South East Asia Winter School Program
Organised by :
The University of Sdyney, Australia
with Collaboration :
Internatioanal Islamic University Malaysia
Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta
We often hear that Australia’s future prosperity is tied to its economic, social and political engagement with Asia. However, interest in Southeast Asia, located directly to the north of Australia, is often overwhelmed by interest in other Asian countries such as China and India. Yet Southeast Asia is home to almost 600 million people and offers significant economic and other opportunities, many of which are untapped, for those willing to engage with the region.
This course aims to equip students with the knowledge about legal systems, political environments and cultural practices they need to ‘operate’ in the region.
In 2012-2014, the course will be held in Indonesia and Malaysia and will focus on the plural legal systems of both countries. Indonesia alone is the world’s fourth most populous nation (with almost 250 million people) and has a stable and consistently-growing economy that has largely withstood the Global Economic Crisis. 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 at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, which has one of the largest and most prestigious law faculties in Malaysia. Established in 1983, the faculty has sought to teach and provide expertise on harmonizing Shari’a with Civil and Common Law. Students will learn the fundamentals of the Malaysian legal system in the contexts of Malaysia’s competing ethnicities, political and economic reform and the harmonization of laws. Aparticular focus will be on the dual banking system and the role of Islamic law in the development of trade, banking and finance.
In 2012, the course will be held from 9-13 July (in Indonesia) and 16-21 July (in Malaysia). Aone-day pre-departure briefing will be held on 2 July. In-country tuition will include morning lectures and afternoon field trips to legal and governmental institutions as well as NGOs.
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