Speaker : Professor Andrew James Harding
Date : Saturday 2nd April 2016
Time: 8.30 p.m.
Venue: Level 10, Syeun Hotel, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, Ipoh
Cost: RM100 per person (with dinner)
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Professor Harding will take a long hard look at the problem of pluralism in the context of the legal system in Malaysia. In 1988 there was a significant amendment to our Federal Constitution namely, Act A704, which drew a line between our civil and syariah courts. The amendment came into effect on 10.6.88.

How do we resolve such jurisdictional conflicts ?

Can anything be learned from legal and constitutional experience elsewhere ?

Can a third party adjudicate between the two systems ?


The Speaker
Professor Andrew Harding is a leading scholar in the fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law. He commenced his academic career at NUS (National University of Singapore) before moving to SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London, where he became Head of the Law School and Director of the Centre for South East Asian Studies. He joined NUS in 2012, as Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies and Director of the Asian Law Institute, from the University of Victoria, BC Canada, where he was Professor of Asia-Pacific Legal Relations and Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives.

Professor Harding has worked extensively on constitutional law in Malaysia and Thailand, and has made extensive contributions to scholarship in comparative law, and law and development, having published 12 books as author or editor. His book Law, Government and the Constitution in Malaysia (MLJ, 1996) is used as a textbook in many university courses in Malaysia. His Hart Series book The Malaysian Constitution: A Contextual Analysis (2012) is also being used as a text in university courses.