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When should the rules, that parties make for themselves, be enforceable in the courts? High-profile litigation involving the NSW Liberal Party and the Victorian ALP in 2021-2022 has thrown this question into some confusion, with two key State Courts of Appeal setting a new and very narrow test for party rules to be adjudicated upon.
To some, this question goes to the very idea of parties as rule-governed, member-driven participatory bodies, who ultimately govern our electoral politics. To others, it implicates the freedom of association of parties as private organisations. This webinar will explore the history, law and significance of this question, and the potential consequences of recent cases such as Camenzuli v Morrison and Asmar v Albanese.
Covid-19 had a devastating impact on communities across Asia. Political and legal systems were tested by the pandemic as governments in the region struggled to find the right responses to the health emergency it created. Laws were found to be flawed – in some cases, laws were even abused. The Australian Journal of Asian Law’s Special Issue on Covid and Law in Asia critically assesses these responses, examining their impact on laws, institutions, and rights and freedoms.
In this seminar, leading scholars of law and society in Asia who contributed to the Special Issue offer insights into the complex and changing relationship between the Covid-19 pandemic and legal systems in the region through case-studies of China; Indonesia; Myanmar; Timor-Leste; Vietnam; and a South-East Asia regional study.
This seminar is co-hosted by the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society and the Asian Law Centre, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne.
Introduction – Tim Lindsey
Jonathan Liljeblad and Ama Doe, ‘Virulent Pandemic and Fragile Democracy in Myanmar: Complications of Covid-19 Policies and the 2020 National Elections’
VU Cong Giao and DAO Tri Uc, ‘State of Emergency in Vietnamese Law: Reflections on the Government Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic’
ZHANG Yang, Andrew Godwin and Stacey Steele, ‘China’s Covid-19 Response: The Role of Bankruptcy Law and ‘Typical’ Cases’
Rafiqa Qurrata A’yun and Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir, ‘Reproducing Indonesia’s Illiberal Legalism amid Covid-19: Public Health Crisis as a Means of Accumulation’
Ricardo Sousa da Cunha, ‘The State of Emergency to Fight the Pandemic of Covid-19 in Timor Leste’
Robert Smith and Mark Perry, ‘Fake News and the Pandemic in Southeast Asia’
Melbourne, Australia (AEST/GMT+10) - 4:00pm-6:00pm
Beijing, China (GMT+8) - 2:00pm-4:00pm
Jakarta, Indonesia (GMT+7) - 1:00pm-3:00pm
Hanoi, Vietnam (GMT+7) - 1:00pm-3:00pm