This article by Elliott Prasse-Freeman in Myanmar: The Dynamics of an Evolving Polity (2015) draws on interviews with lawyers and legal aid professionals in Yangon to map the informal mechanisms through which Myanmar people seek out their versions of justice.
This 2014 article published in the Wisconsin International Law Journal argues that Myanmar lawyers should take up advocacy for the law itself as a cause and a long-term, systemically oriented view of their efforts as activists.
In December 2014, the Supreme Court of the Union published a three-year strategic plan for the judiciary. It includes five key performance areas: 1) Protect Public Access; 2) Promote Public Awareness; 3) Enhance Judicial Independence and Accountability; 4) Ensure Equality, Fairness, and Integrity of the Judiciary; and 5) Strengthen Efficiency and Timeliness of Case Processing. Year by year plans and reports on their implementation are available on the Supreme Court’s website.
This September 2014 report by the Myanmar Legal Aid Network (MLAW) draws on in-depth qualitative research in Yangon Region and Mon State, identifying four priority justice concerns from respondents.
This May 2016 handbook by the International Commission of Jurists provides a legal analysis of the writ of habeas corpus in international law and within Myanmar’s legal framework, and concludes with recommendations for the ongoing reform process.
This 2010 publication from the International Development Law Organization is a rich compilation of detailed case studies on legal empowerment around the world. Topics range from land rights to livelihoods to discrimination.
This July 2014 article by the International Center for Transitional Justice argues that dealing with past abuses in Myanmar is essential to achieving progress on the peace process and economic development. It concludes with recommendations on how to incorporate transitional justice into programmatic reform and development efforts.
This December 2012 report by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute draws on interviews with over 100 participants by IBAHRI members in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, and Bago, including senior politicians, civil society activists, judges, lawyers, diplomats, and INGO workers. Much of its analysis remains relevant today.
The British Council Myanmar and CSO Loka Ahlinn co-administered the Capacity Building and Rule of Law Promotion Project, which aimed to develop a network of CSOs and legal professionals to raise awareness of legal and human rights. This August 2014 report draws on quantitative and qualitative research on public perceptions of rule of law effectiveness in Mawlamyaing, Bogalay, and Dawei townships. It concludes with recommendations for how to advance reform through advocacy and policy action.