Constitutional Breakdowns, Coups

Crises and Disruptions

Thursday 4 March 2021


Constitutional Breakdowns, Coups, Crises and Disruptions: Experiences from the Commonwealth


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This webinar will consider the paralysis in governance caused by a constitutional crisis. Is there a legitimating process ? To what extent can the principles of separation of powers be invoked as a check and balance on abuse of power ? An important feature in this discourse is the role of the Courts as the sentinel of constitutional values and principles of human rights.

LAWASIA, The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific, is a regional association of lawyers, judges, jurists and legal organisations, which advocates for the interests and concerns of the Asia Pacific legal profession. For over fifty years, LAWASIA has operated as a platform to promote the cross-jurisdictional exchange of legal knowledge; as a voice of the legal profession; and as a conduit for encouraging adherence to mutually-held principles of the rule of law, professional integrity and the protection of human rights. 

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Webinar Details

Date: Thursday 4 March 2021

Cost: Complimentary


  • 16:30 - 18:30 (Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne/Solomon Islands/Vanuatu)
  • 18:30 - 20:30 (Wellington/Tonga)
  • 17:30 - 19:30 (Fiji/Tuvalu)
  • 15:30 - 17:30 (PNG)
  • 14:30 - 16:30 (Tokyo/Seoul)
  • 13:30 - 15:30 (Kuala Lumpur/Beijing/Hong Kong)
  • 11:00 - 13:00 (Delhi/Colombo)

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Speaker Panel 

Dato Dr Cyrus V Das

Dato Dr  Cyrus V Das
Honorary Life President| Commonwealth Lawyers Association
Chair, Constitutional & Rule of Law Committee | LAWASIA - Past President | Malaysian Bar Council

Pr Melissa Crouch

Professor Melissa Crouch
UNSW Faculty  of Law and Justice


 Prof John Hatchard

Professor John Hatchard
Emeritus Professor  | University of Buckingham
Visiting Professor | UN International anti-Corruption Academy, Vienna - Vice President | Commonwealth Lawyers Association - UNITED KINGDOM

Mr Andrew Khoo

Mr Andrew Khoo
Co-Chair, Constitutional Law Committee | Malaysian Bar


Mr Graham Leung

Mr Graham Leung
Former President | Fiji Law Society
Former Vice President | LAWASIA


Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne

Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne
Attorney-at-law | President's Counsel





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