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Books/ Handbooks

Aung, Hla. Law and Justice in Myanmar. Yangon: Tun Foundation Basnk Literary Committee, 2008.
About: "This volume is divided in three parts: The  first part deals with philosophy of law and the second part is primarily with Myanmar customary law and its development. The third presents important aspects of the law such as International law, humanitarian law and comparative law." [Myanmar Book Centre]


DLA Piper. Myanmar Rule of Law Assessment. DLA Piper, New Perimeter, 2013.

Purpose: Advancing law reform efforts in Burma/ Myanmar.

Content: "Law reform is being implemented from the top‑down, but these efforts must be driven into government bureaucracies and down to the local level, and coupled with major grassroots efforts to educate people about their rights. The juridicial system is in need of large- scale reform- corruption is a serious issue and decisions are sometimes made by the executive branch." [Author]

Rausch, Colette and Hayward, Susan. USIP Burma/Myanmar Rule of Law Trip Report. Washington: United States Institute for Peace, 2013.

Purpose: To explore how external partners can best support the ongoing rule of law reform process,  to measure rule of law awareness among selected ethnic groups and to explore their immediate rule of law concerns. 

Content: "This report provides a detailed portrait of the team’s experiences and the input and insights from local actors. The report also includes recommendations offered by workshop and meeting participants and USIP on where and how international assistance for rule of law reform can be most useful." [Author]

 The Rule of Law in Myanmar: Challenges and Prospects. London: International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, 2012.

Purpose: To find out how far Myanmar has begun to adhere to globally prevalent understandings of the rule of law.

Content: "Myanmar is currently undergoing rapid transformation. After two decades of internal repression, civil wars and estrangement from the international community, it has embarked on a process of reform. Critics of the government have been freed from jail; ceasefires have been negotiated with some of its armed opponents; and the country looks set once again to engage with the global economy." [Author]



The Rule of Law in Myanmar: Challenges and Prospects. Panel Discussion. London: International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, 2013.
About: "Moderated by Owen Bennett-Jones, the expert panel comprised members of the IBAHRI fact-finding delegation: Judge Philippe Kirsch OC QC, former president of the International Criminal Court, Canada, Professor Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, former Director of Public Prosecutions of New South Wales, Australia; and Sadakat Kadri, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, UK  and the mission rapporteur." [IBAHRI]
The Rule of Law. Panel Discussion. London: London School of Economics and Political Studies, 2012.
About: "The panel of experts include Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the Chairman of the National League for Democracy and a Member of Parliament in Burma; Christine Chinkin, who is a Professor in International Law at LSE; Nicola Lacey, who is a Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at the University of Oxford; Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who is a barrister and a signatory of Harvard's Crimes in Burma report; Dr Zarni, who is the Founder of the Free Burma Coalition, and Mary Kaldor, who is a Professor of Global Governance at LSE." [LSE]

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Burma Lawyer's Council

About: The Burma Lawyer's Council is a non-government organisation that promotes and assists in the educating, implementating, restoring, and improving basic human rights, democratic rights, and the rule of law in Burma. Also assists in the drafting and implementating a constitution for Burma, and in associated matters of legal education.


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