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I am a Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. My research contributes to the field of Asian Legal Studies, with a concentration on Constitutional Change, Law and Development, and Law and Religion. My research has a particular focus on Southeast Asia, where I have conducted extensive socio-legal field research. I lead the Southeast Asia engagement strategy for UNSW Law.


I am the lead editor of Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar (2014, Hart Publishing); the author of Law and Religion in Indonesia: Conflict and the Courts in West Java (Routledge, 2014); and editor of 'Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging' (OUP 2016) and The Business of Transition: Law Reform, Development and Economics in Myanmar (Cambridge forthcoming 2017). I have published in a range of peer-reviewed journals. For a full list of publications see my CV.

I have been invited to contribute to initiatives on constitutional and administrative reform in Myanmar, and have worked with several international organisations there, including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the United Nations Development Program, USAID, IDLO, Asian Development Bank and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

I teach in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, comparative law, Islamic law, and Asian legal system. I am the Deputy Director of the Comparative Constitutional Law Project; member of the Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project and the Gilbert+Tobin Centre for Public Law; and member of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

About this blog
In this blog I focus primarily on contemporary legal and political issues in Asia, with particular attention to constitutional and legal developments in Indonesia, Myanmar/Burma and Southeast Asia more broadly. My approach is influenced by an understanding of ‘law’ as embedded within its social, political and historical context. I also use this forum to highlight upcoming events, seminars, workshops, recent legal developments, and new publications in the area of Asian Legal Studies.

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