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”

Myanmar’s State/Region Governments

One positive development given the political changes in Myanmar since 2011 is that empirical research is now possible to a much greater extent than in the past. One recent example of this is an empirical study on state and region governments conducted by a team of researchers from MDRI-CESD in partnership with the Asia Foundation.Continue reading “Myanmar’s State/Region Governments”

Legal and Economic Reforms in Myanmar

This week’s Asian Law Centre Occasional Seminar to be held on Thursday 10 October 2013 at 5:30PM is on Legal and Economic Reforms in Maynmar. The key speaker is Dr Sean Turnell who is an Associate Professor in Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, and is the author of numerous publications on Burma, including his bookContinue reading “Legal and Economic Reforms in Myanmar”

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”

University of Yangon website

The University of Yangon is now online, and its website includes information on the Law Department: “The Department of Law came into existence in 1920 together with the Rangoon University, what is today the University of Yangon (YU). It was one of seven original affiliated faculties of the Rangoon University. During the early years, the Law DepartmentContinue reading “University of Yangon website”

Constitutional Writs as Weapons in Myanmar

In 2011, Myanmar began its transition to democracy under a civilian-military led government. The process has taken place within the framework of the 2008 Constitution and it has been followed by a range of legal and institutional reforms. One of the important features of the Constitution is that it “re-introduces” constitutionally entrenched writs. This raisesContinue reading “Constitutional Writs as Weapons in Myanmar”

Conference on Comparative Administrative Law in Asia

On 8-10 July 2013, the second annual conference on Comparative Administrative Law in Asia will be hosted by the Institutum Iurisprudentiae Academia Sinica (IIAS), Taiwan. The theme of the conference is ‘Proportionality and Democratic Accountability’. The conference program can be downloaded here. I will present a paper on ‘Administrative Law in Myanmar: Constitutionally Entrenched Writs and Accountability in an EraContinue reading “Conference on Comparative Administrative Law in Asia”