Dr Jonathan Liljeblad

Senior Lecturer
PhD (University of Southern California), JD (University of Southern California), MS (University of Washington), BS (California Institute of Technology)
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Biography

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).

Appointments

  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA)
  • Law and Society Association (LSA)

Significant research publications

Published Books

  • Published (Book): Liljeblad, Jonathan & Bas Verschuuren (eds.). (2018) Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Natural Sites. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-815377009
  • Published (Book): Liljeblad, Jonathan & Amanda Kennedy (eds.). (2016) Food Systems Governance. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138939431.
  • Published (Book): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2014) The Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES): Local Authority & International Policy. Quid Pro Books. ISBN: 978-1610272162.

Published Book Chapters

  • Forthcoming (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2019) “The Prospects for Amending Myanmar’s 2008 Constitution in its Transition to Democracy,” in Same Varayudej (ed.), Constitutionalism, the Rule of Law, & Democratic Governance—Challenges & Prospects in Southeast Asia.
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2019) “The Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar (ILAM): Placing the Idea of an Independent Bar Association within the Discourse on Legal Transplants,”  in Vito Breda (ed.), Legal Transplants in East Asia & Oceania. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1-108475297
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018)Indigenous Voices & Indigenous Sacred Sites, Promoting Diverse Perspectives in a Global Discourse,” in Jonathan Liljeblad & Bas Verschuuren (eds.), Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Natural Sites. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-815377009
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan, et al. (2018) “Implications of the Diversity of Concepts & Values of Nature in the Management & Governance of Protected & Conserved Areas,” in Bas Verschuuren & Steve Brown (eds.), Cultural & Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1351609326
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018) “A Summary of the Government for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,” in Norbert Eschborn (ed.), Rule of Law Handbook for Journalists in Myanmar. United Nations Development Programme. ISBN: 978-9997104199
  • Published (Book Chapter):Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018) “Sambor Prei Kuk: Demarcating the Relationship Between Religion & Cultural Heritage as Human Rights in Cambodia,” in Peter Bille Larsen (ed.), World Heritage & Human Rights: Lessons from the Asia-Pacific & Global Arena. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138224216
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2016) “The Pa’oh Governance System & Kakku: Implications for Heritage Conservation,” in Bas Verschuuren & Naoya Furuta (eds.), Asian Sacred Natural Sites. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138936317.
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2016) “Foucault’s Evaluation of the UN Call for Human Rights in Global Food Governance,” in Amanda Kennedy & Jonathan Liljeblad (eds.), Food Systems Governance. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138939431.

Published Journal Articles

  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018) “Beyond Transnational Advocacy: Lessons from Engagement of Myanmar Indigenous Peoples with the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review.” Vermont Law Review 43(2). (Impact Factor = .68)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018) “Democracy, Rule of Law, & Legal Ethics Education: Directing Lawyers to Support Democratization in Myanmar.” Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 47(2) (Impact Factor = .3)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018) “Review: Constitutionalism & Legal Change in Myanmar.” Journal of Contemporary Asia 48(1) (Impact Factor = 1.141)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2017) “The Efficacy of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) Seen in Context: Lessons from the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC).” Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal 19(1): 95-132 (Impact Factor = .61)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2017) “Transnational Support & Legal Education Reform in Developing Countries: Findings & Lessons from Burma/Myanmar.” Loyola University of Chicago International Law Review 14(2): 133-154 (Impact Factor = .34)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2017) “The Pyu Ancient Cities World Heritage Application: Lessons from Myanmar on Transnational Advocacy Networks.” Journal of Civil Society 13(1): 23-35. (Impact Factor = 1.22)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2017) “The Hopi, the Katsinam, & the French Courts: Looking Outside the Law in the Repatriation of Indigenous Cultural Heritage.” International Journal of Heritage Studies 23(1): 15-24. (Impact Factor = 1.08)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2016) “The 2014 Enabling Law of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission & the United Nations Paris Principles: A Critical Evaluation.” Journal of East Asia & International Law 9(2): 427-448 (Impact Factor = .11)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2016) “Understanding the Complexities of Civil Disobedience for Cyberspace Protests in the Case of Aaron Swartz.” Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal 42(1): 1-20. (Impact Factor = .3)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2016) “China, Western Art Museums, & Dissident Art Via Social Networks.” The Poster 3(1 & 2): 7-18.
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2015) “Human Safaris: A Foucauldian Alternative to the Law’s Treatment of the Indigenous Andaman Jarawa.” Australian Indigenous Law Review 18(2):1-15.
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2015) “A Cautionary Note on Indigenous Culture & Internet Search Tools.” American Indian Culture & Research Journal 39(1): 95-109. (Impact Factor = .47)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (Spring 2015) “Foucault, Justice, & Athletes with Prosthetics: the 2008 CAS Arbitration Report on Oscar Pistorius.” International Sports Law Journal 15(1): 101-111.
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (January 2015) “Using Foucault to Construct Normative Guidelines for an Ethics of Tourist-Indigenous Encounters.” Tourist Studies 15(1): 1-21. (Impact Factor = .667)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2013) “Universalist-Relativist Cultural Ethics, China’s On-Line Communities, & the Global Internet.” China Media Research: 9(2): 1-10.
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2013) “Adaptive Co-Management Thresholds: Understanding Protected Areas Policy as Normative Conflict.” West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 19(2): 231-246. (Impact Factor = .23)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2013) “The Implications of Personal Search for Theories of Global Civil Society.” International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, & Society 8(1): 103-114.
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2009) “Finding Another Link in the Chain:  International Treaties & Devolution to Local Law Enforcement in the Case of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).” Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 18(3): 527-546. (Impact Factor = .51)

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research projects & collaborations

  • Promoting Rule-of-Law Education in Myanmar--supported by funding from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Konrad Adenauer Foundation), research producing direct impact in the form of handbooks to address confusion regarding Myanmar law by educating Myanmar civil society, working professionals, and government. The first handbook addresses elements of Myanmar law related to civil society organizations (CSOs) and the second handbook addresses elements of Myanmar environmental law.

  • Reforms in Myanmar's Legal Profession--related to work under the auspices of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), research analyzing the changes undertaken by actors such as the Myanmar Union Attorney General's Office (UAGO), Office of the Supreme Court of the Union (OSCU), and Independent Lawyers' Association of Myanmar (ILAM) to reform the system of laws and regulations regarding Myanmar lawyers and legal institutions.

  • Legal Education Reform in Myanmar's Post-Authoritarian Transition--a study of the issues associated with Myanmar's attempts to transform its legal education system within the context of the country's transition and alongside global trends in legal education. Particular attention is paid to the introduction of topics such as human rights, environmental law, research methods, and legal ethics/professional responsibility. The work has direct impact in terms of assisting offices of Myanmar's university system in reforming the country's law schools and legal curricula.

  • Indigeneity and Rule-of-Law in Myanmar--associated with the efforts of Myanmar non-government organizations (NGOs) funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the project explores the introduction of indigeneity into the ethno-nationalist discourse in Myanmar and analyze the implications for Myanmar's legal reforms. The project has direct impact in terms of developing guidelines for integrating indigenous rights into ongoing reforms in Myanmar's political and legal system.

  • Rule-of-Law Issues Facing Conservation in Post-Authoritarian Transitions--investigation into the challenges in law and governance impeding scientific efforts to manage and conserve Myanmar's environment, with particular attention to Myanmar's protected areas. The work has direct impact in terms of assisting Myanmar's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC) and international non-government organizations (NGOs) and national civil society organizations (CSOs) working to aid MoNREC).

  • Law, Development, and World Heritage--analysis of the social, cultural, economic, and political complexities associated with the implementation of new Myanmar laws in support of its World Heritage obligations.

Grants

  • Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Project Grant: Civil Society Organizations 2018-2019
  • Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Project Grant: Environmental Law 2018-2019
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship 2018
  • Swinburne University of Technology Research & Innovation Fund 2016-2018
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant (Myanmar) 2014-2015

Consultancies

  • International Commission of Jurists Rule of Law in Myanmar Consultant 2019
  • Danish Institute of Human Rights Human Rights Education in Myanmar Consultant 2019
  • Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Consultant 2019

Books & edited collections

  • Published (Book): Liljeblad, Jonathan & Bas Verschuuren (eds.). (2018) Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Natural Sites. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-815377009
  • Published (Book): Liljeblad, Jonathan & Amanda Kennedy (eds.). (2016) Food Systems Governance. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138939431.
  • Published (Book): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2014) The Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES): Local Authority & International Policy. Quid Pro Books. ISBN: 978-1610272162.

Book chapters

  • Forthcoming (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2019) “The Prospects for Amending Myanmar’s 2008 Constitution in its Transition to Democracy,” in Same Varayudej (ed.), Constitutionalism, the Rule of Law, & Democratic Governance—Challenges & Prospects in Southeast Asia.
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2019) “The Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar (ILAM): Placing the Idea of an Independent Bar Association within the Discourse on Legal Transplants,”  in Vito Breda (ed.), Legal Transplants in East Asia & Oceania. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1-108475297
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018)Indigenous Voices & Indigenous Sacred Sites, Promoting Diverse Perspectives in a Global Discourse,” in Jonathan Liljeblad & Bas Verschuuren (eds.), Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Natural Sites. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-815377009
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan, et al. (2018) “Implications of the Diversity of Concepts & Values of Nature in the Management & Governance of Protected & Conserved Areas,” in Bas Verschuuren & Steve Brown (eds.), Cultural & Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1351609326
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018) “A Summary of the Government for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,” in Norbert Eschborn (ed.), Rule of Law Handbook for Journalists in Myanmar. United Nations Development Programme. ISBN: 978-9997104199
  • Published (Book Chapter):Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018) “Sambor Prei Kuk: Demarcating the Relationship Between Religion & Cultural Heritage as Human Rights in Cambodia,” in Peter Bille Larsen (ed.), World Heritage & Human Rights: Lessons from the Asia-Pacific & Global Arena. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138224216
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2016) “The Pa’oh Governance System & Kakku: Implications for Heritage Conservation,” in Bas Verschuuren & Naoya Furuta (eds.), Asian Sacred Natural Sites. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138936317.
  • Published (Book Chapter): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2016) “Foucault’s Evaluation of the UN Call for Human Rights in Global Food Governance,” in Amanda Kennedy & Jonathan Liljeblad (eds.), Food Systems Governance. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138939431.

Refereed journal articles

  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018) “Beyond Transnational Advocacy: Lessons from Engagement of Myanmar Indigenous Peoples with the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review.” Vermont Law Review 43(2). (Impact Factor = .68)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018) “Democracy, Rule of Law, & Legal Ethics Education: Directing Lawyers to Support Democratization in Myanmar.” Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 47(2) (Impact Factor = .3)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2018) “Review: Constitutionalism & Legal Change in Myanmar.” Journal of Contemporary Asia 48(1) (Impact Factor = 1.141)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2017) “The Efficacy of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) Seen in Context: Lessons from the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC).” Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal 19(1): 95-132 (Impact Factor = .61)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2017) “Transnational Support & Legal Education Reform in Developing Countries: Findings & Lessons from Burma/Myanmar.” Loyola University of Chicago International Law Review 14(2): 133-154 (Impact Factor = .34)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2017) “The Pyu Ancient Cities World Heritage Application: Lessons from Myanmar on Transnational Advocacy Networks.” Journal of Civil Society 13(1): 23-35. (Impact Factor = 1.22)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2017) “The Hopi, the Katsinam, & the French Courts: Looking Outside the Law in the Repatriation of Indigenous Cultural Heritage.” International Journal of Heritage Studies 23(1): 15-24. (Impact Factor = 1.08)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2016) “The 2014 Enabling Law of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission & the United Nations Paris Principles: A Critical Evaluation.” Journal of East Asia & International Law 9(2): 427-448 (Impact Factor = .11)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2016) “Understanding the Complexities of Civil Disobedience for Cyberspace Protests in the Case of Aaron Swartz.” Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal 42(1): 1-20. (Impact Factor = .3)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2016) “China, Western Art Museums, & Dissident Art Via Social Networks.” The Poster 3(1 & 2): 7-18.
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2015) “Human Safaris: A Foucauldian Alternative to the Law’s Treatment of the Indigenous Andaman Jarawa.” Australian Indigenous Law Review 18(2):1-15.
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2015) “A Cautionary Note on Indigenous Culture & Internet Search Tools.” American Indian Culture & Research Journal 39(1): 95-109. (Impact Factor = .47)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (Spring 2015) “Foucault, Justice, & Athletes with Prosthetics: the 2008 CAS Arbitration Report on Oscar Pistorius.” International Sports Law Journal 15(1): 101-111.
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (January 2015) “Using Foucault to Construct Normative Guidelines for an Ethics of Tourist-Indigenous Encounters.” Tourist Studies 15(1): 1-21. (Impact Factor = .667)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2013) “Universalist-Relativist Cultural Ethics, China’s On-Line Communities, & the Global Internet.” China Media Research: 9(2): 1-10.
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2013) “Adaptive Co-Management Thresholds: Understanding Protected Areas Policy as Normative Conflict.” West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 19(2): 231-246. (Impact Factor = .23)
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2013) “The Implications of Personal Search for Theories of Global Civil Society.” International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, & Society 8(1): 103-114.
  • Published (Journal): Liljeblad, Jonathan. (2009) “Finding Another Link in the Chain:  International Treaties & Devolution to Local Law Enforcement in the Case of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).” Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 18(3): 527-546. (Impact Factor = .51)

Conference papers & presentations

  • Presenter: “The Nature of the Disciplinary System Over Myanmar Lawyers: Differences from International Standards and the Implications for Promoting the Rule of Law,” International Legal Ethics Conference, December 6-8, 2018.
  • Presenter: “Navigating World Heritage in a Transition Context: The Case of Hkakaborazi and the Issue of Ethno-nationalism for World Heritage Nominations in Myanmar,” Asian Law & Society Association Conference, November 29-December 1, 2018.
  • Presenter: “The Independent Lawyers Association of Myanmar: Legal Transplants & Local Challenges to the Idea of an Independent Bar Association,” Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law & Policy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 2-3, 2018.
  • Presenter: “The Status of Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility in Myanmar’s Legal Education System Under the National Education Strategic Plan of 2016-2021,” Asian Law & Society Association Annual Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, December 14-16, 2017.
  • Presenter: “Global Aspirations Local Complexities: Foreseeing Issues for a World Heritage Agenda within Pa’oh Indigenous Politics in Myanmar,” ICOMOS General Assembly—Heritage & Democracy, New Delhi India, December 11-15, 2017.
  • Presenter & Panel Chair: “Pyu Ancient Cities & Sustainable Tourism: Steps Towards Sustainable Practices for World Heritage in Transition Societies,” Australia-Myanmar Institute—Progress Towards Myanmar’s Sustainable Development Goals, Yangon, Myanmar, November 27-30, 2017.
  • Invited Presenter: “Indigenous Rights & Federalism in Southeast Asia: Issues in Law & Governance,” Thammasut University Winter Academy on Human Rights & Development, Bangkok, Thailand, October 15-20, 2017.
  • Presenter & Panel Chair: “National Human Rights Institutions in Southeast Asia: The Limits of United Nations Efforts in Developing Regional Human Efforts,” Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Mexico City, Mexico, June 20-23, 2017.
  • Invited Presenter: “The Site Manager for Pyu Ancient Cities, Myanmar: Rule-of-Law Challenges in the World Heritage System”, Chuo University Faculty of Law, Tokyo, Japan, June 14, 2017.
  • Invited Presenter: “Global Aspirations, Local Realities: Rule-of-Law Challenges at Myanmar’s Pyu Ancient Cities World Heritage Site,” Chuo University Faculty of Law, Tokyo, Japan, June 13, 2017.
  • Presenter: “Rule of Law & Conservation: Findings from Myanmar,” Asia-Pacific Center for Environmental Law, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Singapore, February 6, 2017.
  • Panel Chair: “Management Issues in Linking Natural & Cultural Heritage,” IUCN World Conservation Congress, Honolulu, USA, September 1-10, 2016.
  • Panel Chair: “Indigenous Rights & World Heritage,” IUCN World Conservation Congress, Honolulu, USA, September 1-10, 2016.
  • Presenter: “The Rule of Law Problem in Myanmar’s Wildlife Trade,” IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, Oslo, Norway, June 20-25, 2016.
  • Presenter: “The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission in Context,” Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, United States, June 1-5, 2016.
  • Presenter: “Co-Management for Sustainable Tourism in Ngapali Beach, Myanmar,” Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business Multi-Stakeholder Workshop for Sustainable Development in Ngapali, Ngapali, Myanmar, May 11-13, 2016.
  • Invited Presenter: “Issues in Multi-Stakeholder Co-Management for Ngapali Beach, Myanmar,” Strengthening Stakeholder Linkages to Embed the Rule of Law in the Protection of Coasts & Oceans, University of Cebu, Philippines, April 27-28, 2016.
  • Invited Presenter: “Myanmar Indigenous Transnational Strategies: Scale Shifts to Global Networks,” International Conference on the Rights Protection of Farmers & Indigenous People in the Process of Development & Utilization of Natural Resources in Asia, University of Cebu, Philippines, April 25-26, 2016.
  • Invited Presenter: “Myanmar’s 2008 Constitution as a Hybrid of Multiple Ideologies,” Ideology & the Law-6th Center for Policy & Governance Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, October 23-25, 2015.
  • Presenter: “Myanmar’s Indigenous Peoples’ Claims to Environmental Rights,” IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, Jakarta, Indonesia, September 7-12, 2015.
  • Invited Plenary Speaker: “Understanding the Current Issues in Myanmar’s Legal Education System: A Brief Descriptive Analysis,” Legal Education in Myanmar & Thailand-Current Concerns & Future Prospects in Comparative Perspectives, Bangkok, Thailand, July 23, 2015.
  • Presenter & Panel Chair: “Pyay & Pyu Ancient Cities: Networks, Advocacy, & Cultural Heritage in Myanmar,” Australia-Myanmar Institute—Myanmar & The Sustainable Development Goals: Informed by the Past, Looking to the Future, Yangon, Myanmar, July 10-12, 2015.
  • Presenter: “The Propagation of International Human Rights Norms Via Ethical Tourism: Preliminary Findings from an Ethnography of Adventure Travel,” Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, United States, May 27-31, 2015.
  • Workshop Leader: “Measurement & Evaluation for Community Legal Education,” Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Workshop, Taungoo, Myanmar, May 2-7, 2015.
  • Invited Presenter: “The Prospects for Amending Myanmar’s 2008 Constitution in its Transition to Democracy,” Constitutionalism, the Rule of Law, & Democratic Governance—Challenges & Prospects in Comparative Perspective, Bangkok, Thailand, April 1-2, 2015.
  • Presenter: “Norm Propagation Theories & the Role of Education in Transition Societies,” National Network for Education Reform, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma), December 29-30, 2014.
  • Invited Plenary Speaker & Panel Chair: “Justifying Civil Disobedience as a Form of Dissent in Developing Countries,” Kotelawala Defence University International Research Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 21-22, 2014.
  • Presenter: “Foucault, Law, & the Andaman Jarawa: Finding a Legal Guide Between Indigenous Peoples & Tourism,” Law & Society Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 29-June 1, 2014.
  • Presenter: “Foucault’s Evaluation of the United Nations Call for Human Rights in Global Food Governance,” The Governance Challenges of Food Systems, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China, May 23-24, 2014.
  • Presenter: “Foucault & Justice: A Reading of the Oscar Pistorius CAS Arbitration Report,” International Studies Association-West Conference, Pasadena, California, September 27-28, 2013.
  • Presenter: “Personalized Internet Search & Indigenous Cultural Rights,” Law & Society Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 5-12, 2012.
  • Presenter: “Connecting the Implications of Personal Internet Search to Theories of Global Civil Society,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California, March 31-April 4, 2012.
  • Presenter: “Finding Theory in Personalized Internet Search & Global Civil Society,” Technology, Knowledge, & Society 8th International Conference, Los Angeles, California, January 16-18, 2012.

Commissioned reports

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Government submissions

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Committees

External Organisations

  • International Land Conservation Network (ILCN) – a non-governmental organization sponsored by Harvard University’s Lincoln Institute, dedicated to promoting a global network of non-state efforts at land conservation, with my contribution aimed at Southeast Asia
  • IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law Academy of Environmental Law (IUCN WCEL AEL) – global working group of the WCEL encompassing academics devoted to promoting research and education regarding environmental law
  • IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law/Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples, Customary & Environmental Laws, and Human Rights (IUCN WCEL/CEESP SPICEH) – global working group promoting awareness of indigenous peoples’ environmental and human rights, including improvement of conservation policies consistent with rights-based approaches
  • IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Cultural & Spiritual Values Specialist Group (IUCN WCPA CSVPA) – global working group of the IUCN devoted to cultural & spiritual values of protected areas, with my focus being on outreach to sacred sites outside of protected areas

Internal ANU Committees

  • Federal Law Review (FLR)

  • Myanmar Research Centre (MRC)

Case notes & book reviews

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Other

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PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Indigenous Rights
  • Law and Development
  • Law and Society
  • Governance
  • Comparative Law
  • World Heritage

I have previously supervised:

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SJD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Indigenous Rights
  • Law and Development
  • Law and Society
  • Governance
  • Comparative Law

I have previously supervised:

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MPhil supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Indigenous Rights
  • Law and Development
  • Law and Society
  • Governance
  • Comparative Law

I have previously supervised:

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LLM Masters thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Indigenous Rights
  • Law and Development
  • Law and Society
  • Governance
  • Comparative Law

I have previously supervised:

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Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Indigenous Rights
  • Law and Development
  • Law and Society
  • Governance
  • Comparative Law

I have previously supervised:

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Internship supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Indigenous Rights
  • Law and Development
  • Law and Society
  • Governance
  • Comparative Law

I have previously supervised:

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Past courses

  • Foundations of Australian Law
  • Myanmar Legal Clinic
  • Professional Internships
  • Public International Law

How my works connects with public policy

My work has direct impact on current efforts to promote the rule-of-law, human rights, and environmental conservation in Myanmar, with regular collaborative projects involving the country's law schools, Independent Lawyers' Association of Myanmar (ILAM), Union Attorney General's Office (UAGO), and Office of the Supreme Court of the Union (OSCU), and the Myanmar Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC). My work is done as a component of capacity-building efforts conducted by international organizations such as the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR), and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

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