Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project | Law

Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project

Background

The Australia Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project began in 2013 as a joint enterprise of a number of Law Schools: including the University of Sydney; the University of New South Wales (UNSW); the Australian National University; the National University of Singapore; and associated scholars from the University of Victoria, Canada; and Oxford University.  Management of the project rotates within this consortium. UNSW is currently the institution responsible for the Project. 

Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project

Project Outcomes

The Project aims to directly increase the capacity of local actors to participate positively in the process of constitutional reform in Myanmar. It will do this by expanding the constitutional vocabulary of different groups within society (ethnic communities, grass-roots organisations, political leaders, members of the media) so that they can contribute to political discourse. It will also provide a forum for debate and discussion between groups and actors who may not previously have had opportunities to come together to participate in constitutional conversations.

In the long term, the Project’s objective is to expand the democratic political space during a critical time in Myanmar’s transition towards constitutional democracy. The Project aims to support increased constitutional stability, leading to an environment where there is greater prospect for peaceful and equitable development. The Project also strengthens linkages and networks between scholars and members of civil society in Myanmar and Australia.

Project Sponsors

Past sponsors of the Project include: Rotary Australia; the Australian embassy in Yangon; Konrad Adenaur Stiftung; the University of Sydney; the University of New South Wales; the Australian National University; the National University of Singapore.

Current sponsors include KOICA and the Community of Democracies, and Konrad Adenaur Stiftung. 

Previous Events

  • Major International Workshop, Yangon May 2013
  • Major International Workshop, Yangon and Naypyidaw, November 2014
  • Major International Workshop, Mandalay and Naypyidaw, July 2015
  • Major International Workshop, Yangon, November 2015
  • Major International Workshop, Yangon, Naypyidaw and Myitkyina, November 2016
  • Future workshops plan for 2017

UNSW Project Team

Affiliated scholars:

  • Dr Catherine Renshaw, Western Sydney University
  • Professor Wojciech Sadurski, University of Sydney
  • Professor Adam Czarnota, University of New South Wales