Southeast Asia Law and Policy Forum 

 November 2019 Newsletter 

This is the newsletter of Southeast Asia Law and Policy Forum at UNSW Law Faculty. The Forum aims to foster and support research on law and politics in the Southeast Asia. 

What's in this issue? 
  • A call for content
  • Information about upcoming events
  • Information about upcoming visitors
Call For Content
We’d like to feature some of the great work of those involved with the forum. Please send to Melissa any publications on Southeast Asia from this year, or any key conference presentations you made. Send this to Melissa ( by 20 Nov so we can include it in the final December newsletter.
Upcoming Events 
Wednesday 13 Nov: Reading Group
The next Reading Group will be on Weds 13 Nov from 13:30 to 14:30 in room 249 of the UNSW Law Building. We will read Jean & John L Comaroff (2012) 'Theory from the South: Or, how Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa' Anthropological Forum 22:2, 113-131.

Thursday 14 November: Book Launch - The Constitution of Myanmar
On Thurs 14 Nov the book launch of Melissa Crouch's The Constitution of Myanmar will take place from 16:45 at the UNSW Bookshop. Register your attendance here

Friday & Saturday 15/16 November: Workshop - Protecting Rights, Addressing Inequality: The Promise of Writs as Constitutional Transfer
This workshop seeks to investigate the history, development and variation of writs as a form of constitutional adjudication, following its transformation from the common law remedies of England to a constitutional means of protecting rights across South Asia, but also in parts of Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean. The Law School, Gilbert & Tobin Centre, and the Southeast Asia Law & Policy Forum are delighted to be partnering with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and its Rule of Law Programme Asia as the key sponsor for this event. Please register at Eventbrite.

Monday 18 November: Workshop - Indonesia Law and Society work-in-progress
On Monday 18 November from 11:30 a workshop on Indonesia Law and Society work-in-progress will take place at the UNSW Law Staff Common Room. Click here to view the program. 

Monday 18 November: Book Launch - The Politics of Court Reform: Judicial Change and Legal Cultures in Indonesia
On Monday 18 November from 16:15 the book launch of The Politics of Court Reform: Judicial Change and Legal Culture in Indonesia will take place at the UNSW Bookstore.

Monday 25 November: Ethnography work-in-progress Forum
On Monday 25 November an Ethnography work-in-progress forum will take place from 10:00 to 11:30 at room 125 of the UNSW Law Building. The forum will feature:
  • Mayur Suresh, SOAS, 'Trapped by Words: Procedural Law and Ideas of State Vulnerability in Delhi's Terrorism Courts'
  • Jayde Roberts, UNSW FBE, 'Displacement, Encroachment and Settlement: Interrogating Kyu in Periurban Yangon'
Email Melissa ( for a copy of the papers.
Upcoming Visitors
We are delighted to be joined by Mr Yance Arizona, PhD Candidate from the University of Leiden, in November 2019. 
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