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Law & Society Association book panel

At the upcoming Law & Society Association Conference, there will be a book session on " The Constitution of Myanmar: A Contextual Analysis" . The panel includes: Chair, Dr Nick Cheesman, ANU Prof Tom Ginsburg, Chicago – Myanmar in the Context of Comparative Constitutional Law scholarship Maryam Khan, Wisconsin – Myanmar in the Context of Scholarship on South Asia Cynthia Farid, Wisconsin -  Myanmar in the Context of Scholarship on South Asia Prof Heinz Klug, Wisconsin [author of The Constitution of South Africa in the same series] – The study of constitutionalism in Law & Society Scholarship   The book session will be held  in the Hyatt, Concord, from 11:50am-12:35pm on Saturday 1 June 2019. 

Protecting Rights, Addressing Inequality: The Promise of Writs as Constitutional Transfer

Conference call for papers The courts are often a key site of the struggle for the enforcement of rights and accountability. The rise of constitutional adjudication globally is usually framed within the context of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the creation of independent constitutional courts in many parts of the world over the past three decades. This development in constitutional review is held up as a key moment in the globalization of constitutional law and protection of rights. And yet, there have been prior moments in history when key ideas and institutions of constitutional review spread across regions and around the world. For example, from the late 1940s, the prerogative writs as a set of common law remedies were included in writing in post-colonial independence constitutions across former British colonies, particularly across South Asia, as well as parts of Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean (Crouch 2018). Constitutional writs – the remedies of habeas corpus, ce

Don’t rely on luck: making the most of the FTA with Indonesia

This article was first published at The Interpreter , 18 April 2019. The Australia Indonesia free trade agreement presents an opportunity to strengthen relations between the two countries, but is Australia ready? Talks about a free trade agreement with Indonesia have been long standing, and the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was finally signed in March. This will open up new opportunities in terms of business, trade and education between Australia and Indonesia. More broadly, it is another step that could help strengthen Australia-Indonesia relations. To make the most of these opportunities requires strong cultural understanding and solid language skills. This is sorely lacking in Australia. In fact, despite repeated warnings, the study of Indonesian language has been in steady decline for many years. We pride ourselves in Australia on being the lucky country. One of the great opportunities we have is to high quality education. Yet

Why ASEAN Matters

On 4 April 2019, UNSW's ASEAN Society student group is hosting its inaugural forum on "Why ASEAN Matters" at Kensington Campus, from 7:30pm. The UNSW ASEAN Society aims to create a platform for like-minded students from different South East Asian countries to come together and explore their shared culture, tradition and ideologies. Details on the event are available here .

Women in Asia in an Era of Anti-Elitism

Registration for speakers at the Women in Asia conference 2019 is soon closing! Make sure you register before 20 April as a speaker for the event.  Registration is available here: The Women in Asia conference is a biennial event run by the Women in Asia Forum of the Asian Studies Association of Australia. The University of New South Wales is hosting the 2019 conference.

Workshop: China's Presence in Mainland Southeast Asia

Upcoming event by  the Association of Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars (AMSEAS). The peoples of the mainland Southeast Asian countries of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, have a long history of relations with China. These relations covered the areas of trade, migration, religion and culture, and occasionally, conflict. The colonial period and the Cold War significantly disrupted contact between the two regions, but with China’s opening up and economic rise in the last 40 years relations have resumed arguably with greater intensity than at any time in recent history. As China seeks to convert its economic power into further regional influence this workshop aims to provide a clearer picture of the current relationship between mainland Southeast Asian countries and China. It will also consider its significance at a time of growing geo-political tension in the Indo-Pacific region. The Workshop will give particular attention to four broad themes: security and