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”

Reflections on Myanmar’s Parliament: From Past to Present

This seminar will draw on the speakers’s extensive expertise in Myanmar to reflect on the role of its parliament. Burma embarked on a decreed and acquiesced political transition to a “disciplined democracy” in 2010. It was preceded by the 2008 national constitutional referendum. The military ruling body, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), declaredContinue reading “Reflections on Myanmar’s Parliament: From Past to Present”

ASEAN 360 by Asia Society

Join Asia Society Australia at King & Wood Mallesons in the week of the historic ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney for ASEAN 360°.  A comprehensive briefing covering the trade and investment, geopolitics and social issues facing the region.Delivered by business, government, academic and media experts based in ASEAN and Australia, this lunchtime panel discussion willContinue reading “ASEAN 360 by Asia Society”

Constitutional Workshops in Myanmar

The past week I have been involved with a range of workshops for International IDEA in Myanmar. This included with the Supreme Court, Constitutional Tribunal, members of parliament and ethnic political parties.  The workshop with the Constitutional Tribunal focused on the ‘The Process of Constitution Building: Constitutional Design and Constitutional Interpretation in a Federal System’. CoverageContinue reading “Constitutional Workshops in Myanmar”

Democracy and Peace Frustrated in Myanmar: Remembering U Ko Ni

Acknowledgement: This article first appeared in The Interpreter, The Lowy Institute, 29 January 2018– Today marks one year since U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and advocate for constitutional reform, was assassinated in Myanmar. This was just one of many incidents in 2017 that indicated a sharp decline in freedoms not only in Myanmar but across SoutheastContinue reading “Democracy and Peace Frustrated in Myanmar: Remembering U Ko Ni”

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”

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar has recently been published, edited by Adam Simpson, Iain Halliday and Nicholas Farrelly. It was great to be a part of this collaborative effort. Abstract as follows: This timely Handbook describes the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of this crucial period of transition in Myanmar. It presents explanations for contradictory trends,Continue reading “Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar”

UNSW Southeast Asia Events

A Review of 2017Looking back on 2017, its been a busy year for UNSW Law and its events in/at/on Southeast Asia. Here’s a brief overview: JanuaryFaculty member, Co-teaching Stream on ‘Law and Society in Southeast Asia’, Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law & Policy Workshop, 5-12 January, Bangkok, Thailand. FebruaryLecturer, Course on Principles and Processes ofContinue reading “UNSW Southeast Asia Events”

Seminar at Jentera Law School

On 2 November 2017 I visited Jentera Law School, a new law school that began in 2014 based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Jentera Law School has a young and vibrant faculty with strong connections to key law reform and policy institutes, including the Centre for the Study of Law and Policy (PSHK), Hukumonline, and the Daniel SContinue reading “Seminar at Jentera Law School”