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Showing posts from May, 2018

Politics in Southeast Asia 2018

Missed Sydney's Southeast Asia event on Politics in Action 2018? Videos of the talks are available here: Southeast Asia: Authoritarian Advances and Limits , Professor Gary Rodan Philippines: Recent Trends and the War on Drug s,  Dr Jayeel Serrano Cornelio from Ateneo de Manila University.   Indonesia: Hypernationalism and pilkada , Dr Charlotte Setijadi, ISEAS Malaysia: New Malaysia, GE14 and Beyond , Associate Professor Bridget Welsh, John Cabot University Laos: Authoritarian Nation-Building and Sovereignty , Dr Keith Barney, ANU Southeast Asia: A Review of 2018 , Dr Melissa Crouch, UNSW

Criticising Judges and the Courts

The Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law is hosting a Public Lecture on criticising judges and the courts by the Hon Geoffrey Ma, Chief Justice of the  Hong   Kong  Court of Final Appeal on  Thursday 24 May at 6.30 pm . This will be followed by a reception with drinks and canap├ęs. see link for more. The Basic Law of Hong Kong brought about a new constitutional order in 1997 based on the idea of ‘one country, two systems’. The Court of Final Appeal was established as Hong Kong’s highest appellate court and has a significant case load in public law. It operates in what its current Chief Justice has called an established common law jurisdiction that has been in place for nearly 180 years. Some of Australia’s most distinguished jurists have served as overseas non-permanent judges of the Court: Sir Anthony Mason, Sir Gerard Brennan, Murray Gleeson AC, Robert French AC, James Spigelman AC, Sir Daryl Dawson, Michael McHugh AC and William Gummow AC. Abstract: ' Criticising Judges

Re-reading Dan S Lev on the politics of Indonesian courts

At UNSW Law we are taking time to re-read the work of the late political scientists and Indonesian law scholar, Professor Dan S Lev. The reading group will run over the following week Wednesday 9 th May 12pm Daniel S Lev, ‘Judicial Institutions and Legal Culture in Indonesia’, in Claire Holt, Culture and Politics in Indonesia . (2007, Equinox Publishing). pp 246-318 Wednesday 16 th May 12pm Daniel S Lev ‘Conceptual Filters and Obfuscation in the Study of Indonesian Politics’ (2005) 29:4, Asian Studies Review Monday 4 June 12pm Daniel S Lev (1978) ‘Judicial Authority and the Struggle for an Indonesian Rechtsstaat’ 13(1) Law & Society Review 37-71. Tuesday 26 June 12pm Daniel S Lev (1965) “The Politics of Judicial Development in Indonesia,” Comparative Studies in Society and History (January

Religion, Politics and Law: Blasphemy in Indonesia

Indonesia’s blasphemy legislation gained global attention during the trial of former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama in 2017. But apart from Ahok, many other Indonesians have also faced blasphemy charges in recent years, even though the constitutionality of the law has been challenged repeatedly. Why is blasphemy such a serious offence in Indonesia? What do recent blasphemy cases have in common and where do they differ? And how do they fit into broader legal developments and political trends in Indonesia? In Talking Indonesia this week , Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these issues with Dr Melissa Crouch, Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, and a Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of New South Wales in Sydney.