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CRC Talks: The Child in the Malaysian Criminal Justice System

July 11, 2018 @ 14:00 - 17:00


The Bar Council Child Rights Committee (“CRC”) is proud to announce the launch of the “CRC Talks” series. In these talks/workshops, we aim to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and educate on various issues that affect child rights in Malaysia.

CRC Talks are open to Members of the Bar as well as the public.

More than 20 years have passed since Malaysia acceded to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (“Convention”).  However, in the criminal justice system, it is often the case that the voice of the child in conflict with the law is lost in the cacophony of adult voices. Hence, although Malaysia has taken steps to comply with aspects of the Convention, there are gaps between Malaysia’s obligations under the Convention and the actual workings of the criminal justice system, as far as the child in conflict with the law is concerned.

This is not surprising, considering the fact that while there are general expressions of the Convention, States Parties have a level of discretion to decide on the exact nature and content of the domestic measures for dealing with children in conflict with the law. Further, given Malaysia’s reservations to a number of the Convention’s provisions, and the existing punitive culture, a child rights-based approach in the criminal justice system merits analysis.

This workshop will explore the development of theoretical foundations and, where appropriate, will involve participant-driven activity. This unique workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of:

(1) the underlying philosophical and theoretical approaches in dealing with the rights of children in conflict with the law;
(2) the issues and challenges in implementing the Convention in Malaysia;
(3) the global trends and issues involving children in conflict with the law; and
(4) the approaches and challenges in interviewing children.
About the Speaker
Paul Linus Andrews is the Head of the Centre for Commercial Law and Justice, Sunway University. His areas of interest are fundamental liberties and the criminal justice system, with a particular emphasis on the impact of the criminal justice system on children in Malaysia. His publications include Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia on
Administrative Law (2002), Equity and Trusts in Malaysia (Sweet and Maxwell, 2005) and Law for Business (Sweet and Maxwell, 2014). Paul is an EXCO member of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (Selangor); a member of the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee; and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom. Paul is presently working towards the completion of a PhD degree in law at Lancaster University, United Kingdom. His
area of focus is the rights of the child in conflict with the law and diversion.
Please direct all correspondence (including completed registration forms and proof of payment) and enquiries to:
Florence Laway
(03-2050 2104;
Najwa Hamid
(03-2050 2102;
Anusha Gopala Krishnan
(03-2050 2097;
Fax: 03-2032 2043


July 11, 2018
14:00 - 17:00
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Bar Council Child Rights Committee


Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium
Straits Trading Building, Unit 2-02A, 2nd Floor, 2 Leboh Pasar
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50050 Malaysia
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+603-2095 1322

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