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2015 Harold Luntz Graduate Research Thesis Prize for Dr Stewart Fenwick

Congratulations to Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society – CILIS Associate, Dr Stewart Fenwick, who has been awarded the 2015 Harold Luntz Graduate Research Thesis Prize.

The award is named for Emeritus Professor Harold Luntz, a world expert on torts law and a former dean and professor at Melbourne Law School.

This prize is awarded annually to the Melbourne Law School graduate research student judged to have presented the best thesis in the previous year, provided that the nominee meets an overall level of excellence required for the award.

Dr Fenwick was supervised by Professors Tim Lindsey, Carolyn Evans and Abdullah Saeed. The topic of his thesis was “Is Rawlsian liberalism compatible with Islam? A case study of post-Soeharto Indonesia.”

The selection committee found that the thesis was meticulously researched. It is based on extensive and extremely difficult fieldwork conducted in Indonesia, in a second language, on blasphemy, a topic of high social and political sensitivity in that country.

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