Myanmar, Civilian-military Relations and Constitutional Reform

The rule of law and the constitution matter. This is evident in Myanmar, where current steps towards constitutional amendment have the potential to determine the future direction of the country’s transition process. A key issue is whether the role of the military, as defined by the Constitution of Myanmar, will be changed.  A constitution inContinue reading “Myanmar, Civilian-military Relations and Constitutional Reform”

ATLAS Agora at NUS

From 17-27 June 2013, the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore is hosting the Association of Transnational Law Schools ATLAS Agora. The ATLAS Agora is an annual international conference for PhD students from several institutions of higher education, including : the London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University, Osgoode Hall Law School ofContinue reading “ATLAS Agora at NUS”

The Constitution and Emergency Powers in Myanmar

One of the key challenges as a transitional and democratising state is how the government of Myanmar will deal with social tensions and conflict that arise between religious and ethnic communities. The use of emergency powers is one response, although these powers raise serious questions about the capacity and role of a government to addressContinue reading “The Constitution and Emergency Powers in Myanmar”

Burmese language study

I’ve been asked a few times recently where you can learn Burmese. Here are a few suggestions:1.      If you are in Singapore, NUS Extension runs a beginners course if there are enough participants [although note that the course is based on the transliteration, not the Burmese script] 2.      Burmese by Ear, by John Okell is a free online resource 3.      JohnContinue reading “Burmese language study”

Report on Myanmar Constitutional Law Workshop

On 8-10 May 2013, a Constitutional Law Workshop was held in Yangon, organised  by the University of Sydney. Attended by a diverse group of participants, including members of parliament, civil society actors, education institutions and political parties, the workshop was a forum to discuss a broad range of constitutional issues from federalism to bills ofContinue reading “Report on Myanmar Constitutional Law Workshop”

Report on Business and Human Rights in Myanmar Roundtable

On 17 April 2013, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law (CELRL), Melbourne Law School, co-hosted a roundtable on business and human rights in Myanmar. The roundtable brought together government, worker and employer representatives, academic experts, and civil society groups with an interest in issues aroundContinue reading “Report on Business and Human Rights in Myanmar Roundtable”

Call for papers: Islam, Law and the State in Myanmar

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies is pleased to invite applications to present a paper at the Workshop on ‘Islam, Law and the State in Myanmar’. The Workshop will be held at the Law Faculty, the National University of Singapore, from 23 to 24 January 2014. This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the relation between Islam, law andContinue reading “Call for papers: Islam, Law and the State in Myanmar”

Working Group on Myanmar Attorney General’s Office

On 21-22 May 2013, Melissa attended a consultation workshop with the Attorney General’s Office in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. The purpose of the workshop was to develop recommendations for the future training needs of the Union Attorney General’s Office (UAGO). Hosted by the UAGO and the UNDP, the workshop was attended by representatives from a range of law schools, institutions and developmentContinue reading “Working Group on Myanmar Attorney General’s Office”

Conference on Minorities within Muslim Majority Societies

On 17-18 May 2013, I presented a paper at the conference on ‘Minorities within Muslim Majority Societies: Contested Identities and Dialogues with Islam‘, organised by the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University, London. The workshop investigated issues surrounding the ethnic and religious composition of the Muslim world and its culture. By looking bothContinue reading “Conference on Minorities within Muslim Majority Societies”

Policy paper: Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia

On 21 May 2013, a policy paper, ‘Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia: 2007-2012‘, written by Dr Antje Missbach and Dr Melissa Crouch was launched by the new Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, at the University of Melbourne. The policy paper addresses the critical need for greater knowledge and understanding of how the contemporary Indonesian legal systemContinue reading “Policy paper: Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia”