Constitutional Writs and Human Rights Workshop

On 8-9 August 2015, I participated in a workshop on the ‘Constitutional Writs and Human Rights’ in Yangon, Myanmar. The workshop was organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Public Legal Aid Network (PLAN) Myanmar. 
The workshop was attended by a wide range of participants from across Myanmar, many of whom were lawyers while others were members of parliament, civil society activists and former judges. 
The workshop was an important forum to discuss strategies for constitutional writ cases as an avenue to review government decisions, and the potential for such cases to protect rights under the Myanmar Constitution 2008. It included discussion of the current challenges and opportunities for constitutional writ cases in the Supreme Court, which has been part of the court’s jurisdiction since 2011.