About this blog
In this blog I focus on legal and political issues in Asia. 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.
I am Professor and Associate Dean Research at the Faculty of Law & Justice, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. My research is in the areas of comparative constitutional law, law and society, and law and religion, with a focus on Asia.
I am the sole Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Grant on “Constitutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes” (2018-2021). This study builds on two of my previous major research projects: my doctoral research on courts and religion in Indonesia, and my postdoctoral research on religion and the courts in Myanmar, and on constitutions and the courts in Southeast Asia.
At UNSW, I lead the Southeast Asia Law & Policy Forum. I co-direct the project on Constitutionalism in the Global South with Theunis Roux. I am the Myanmar Academic Lead for the Institute of Global Development.
I am the Vice-President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) (2021-2022), the peak academic body for Asian Studies in Australia. You can find more about my expertise on Indonesian Law here.
I contribute to initiatives on constitutional reform and legal education in Asia. I have worked with numerous international and local organisations in the region.
I teach in the areas of public law, constitution-making, comparative law, law and religion, law and society, Indonesian law and Asian legal systems.