INDONESIAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL & COMPARATIVE LAW
As a premier Global South-based scholarly publication, The Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law is the first of its kind. The Journal aspires to serve as an influential international forum for scholarly analysis, that advancing leading edge debates in legal discourse and beyond. Since its first publication, it has garnered wide critical acclaim in the service of reinvigorating the reconceptualization of the law reform enterprises in beyond the Western world. By positioning itself in the vanguard of scholarship, the published viewpoints are curated from a wide range of contributors, starting from novices to multiple Pulitzer Prize winning authors. The Journal has regularly illuminated pressing legal questions across the continent, prominently cited by, among many others, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York in the U.S. v. Chin Chong and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the State of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh v. Donald J. Trump et al. In addition to being listed as cited in many world’s eminent law journals, its unique nature has allowed the Journal’s publications to transgress the impenetrable boundaries of the academia, including the prestigious L.A. Times, Human Rights Watch’s World Report, the U.N. Special Rapporteurs' studies, and the American Bar Association’s India Law News.
The Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law commenced its publication in 2014 under the auspices of the Institute for Migrant Rights, Cianjur -- Indonesia. The idea behind its establishment grew out of the concern over an impasse in contemporary and comparative legal scholarship in Indonesia and the region in general. As a transnational scholarly project, the Journal provides a forum for legal practitioners and scholars from all over the world to discuss a broad range of issues relating to "law."
As States become more integrated, there is a pressing need to respond to the climate where legal, social, and political issues increasingly cross national boundaries in their impact. The Journal, in its global reach, is designed to address these considerations by challenging the orthodoxies that once considered "progressive.” Its primary purpose is to provide a new forum for emerging perspectives on international and comparative legal issues, especially those that implicate non-Western regions or cultures. In that respect, the Journal—through its publications—aims to enrich existing approaches to legal analysis and widen the proper ambit of legal studies in the Global South.
The Journal is thus particularly interested in considering submissions that invoke creative outlooks on “law” and present arguments that go beyond doctrinal analysis. We strongly encourage works that aim to generate practical impact in policy-making at all levels. The Journal welcomes theoretical, empirical, historical, comparative, and inter-disciplinary manuscripts covering legal issues in any jurisdiction, as well as notes and book reviews examining the impact of rapidly changing legal regimes on specific areas or sub-disciplines of legal studies.
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What We're Looking For
We are interested in article submissions that fall under the categories of theoretical, empirical and application of international and foreign laws in national legal system. For the technical piece, we invite high quality submissions of papers describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of international and comparative legal studies. Successful submissions may range from novel technical results to rigorous evaluations of existing problems or research results. Submissions describing groundbreaking approaches to emerging problems will be considered based on timeliness and potential impact. Submissions will only be evaluated on the basis of originality, contribution, soundness, evaluation, quality of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related works. In addition, we also accept submission on Book Review, Note, and Comment.
OUR LATEST ISSUE
Volume VII Issue 4 (October 2020)
1. The Ex Officio Power of the Arbitrator to Raise New Issues of Law in Islamis Finance Disputes, by Mohamed A. Hassan, at 477–540;
The legal nature of arbitration varies from the legal nature of litigation. While the judge derives his authority from the state power, the arbitrator derives his powers, in the first place, from the parties' agreement. The power of the court to raise new issues of law ex officio is widely recognized. When it comes to arbitration, the matter is more complicated. The ex officio power of the arbitrator to raise new issues of law is controversial in international commercial arbitration. The situation is even more complicated in contemporary Islamic finance disputes due to the nature of the applicable law to the merits of such disputes. Sharīa, which is the applicable law or a significant part thereof, obliges the arbitrator to apply the mandatory rules of Sharīa ex officio regardless of the parties' claims. Under Sharīa, the primacy is to its mandatory rules, contrary to international arbitration which grants the primacy to party autonomy. This sometimes results in a conflict between the rules of Sharīa and the rules of international arbitration. This paper examines to what extent the arbitrator may raise new issues of law ex officio in Islamic finance disputes. The paper argues that the arbitrator has a power, not a duty, to raise new issues of law ex officio in Islamic finance disputes; however, such a power is surrounded by considerable practical and legal challenges which may impede it. In doing so, the paper compares the scope of arbitrator's power between Islamic legal theory and international arbitration theory. It also examines and analyzes the available case studies which deal with the ex officio power of the arbitrator to raise new issues of law in Islamic finance disputes.
2. Hiding in the Shadow: The Legacy of Colonial Sodomy Laws and Strategies for Their Repeal, by John Reilly, at 541-584;
Asia is home to an estimated 220 million LGBTQ people across forty-nine countries; however in twenty-one of these countries, LGBTQ people are still subjected to prosecution under colonial-era sodomy laws. The common characteristic amongst the majority of the countries that criminalize sodomy today? They are former British colonies.
This article tracks the implementation of sodomy laws in former British colonies in Asia, describes how these former colonies addressed sodomy laws after becoming sovereign nations, and compares how multiple countries, including India, Singapore, and Myanmar repealed or attempted to repeal sodomy laws. This article also recommends strategies to encourage the acceptance of LGBTQ rights and ultimately to repeal the remaining sodomy laws. These recommendations are based on successful strategies used in Asia and address how people, non-governmental organizations, and the government can stimulate changes.
3. Progress? A Comparative Analysis of Disability Law in Former Soviet Countries, by Todd Carney, at 585–637;
This piece compares the rights of the disabled under the Soviet Union to the rights of the disabled in modern-day Russia and Estonia. The paper included Estonia because Estonia is the richest and most stable former Soviet Nation, so it would create a good contrast to Russia because Estonia has been able to flourish despite having to transition out of decades of Soviet control. The piece uses the comparison between all three states to look at what role the rule of law has on the rights of the disabled. Both the USSR and Russia had many issues with the rule of law, while Estonia is a stable democracy. The paper also seeks to evaluate whether disabled people have unequivocally better lives in post-Soviet Russia compared with the Soviet Union. The paper concludes that despite Russia technically being freer than when it was under Soviet control, many of the issues for the disabled in the Soviet Union remain in modern-day Russia due to Russia’s deteriorating rule of law. Estonia, on the other hand, has created a myriad of rights for the disabled because it has a responsive democracy.
4. Towards the Javanese Legal Culture: A Call to Put the Horse Back in front of the Cart, by Pranoto Iskandar, at 641-644.
THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Founding Editor: Pranoto Iskandar, Founding Director of the Institute for Migrant Rights
Honorary Editorial Board: John M. Mbaku, Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor Webster State University; Ronald C. Brown, Professor of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law; Mark Cammack, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School; Diane Desierto, Associate Professor of Human Rights Law & Global Affairs at University of Notre Dame; Ejan Mackaay, Emeritus Professor, Montreal University Faculty of Law; Paul J. Magnarella, Former Expert-on-Mission with the UN Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; Bradford Mank, James Helmer, Jr. Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Philip McConnaughay, Dean of Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), Shenzhen, China; André Nollkaemper, Professor of Public International Law and Vice-Dean for Research at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam; Edmund Sim, Partner at Appleton & Luff; Ingeborg Schwenzer, Professor of Law, the University of Basel, Switzerland; Ana Filipa Vrdoljak, Professor of Law, University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Law
Technical Editorial Board: Christopher Cason, the Institute for Migrant Rights; executive assistant editor: Sarah Ingle, the Institute for Migrant Rights; Leigha Crout, associate researcher, the Institute for Migrant Rights; research: Yu-Jhong Huang, the Institute for Migrant Rights; Saru Arifin, Universitas Negeri Semarang.
Advisory Board: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law; Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University and Senior Fellow at Council on Foreign Relations; Thomas Buergenthal, Judge at the International Court of Justice and Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and & Jurisprudence, George Washington University Law School; Hilary Charlesworth, Professor and Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow; Laurence Boisson De Chazournes, Professor of Law, University of Geneva Faculty of Law; Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar and Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago; Mattias Kumm, Inge Rennert Professor of Law NYU School of Law, Research Professor for "Rule of Law in the Age of Globalization" at the WZB (the Social Science Research Center), Berlin and Professor of Law at Humboldt University, Berlin; Bert B. Lockwood, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Beth Lyon, Clinical Professor of Law and Founder of Cornell's Farmworker's Legal Assistance Clinic; Frédéric Mégret, Associate Professor of Law McGill University and the Canada Research Chair on the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism; Musdah Mulia, Indonesia's Prominent Muslim Woman Activist for Women's Rights; Muna B. Ndulo, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Cornell Law School; Nicola Piper, Associate Professor in Human Rights and Director, Asia Pacific Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation, University of Sydney; Aziz Rana, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School; Dinah Shelton, Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, George Washington University Law School and President of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights; David Weissbrodt, Regents Professor and Fredrikson & Byron Professor of Law, University of Minnesota.
Review Board: Tally Kritzman-Amir, College of Law and Business Law School; Paul M. Anderson, Professor of Law and Associate Director, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School; Zühtü Arslan, Professor of Constitutional Law and Judge at the Turkish Constitutional Court; Christine Bell, Professor of Constitutional Law, the University of Edinburgh Law School; Laurie Berg, University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Law; Ian Blackshaw, Founder Member International Law Unit and Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University Law School, Cambridge, United Kingdom; Simon Butt, Professor of Indonesian Law and Associate Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney Law School; Sophie Clavier, Chair International Relations Department, San Francisco State University; Donald L. Horowitz, James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science Emeritus at Duke University; Faleel Jamaldeen. Assistant Professor, Effat University College of Business, Saudi Arabia; Natalie Klein, Professor of Law, UNSW Law; Ejan Mackaay, Emeritus Professor, University of Montreal Faculty of Law; Agustín José Menéndez, Profesor Contratado Doctor Permanente I3 at the Universidad de León, Spain; Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Andy Spalding, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law; Colleen Toomey, Associate Dean of Peking University School of Transnational Law; Amanda Whiting, Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School and Associate Director (Malaysia), Asian Law Centre, The University of Melbourne; Simon NM Young, Professor and Barrister, University of Hong Kong; Tae-Ung Baek, Associate Professor of Law and Chair of Pasific-Asian Legal Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law.
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