Short abstracts of the presentations were submitted by many of the speakers in advance of the conference. The titles of those that were submitted are underlined; to view those abstracts, click on the title.

Title: Unlocking The University Gates: Connecting Myanmar Legal Education To The Legal Profession And To Community Concerns

Lead Presenter: Jacob Stevens


  1. Helen Yandell

Session Abstract: “Unlocking the University Gates…” will be presented along with “Nationwide Development of CLE in Myanmar-Strengths and Challenges.” We expect to focus on three related vehicles for justice education and capacity building: a BABSEA CLE project engaging university law department teachers in clinical legal education; a pilot public defender (legal aid) office in Yangon; and a UN Development Programme pilot establishing “Rule of Law Centres” for lawyers, government justice actors, and civil society members. These interrelated inititiatives each pose challenging questions for how to promote interactive learning methodologies, collaboration across professions and communities, and human rights principles in a very much still transitional and authoritarian environment. Attendees will be asked to take a stand, problem-solve, and even perhaps role play solutions to aid the panelists move forward in these still ongoing and exciting projects.

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