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I am available to supervise research students in the following areas:

Law and development; law and religion; law and society
Indonesian law: administrative, constitutional and criminal law, and law and religion
Myanmar law: administrative, constitutional and criminal law, commercial law


My teaching interests include Law and Development; Constitution-making; Administrative Law; Constitutional Law; Comparative Law; Asian Legal Systems; Law and Religion; and Law and Society.

I offer two elective courses at UNSW:


The Rule of Law in Southeast Asia (LAWS3167JURD7567)

This course will provide students with an introduction to legal traditions of Southeast Asia through a critical focus on development and the rule of law. The rule of law is now commonly promoted by scholars, politicians and legal professions as essential to political and democratic reform in regions around the world, including in Southeast Asia. The rule of law is however an inherently contested concept, and there is vigorous debate over its substance, content and practical value. This course will provide an opportunity for students to reflect on law reform in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Core themes of the course include: law reform in authoritarian states; constitutional law; democratisation; the courts; the role of judicial review; human rights institutions; religion-state relations; and legal education. For the course guide see here.



Islamic Law and Society (LAWS3165JURD7865)

This course will provide students with an introduction to Islamic law and society in Southeast Asia. The region of Southeast Asia provides a fascinating and complex site to consider many of the broader issues and debates facing the Muslim world. Countries that will be covered include Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore and Myanmar. The aim of the course is to explore contemporary issues and debates on Islamic law in its social, political and cultural context. Key themes of the course include Islam and constitutionalism; the role of religious authorities; Muslim legal professionals; women and Islam; Muslims and conflict; state regulation of religion; and Islamic courts. This course would appeal to students who are interested in deepening their understanding of Islamic law and exploring debates concerning secularism; the significance of religion to legal traditions in Asia, and the interaction between Islam and democracy in the region. For the course guide see here.


Past teaching
I have taught in core subjects on Public Law and Administrative Law.
I have designed my own courses on:
  • Principles and Processes of Constitution-making;
  • Comparative Administrative Law, 
  • the Rule of Law in Myanmar. 

I have taught in the JD, LLB and Masters programs at several law faculties, including Monash University, the University of Melbourne and the National University of Singapore. I have been invited to give guest lectures to students at universities in Australia and overseas for subjects such as Islam and the State in Southeast Asia; the Indonesian Legal System; the Indonesian Constitutional Court; the Rule of Law in Asia; and Law Reform in Myanmar. 



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