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Islam and the State Workshop

Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop

The next workshop of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) of Harvard Law School will be held from 3-13 January 2014 in Doha, Qatar, hosted by Hamad bin Khalifa University. The workshop includes a stream on Islamic Law and Policy, among a wide range of other topics. For more details on the IGLP and the 2014 workshop, see here . 

Australian Journal of Asian Law Edition 14(2)

Edition 14(2) of the Australian Journal of Asian Law is now available on SSRN It includes the following articles: The Internal Logic Behind the Evolution of Company Law in China – Do Legal Origins Matter? Andrew Godwin Excusing Notice Under Singapore's Statutory Derivative Action Alan K. Koh The Fiduciary Doctrine as a New Pathway: An Alternative Approach to Analysing Native Customary Rights in Sarawak Hang Wu Tang Case Note: Named or Unnamed? The Importance of Anonymity: In the Matter of BU (Applicant/Appellant): Civil Appeal No 103 of 2012 (Hong Kong) Charles KN Lam The Standard of Medical Care in Malaysia: The Case for Legislative Reform Joseph Lee Legislative Update: Recent Amendments to South Korean Criminal Law: Confronting Child Sexual Abuse Hyungsoon Park The Criminalisation of People Smuggling: The Dynamics of Judicial Discretion in Indonesia Antje Mi

Indonesia on use of the word 'Allah'

In the latest development in the Malaysian court case on the use of the word ‘Allah’, the Court of Appeal overturned the decision of the lower court and decided that non-Muslims could not use the word ‘Allah’. From a comparative perspective, Indonesia provides a different example on this issue. As I discuss in chapter 6 of my book on Law and Religion in Indonesia , the use of the word ‘Allah’ has not been a cause of controversy between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia. Instead, there have been discussions and debates within the Christian community itself about whether it is more appropriate to use the term ‘Allah’, ‘Tuhan’ or ‘Yahweh’ for God.  For example, in 2007, the Indonesian Bible Society was brought to court by an individual who disagreed with the use of the word ‘Allah’. The applicant attempted to argue that the Indonesian Bible Society should translate the word for God in the Indonesian translation of the bibles it prints using the term ‘Tuhan’ rather than the t

New Reports on Myanmar Law

There have been a number of new reports on Myanmar’s legal and political system. A report on the legal profession was recently released by the International Commission of Jurists. The substantive aspect of the report can be seen as building on the broader assessment of the legal system by the International Bar Association in 2012 There has been a new report assessing legislative activity in Myanmar, released by International Crisis Group. There have also been a range of reports by other organisations on more specific aspects of the legal system, such as a report on the right to peaceful assembly by Article 19, and a report on state and region governance by the Asia Foundation and MDRI. Finally, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung has just published a journal edition on ‘ Myanmar in Transition ’, available online.

Aung San Suu Kyi and my neighbours

In late November 2013, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi made her first visit to Australia, much to the delight of the Burmese community in Australia. For many of my Burmese friends there, this is a reunion that has been long awaited. One of my former neighbours, Ko Aibar, was recently interviewed by the ABC about his experience as a bodyguard for Daw Suu, his participation in the democracy struggle, and his life since moving to Australia, including the establishment by friends of the  Free Burma cafe . [the ABC video can be viewed  here ] I first met Ko Aibar in 2009 when he arrived in Melbourne through Australia’s humanitarian refugee program, from Thailand-Burma border. I knew little of his background until one day when I was invited to his daughter’s birthday party. As I sat in his home eating mohinga (a popular Burmese noodle dish with fish), his wife brought out a photo album of their wedding. I was surprised to find among the photos a picture of Ko Aibar and his wife with Daw Suu, who h