Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar

Edited by Melissa Crouch and Tim Lindsey, 2014 Hart Publishing

This is the first edited volume to address the dynamics of the legal system of Myanmar/Burma in the context of the transition to democracy. It includes contributions from leading scholars in the field on a range of key legal issues now facing Myanmar, such as judicial independence, constitutional law, human rights and institutional reform. It features chapters on the legal history of Myanmar; electoral reform; the role of the judiciary; economic reforms; and the state of company law. It also includes chapters that draw on the experiences of other countries to contextualise Myanmar’s law reform process in comparative setting, including Myanmar’s participation in regional bodies such as ASEAN. This topical book comes at a critical juncture in Myanmar’s legal development and will be an invaluable resource for students and academics seeking greater understanding of the legal system of Myanmar. It will also be vital reading for a wide range of government, business and civil society organisations seeking to re-engage with Myanmar, as it navigates the challenges of transition towards democracy and the rule of law. Note: this book is also available for purchase in Myanmar from the Myanmar Book Centre, and Monument Books in Yangon. 

“With chapters contributed by renowned legal experts and specialists on Myanmar, it explains how law is understood in Myanmar and how it works in practise” “…this volume will serve as a good reference work for scholars interested in Myanmar by highlighting the importance of legal reform in its nascent transition.” U Chit Win, PhD candidate at ANU; Deputy Director from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Naypyidaw; in Australian Journal of Administrative Law (2015) 22: 199-200 UNSW Newsletter, Uniken Winter 2015 review Reviewed by Moe Thuzar (2016), Contemporary Southeast AsiaReviewed by Mahdev Mohan (2015), Asian Journal of Comparative Law.