Myanmar Law Webinar Series

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
4:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Registration Required

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Following the military coup of February 2021, Myanmar’s education system became a host for civil disobedience protests, with teachers and students protesting the country’s state-run schools. The military, or Tatmadaw, responded by occupying campuses and prosecuting teachers and students. In the time since 2021, the Tatmadaw has escalated its violence, including schools among the targets in its attacks against pro-democracy resistance. The webinar hosts Myanmar natives providing 1st-person accounts of their experiences in the education system amidst Myanmar’s pro-democracy struggle. The webinar addresses the challenges facing teachers and students in Myanmar’s ongoing conflict, and the ways international aid efforts can navigate the ethical and legal challenges of rendering assistance.


Dr. Ka Lok Yip is an Assistant Professor at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar. Her academic research straddles international law, social theory, and empirical studies in armed conflict and post-conflict settings. She has written extensively on the international law on the use of force, international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

Dr. Su Yin Htun is a former US-ASEAN Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University and a former Professor of Law at University of Mandalay. She is currently serving as Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) Professor at the International Affairs Department of the Ministry of Education under the National Unity Government.

Yamin (pseudonym) was born in Yangon, Myanmar. She graduated from the University of Yangon. She worked for the Ministry of Education for more than 20 years. She was a Professor in Myanmar until the military coup. She took part in the CDM, and fled her homeland as she was wanted by the military.

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Liljeblad is an Associate Professor at The Australian National University's College of Law. His research largely focuses on rule-oflaw, with case studies from human rights and environmental issues. Generally, his research falls within the fields of international law, rule-of-law, human rights, environmental law, law & development, and law & society.

Cosponsored by Australian National University College of Law, Harvard University Asia Center, UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies, and UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies. 


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Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies