Skip to main content

Cause Lawyers in Asia

The Wisconsin International Law Journal has recently published a special edition on Cause Lawyers in Asia (Issue 3, Fall 2013). The volume includes the following contributions:



Mobilizing Law for Justice in Asia: A Comparative Approach 
Frank W. Munger, Scott L. Cummings and Louise G. Trubek

New Paths to Justice: A Tale of Social Justice Lawyering in Bangladesh 
Cynthia Farid  

The Call of the Times: Strategic Public Interest Lawyering during the Arroyo Regime in the Philippines (2001-2010)
H. Harry L. Roque

TRAFCORD and Its Participation in the Promotion of Human Rights to Counter Human Trafficking in Thailand 
Duean Wongsa

Social Justice Lawyering and the Meaning of Indian Constitutionalism: A Case Study of the Alternative Law Forum 
Arvind Narrain and Arun K  Thiruvengadam  

Protecting Community Rights: Prospects for Public Interest Lawyering in Mongolia 
Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash and Jennifer Rasmussen

Monkey in a Wig: Loyarburok, Undimsia, Public Interest Litigation and beyond 
Shanmuga Kanesalingam  

Tim Lindsey and Melissa Crouch

Of Absences, Masks, and Exceptions: Cause Lawyering in Singapore 
Jothie Rajah and Arun K Thiruvengadam

The Jurifidication of Cause Advocacy in Socialist Asia: Vietnam as a Case Study
John Gillespie

Not Just Defending; Advocating for Law in Myanmar 
Nick Cheesman and Kyaw Minn San

Sleeping with Dragons; Politically Embedded Lawyers Suing the Chinese State 
John Wagner Givens

A Short History of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative's Technical Assistance Approach
Jennifer Rasmussen 




Popular posts from this blog

The impact of Covid-19 on research

Covid-19 is currently disrupting academic publishing in a number of ways. 
There are disruptions to the global supply chain for the manufacture and distribution of printed journals. The following publishers have halted journal printing until further notice: Cambridge University Press (from 25 March 2020) Taylor & Francis (from 10 April)
Some journal editors or editing boards have suspended or delayed the review or publication process for academic journals. 
On the other hand, some publishers are providing open access content for a limited period of time. See the following links from the UNSW library and the ANU library, or select publishers websites such as OUP.  The University of California Press has opened free access to all its journals until the end of June 2020
Hart Publishing is currently offering free access for libraries to its online platform, Bloomsbury Collections, until the end of May. To enable access for your institution, email Hart atOnlineSalesUK@bloomsbury.com

The Austral…

Access to Justice and Administrative Law in Myanmar

Administrative law is an important part of access to justice because it can operate as a check and balance on government decision-making, and provide an avenue for individuals to seek review of government decisions.

In a report sponsored by USAID and TetraTech for their 'Promoting the Rule of Law in Myanmar' program, I emphasise the importance of administrative law in Myanmar in promoting good governance, accountability and checks on executive power. 
The main avenue for judicial review of administrative action in Myanmar is the constitutional writs under the 2008 Constitution. Since 2011, a large number of applications for the constitutional writs have been brought to the Supreme Court. The Writ Procedure Law 2014 was introduced to clarify the Supreme Court procedure for handling writ cases. The constitutional writs are a new area of law and support needs to be provided to a range of legal actors in order to take hold of the potential opportunity this provides. 
Efforts must als…

Professional Legal Education in Commercial and Corporate Law in Myanmar

Dr Melissa Crouch and Associate Professor Lisa Toohey of UNSW Law Faculty are undertaking a Professional Legal Education Project in Commercial and Corporate law in Myanmar (2016-2017), funded by the Asian Development Bank. Melissa Crouch is the Team leader and Legal Education and Myanmar Law expert. Lisa Toohey is the Legal Education and Commercial Law expert on the project. Emma Dunlop is the Legal Researcher and Project administrator.

The focus of the project is on improving legal education and skills integral to the transactional practice and adjudication of commercial law, at this critical time in Myanmar's transition to democracy. The project includes developing a training program for the practical legal training needs of private lawyers, government lawyers, prosecutors and judges in commercial and financial law. 


In 2016, the first stage of the project has included meetings and focus group discussions with most of the major law firms - foreign and local - in Yangon. It has als…