Constitutional Statecraft in Asian Courts (Oxford University Press, 2020)
with the author, Yvonne Tew

4 MAR 2021 (THUR)
21:30​ – 23:00​ (HK TIME)

This webinar will be held via Zoom Meeting, it is sponsored by the Center for Comparative in Public Law at The University of Hong Kong and Center for Comparative and Transnational law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Constitutional Statecraft in Asian Courts explores how courts engage in constitutional state-building in aspiring, yet deeply fragile, democracies in Asia. Yvonne Tew offers an in-depth look at contemporary Malaysia and Singapore, explaining how courts protect and construct constitutionalism even as they confront dominant political parties and negotiate democratic transitions. The book explores the judicial strategies used for statecraft in Asian courts, including an analysis of the specific mechanisms that courts can use to entrench constitutional basic structures and to protect rights in a manner that is purposive and proportionate. Tew’s account shows how courts in Asia’s emerging democracies can chart a path forward to help safeguard a nation’s constitutional core and to build an enduring constitutional framework.

Author:
Dr Yvonne Tew is an Associate Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Chair:
Rehan Abeyratne, Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Discussants:
Dr Po Jen Yap, Professor, University of Hong Kong
Dr Dian A H Shah, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore