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Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar

Edited by: Melissa Crouch, Tim Lindsey

ISBN13: 9781849465977
Published: October 2014
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.00
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This is the first edited volume to address the dynamics of the legal system of Myanmar/Burma in the context of the dramatic transition to democracy that formally began in 2011.

It includes contributions from leading scholars in the field on a range of key legal issues now facing Myanmar, such as judicial independence, constitutional law, human rights and institutional reform. It features chapters on the legal history of Myanmar; electoral reform; the role of the judiciary; economic reforms; and the state of company law.

It also includes chapters that draw on the experiences of other countries to contextualise Myanmar's transition to democracy in a comparative setting, including Myanmar's participation in regional bodies such as ASEAN. This topical book comes at a critical juncture in Myanmar's legal development and will be an invaluable resource for students and teachers seeking greater understanding of the legal system of Myanmar.

It will also be vital reading for a wide range of government, business and civil society organisations seeking to re-engage with Myanmar, as it navigates a difficult transition toward democracy and the rule of law.

Other Jurisdictions , Asia, Myanmar
Part I: The Legal System of Myanmar
1. Introduction: Myanmar, Law Reform and Asian Legal Studies
Melissa Crouch and Tim Lindsey
2. A Short Research Guide to Myanmar's Legal System
Melissa Crouch and Nick Cheesman
3. The Layers of Legal Development in Myanmar
Melissa Crouch
Part II: The Courts: Past and Present
4. Is Burmese Law Buddhist? Transition and Tradition
Andrew Huxley
5. Bodies on the Line in Burma's Law Reports, 1892–1922
Nick Cheesman
6. Understanding the Myanmar Supreme Court's Docket: An Analysis of Case Topics from 2007 to 2011
Dominic J Nardi, Jr and Lwin Moe
Part III: Constitutionalism
7. What's So Bad about Burma's 2008 Constitution? A Guide for the Perplexed
David C Williams
8. The Common Law and Constitutional Writs: Prospects for Accountability in Myanmar
Melissa Crouch
9. Constitution-making in Myanmar: Insights from World Experience
Anna Dziedzic and Cheryl Saunders
Part IV: Economic, Political and Business Reforms
10. Legislative Foundations of Myanmar's Economic Reforms
Sean Turnell
11. Elections and the Reform Agenda
Michael Lidauer and Gilles Saphy
12. A Principled Approach to Company Law Reform in Myanmar
Melinda Tun
13. The Securities Exchange Law and Prospectus Regulation: Early Sketches of Equity Capital Market Law and Regulation in Myanmar
Tun Zaw Mra
Part V: Law Enforcement, Conflict and Dispute Resolution
14. Police Reform and the 'Civilianisation' of Security in Myanmar
Andrew Selth
15. Legal Perspectives on Industrial Disputes in Myanmar
Kyaw Soe Lwin
16. War, Law, Politics: Reflections on Violence and the Kachin
Nicholas Farrelly
17. Civilian Protection and the Politics of Humanitarian Action in Kachin State
Alistair DB Cook
Part VI: Myanmar Law in Regional and Comparative Perspective
18. Unlike Any Land You Know About? Myanmar, Reform and the Indonesia Model
Tim Lindsey
19. The Regional Context of Myanmar's Democratic Transition: What Role for ASEAN's New Institutions?
Catherine Shanahan Renshaw
20. Law and Development in its Burmese Moment: Legal Reform in an Emerging Democracy
Andrew Harding