The Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne has recently released its five-year report . It provides an overview of the events, seminars, research projects and publications produced from 2008-2012.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (Australia) has released the results of a new survey conducted by Newspoll on ' Australian attitudes towards Indonesia '. Most Australians surveyed wrongly believe that Indonesia's legal system is based on Islamic law, and are not aware that Indonesia is a democracy. On this issue of people smuggling, 50% of respondents were 'concerned' and believed that the Indonesian government is doing 'little or nothing' about it. As Antje Missbach and I have shown in our report on 'Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia', however, the Indonesian government has introduced and begun to implement significant legislative reforms that make people smuggling a criminal offence that potentially attracts a very high prison term and fine.
The Age recently reported on the University of Melbourne's seed-grant funding scheme which aims to provide support for academics for capacity building projects on Myanmar. For the full article see David Scott, Building Capacity in Myanmar , The Age, 8 August 2013
On 12-16 August 2013, Melissa was part of a delegation to Myanmar on behalf of the Law Faculty, the National University of Singapore, organised by the Ministry of Law (Singapore). The trip was also attended by the Dean of the Law Faculty of Singapore Management University and officials from the Ministry of Law, Singapore. Visits were made to Naypidaw, Mandalay and Yangon in order to discuss future collaboration initiatives with the Law Departments of Mandalay University and Yangon University. Meeting with the Rectors and Heads of the Law Department, the University of Yangon and Mandalay University Meeting with the Attorney General of Myanmar, Naypidaw
The coming month is a time of mixed feelings for all those involved in Burma’s democracy movement. 8 August marks the 25 th anniversary of the democracy uprising in Burma that was brutally crushed by the military regime. The sweeping electoral victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) that followed in 1990 was blatantly denied by the military. Many of the NLDs elected members were locked away in prison under brutal conditions. The leader of the NLD, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, spent many years under house arrest. Myanmar Constitution 2008 At the same time, a process of drafting a new constitution was initiated by the military. This was neither an inclusive, open nor participatory process. Proceedings were under strict control of the military. Any criticism of the constitution-making process was criminalised. From 1988 up until 2011, the military ruled in Burma (which it changed to ‘Myanmar’) without a constitution. Since 2011, the regime has allowed for a transition
The Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne, has recently launched a new High Court Blog , which aims to provide a public forum for discussion of the judicial decisions of the High Court of Australia . The blog features discussion of court decisions handed down by the High Court as well as reflections on significant events and cases, such as the Tasmanian Dam Case .