States of Denial: How the Rohingya Lost the Right to Vote

This coming Friday I will speak at Northwestern’s Buffet Institute for Global Studies in Evanston on ‘States of Interpretive Denial in Myanmar’. Abstract of the talk:  The international community celebrated the 2015 Myanmar elections and the success of the National League for Democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi. It was even more remarkable that theContinue reading “States of Denial: How the Rohingya Lost the Right to Vote”

ABF Talk: Constitutional Legacies in Authoritarian Regimes

On Wednesday 10 October, I will present as part of the American Bar Foundation speaker series in Chicago on “Constitutional Legacies in Authoritarian Regimes: How the Military Uses the Constitution to Rule Myanmar”. Abstract: How and why do authoritarian regimes draft constitutions to perpetuate their legacy? The field of comparative constitutional law and politics has sought to understand theContinue reading “ABF Talk: Constitutional Legacies in Authoritarian Regimes”

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”

Seminar at Buffett Institute’s Global Politics and Religion Faculty Research Group

On 5 October 2018, I will give a talk at Northwestern’s Buffet Institute Global Politics and Religion Faculty Research Group, at the Evanston campus, US.  The topic of my talk is “States of Interpretive Denial in Myanmar: How the Rohingya Lost the Right to Vote and Why it Matters“ Abstract of the talk: The international communityContinue reading “Seminar at Buffett Institute’s Global Politics and Religion Faculty Research Group”

Constitution-making in Divided Societies: The Case of Myanmar

On 13 September 2018 I will be speaking at the Center for Constitutional Democracy, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Indianapolis, on “Constitution-Making in Divided Societies”. Calls for constitutional reform persist in many countries around the global. Constitutional design and participation in constitution-making presents particular challenges in divided societies. Demands for constitutional change are often perceived as anContinue reading “Constitution-making in Divided Societies: The Case of Myanmar”

Constitutional Law in Asia: Special Issue

The International Journal of Constitutional Law has recently published a special issue on constitutional law in Asia, and the articles are free to download online. It includes: Directive principles and the expressive accommodation of ideological dissenters, Tarunabh KhaitanDictators, democrats, and constitutional dialogue: Myanmar’s constitutional tribunal, Melissa CrouchJudging socio-economic rights in Hong Kong, Michael RamsdenConstitutionalizing administrative law in theContinue reading “Constitutional Law in Asia: Special Issue”

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”

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”

Burmese Student Welcome at UNSW

On Friday 9 March 2018, the Institute for Global Development was pleased to host a welcome event for Burmese student scholarship holders at the University of New South Wales. These students are recipients of Myanmar Presidential Scholarships, and DFAT scholarships across a wide range of disciplines. The meeting was hosted by Myanmar Academic Leads, DrContinue reading “Burmese Student Welcome at UNSW”