ABF Talk: Constitutional Legacies in Authoritarian Regimes

On Wednesday 10 October, I will present as part of the American Bar Foundation speaker series in Chicago on “Constitutional Legacies in Authoritarian Regimes: How the Military Uses the Constitution to Rule Myanmar”. Abstract: How and why do authoritarian regimes draft constitutions to perpetuate their legacy? The field of comparative constitutional law and politics has sought to understand theContinue reading “ABF Talk: Constitutional Legacies in Authoritarian Regimes”

Just published: Emergency Powers in Indonesia

The exercise of emergency powers is always controversial. in a new article “The Expansion of Emergency Powers”, I identify the expansion of the type and scope of emergency powers through legislative reform. I examine the Indonesian Law on Social Conflict 2012, which allows a state of social conflict to be declared at the national, regionalContinue reading “Just published: Emergency Powers in Indonesia”

Myanmar under the NLD

Wednesday 30 March, 12.30-2pmBrindabella Theatre, JG Crawford Building (132), Lennox Crossing, ANU Overview On 31 March 2016, a democratically elected government will take power in Myanmar for the first time in over half a century. But even as Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy assumes the presidency and takes most Cabinet positions, theContinue reading “Myanmar under the NLD”

Myanmar, Civilian-military Relations and Constitutional Reform

The rule of law and the constitution matter. This is evident in Myanmar, where current steps towards constitutional amendment have the potential to determine the future direction of the country’s transition process. A key issue is whether the role of the military, as defined by the Constitution of Myanmar, will be changed.  A constitution inContinue reading “Myanmar, Civilian-military Relations and Constitutional Reform”