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Reflections on Myanmar’s Parliament: From Past to Present

This seminar will draw on the speakers's extensive expertise in Myanmar to reflect on the role of its parliament. Burma embarked on a decreed and acquiesced political transition to a “disciplined democracy” in 2010. It was preceded by the 2008 national constitutional referendum. The military ruling body, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), declared it as an overwhelming endorsement of their carefully-crafted 2008 constitution. However, the people simply voted for change: change from complete military rule to the promise of something else. They did not embrace the 2008 constitution, neither having seen it nor been included in any deliberations or design. The nation-wide elections that followed the referendum was boycotted by Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), and major Ethnic Nationalities Parties that were formed in 1990, the year the NLD won a nation-wide election in a landslide. The rest is history, as the military dictatorship deni

ASEAN 360 by Asia Society

Join Asia Society Australia at King & Wood Mallesons in the week of the historic ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney for ASEAN 360°.  A comprehensive briefing covering the trade and investment, geopolitics and social issues facing the region. Delivered by business, government, academic and media experts based in ASEAN and Australia, this lunchtime panel discussion will provide a deep dive into the critical issues for Australia - ASEAN, for senior business and policy leaders’ shaping our engagement with the region. Date:  Monday 12 March Time:  12.00 -2.00pm Venue:  King & Wood Mallesons, Level 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney This event is open to members of Asia Society Australia and invited guests only. If you are not a member and would like to attend, please contact for more information.  For more on the event see the official website Our Panel Ambassador  Chan Heng Chee,  Asia Society Global Co-Chair

Constitutional Workshops in Myanmar

The past week I have been involved with a range of workshops for International IDEA in Myanmar. This included with the Supreme Court, Constitutional Tribunal, members of parliament and ethnic political parties.  The workshop with the Constitutional Tribunal focused on the ' The Process of Constitution Building: Constitutional Design and Constitutional Interpretation in a Federal System'.  Coverage of a workshop with the Constitutional Tribunal appeared on national television (mrtv) , and in the Myanmar-language daily newspaper (Kyemon), on 9 February 2018. In the coming week, we have several workshops as part of the annual Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project. This colaborative education initiative began in 2013. Since then, there have been multiple annual workshops with a wide range of stakeholders on matters of comparative constitutional law. This month the workshops will be held in Taunggyi and Yangon.