RSIS Seminar Series on Muslim Societies in Asia

Understanding Religious Diversity in MyanmarWednesday, 24 February 2016, 3:30-5:00pmDr Melissa Crouch, Lecturer, Law Faculty, University of New South Wales, Sydney Moderator: Associate Professor Farish (Badrol Hisham) Ahmad-Noor, Coordinator of PhD Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Venue: LHS Lecture Theatre, level 1, The HiveNanyang Technological University52 Nanyang Avenue Singapore 639816. Click here for location map Click here to register onlineAbstract: The anti-MuslimContinue reading “RSIS Seminar Series on Muslim Societies in Asia”

Dawn of a Democratic Era or Dialogue with Dictators in Myanmar?

This article was commissioned by International IDEA and was originally posted on ConstitutionNet, IDEA’s online knowledge platform supporting constitution builders globally. Read moreEver since the National League for Democracy won a significant victory in Myanmar’s November 2015 elections, attention has turned to who will become president for the next five years. This issue has generated a large amount ofContinue reading “Dawn of a Democratic Era or Dialogue with Dictators in Myanmar?”

Indonesian Studies Online

There are a fantastic range of dynamic blogs that cover Indonesia, some well-established and others new on the scene. I’ve been asked by a few people lately about existing resources, so thought I would list them here: Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) – Indonesia Council – Jackie Bakker puts together a great monthly email list ofContinue reading “Indonesian Studies Online”

Indonesia: Persecution disguised as fighting terrorism

In recent news, a minority sect in Indonesia known as Fajar Nusantara Movement, or Gafatar, had its village burnt to the ground on suspicions it was connected to terrorism. Although this comes just days after a terrorist attack in Jakarta, the incident must not be blown out of proportion.The attack on the village is certainly devastatingContinue reading “Indonesia: Persecution disguised as fighting terrorism”

Addressing the Problem of Statelessness in Asia-Pacific

Dr Melissa Crouch of UNSW Law is currently participating in a Workshop on Researching Statelessness and Citizenship in Asia and the Pacific from 27-29 January 2016. Organized by the United Nations High Commission of Refugees and the University of Melbourne, the conference brings together leading researchers and practitioners from around the world on the legal issues arising fromContinue reading “Addressing the Problem of Statelessness in Asia-Pacific”

Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging

Edited by Melissa Crouch, 2016, Oxford University Press  The edited volume aims to reinvigorate scholarship on Islam in Myanmar, to explore the diversity within the Muslim community, to offer new empirical research, and to bring a scholarly perspective and insight into complex issues raised by the position of Muslims where they form a minority inContinue reading “Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging”

Burmese translation of Journal Issue on Religion

ABurmese translation of a journal issue on Religion, Law and Society in Myanmar has recently been made available online. You can find the Burmese text of the issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairshere.The volume includes the following articles Melissa Crouch, “Constructing Religion by Law in Myanmar” Tharaphi Than, “Nationalism, Religion, and Violence: Old and NewContinue reading “Burmese translation of Journal Issue on Religion”

Asian Constitutional Law Forum 2015

Next week NUS will host the Asian Constitutional Law Forum on 10-11 December 2015. The workshop provides a venue for distinguished scholars and new scholars to share their research and ideas on Asian constitutional law, to expand collaborative research networks, and to facilitate publications. The 2015 Forum, organised by the Centre for Asian Legal Studies will address theContinue reading “Asian Constitutional Law Forum 2015”

Business economics and reform in Myanmar

Last Friday 27 November, UNSW Law hosted a workshop on The Business of Transition in Myanmar, coordinated by UNSW Law’s Dr Melissa Crouch. The workshop brought together leading scholars from UNSW, and from institutions around Australia and overseas. This timely workshop not only addressed a key issue facing Myanmar, but one that is of direct relevance toContinue reading “Business economics and reform in Myanmar”