A year on, Australia’s most unlikely political prisoner remains in jail: Sean Turnell

It has been one long year since Australian academic and economist Sean Turnell was arrested by Myanmar’s military regime. Economics advisor to Aung San Suu Kyi and Associate Professor of Macquarie University, Sean remains under detention in Myanmar. The military coup has returned the country to the horrors of direct military rule, including war, targetedContinue reading “A year on, Australia’s most unlikely political prisoner remains in jail: Sean Turnell”

Joint statement: One year after the military coup in Myanmar

*This statement is also available at UNSW, ANU , MRC, University of Sydney and Griffith Asia Institute websites On 1 February 2022, people in Myanmar will mark the first anniversary of renewed military dictatorship with protest and resistance. The coup prevented an elected government from taking office. The military extralegally detained its members, and embarkedContinue reading “Joint statement: One year after the military coup in Myanmar”

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”

Conference on Sociolegal Studies in Indonesia

In November, the Faculty of Law of Brawijaya University is hosting the third Indonesian Sociolegal Conference. On 8 November, there will be a socio-legal methods workshop for early career scholars. On 10-11 November, there will be a conference on ‘Resilience In The Time Of Crisis: Justice, Access And Participation’. This conference is organised by leadingContinue reading “Conference on Sociolegal Studies in Indonesia”

Book launch: Comparative Constitutional Law and the Global South

On 18 June 2021, the G&T Centre for Public Law will host a book launch of two edited volumes on constitutionalism in the Global South: Philipp Dann, Michael Riegner and Maxim Bönnemann (eds), The Global South and Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford UP, 2020); and Philipp Dann and Arun K. Thiruvengadam (eds), Democratic Constitutionalism in India and the EuropeanContinue reading “Book launch: Comparative Constitutional Law and the Global South”

Why section 144 orders are unconstitutional

Now that the Constitutional Tribunal is back, we can presume past court decisions it has made still stand. This is good news for a challenge to section 144 orders. As demonstrators across the country find creative ways to circumvent section 144 orders, its important to question whether section 144 is constitutional in the way itContinue reading “Why section 144 orders are unconstitutional”

How Japan matters to Myanmar

It was big news yesterday when Japan’s Kirin announced that because of the military coup it would end its joint venture partnership with Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Limited, a military owned company. Here is an extract of some brief reflections of Japan’s role in law and development in Myanmar. “The largest donor by farContinue reading “How Japan matters to Myanmar”

The Future of Asian Studies

The Asian Studies Association invites you to a webinar to discuss the future of Asian Studies in Australian universities. Over the last two decades, policy settings and long-term trends in the university sector have placed pressure on Asian studies, undermining the study and teaching of some Asian languages and fields of study, while encouraging others. HopesContinue reading “The Future of Asian Studies”