The constitutional implications of Myanmar’s peace process

This article was commissioned by International IDEA and was originally posted on ConstitutionNet, IDEA’s online knowledge platform supporting constitution builders globally. Read more The National League for Democracy (NLD) is leading a major peace process that could see not only an end to decades of conflict against armed ethnic groups, but also a way forward for the future. If anContinue reading “The constitutional implications of Myanmar’s peace process”

Dawn of a Democratic Era or Dialogue with Dictators in Myanmar?

This article was commissioned by International IDEA and was originally posted on ConstitutionNet, IDEA’s online knowledge platform supporting constitution builders globally. Read moreEver since the National League for Democracy won a significant victory in Myanmar’s November 2015 elections, attention has turned to who will become president for the next five years. This issue has generated a large amount ofContinue reading “Dawn of a Democratic Era or Dialogue with Dictators in Myanmar?”

Constitutional Change in Myanmar

Constitutional Change in Myanmar: The Role of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes Seminar date: Tuesday 6 October 2015Time: 1-2pmTo register and for more information see here. Seminar abstract: National elections are due to be held in Myanmar in November 2015. This follows in the wake of several years of significant political reforms. The transition since 2011 fromContinue reading “Constitutional Change in Myanmar”

Talk: Constitutional Reform in Authoritarian Regimes

Next week I will be speaking at the Law Faculty, University of Otago, New Zealand, on ‘Constitutional Reform in Authoritarian Regimes: Writs as Weapons in Myanmar?’ The role and function of constitutions in authoritarian regimes has always been something of an anomaly for scholars. Yet a new body of scholarship has emerged in an effort to exploreContinue reading “Talk: Constitutional Reform in Authoritarian Regimes”

Australia Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Workshops

Myanmar is currently at a pivotal moment in its political and legal history. The Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project (AMCDP), a consortium of law schools devoted to generating understanding and support for constitutional democracy in Myanmar, have just returned from a series of two workshops. The workshops commenced in Mandalay for two days from 13-14 July, followed by aContinue reading “Australia Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Workshops”

Myanmar elections lack legitimacy without constitutional change

Constitutional reform is an important part of Myanmar’s transition from military rule. Although widespread political reforms have been enacted since 2011, these have not yet been accompanied by constitutional change. The next few months will determine whether constitutional amendment will take place before the elections scheduled in November. This will affect the very legitimacy ofContinue reading “Myanmar elections lack legitimacy without constitutional change”

Rohingya Community Seek Citizenship And Safety

Here is the link to a radio interview I gave on the Rohingya that puts the current crisis in the context of the political transition to a quasi-civilian regime since 2011. It highlights the current atmosphere of uncertainty and insecurity, and the particular challenges Rohingya who still remain in Myanmar face in terms of whetherContinue reading “Rohingya Community Seek Citizenship And Safety”

Ethnic Rights and Constitutional Change

Ive recently put out a paper on Ethnic Rights and Constitutional Change with the UNSW Working Paper series. This paper explores the provisions of the 2008 Constitution of Myanmar that appear to give some of form of recognition to some ethnic nationalities. I am concerned with why a military regime would grant forms of special recognition to ethnicContinue reading “Ethnic Rights and Constitutional Change”

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”