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Constitutional Design in the Muslim World

    The Law School at Northwestern University are running a Colloquium Series on Constitutional Design in the Muslim World in 2013-2014.  The colloquium is convened by Professor Erin Delaney and Professor Kristen Stilt, and will feature work from scholars on jurisdictions as diverse as  Iran, Egypt, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The working papers to be presented at the colloquium, and further information on the colloquium is available at the Colloquium website .  

National Human Rights Commissions in Myanmar, Indonesia

The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law has recently launched a Special Edition on the Development of the Rule of Law in East Asia. I have written an article on 'Asian Legal Transplants and Rule of Law Reform: National Human Rights Commission in Myanmar and Indonesia' , which is available for download here . Myanmar National Human Rights Commission The abstract is as follows: The adoption of public accountability institutions has become a crucial aspect of rule of law projects worldwide. This article focuses on National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in order to explore the process by which such legal models and ideas are adopted and borrowed from global actors, and the reliance on regional and sub-regional networks. It considers case studies of two NHRI, Indonesia and Myanmar. It examines several possible meanings and sources of ‘Asian legal transplants’, particularly the role of regional networks as sources of legitimacy. It argues that the sub-regional NHRI ne

Teaching Myanmar's next generation of lawyers

Major changes have already been made to the legal system in Myanmar over the last two years. The next 10 years will be crucial to the country’s transition to a democratic legal system. As the reform process progresses, there is an urgent need for a new generation of law graduates capable of contributing to the development and consolidation of the law reform process. In August 2012, it was  announced  that undergraduate degrees would begin to be offered once again by the University of Yangon and Mandalay University. This new cohort of students, to begin in December 2013, will include 15 LLB students in each of the law departments. These changes raise key challenges when considered in light of the history of legal education and the tertiary sector. The  history of legal education  in Burma began at the then Rangoon University in 1920. For many years, it only offered a postgraduate law degree. It was not until 1965 that a full-time five-year course, referred to as an LLB degree, was

Talk on People Smuggling at RSIS, Singapore, and the University of Melbourne

On 3 September 2013, Melissa gave a talk at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The talk was based on the policy paper on 'People Smuggling Trials in Indonesia', co-authored with Dr Antje Missbach. Dr Antje Missbach will also be giving a talk on People Smuggling Trials in Indonesia on 16 September at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, at the University of Melbourne. For more details on the event and to register, see here . She was interviewed by the ABC here ('Wrong to Suggest Indonesia Soft on People Smugglers: Report') Other reports on the study have also recently been covered by SBS and The Age .