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Indonesian Constitutional Court reconsiders Blasphemy Law

In 2012, a new case challenging the constitutionality of Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law was lodged with the Constitutional Court. [i] Since Indonesia’s transition to democracy, over 150 individuals from minority religious groups have been convicted of blasphemy. The Blasphemy Law in Indonesia confers power on the Minister of Religion to warn or ban a religious group if it has ‘deviated’ from the teachings of a recognised religion, and it also criminalises the offence of blaspheming a religion. This case for judicial review was brought due to concerns that the law is being misused, particularly after several Shiite Muslims were convicted in 2011. The hearing for this important case finished in February 2013, although the Court has not yet handed down its decision. Regardless of the outcome, this case (Case 2) highlights the different approaches and strategies of the applicants compared with the first failed challenge to the Blasphemy Law decided by the Constitutional Court in 2010 ( Ca

University of Yangon website

The University of Yangon is now online, and its website includes information on the Law Department: "The Department of Law came into existence in 1920 together with the Rangoon University, what is today the University of Yangon (YU). It was one of seven original affiliated faculties of the Rangoon University. During the early years, the Law Department only offered a law degree known as Bachelor of Laws (BL) degree as a part-time post graduate degree course. The BL Degree consisted of a two year course of study... For more see here

Australian Journal of Asian Law: Issue 14(1)

The latest issue (volume 14 number 1) of the Australian Journal of Asian Law is now available on-line. There are a range of contributions, including: Articles 1. Genders and Genetics: The Legal and Medical Regulation of Family Forms in Contemporary Japan - Vera Mackie 2. Regulating Water Concessions in China: Towards a Transparent Pricing System - Wei Yan 3. Legal Regulation of Decent Work: Evidence from Two Big Industries in Bangladesh - Mia Mahmudur Rahim 4. The Establishment of Juvenile Courts and the Fulfilment of Vietnam’s Obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child - PHAM Thi Thanh Nga 5. Transnational Corporations and Human Rights Violations in Indonesia - Iman Prihandono 6. Criminalisation of Money Laundering in the International Anti-Money Laundering Regime and its Adoption by Vietnam - Chat Le Nguyen Essay 7. Essay: Muslim Law, Ahmadiyya and Islamic Doctrine in Singapore - MB Hooker Reviews 8. Review Essay: Law and Order in a Land of Tough Love

Constitutional Writs as Weapons in Myanmar

In 2011, Myanmar began its transition to democracy under a civilian-military led government. The process has taken place within the framework of the  2008 Constitution  and it has been followed by a range of legal and institutional reforms. One of the important features of the Constitution is that it “re-introduces” constitutionally entrenched writs. This raises the question: what difference can constitutional writs make in transitional regimes? [i] The Attorney General’s Office is paying renewed attention to the writs in this transitional period. In February 2013, a  seminar  on the prerogative writs was jointly organized by the  Union Attorney-General  and the International Commission of Jurists in Naypidaw, Yangon. This is remarkable because it is only one of a handful of workshops hosted by the Attorney General’s Office with international partners since the transition. It has broken the absence of public discourse on the prerogative writs by government agencies. This is n

Conference on Comparative Administrative Law in Asia

On 8-10 July 2013, the second annual conference on Comparative Administrative Law in Asia will be hosted by the Institutum Iurisprudentiae Academia Sinica ( IIAS), Taiwan. The theme of the conference is 'Proportionality and Democratic Accountability'. The conference program can be downloaded here .   I will present a paper on 'Administrative Law in Myanmar: Constitutionally Entrenched Writs and Accountability in an Era of Reform.'