This unit introduces students to the legal systems of Southeast Asia, focusing on Indonesia and Malaysia. The course emphasises legal pluralism - that is, the operation of different bodies of law for particular groups in those countries, colonial, national, Islamic and customary law - and compares how countries in Southeast Asia have handled it. The Indonesia component of the course will be taught at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, which has one of Indonesia's finest law faculties. Students will learn the fundamentals of the Indonesian legal system. The component will be geared towards not only those who want to practice commercial law in Indonesia, but also those who are interested in other areas, including law reform, human rights, Islamic law, constitutional law, environmental law and criminal law. The Malaysian component will be taught in the offices of Zico Law, the largest law firm in South East Asia and its most prestigious. Students will have lectures from prominent figures in academia, government, the legal profession and industry. Students will learn the fundamentals of the Malaysian legal system in the contexts of its competing ethnicities, religious diversity and political reform.
Intensive mode. Teaching takes place in July in Indonesia and Malaysia as part of the Southeast Asian Winter School.
Compulsory reflective blog (25%) and final take-home exam (75%)
Enrolment in the winter school is by application to the Law School.
LAWS5194 or LAWS6149