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Making Sense of Conflict

Myanmar Burma Update 2015 : Making Sense of Conflict 5 – 6 June 2015, Australian National University, Canberra As rapid political, economic and social change in Myanmar continues, the next Myanmar (Burma) Update conference at the Australian National University will occur on Friday, 5 June and Saturday, 6 June 2015, ahead of the general elections anticipated for later in the year. Hosted by the Department of Political and Social Change, in the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, the conference has as its theme “Making Sense of Conflict”. Since the last conference in 2013, Myanmar has succeeded in making progress on many key economic and social reforms, and in certain areas of institution building. At the same time, political, social and armed conflict persists, and in some parts of the country has increased considerably. The continuation of long- standing conflicts in Myanmar raises questions about their persistence and t

Muslim Minorities in East Asia

I recently attended a conference on ‘Muslim Minorities in East Asia’, organised by Dr Yuka Kobayashi of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Dr Jikon Lai of the University of Melbourne, and Dr Samer El-Karanshawy,  Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), Qatar Foundation. The conference was hosted by the Center for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies , in Qatar. A range of fascinating papers were presented, on Muslims in Japan, Thailand, South Korea, China, Philippines, among other localities in Asia. The topic of my paper was ‘ Localising Islam and the Burmese Muslim Identity’ . The abstract for my paper is as follows: While many are extolling the new opportunities and reforms in Myanmar since the political opening in 2011, for many Muslim communities the past seems a more secure and safe place. This chapter begins with a reflection on a Muslim gravesite in Mandalay, which the city council has attempted to demolish on several occasions. It is sites lik

Inside UNSW Law

Inside UNSW Law has recently reported on the event held last month on 'Law Reform in Myanmar Beyond 2015'. The newsletter is available here  and the article here .

Podcast for Law Reform in Myanmar Beyond 2015

Last Tuesday evening a panel discussion on Law Reform in Myanmar Beyond 2015 was held at UNSW, Sydney. An audio recording of the panel discussion and book launch is available  here   The event was co-hosted by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and the Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project. It built on legal education and constitutional law initiatives already established by several UNSW Law School faculty members who engage with Myanmar. The speakers were all contributors to a recently published book ‘Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar’ (Hart Publishing, 2014), the first book to explore the dynamics of Myanmar’s legal reform process in their social, historical and political context. The panel was chaired by the book’s co-editor, Professor Tim Lindsey of the University of Melbourne, and  included presentations by the other co-editor, Dr Melissa Crouch of UNSW; and contributors Associate Professor Sean Turnell of the Economics Faculty at Macquarie Univers