Reinforcing the Capacity of the Legal System in Myanmar

After the independence of Myanmar in 1948, the country was under martial law from 1988 to 2010. In 2010, Myanmar held its first elections in two decades, with the hope that it would mark the beginning of the country’s transition to democracy. The reform of the legal system has a vital role to play in the ongoing transition and good governance in Myanmar.

A functioning and healthy legal system is essential in advancing the rule of law and maintaining sustainable peace in the country. In this context, the Supreme Court of Myanmar has developed a detailed five-year Judicial Strategic Plan, which aims to provide the highest quality of justice for all and promote public trust and confidence in the courts and effective rule of law. The work of the judiciary is complemented by the Union Attorney General’s role to provide legal advice on international law according to the Attorney General of Union Law, and the role of the Constitutional Tribunal set out in the Constitution.

The Foundation endeavours to support the judiciary through Roundtable Discussions for the Supreme Court of Myanmar at the apex of the judicial hierarchy on cutting-edge issues to advance the rule of law. This will be further advanced by Training-of-Trainer workshops for sustainable capacity building for the lower judiciary. Parallel research activities with the Union Attorney General’s Office on international law and Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar on constitutional law will complement these workshops.

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1 January 2020 – 31 December 2021

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