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The Rise in Religious Intolerance in Indonesia

From Wednesday 24 August to Friday 26 August 2016, a workshop will be held in Jakarta on  the broader theme of  'The rise in religious intolerance in contemporary Indonesia'. The workshop is organised and funded by the Indonesia Studies programme at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies ( RSIS)  , Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The workshop will be attended by a range of local and international academics, including key advocates from organisations such as Setara Institute and Wahid Institute. The program for the conference is as follows: First Session: Intolerance in General Context Paper Title : “Blaspheming Islam: The Courts and Fatwa in Indonesia” Speaker : Dr. Melissa Crouch (Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) Paper Title : Faith and Friendship: Religious Bridging and Religious Tolerancein the Muslim World Speaker : Nathanael Gratias Sumaktoyo (Ph.D Candidate at Department of Pol

How to succeed in law school

UNSW law faculty is offering two lunchtime workshops for international students studying law at UNSW. They are designed to offer additional support and tips for students who wish to improve their skills in class preparation and class participation. The workshops are an opportunity to also ask questions and discuss strategies to achieve your best in your degree. How to succeed in law school as an international student workshop 1: class preparation This workshop will address the importance of developing skills necessary to prepare you for class, including critical reading, note-taking and understanding different types of legal text. Good preparation will ensure that you enhance the time you have to read the cases and articles required for your course, and equip you for class.  Date: Wednesday 10 August 12-1pm Location: Staff common room, level 2 Register:  here How to succeed in law school as an international student workshop 2: class participation This workshop will a

The constitutional implications of Myanmar’s peace process

This article was commissioned by  International IDEA  and was originally posted on  ConstitutionNet , IDEA’s online knowledge platform supporting constitution builders globally.   Read more The National League for Democracy (NLD) is leading a major peace process that could see not only an end to decades of conflict against armed ethnic groups, but also a way forward for the future. If an agreement can be reached, this will undermine the military's efforts to block constitutional reform. Peace remains an elusive goal in Myanmar. Conflict with armed ethnic groups continues in parts of Shan State and Arakan State. This is one of the biggest challenges facing the new NLD government. The revamped peace process is a critical part of the NLD’s agenda and an important step to possible constitutional reform. As part of the peace process, the NLD has announced there will be a   21st Century Panglong Conference , the first of which is planned for August 2016. The Panglong Confe

Seminar: What is Buddhist Constitutionalism?

On 13 September, UNSW Law will host a seminar by Dr Ben Schonthal on 'What is Buddhist Constitutionalism?' His paper argues that there is a unique form of theocratic constitutionalism that appears in the Buddhist-majority countries of South and Southeast Asia and that scholars of constitutional law ought to pay attention to it. Taking insights from existing work on Islamic constitutionalism, this paper insists that this form of constitutionalism –which he calls Buddhist constitutionalism – can be analysed in terms of the core regulatory dilemmas that define it.  At the center of Buddhist constitutionalism are not questions about the links between sacred and secular injunctions (as is the case in Islamic constitutionalism), but questions about the relationship between state officials and Buddhist monks, civil authority and ecclesiastical authority. Through detailed, comparative analysis of Sri Lanka and Thailand, his article explores the histories of Buddhist constitution

Roundtable on Political Islam and International Law

On 28 July 2016, the Laureate Research Program in International Law is hosting a roundtable on Political Islam and International Law at Melbourne Law School. The roundtable will be convened by Anne Orford, and feature two distinguished visitors: Naz Modirzadeh (Director, Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict) and Andrew March (Political Science, Yale). The aim of the roundtable is to explore some of the challenges posed by the rise of militant forms of political Islam to existing international law governing the use of force, armed conflict, foreign fighters, and state responsibility. Questions to be discussed will include whether and how a better understanding of the ideological and normative aspects of political Islam might inform international responses to the civil wars taking place throughout the Middle East and North Africa, what challenges are posed by political Islam to the dominant liberal conceptions of the state that inform many of the projects a

UNSW Indonesia Research Roadshow

In the first week of August 2016, ten scholars from UNSW will be heading to Indonesia. We will be visiting the University of Indonesia (Jakarata), Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the University of Gajah Madah (Yogyakarta). The trip will be an opportunity to share ongoing research projects and explore opportunities for future research collaboration. I am commencing a project with Dr Fritz Siregar of the University of Indonesia on ‘Administrative Justice in Indonesia’. In 2015, one of the last efforts of Chan and Sukumaran prior to their death sentence was an attempt to challenge the presidents’ decision not to issue a pardon in the State Administrative Courts (PTUN). While this case failed, it highlighted the little that is known about the role of the PTUN in such highly political and important cases. This project is therefore of importance to Australia and will inform academics, students, public policy makers and a wider audience on the functioning of the PTUN. In

Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion

Nick Cheesman and Nicholas Farrelly have a new edited volume coming out on Conflict in Myanmar. The volume is the outcome of the 2015 ANU Myanmar/Burma Update. The abstract for the book is as follows: As Myanmar’s military adjusts to life with its former opponents holding elected office, Conflict in Myanmar showcases innovative research by a rising generation of scholars, analysts and practitioners about the past five years of political transformation. Each of its seventeen chapters, from participants in the 2015 Myanmar Update conference held at the Australian National University, builds on theoretically informed, evidence-based research to grapple with significant questions about ongoing violence and political contention. The authors offer a variety of fresh views on the most intractable and controversial aspects of Myanmar’s long-running civil wars, fractious politics and religious tensions. This latest volume in the Myanmar Update Series from the ANU College of Asia and th

Politics in Action in Southeast Asia

Upcoming Event: Politics in Action: Democratic Updates from Southeast Asia Policy Roundtable  When: 29 July 2016, 10.00 - 18.00 Where: New Law School Lecture Theatre 104, New Law Building, University of Sydney Southeast Asia is far from homogenous when it comes to political systems, government leadership and democratic transitions. Each country has a unique political history which separates it from its neighbours, in spite of efforts to present a unified face through institutions such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The policy roundtable aims to provide current political updates on the states in Southeast Asia, providing individual country updates, as well as space to discuss the broader implications of political issues beyond national borders. Drawing upon expertise at the University of Sydney, as well as interstate and international colleagues, this event will bring you up-to-date with the latest political developments across Southeast Asia.