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ANU Seminar on the Military and the Courts in Myanmar

On 24 August, the ANU College of Law will host a seminar by Melissa Crouch on ‘Judicial Loyalty to the Military in Authoritarian Regimes: How the Courts are Militarised in Myanmar’. Judicial-military relations are an underexplored aspect of the rule of law in authoritarian regimes. In this presentation I explore the concept of judicial loyalty…

Friends of Sean Turnell

A website has been established concerning the ongoing detention of Professor Sean Turnell. Some of his friends have also written reflections on Sean. David Throsby’s reflection is available here. My personal reflection on Sean is below or here. I don’t recall when I first met Sean. But he is the kind of person you feel…

Joint statement: One year after the military coup in Myanmar

*This statement is also available at UNSW, ANU , MRC, University of Sydney and Griffith Asia Institute websites On 1 February 2022, people in Myanmar will mark the first anniversary of renewed military dictatorship with protest and resistance. The coup prevented an elected government from taking office. The military extralegally detained its members, and embarked…

Remembering Ko Ni, 5 years on

Today marks five years since the assassination of U Ko Ni, advocate for constitutional change. His ideas take on new meaning since the coup, and are being shared by those opposing the military, like this video. My tribute to Ko Ni as Myanmar’s legal voice of conscience, written soon after his death, is here (or…

Seminar: Alternative Histories of Judicial Review

On 16 February I will give a seminar for the Global History Workshop (GHW), part of the Global History Lab, the Department of History, Princeton University.  In this talk I will argue for an expanded and pluralist view of histories of judicial review. I chart the itinerary of a curious constitutional invention, the constitutional writs…

Women as Model Minority Judges: The Case of Indonesia

On 21 January 2021, the Oxford Programme in Asian Laws series will host a seminar by Melissa Crouch on ‘Women as Model Minority Judges in Indonesia’. Registration for the seminar is open here. Serving the world’s third largest democracy, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court has been crucial to the past two decades of reform and the shift from…

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