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Showing posts from October, 2013

Indonesian Court rejects Blasphemy Court Case

In April 2013, the Indonesian Constitutional Court rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the Blasphemy Law (although the court decision was only made publicly available in September 2013). As I argued previously , this was the most likely outcome, given the weak constitutional nature of the arguments raised and the failed challenge to the Blasphemy Law in 2010 (‘Case 1’). The Court dismissed the case (‘Case 2’) in less than 10 pages of reasoning in the 148 page decision. The Court characterised the applicant’s case as revolving around three key arguments. The first argument was that there is no definition of what constitutes an act of blasphemy done ‘in public’, as required by the Blasphemy Law. On this point, the Court found the phrase ‘in public’ to be sufficiently certain, because it is used in other provisions of the Criminal Code and Indonesian commentary on these provisions is well-established. This highlights that the real issue is not the formal meaning of

'Need to know Indonesia'

On the ABC Encounter program this week Margaret Coffey presents a discussion on 'need-to-know' Indonesia, with a particular emphasis on the realities of Islam in Indonesia. This is in response to the recent report on 'Australian Attitudes towards Indonesia'. The program aired on 12 Oct 5pm (Melb time), see here for more details. It also aired on 15 Oct as 'Do you know enough about Indonesia ?'

Legal and Economic Reforms in Myanmar

This week's Asian Law Centre Occasional Seminar to be held on Thursday 10 October 2013 at 5:30PM is on Legal and Economic Reforms in Maynmar. The key speaker is Dr Sean Turnell who is an Associate Professor in Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, and is the author of numerous publications on Burma, including his book on Burma's monetary and financial history, Fiery Dragons: Banks, Moneylenders and Microfinance in Burma. Dr Turnell will form a panel on recent reforms in Myanmar with Dr Melissa Crouch, who is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, the Law Faculty, the National University of Singapore. More details are available from the flier here .