School of Physics at the University of Melbourne
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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
Join the Indigenous Law and Justice Hub for a night of black excellence as we hear from Apryl Day, as part of the White Noise of settler law justice talks. In this White Noise Apryl will share her reflections on the coronial inquest process and associated community law reform needs, drawing on her personal experiences as a family member and her advocacy through the Dhadjowa Foundation.
This seminar is jointly hosted by The Indigenous Law and Justice Hub and Criminal Law Research Forum, Melbourne Law School.
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