Drugs Law and Legal Practice in Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam (Hart 2016) (Book Review Essay)
6 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2017
Date Written: March 27, 2017
Despite shifting global attitudes towards drug criminalisation, the death penalty for drug offences is making a comeback in Southeast Asia. It is in this increasingly punitive context that Hart’s publication of Drugs Law and Legal Practice in Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam, the new monograph co-authored by Professors Tim Lindsey and Pip Nicholson from the University of Melbourne, proves so timely. The authors are amongst the world’s most highly regarded scholars on Southeast Asian legal systems. Their new text, funded by a Discovery Project Grant from the Australian Research Council, outlines the drugs laws and criminal justice practice of three Southeast Asian nations that retain capital punishment: Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam, following trilingual archival and interview-based fieldwork in those jurisdictions.
Keywords: drug crime, death penalty, Southeast Asia, capital punishment, clemency, narcotics, comparative criminal law
JEL Classification: K14
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