the challeng

Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society

The Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS), located in the Melbourne Law School, was recently established, and will be officially launched on 21 May 2013. The Centre was previously known as the Centre for Islamic Law and Society, but has been renamed in order to reflect the focus of its research and seminar programmes. More information on the Centre is available here

Workshop Highlights Importance of Constitutional Reform

From 8 to 10 May 2013, Melissa participated in a workshop on Constitutional Law in Yangon, organised by the Sydney Law School. The conference was attended by members of parliament, lawyers, and civil society organisations.   For media coverage of the event see below:   Suu Kyi predicts charterchange , Bangkok Post   2008 Constitution Bars Federalism Ethnic Leaders Say , Eleven Myanmar   Remove Severe Restrictions First to Amend MyanmarsConstitution , Eleven Myanmar   AungSan Suu Kyi Says Burma to Amend ‘World’s Most Difficult’ Constitution , The Irrawaddy Myanmar Constitution Vest Military Chief With More Powerthan President, Says Foreign Expert , Eleven Weekly Amending Constitution Most Difficult in the World Suu Kyi , Mizzima Suu Kyi Pushes Constitutional Changes Before 2015 , Radio Free Asia Can Suu Kyi remove constitutional barriers in advance ? Asian Tribune Background to the Workshop on Constitutional Law