U Ko Ni and Legal Reform in Myanmar

The International Bar Association has released a report examining the trial of the men responsible for the assassination of U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer from Myanmar. Here’s a brief recap on some resources available on U Ko Ni, his life and contribution, and the legal system he sought to reform. This article is a personal tributeContinue reading “U Ko Ni and Legal Reform in Myanmar”

Elections a sham in Rakhine State

Note: This article was first published here at The Interpreter (Lowy Institute) on 1 November 2018 People go to the polls on Saturday in Myanmar, or at least some of them do. On 3 November 2018, the Union Election Commission will coordinate by-elections across 13 electorates. Most are to fill seats from vacancies due to deaths of senior membersContinue reading “Elections a sham in Rakhine State”

Myanmar’s Constitutional Tribunal

Myanmar is one of the most recent countries in the world to have established a Constitutional Tribunal. Yet the operation of the Tribunal flies in the face of assumptions common to global constitutionalism. At present, external factors such as globalised judicial networks or comparative concepts of rights-based review have had little influence in Myanmar. Instead,Continue reading “Myanmar’s Constitutional Tribunal”

Democracy and Peace Frustrated in Myanmar: Remembering U Ko Ni

Acknowledgement: This article first appeared in The Interpreter, The Lowy Institute, 29 January 2018– Today marks one year since U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and advocate for constitutional reform, was assassinated in Myanmar. This was just one of many incidents in 2017 that indicated a sharp decline in freedoms not only in Myanmar but across SoutheastContinue reading “Democracy and Peace Frustrated in Myanmar: Remembering U Ko Ni”

One year on: Tribute to U Ko Ni

Tomorrow marks one year since the assassination of U Ko Ni. Below is a rerun of the article I wrote following that tragedy:This week people in Myanmar were forced to confront the kind of country that it is becoming. On 29 January 2017, U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and legal advisor, was tragically assassinated at YangonContinue reading “One year on: Tribute to U Ko Ni”

AsianLII Myanmar database expansion

AsianLII has recently expanded its database coverage of the All India Reporter  * All India Reporter – Oudh (6,330 documents)   <http://www.asianlii.org/in/cases/up/AllINRprOudh/&gt; * All India Reporter – Calcutta (11,000 documents)   <http://www.asianlii.org/in/cases/wb/AllINRprCal/&gt; * All India Reporter – Madras (12,877 documents)   <http://www.asianlii.org/in/cases/tn/AllINRprMad/&gt; * All India Reporter – Nagpur (5,224 documents)   <http://www.asianlii.org/in/cases/mh/AllINRprNag/&gt; * All India Reporter – Allahabad (3,750Continue reading “AsianLII Myanmar database expansion”

Podcast on Islam and the State

The ANU Myanmar Research Centre has initiated a Myanmar Musings podcast series, led by Luke Corbin.I recently appeared on the program to discuss my book “Islam and the State in Myanmar.” The podcast is available here .A range of other great podcasts are available, including recent podcasts with Nick Cheesman (ANU) on his book Opposing the Rule ofContinue reading “Podcast on Islam and the State”

Campaigns for Constitutional Reform in Myanmar

Sometimes its useful to look back in order to move forward. Last year while on field research I observed some of the rallies for constitutional amendment in Myanmar. This is my reflection on one of them. The morning was humid, the traffic crowded, crawling by. I arrived in a beat-up taxi at Bo Sein HmanContinue reading “Campaigns for Constitutional Reform in Myanmar”

Myanmar’s Muslim Mosaic and the Politics of Belonging

Note: This talk was given at the Southeast Asian Human Rights Network Conference on 15-16 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. One of the co-panelists, Pak Ulil Abshar Abdullah who is well-known as a proponent of liberal Islam, was banned from entering Malaysia, but was able to give his presentation via skype. On the same day, the MalaysianContinue reading “Myanmar’s Muslim Mosaic and the Politics of Belonging”