Professional Legal Education in Commercial and Corporate Law in Myanmar

Dr Melissa Crouch and Associate Professor Lisa Toohey of UNSW Law Faculty are undertaking a Professional Legal Education Project in Commercial and Corporate law in Myanmar (2016-2017), funded by the Asian Development Bank. Melissa Crouch is the Team leader and Legal Education and Myanmar Law expert. Lisa Toohey is the Legal Education and Commercial Law expert on the project. Emma Dunlop is the Legal Researcher and Project administrator.

Melissa Crouch at the USC Strategic Action Plan meeting 2016

The focus of the project is on improving legal education and skills integral to the transactional practice and adjudication of commercial law, at this critical time in Myanmar’s transition to democracy. The project includes developing a training program for the practical legal training needs of private lawyers, government lawyers, prosecutors and judges in commercial and financial law. 

Melissa, Lisa and Melinda with law students from Dagon University

In 2016, the first stage of the project has included meetings and focus group discussions with most of the major law firms – foreign and local – in Yangon. It has also involved consultants with university professors, the bar association, and law students. 

Meetings have also been held with the Attorney General’s Office, and Melissa attended the Supreme Court’s Annual Strategic Action Plan meeting in November 2016. 

The team for this Professional Legal Education program also includes Patricia Rhee and Jogendra Ghimire (Senior Counsel, ADB), Melinda Tun (Corporate Law Specialist), and Khin Thandar (National Legal Specialist).