Interview on religious freedom in Indonesia

Indonesia has struggled with religious violence in the democratic era. The problem was highlighted once again in October, with an attack on a Christian community in Aceh Singkil(link is external). Following the attack, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin acknowledged that there were problems with current regulations on the construction of houses of worship and said thatContinue reading “Interview on religious freedom in Indonesia”

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”

Writs but no Weapons? Administrative Justice in Myanmar

Writs but no Weapons? A Stocktake on Administrative Justice in Myanmar The former Chief Justice Ba U of the Supreme Court of Burma once described the constitutional writs as ‘weapons’. The early years of independence in Burma were a time of significant judicial activism, when the Supreme Court did not hesitate to strike down executiveContinue reading “Writs but no Weapons? Administrative Justice in Myanmar”

Access to Justice and Administrative Law in Myanmar

Administrative law is an important part of access to justice because it can operate as a check and balance on government decision-making, and provide an avenue for individuals to seek review of government decisions. In a report sponsored by USAID and TetraTech for their ‘Promoting the Rule of Law in Myanmar’ program, I emphasise the importanceContinue reading “Access to Justice and Administrative Law in Myanmar”