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Arson, exclusion and exodus

ANU Seminar on Rakhine State Tuesday 3 October 2017 Location:  Lecture Theatre 1.02, Sir Roland Wilson Building, ANU Myanmar has made global headlines in recent weeks due to the flight of almost half a million self-identifying Rohingya to Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries. The exodus follows attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) against Myanmar police outposts in October 2016 and again on August 25 2017 which were coordinated with the release of a report on conditions in Rakhine State by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. Massive reprisals by Myanmar Armed Forces and vigilante groups have followed, with refugees describing arson attacks, massacres in villages and wide scale human rights abuses. For decades Rakhine State has experienced recurrent outbreaks of violence. This panel discussion will bring together academic and policy experts to situate the latest events in the history of violence and consider implications for the lives of Ro

The Convenience of Terrorism in Myanmar

This article first appeared in Lowy's Institute The Interpreter , 12 September 2017 The major and protracted  humanitarian crisis  in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State has serious local, regional and global implications. Many have rightly  deplored the human rights situation  and called for urgent humanitarian assistance while the world has become preoccupied with the silence of Aung San Suu Kyi and her fall from grace. What appears to have gone largely unquestioned, however, is that the military and the government now ascribe the causes of the current conflict to ‘terrorism’. This convenient explanation should not be accepted at face value. After a series of coordinated attacks against police on 25 August, the government's Anti-Terrorism Committee  declared  the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) to be a terrorist organisation. While this is the first time a group has been declared a terrorist organisation under the nation's new Anti-Terrorism Law, brandi

Graduation Ceremony for Legal Training Program

  On 29 August 2017, UNSW Law hosted the graduation ceremony in Yangon for 36 lawyers who completed the UNSW/ADB Professional Legal Education in Commercial and Corporate Law Training Program.  The training program was designed and run by a team at UNSW Law led by Dr Melissa Crouch.  The intensive training course ran from April to July 2017 and included training on professional legal conduct, contract law, company law, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, and environmental law. Participants had to attend all training sessions and pass several written assignments.  The training was conducted in partnership with several prominent law firms in Myanmar, including Baker McKenzie, Allen & Gledhill, DFDL, and Stephenson Harwood. The training benefited from the expertise of Melinda Tun, Khin Thandar, Helen Rhind-Hufnagel, Robin Scott, Min Naing Oo, Jo Daniels and Nishant Choudhry. The program is designed to support the emerging commercial legal profession in Myanmar. The gr