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Book Review: Buddhism, Politics and the Limits of Law

In recent decades, high profile controversies of monks involved in law and politics, as well as serious violent conflict, across South and Southeast Asia has exposed our current knowledge of the causes and consequences as insufficient. This has generated renewed scholarly interest in the study of Buddhism, law and politics. Benjamin Schonthal’s book on Buddhism, Politics and the Limits of Law is part of this exciting and timely new generation of scholarly engagement on Buddhism and law in Asia.             As a leading scholar in the field, Schonthal’s work demonstrates and cements his position as a pioneer in the contemporary study of Buddhism and law. His book joins a small but growing body of literature exemplified in works such as the edited volume Buddhism and Law, [1] the special journal issue of Buddhism and Law in Asia [2] (of which Schonthal is the co-editor), and Walton’s Buddhism, Politics and Political Thought in Myanmar . [3] In addition, Schonthal is on the editori

Judicial Colloquium with Supreme Court

On 26-28 August 2017, ADB-UNSW will host a Judicial Colloquium on Commercial Law in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. The purpose of the Colloquium is to facilitate dialogue between  judges and judicial officers of the High Courts, District Courts and the Union  Supreme Court of Myanmar and judges from foreign jurisdictions including Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Federal Court of Australia.  The Judicial Colloquium will provide a forum to share common challenges, experiences, and solutions relating to new and emerging areas of commercial law in Myanmar. It will also cover strategies and structures for managing commercial cases. The Judicial Colloquium will cover both the technical and procedural aspects of commercial litigation and discussions with judges from common law countries with extensive experience in adjudicating commercial law cases. This Judicial Colloquium is part of a broader project on Professional Legal Education by UNSW Law.

Electoral Complaints and Accountability in Indonesia: The Challenge of Resolving Electoral Disputes

On  22 August 2017, we will be holding a workshop on " Electoral Complaints and Accountability in Indonesia: The Challenge of Resolving Electoral Disputes " in Jakarta, Indonesia.  There are multiple institutions that deal with complaints concerning electoral processes in Indonesia. This workshop will focus on two of these institutions – the Indonesian Election Supervision Board (Bawaslu) and the State Administrative Courts.   The workshop will be attended by election activists, officials from the Indonesian Electoral Commission, the Administrative Court, the Institute for the Study and Advocacy of Judicial Independence (LeIP), the Indonesian Centre for Law and Policy Studies (PSHK) and the Indonesian Election Supervision Board (Bawaslu). This workshop is part of a broader collaborative project by Dr Fritz Siregar (Jentera/Bawaslu Commissioner) and Dr Melissa Crouch (UNSW). It is funded by the ANU Indonesia Research Grant scheme and the UNSW Indonesia Seed Funds.

Trisakti Law Faculty Workshop

N ext week, on 23 August 2017 I look forward to talking at Trisakti University Law Faculty conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. My topic is on " Legal Culture and the Rule of Law in Indonesia: Religious deference and the blasphemy law" . Abstract:  The recent criminal trial of Governor of Jakarta, Ahok, has highlighted the controversy over the Blasphemy Law in Indonesia. This raises questions about legal culture, how and why law is used, and the rule of law in Indonesia. My presentation examines the role of fatwa issued against so-called ‘deviant’ religious believers convicted on charges of blasphemy. This is an issue of growing concern in Indonesia, where an increasing number of individuals have been convicted for the offence of blasphemy since 1998. It identifies that fatwa, despite its lack of legal status, may play an influential part in the legal process. A fatwa may be used as a justification or basis for allegations of blasphemy to be lodged with the police. Once a

ASAA Conference 3-5 July 2018

The next Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference will be held in Sydney on 3–5 July 2018. Co-organised by the  Sydney Southeast Asia Centre , the  China Studies Centre  and the  School of Languages and Culture , this conference will bring together academics from across the disciplines with a shared interest in Asia. The conference is open to scholars, students and community members wishing to share their research and hear about the latest developments in Asian Studies. The theme for 2018, Area studies and beyond, builds upon the traditional interdisciplinary fields of research within Asian Studies and seeks to move beyond them, to celebrate the full breadth and depth of interest in Asia across all fields of research. Proposal submissions are now open for panels, individual papers and workshops. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2017. Professor Simon Butt and myself are organizing a series of law panels, so please contact us if you would like to present a paper.