Emergency Powers in Asia: Exploring the Limits of Legality / Edition 1

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What is the relevance of contemporary debates over emergency powers for countries situated in Asia? What role does, and should, the constitution play in constraining these powers? The essays in this collection address these issues, drawing on emergency situations in over 20 countries in Asia as a ready-made laboratory for exploring the relationship between emergency powers and constitutionalism. This volume therefore rests squarely at the intersection of two debates – a debate over the ability of law to constrain the invocation and use of emergency powers by the executive in times of crisis, and a debate over the nature and viability of constitutionalism in Asia. At this intersection are fundamental questions about constitutionalism and the nature of the modern state, questions that invite legal, political, sociological and historical analysis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521768900
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor V. Ramraj is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore, where he is also Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs.

Arun K. Thiruvengadam is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: emergency powers and constitutionalism in Asia Victor V. Ramraj and Arun K. Thiruvengadam; Part I. Perspectives from Legal and Political Theory: 2. The emergency powers paradox Victor V. Ramraj; 3. Emergency powers, constitutionalism and legal transplants: the East Asian experience Albert H. Y. Chen; 4. Constitution and 'extraconstitution': colonial emergency regimes in postcolonial India and Pakistan Anil Kalhan; 5. The princely imposter: stories of law and pathology in the exercise of emergency powers Vasuki Nesiah; Part II. Postcolonial and Post-Conflict Transitions: 6. From Myanmar to Manila: a brief study of emergency powers in Southeast Asia Kevin Y. L. Tan; 7. Discourses of emergency in colonial and post-colonial Burma Maitrii Aung-Thwin; 8. Emergency and Islamic law in Aceh Michelle Ann Miller and R. Michael Feener; 9. UNaccountable? The United Nations, emergency powers and the rule of law in Asia Simon Chesterman; Part III. Emergencies, Executive Power and Constitutional Order: 10. Emergency powers and the rule of law in Indonesia Nadirsyah Hosen; 11. Emergency powers with a moustache: special powers, military rule and evolving constitutionalism in Thailand Andrew Harding; 12. Emergency powers and the limits of constitutional rule in Japan Mark Fenwick; 13. States of exception in an exceptional state: emergency powers and law in China Jacques deLisle; Part IV. The Role of the Courts: 14. Constitutionalised emergency powers: a plague on constitutionalism? H. P. Lee; 15. Political emergencies in the Philippines: changing labels and the unchanging need for legitimacy Raul Pangalangan; 16. Islamism as a response to emergency rule in Pakistan: the surprising proposal of Justice A. R. Cornelius Clark B. Lombardi; 17. Asian judiciaries and emergency powers: reasons for optimism? Arun K. Thiruvengadam.

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