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The podcast of the Indonesian Journal of International and Comparative Law. An initiative of the Institute for Migrant Rights.
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Myanmar's Constitution in Context: What is the Nature of Democracy in a Military State? Episode 10

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Indeterminacy in International Law and the Global Legal Order - Assistant Professor Jason Beckett (Episode 13)
As a concept, indeterminacy reflects the idea that the rules of international law cannot be identified nor their content determined with certainty. This episode explores the argument that Public International Law is indeterminate and has created systems through which global justice can be pursued but not achieved. Assistant Professor Jason Beckett studied law at the universities of Dundee (LLB) and Glasgow (LLM and PhD); and taught at the Universities of Newcastle and Leicester. At the American University in Cairo, Jason has taught courses in Public International Law, International Human Rights, Legal Perspectives on the Question of Palestine, and Jurisprudence; and supervised many dissertations in related areas.  Jason has delivered presentations in Africa, Australasia, Europe, and America, often to some acclaim. Find out more about the Institute of Migrant Rights at and the Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law at
January 15, 2022
The Republican Legal Tradition - Professor Mortimer Sellers (Episode 12)
Republicanism is one of the world’s most important political traditions. It generates admiration that defies schism. But, despite its widespread acceptance, it is also apparent that republicanism means different things to different people. This episode discusses the meaning of republicanism in a legal context. Mortimer Sellers is a foremost scholar on what might be called the "republican legal tradition" as is evidenced by his voluminous publications on the subject. Find out more about the Institute of Migrant Rights at
January 05, 2021
One world, Again - Episode 11
One world, Again - Episode 11 In this episode, we discuss some of the most pressing issues that face the world today, which cannot be contained by jurisdictional boundaries. Climate change, poverty, and pandemic. To discuss the concept of One World, we invite Peter Singer, one of the world's eminent philosophers and a pioneer of the animal welfare movement, to share his insights. Peter Singer"s most recent book is "Why Vegan? Eating Ethically".
November 26, 2020
Myanmar's Constitution in Context: What is the Nature of Democracy in a Military State? Episode 10
In this episode, the discussion charts the trajectory of constitutional development in Myanmar with UNSW Associate Professor Melissa Crouch, an Australia based legal scholar.
November 10, 2020
International Law of Child Marriage and Africa (Part 2) - Episode 9
In response to the previous episode, Mies Grijns provides a number of comparative insights on the phenomenon of child marriage with an emphasize on the Indonesian context. Ms. Mies Grijn is a Dutch anthropologist who specializes on child marriage in Indonesia.
November 03, 2020
International Law of Child Marriage and Africa (Part 1) - Episode 8
Based on his IJIL article, John Mbaku discusses the importance of international law in combating the rampant practice of child marriage in African states. Also, Mbaku shows how to take advantage of international law norms in the non-ratifying African states. John Mbaku is a Cameroon born distinguished legal and economics scholar.
November 01, 2020
What Constitutes Proper (regional) Scholarly Work? - Episode 7
Given the increasing pressure to publish in internationally recognized outlets, this episode discusses the backroom machination of scholarly publications with Kevin Hewison the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Contemporary Asia, the world’s leading journal in Asian studies.
October 01, 2020
Constitutional Dictatorship - Episode 6
This episode discusses the democratic regression as it happens in Zambia. It invites a Zambian born world's renown constitution-making scholar, Muna B. Ndulo.
September 18, 2020
International Law and Islamic Legal Traditions - Episode 5
Based on her project that analyzes references to Islamic legal traditions in the decisions of the International Court of Justice and extensive field research, Emilia presents her findings that illuminate Islamic Law states' views on international legal norms.  Emilia Powell is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame.
September 14, 2020
On Comparing Laws - Episode 4
In this episode, we converse with Gerhard Dannemann, a German legal comparativist whose one of his main focuses is Private Law, to understand what it means to perform understanding law comparatively. Gerhard Dannemann is Professor of English Law, British Economy and Politics and Dean of Studies at Humboldt University, Germany; Chair of the Group’s Redaction Committee and Terminology Group, and Research Fellow of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford. He is the founder and general editor of the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum and the German Law Archive, founding member of the Acquis Group (European Research Group on Existing EC Private Law).
August 19, 2020
Cultural Objects and the International Rule of Law - Episode 3
In this episode, Dan will converse with Ana Vrdoljak, a leading scholar on the law of the return of cultural heritage who teaches the University of Technology Sydney, on the state of international laws on the subjects, with particular emphasis on the tension between the former colonies and their former colonial powers
August 08, 2020
Authoritarian International Law - Episode 2
Based on one of his recently published paper, Tom Ginsburg, a distinguished scholar on constitutional studies, discusses his forward looking take on the growing possibility for a global legal system where authoritarian impulses serves as its animal spirit. Tom Ginsburg teaches at the University of Chicago's law school and school of political science and an advisory board member of the Institute for Migrant Rights, Cianjur - Indonesia. His researches intersect between international law and comparative constitutional studies that represent the "empirical turn" in international and comparative law scholarship.
July 29, 2020
What is Law, anyway? - Episode 1
In this inaugural episode, we invite Professor Andrei Marmor, one of the world’s authorities on legal theory, to explain the most perplexing question of all in legal debate, what do we mean by “law”? Chris Cason talks to Professor Andrei Marmor of Cornell Law School. The IJIL Podcast is an initiative of the Institute of Migrant Rights and the Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law. Every week the IJIL Podcast brings you interviews with the world's leading scholars addressing current debates and sharing global perspectives.
July 13, 2020