Yangon Book Launch The Constitution of Myanmar

On Wednesday 22 January, there will be a book launch and discussion panel at The Asia Foundation office in Yangon for the launch of The Constitution of Myanmar.The panel will be chaired by Helene Maria Kyed, and feature panelists Dr Lian K Sakhong, Saw Kapi and Htet Min Lwin. Copies of the book are available for sale at the Myanmar Book Centre.Continue reading “Yangon Book Launch The Constitution of Myanmar”

Political Parties and State Transformation in Myanmar

From 10-11th November, a conference will be held in Yangon on “Shaping Past, Present and Future: Political Parties and State Transformation in Myanmar”. The conference is jointly organised by Initiative Austausch e.V., the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. I will be giving a talk on: “The Union Parliament, Political Parties andContinue reading “Political Parties and State Transformation in Myanmar”

The Constitution, the Military and the State in Myanmar

On 8 October I will give a talk at the University of Chicago on “The Constitution, the Military and the State in Myanmar: The Power and Limits of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Government“ Calls for constitutional reform persist in many countries around the global. Constitutional design and participation in constitution-making presents a host of challengesContinue reading “The Constitution, the Military and the State in Myanmar”

Brownbag: Charting the Future of Constitutionalism in Myanmar

On 10 April 2018  I will give a brownbag seminar as a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, the University of Melbourne.  The talk is based on the first chapter of the book manuscript, The Constitution of Myanmar, which is part of Hart’s Constitutions of the World series. Abstract: This timelyContinue reading “Brownbag: Charting the Future of Constitutionalism in Myanmar”

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”

Workshop on the Indonesian Constitutional Court

For those in Sydney, a workshop on the Indonesian Constitutional Court will be held today and tomorrow. Details below:Workshop on “The Constitutional Court & Democracy in Indonesia: Judging the First Decade” 11-12 December 2014SydneyPresented by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law Faculty and Centre for Asian and Pacific Law, Sydney law SchoolContinue reading “Workshop on the Indonesian Constitutional Court”

Road to constitutional amendment in Myanmar going nowhere

Since Myanmar’s Joint Parliamentary Constitution Review Committee submitted its report to the Union Parliament on 31 January 2014, the constitutional amendment saga has taken another twist. The Committee was given the task of reviewing the 2008 Constitution, which had been drafted by the previous military junta. It was required to make recommendations to the parliament,Continue reading “Road to constitutional amendment in Myanmar going nowhere”

Myanmar’s Constitutional Transition is the Military’s Call

Myanmar’s democracy icon and member of parliament Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is currently visiting Australia. This historic trip is just one reflection of the broader political and legal changes currently taking place in Myanmar.Since 2011 – under the framework of the 2008 Constitution – Myanmar has begun a transition to a quasi-civilian government. One result ofContinue reading “Myanmar’s Constitutional Transition is the Military’s Call”

Constitutional amendment key to 2015 Myanmar elections

The coming month is a time of mixed feelings for all those involved in Burma’s democracy movement. 8 August marks the 25th anniversary of the democracy uprising in Burma that was brutally crushed by the military regime. The sweeping electoral victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) that followed in 1990 was blatantly denied byContinue reading “Constitutional amendment key to 2015 Myanmar elections”