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I am a Senior Lecturer at the Law School, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. I hold a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and completed my PhD thesis on the judicialization of religion in Indonesia at the same university. My research contributes to the field of Asian Legal Studies, with a concentration on Comparative Constitutional Law; 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. 

My research has been published in leading academic journals including the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Sydney Law Review, and Asian Studies Review. My book publications include The Constitution of Myanmar (forthcoming); and Law and Religion in Indonesia (2014). I have also several edited books, including The Politics of Courts and Legal Change: Judicial Reform in Indonesia and the Legacy of Dan S Lev (forthcoming 2019); Islam and the State in Myanmar (OUP 2016); and The Business of Transition (CUP 2017).

At UNSW, I lead the Southeast Asia engagement strategy for UNSW Law. I am also the Myanmar Academic Lead for the Institute of Global Development. I am Deputy Director of the Comparative Constitutional Law Project of the Gilbert+Tobin Centre for Public Law; member of the Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

I have been awarded numerous grants and awards, including the Endeavour Award; the University of Indonesia Visiting Fellowship; and the University of Melbourne’s Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowship. I have contributed to initiatives on constitutional and administrative reform in Myanmar, and worked with several international organisations there, including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the United Nations Development Program, USAID, IDLO, the 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, law and religion, Indonesian law and Asian legal systems. 

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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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