New article: States of Legal Denial

My article on How the State in Myanmar Uses Law to Exclude the Rohingya, is now out outline with Journal of Contemporary Asia. This comes as protests are set to occur in Myanmar on 10 December in support of Daw Suu and her position on the Rohingya. The We Stand with You campaign comes in advance ofContinue reading “New article: States of Legal Denial”

Indonesia Council law panels

The Indonesia Council is being held from 20-21 November 2019 at ANU. The following panels focus on constitutional law in Indonesia Wednesday, 9:00-10:30am Panel 1: Constitutionalism and the Courts in Indonesia Chair: Melissa Crouch, UNSW Attacking Free Expression and the Rise of Authoritarianism in IndonesiaHerlambang P. Wiratraman Indonesia’s democracy is challenged by the increasingly authoritarian model of governanceContinue reading “Indonesia Council law panels”

The Constitution, the Military and the State in Myanmar

On 8 October I will give a talk at the University of Chicago on “The Constitution, the Military and the State in Myanmar: The Power and Limits of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Government“ Calls for constitutional reform persist in many countries around the global. Constitutional design and participation in constitution-making presents a host of challengesContinue reading “The Constitution, the Military and the State in Myanmar”

Religion, Politics and Law: Blasphemy in Indonesia

Indonesia’s blasphemy legislation gained global attention during the trial of former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama in 2017. But apart from Ahok, many other Indonesians have also faced blasphemy charges in recent years, even though the constitutionality of the law has been challenged repeatedly. Why is blasphemy such a serious offence in Indonesia? WhatContinue reading “Religion, Politics and Law: Blasphemy in Indonesia”

The Convenience of Terrorism in Myanmar

This article first appeared in Lowy’s Institute The Interpreter, 12 September 2017. The major and protracted humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State has serious local, regional and global implications. Many have rightly deplored the human rights situation and called for urgent humanitarian assistance while the world has become preoccupied with the silence of Aung San Suu Kyi and herContinue reading “The Convenience of Terrorism in Myanmar”

Myanmar’s Advocate for Constitutional Reform

‘Saya’ U Ko Ni: Myanmar’s Advocate for Constitutional Reform On 29 January 2017, U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and legal advisor to the National League for Democracy (NLD), was brutally assassinated at Yangon International Airport. He was returning from a trip to Indonesia with the Information Minister, U Pe Myint. His untimely death is anContinue reading “Myanmar’s Advocate for Constitutional Reform”

Islamist rule by law in Indonesia

This article first appeared in Policy Forum, 3 December 2016. The great paradox of Indonesian democracy is on display for all the world to see. On one hand, there is greater freedom of expression and association for all. But on the other, this has given fuel to Islamists to espouse lawlessness and violence in the absenceContinue reading “Islamist rule by law in Indonesia”

Indonesian Business, Law and Society scholarships

There are currently 5 scholarships of $5000 available for UNSW students who apply for the ACICIS program on Indonesian Business, Law and Society (IBLS) to commence in semester 1, 2017. The IBLS is a semester-long program hosted by the Indonesian Islamic University (UII), Yogyakarta. Taught in English, this program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Indonesian business,Continue reading “Indonesian Business, Law and Society scholarships”

How to succeed in law school

UNSW law faculty is offering two lunchtime workshops for international students studying law at UNSW. They are designed to offer additional support and tips for students who wish to improve their skills in class preparation and class participation. The workshops are an opportunity to also ask questions and discuss strategies to achieve your best in your degree. HowContinue reading “How to succeed in law school”

The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law

Anver Emon and Rumee Ahmed are the editors of The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law (available now online, in print next year). Here is the bio:  The Oxford Handbook on Islamic Law offers a historiographic window into the scholarly treatment of a wide range of topics in the field of Islamic legal studies. Each essay, authored by anContinue reading “The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law”