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Book launch at UNSW Law

Please join us on the 14th Nov when we will launch Melissa Crouch's book, The Constitution of Myanmar: A Contextual Analysis About this Event The Constitution of Myanmar: A Contextual Analysis,   by Melissa Crouch Date:  Thursday 14 November, 2019 Time:  4.45pm for a 5pm start Location:  UNSW Book Shop, Quadrangle Building, E15, Kensington Campus Author:  Melissa Crouch, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney Chair:  Professor Theunis Roux (UNSW Law and member of the Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project) Commentators: Associate Professor Tarunabh Khaitan (The University of Melbourne) Dr Dinesha Samararatne (postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne and academic of the Faculty of Law, the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka) About the Book In 2017, a prominent lawyer and advocate for constitutional change, Ko Ni, was assassinated at Yangon International Airport in Myanmar. His ideas about amending the 2008 Co

UNSW ASEAN Conference

The UNSW ASEAN Student Society is organising a conference for students at UNSW. Date: 12th October 2019, Saturday Time: 9:00AM - 6:00PM Venue: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney Ticket prices: $27 (Arc member); $32 (Non-Arc member)  This one-day event set to be in Saturday Week 4, T3 2019, will bring together driven students, regional stakeholders and distinguished diplomatic pioneers to discuss South East Asia’s most notable issues. The conference will include keynote addresses, panels, case studies, debates and mini lectures to help participants gain a deeper understanding of issues within the ASEAN region. Tickets available here: LinkedIn: Website:

Call for Panel Papers: Law and Society in Asia

Law and Society in Asia Call for Panel Papers for the Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference (“ Future Asias ”), 6-9 July 2020, University of Melbourne Panel Convenors:  Melissa Crouch (UNSW),  Petra Mahy (Monash),  Jeff Redding (Melbourne)   There is vast research potential for socio-legal studies in Asia, being home to a myriad of legal systems and cultures. Socio-legal (or law and society) studies address fundamental questions about the nature of law in society and its relationships to actual human thought and behaviour. Socio-legal scholars tend to investigate the dialectic relationships between law and morality and between law and other forms of regulation including social norms and cultural values. Research ranges from formal institutional settings to private domestic situations, and from major political upheavals to mundane everyday social interactions. By implication, research methodologies used in this area tend to be empirical and based on rich ethnographi

Indonesia's experiment with specialised courts

Note: this post first appeared on 1 Sept 2019, on  Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press Indonesia’s extensive court system delivers justice for the world’s third largest democracy. The dramatic end of authoritarian rule under Suharto in 1998 ushered in two decades of law reform. Since then, the constitutional and political system has undergone major changes and legal reform. These innovations and reforms have also affected the courts, which have been restructured and imbued with new powers. Indonesian courts have expanded in expertise, size and geography, with the introduction of a wide range of specialized courts. The contemporary judicial landscape features at least 13 different types of courts. These specialized courts often seek to disrupt existing concerns with the general court system, such as appointing a majority of non-career judges to the bench in an attempt to circumvent the cycles of corruption inherent in the career judiciary. This emphasis on ju