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”

Writs but no Weapons? Administrative Justice in Myanmar

Writs but no Weapons? A Stocktake on Administrative Justice in Myanmar The former Chief Justice Ba U of the Supreme Court of Burma once described the constitutional writs as ‘weapons’. The early years of independence in Burma were a time of significant judicial activism, when the Supreme Court did not hesitate to strike down executiveContinue reading “Writs but no Weapons? Administrative Justice 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”

Access to Justice and Administrative Law in Myanmar

Administrative law is an important part of access to justice because it can operate as a check and balance on government decision-making, and provide an avenue for individuals to seek review of government decisions. In a report sponsored by USAID and TetraTech for their ‘Promoting the Rule of Law in Myanmar’ program, I emphasise the importanceContinue reading “Access to Justice and Administrative Law in Myanmar”

Review of Scholarship on Myanmar Law

The recent edition of the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Review contains several articles on Myanmar, including on the topic of sovereign wealth funds and responsible investment. My article is on “Rediscovering ‘Law’ in Myanmar: A Review of Scholarship on the Legal System of Myanmar”. The legal system of Myanmar is an understudied area in theContinue reading “Review of Scholarship on Myanmar Law”

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”

Transition and the Rule of Law in Myanmar

This semester, I am offering an elective course on ‘Transition and the Rule of Law in Myanmar‘, at the Law Faculty, NUS. Here is a brief outline of the course. This subject will provide an introduction to the legal system of Myanmar/Burma in the context of the dynamic transition since 2011 from military rule to a quasi-civilian government. ItContinue reading “Transition and the Rule of Law in Myanmar”

New Reports on Myanmar Law

There have been a number of new reports on Myanmar’s legal and political system.A report on the legal profession was recently released by the International Commission of Jurists. The substantive aspect of the report can be seen as building on the broader assessment of the legal system by the International Bar Association in 2012There has been a new report assessingContinue reading “New Reports on Myanmar Law”