Advancing indigeneity, gender, and sustainability: Indigenous women’s rights activism in Inle Lake, Myanmar

Date & time
1–2pm Wednesday 12 May 2021

Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law, Building 7, Room 7.4.1., 6 Fellows Road, Acton, ACT 2601

Dr Jonathan Liljeblad
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ANU College of Law Research Seminar

Part of the ANU College of Law Research Seminar Series 2021 series

Advancing Indigeneity, Gender, & Sustainability: Indigenous Women’s Rights Activism in Inle Lake, Myanmar

Prior to the February 1 2021 military coup, Myanmar's transition encompassed broad political, legal, economic, and socio-cultural issues. Such issues were not isolated, but linked. An illustrative example of the complexities is found in Indigenous women's activism in Inle Lake, Myanmar.

Presented by Dr Jonathan Liljeblad, ANU College of Law senior lecturer, this seminar explores the case of the Inle Professional Women's Association and the intersectional nature of its work across issue spaces of Indigenous identity, gender, environment and development. The analysis draws on interviews from fieldwork conducted in 2018-2019 with the association's leadership, highlighting the concerns, motivations, and strategies of the association.

From such information, the analysis notes the role of self-determination across the association's intersectional issue spaces and the subsequent implications of such bottom-up approaches for current rights-centred development agendas.


  • Dr Jonathan Liljeblad »

    Jonathan Liljeblad received a PhD and JD from the University of Southern California (USC), an MS from the University of Washington (UW), and a BS from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). His research largely focuses on rule-of-law, with case studies from human rights and environmental issues. His fieldwork is mostly in Myanmar. Generally, his research falls within the fields of international law, rule-of-law, human rights, environmental law, law & development, and law & society. Due to the empirical nature of his research, his work connects academia, government, and civil society; seeks interdisciplinary, transboundary, and cross-cultural collaborations; and endeavors to nurture direct impact upon policy-makers and societal leaders. He was born in Myanmar, but grew up in Sweden and the United States. He received an Endeavour Research Grant (2018) and was a Fulbright Scholar (2014-2015). He currently is working on projects supported by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


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