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Forthcoming Book: The Business of Transition

In 2017, a new book on The Business of Transition: Law Reform, Development and Economics in Myanmar , will be published with Cambridge University Press.  The aim of this volume is to offer new empirical and comparative insights into the intersection between business, development and governance reforms in Myanmar. It brings together a range of leadings experts on Myanmar law, business and economics. The book offers critical perspectives on a range of contemporary issues that are at the cutting edge of business reforms in Myanmar as the newest market in Asia, including the establishment and prospects of Special Economic Zones; the emergence of social enterprise, labour law reforms, the importance of microfinance, the need for local economic governance, and changes to foreign direct investment. This edited volume offers a close examination of the challenges and prospects of development in Myanmar, therefore contributing to the broader inter-disciplinary field of Asian Studies. I

Islamist rule by law in Indonesia

This article first appeared in Policy Forum , 3 December 2016. The great paradox of Indonesian democracy is on display for all the world to see. On one hand, there is greater freedom of expression and association for all. But on the other, this has given fuel to Islamists to espouse lawlessness and violence in the absence of a strong state. Today a major rally in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, was held to call for the arrest of Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (‘Ahok’). A crowd of over 200,000 is expected, double the previous demonstrated on 4 November 2016. This crowd is to be matched by just 20,000 police and military personnel. This is the second rally that has been held demanding his arrest in light of criminal investigations for blasphemy. The blasphemy case against Ahok has already been submitted by the Attorney General to the North Jakarta District Court. In part, the case rests on a statement made by Ahok in which he referred to a verse of the Quran that is