UM Law Constitution Bulletin

April 2019
Rays and Rains at Home
Malaysia withdrew from the Rome Statute

Student activists: Academics convinced Rulers with 'biased' paper.

Joe Samad: Malay leaders, post-truth and alternative facts.
Prof Shad spoke during a forum at University of Malaya on the Rome Statute.

Click here to view the full speech by Tommy Thomas, Attorney General of Malaysia and click here to view the full speech by Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, ex diplomat.
Appointment of Chief Justice
Federal Court struck down "double presumptions" provision for drug trafficking.
Enforced Disappearances
  • Suhakam: Police behind disappearance of Koh and Amri.
  • PM: Government to open new investigation after the current Inspector-General of Police retires.
Johor MB
Chief Justice Richard Malanjum retired

CJ: Au Revoir.

Ida Lim: Richard Malanjum’s epic journey from Tuaran in Sabah to Palace of Justice in Putrajaya.

Prof Shad: Farewell to a trailblazing judge.
Winds of Change
Constitutional Amendments
Parliamentary Reforms

Restoring Dewan’s dignity.

Suhakam wants its annual report debated in Parliament.

Datuk Noraini Ahmad (BN-Parit Sulong) is Parliament’s new Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman.
Legislative Reforms

Amendments to NSC Act will give power to King to declare 'Security Zones'.
Tides and Turbulences Abroad
Convicted leaders of the Umbrella Movement sentenced to imprisonment or community service.
Constitutional Court of South Korea: Law banning abortion and punishing doctors performing the abortion procedure with the woman's consent unconstitutional.

Parliament of Egypt: Constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2030, grant him more power over the judiciary and strengthen the military's role in politics approved.
Supreme Court of Philippines: The cutting and balling of trees in expansion plans of a popular mall in Baguio City stopped until it complies with environmental requirements.

European Court of Human Rights: Answers from the Russian Government in connection with two claims brought against Russia over the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 requested.
Breaking At Dawn
Jaclyn L Neo, Arif A Jamal and Daniel PS Goh, eds., Regulating Religion in Asia: Norms, Modes, and Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

“The overall question that this scholarship explores may be stated as follows: how do legal and religious ideas and institutions, methods and mechanisms, beliefs and believers influence each other, for better and for worse, in the past, present and future?”
Kevin YL Tan and Bui Ngoc Son, eds., Constitutional Foundings in Southeast Asia (Hart Publishing, 2019).

“This volume focuses on the making, nature, and role of the first modern constitutions at the founding of the modern nation-states in Southeast Asia.”
Jaclyn L Neo and Bui Ngoc Son, eds., Pluralist Constitutions in Southeast Asia (Hart Publishing, 2019)

“This book examines the presence of ethnic, religious, political, and ideational pluralities in Southeast Asian societies and how their respective constitutions respond to these pluralities.”
David Landau, Yaniv Roznai and Rosalind Dixon, ‘From an unconstitutional constitutional amendment to an unconstitutional constitution? Lessons from Honduras’ (2019) 8(1) Global Constitutionalism 40

“Beyond  the  unconstitutional  constitutional  amendment doctrine, can or should there be a doctrine of an unconstitutional constitution?”
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