Indonesia’s experiment with specialised courts

Note: this post first appeared on 1 Sept 2019, on Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press Indonesia’s extensive court system delivers justice for the world’s third largest democracy. The dramatic end of authoritarian rule under Suharto in 1998 ushered in two decades of law reform. Since then, the constitutional and political system has undergone major changesContinue reading “Indonesia’s experiment with specialised courts”

Politics in Southeast Asia 2018

Missed Sydney’s Southeast Asia event on Politics in Action 2018? Videos of the talks are available here: Southeast Asia: Authoritarian Advances and Limits, Professor Gary RodanPhilippines: Recent Trends and the War on Drugs, Dr Jayeel Serrano Cornelio from Ateneo de Manila University. Indonesia: Hypernationalism and pilkada, Dr Charlotte Setijadi, ISEASMalaysia: New Malaysia, GE14 and Beyond, Associate ProfessorContinue reading “Politics in Southeast Asia 2018”

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”

Politics in Action in Southeast Asia

On 18 May, Sydney will again hold its flagship annual event, “Politics in Action in Southeast Asia”. When: 9.30am-4.30pm, 18 May 2018Where: Education Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building A35 Invited experts will provide an analysis of the political situation in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines and discuss the broader implications of events in theseContinue reading “Politics in Action in Southeast Asia”

Book Review: Buddhism, Politics and the Limits of Law

In recent decades, high profile controversies of monks involved in law and politics, as well as serious violent conflict, across South and Southeast Asia has exposed our current knowledge of the causes and consequences as insufficient. This has generated renewed scholarly interest in the study of Buddhism, law and politics. Benjamin Schonthal’s book on Buddhism, PoliticsContinue reading “Book Review: Buddhism, Politics and the Limits of Law”

Podcast updates on Southeast Asia

Missed the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre conference on Politics in Asia? Podcasts by each of the speakers are now available online Allen Hicken on Southeast Asian PoliticsMark Thompson on the PhilippinesMelissa Crouch on MyanmarMichael Barr on SingaporeJacqui Baker on IndonesiaAderito Soares on East TimorJonathan Bogais on CambodiaMeredith Weiss on MalaysiaAim Sinpeng on Thailand

Politics in Action in Southeast Asia

Upcoming Event: Politics in Action: Democratic Updates from Southeast Asia Policy Roundtable When: 29 July 2016, 10.00 – 18.00 Where: New Law School Lecture Theatre 104, New Law Building, University of Sydney Southeast Asia is far from homogenous when it comes to political systems, government leadership and democratic transitions. Each country has a unique political history which separatesContinue reading “Politics in Action in Southeast Asia”

Myanmar’s Elections 2015: Forward to Democracy or Back to Militocracy?

On Monday 19th October a panel event will be hosted at UNSW. The details are below: About the event:On 8 November 2015, elections for the national parliament and regional parliaments will be held in Myanmar. While significant reform has taken place since 2011, the military still retains 25 percent of all seats in parliament. InContinue reading “Myanmar’s Elections 2015: Forward to Democracy or Back to Militocracy?”

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”