Allen and Overy: Legal Challenges facing Myanmar- a Judicial and practitioners' perspective

Allen and Overy: Legal Challenges facing Myanmar- a Judicial and practitioners' perspective

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Senior Commmon Room, Faculty of Law
Speaker(s): 
Sir Bernard Rix (Allen and Overy)
Simon Makinson (Allen and Overy)
Josh Htet (Allen and Overy)
Series: 
Southeast Asia Events in Oxford

Sir Bernard Rix, Simon Makinson and Josh Htet will form a panel to discuss the legal challenges facing Myanmar. Sir Bernard recently spent time in Myanmar at the Attorney Generals Office and meeting the Chief Justice as part of a training programme on Arbitration and Bilateral Investment Treaties. Simon Makinson has spent much of the last two years visiting Myanmar meeting with Government and working on active client matters. Josh Htet is Burmese and an English qualified solicitor working with Simon who has made a number of recent visits to Myanmar.The panel will discuss the dynamics of the legal and governmental structures in place in Myanmar, the interplay between that and the steps being taken to reactivate a largely dormant legal system, the role of the AGs Office and the Supreme Court and observations on issues faced including capacity, training and language. The panel will also discuss the pressures to modernise old laws and enact new laws and how business and politics is influencing the legislative process. Additionally the panel will look at how the international community is engaging at various levels to try to assist in revitalising the legal system and some of the issues they face. Simon Makinson is Head of Allen & Overys Myanmar practice and Managing Partner of their office in Thailand. Over the years he has worked for clients in most countries in South East Asia. Simon has been based in Asia for 26 years.Josh Htet is Burmese and is an English qualified solicitor based in the London office of Allen & Overy. He frequently travels to Myanmar to work with Simon and his team.