New Authoritarianism in Asia

On 3-5 March, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) are organising a conference on New Authoritarianism in Asia at Ewha Womans University, South Korea. I will be speaking on “How Authoritarianism is Embedded in Law and Politics in Myanmar“.  Abstract: Myanmar is the most recent country in the region to have made significantContinue reading “New Authoritarianism in Asia”

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?”

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”

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”

Persecution of Muslims in Myanmar Misunderstood by the West

The debate on asylum seekers from Myanmar in Australia is ill-informed and skewed. The Australian government and international community must realise that refugee status is first of all not about ethnicity or identity, but about a well-founded fear of persecution.Reports that a man who has been  moved by Australia to Cambodia may have been misidentified as Rohingya missesContinue reading “Persecution of Muslims in Myanmar Misunderstood by the West”

Recap on Myanmar’s Elections

Irecently did an interview on Myanmar’s elections with SBS (see here: Suu Kyi confident junta will accept election results). I spent most of the day of the elections in downtown Yangon and visited about 20 polling stations. The area I was staying in has a very diverse population and a large Muslim community. Polling booths opened at 6am,Continue reading “Recap on Myanmar’s Elections”

Myanmar’s Elections 2015: Forward to Democracy or Back to Militocracy?

On Monday 19th October a panel event will be hosted at UNSW. The details are below: About the event:On 8 November 2015, elections for the national parliament and regional parliaments will be held in Myanmar. While significant reform has taken place since 2011, the military still retains 25 percent of all seats in parliament. InContinue reading “Myanmar’s Elections 2015: Forward to Democracy or Back to Militocracy?”

Constitutional Change in Myanmar

Constitutional Change in Myanmar: The Role of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes Seminar date: Tuesday 6 October 2015Time: 1-2pmTo register and for more information see here. Seminar abstract: National elections are due to be held in Myanmar in November 2015. This follows in the wake of several years of significant political reforms. The transition since 2011 fromContinue reading “Constitutional Change in Myanmar”