Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia

Editor, Melissa Crouch The Indonesian Constitution is an important legal text that governs the world’s third largest democracy. After decades of authoritarian rule, a key aspect of the transition to constitutional democracy was the amendment of the 1945 Constitution. The amended Constitution introduced profound changes to the legal and political system, including an emphasis onContinue reading “Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia”

Remembering Ko Ni, 5 years on

Today marks five years since the assassination of U Ko Ni, advocate for constitutional change. His ideas take on new meaning since the coup, and are being shared by those opposing the military, like this video. My tribute to Ko Ni as Myanmar’s legal voice of conscience, written soon after his death, is here (orContinue reading “Remembering Ko Ni, 5 years on”

Open letter to Association of Asian Constitutional Courts on Myanmar

[signatories will be collated until 18 June and then sent to the AACC; to sign click here] This letter is on behalf of concerned scholars of comparative constitutional law and politics, listed below. We call on the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions (AACC) to suspend the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union ofContinue reading “Open letter to Association of Asian Constitutional Courts on Myanmar”

Law, Justice and Policing under Myanmar’s Military Coup

Webinar, Tuesday, 22 June, 2021, 9:30 – 11.00 (CEST), hosted by Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and Oxford University – register here In the resistance to the military coup in Myanmar, protesters have frequently hoisted placards reading ‘we want justice’ and ‘justice for Myanmar’. Demands for justice sit alongside calls for democracy and anContinue reading “Law, Justice and Policing under Myanmar’s Military Coup”

Politics in Action 2021: Updates from Southeast Asia

The annual Politics in Action forum by Sydney’s Southeast Asia Centre brings political updates from Southeast Asia to researchers and practitioners from across the disciplines and beyond. Drawing upon expertise from around the world, these presentations will provide up-to-date information on developments in Southeast Asia relevant to scholars, students, practitioners and the general public. InContinue reading “Politics in Action 2021: Updates from Southeast Asia”

Closure of Indonesian language programs in Australian universities will weaken ties between the two countries

Universities are vital institutional actors in Australia’s relations with Indonesia. Australian universities welcome thousands of Indonesian students across a broad range of programs. In doing so, they help forge connections that strengthen relations between our two countries. One major way that our universities have contributed is by offering Indonesian language courses. These programs enable AustralianContinue reading “Closure of Indonesian language programs in Australian universities will weaken ties between the two countries”

Research Associate job

The position of Research Associate is currently open for applications. The Research Associate will work with me on the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project: ‘Constitutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes: The Case of Myanmar’. Applications close 28 April. For the full details on the position see the UNSW website here.

What are military tribunals in Myanmar?

*For the Burmese version of this post see here The military regime in Myanmar has begun to use martial law orders. As I explain here, this represents a serious escalation in the response by the military. One aspect of martial law or military administration is that the Tatmadaw presumes this allows it to establish militaryContinue reading “What are military tribunals in Myanmar?”

What is martial law in Myanmar?

[Burmese version available here] The military regime has recently declared martial law orders in some townships of Yangon. Its important to understand what this means and how it differs from section 144 orders. The declaration of martial law now is a sign of a rapid deterioration of the situation and the beginning of direct militaryContinue reading “What is martial law in Myanmar?”