Special Issue: Buddhism and Law

A special issue on Buddhism and Law has been published with the Asian Journal of Law andSociety, Vol 3(1), 2016. It includes the following articles: Benjamin SCHONTHAL, Tom GINSBURG, Setting an Agenda for the Socio-Legal Study of Contemporary Buddhism, Asian Journal of Law and Society, 3(1) pp 1 – 15 Tomas LARSSON, Keeping Monks in Their Place? AsianContinue reading “Special Issue: Buddhism and Law”

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”

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”

UNSW HKU Conference 2015

This coming Friday and Saturday UNSW Law and HKU Law will be holding a research symposium at UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney. A session on ‘Comparative Constitutional Interpretation: Asia & Beyond‘ will be held on Friday morning together with Rosalind Dixon (UNSW), Melissa Crouch (UNSW), Theunis Roux (UNSW), Po-Jen Yap (HKU) and Jianlin Chen (HKU).

Law, Politics and Islam in Myanmar

Upcoming seminar: October 5, 2015, 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Where: Isaac Brown Room (ground floor bld. 55, next to busloop), Clayton Campus, Monash University, Centre of Southeast Asia Studies Abstract: In the lead up to the Myanmar elections in November 2015, one issue has stood out: the precarious position of Muslims. From the recently enacted four lawsContinue reading “Law, Politics and Islam in Myanmar”

Electives on Southeast Asia at UNSW Law

Next year I will be offering two new electives at UNSW Law Faculty. The idea for electives came out of a survey I conducted of law students in the faculty, via the Law Student Society. Out of 52 respondents, 95% said they agreed that there should be more subjects on Asian law offered in the curriculum.Continue reading “Electives on Southeast Asia at UNSW Law”

UNSW Law – Myanmar events

UNSW is contributing to a number of events happening in Myanmar in July together with partners in Myanmar. On 9-10th July, Professor Brendan Edgeworth and myself will teach at the Law Department at Mandalay University, as part of the MOU between UNSW Law and Mandalay University. My talk with focus on academic research skills and method inContinue reading “UNSW Law – Myanmar events”

Seminar: A Stocktake on Law Reform in Myanmar

This talk is being held on Thursday 2 April 2015, from 1-2pm. Venue: Moot Court, Room 317, Building 5 (ANU College of Law) on Fellows Road Speaker: Dr Melissa Crouch Myanmar is the latest site for law and development and rule of law reform. In this talk I want to step back and reflect on theContinue reading “Seminar: A Stocktake on Law Reform in Myanmar”

Seminar on Law in a Changing Myanmar

The UNSW Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law invites you to attend an evening seminar on ‘ Law in a Changing Myanmar” The guest speakers are Professor Nu Nu Yi and Professor Tin Htay Ei, who are visiting UNSW from 2-5 March 2015. Professor Nu Nu Yi is Pro-Rector and former Head of Department of Law, University of Mandalay. Her expertise lies in intellectualContinue reading “Seminar on Law in a Changing Myanmar”