U Ko Ni and Legal Reform in Myanmar

The International Bar Association has released a report examining the trial of the men responsible for the assassination of U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer from Myanmar. Here’s a brief recap on some resources available on U Ko Ni, his life and contribution, and the legal system he sought to reform. This article is a personal tributeContinue reading “U Ko Ni and Legal Reform in Myanmar”

Human Rights Resource Centre study on religion in ASEAN

I was recently interested to learn of some of the new research being done in ASEAN countries by The Human Rights Resource Centre. The centre is based at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta, and is affiliated with ASEAN.Its most recent publication is a series of country reviews of judicial training in ASEAN countries. In early 2015, itContinue reading “Human Rights Resource Centre study on religion in ASEAN”

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”

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”

Policy paper: Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia

On 21 May 2013, a policy paper, ‘Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia: 2007-2012‘, written by Dr Antje Missbach and Dr Melissa Crouch was launched by the new Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, at the University of Melbourne. The policy paper addresses the critical need for greater knowledge and understanding of how the contemporary Indonesian legal systemContinue reading “Policy paper: Trials of People Smugglers in Indonesia”