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Title: Law Review Commons
Description/subject: The collection holds more than 800 articles with references to Burma/Myanmar... Over 200 open-access law reviews · Over 150,000 articles · Free current issues & archives from 1852... "These publications make their current issues and archives, many spanning 100 years or more, freely available online through their institutions’ bepress Digital Commons repositories. All Law Review Commons publications are made freely available online through their institutions’ bepress Digital Commons repositories. The Commons includes many of the leading U.S. law reviews—such as the California Law Review and the Duke Law Journal... The effort to make all legal scholarship freely and openly accessible has rapidly gained momentum since 2008, when law library directors from 12 top law schools authored the Durham Statement, calling on all law reviews and legal journals to begin publishing in “stable, open, digital formats.” Publishing open access increases the visibility of legal scholarship, makes scholars’ work more discoverable, and may also lead to more citations. A recent analysis found that citation growth rates of open access journals were 3.8 times higher than for comparable non open access journals in 2012..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Law Review Commons
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://digitalcommons.bepress.com/
Date of entry/update: 16 June 2015

Individual Documents

Title: Making better laws for Myanmar
Date of publication: 16 October 2017
Description/subject: "This post is adapted from a paper presented by the author at the ANU Myanmar Update 2017.... The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament) in Myanmar is getting ready to convene a new parliamentary session and members of parliament are making their way back to Naypyitaw. The vast meeting rooms and empty halls of Myanmar’s oversized capital city will once again be buzzing with activity. The upcoming session will be the sixth session of parliamentary sittings since the National League for Democracy (NLD) formed government in 2016. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is a bicameral national parliament in which the NLD holds a majority of the seats, with 25% of the seats held by the military. The upcoming parliamentary session is likely to be a busy one, not least because the crisis in Rakhine state has focused much attention on Myanmar and its nascent political transition. In fact, the highly active role played by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw since it was first convened in 2011 under a new Constitution has been one of the more remarkable features of the transition. Despite expectations to the contrary, the parliament has been very proactive in exercising its legislative mandate, approving a total of 251 laws as of the end of 2016. This lawmaking drive is unprecedented as much as it is unexpected. Prior to 2011, Myanmar had no national legislative assembly for over 20 years after the military assumed power in 1988 following a nationwide uprising. The military regime (through the State Law and Order Restoration Council and its successor, the State Peace and Development Council) simply issued decrees and declarations to fill the legislative void. Prior to 1988, lawmaking power was vested in a one-party unicameral legislature under social rule and before that, an unelected Revolutionary Council established by the military after a coup in 1962. The last time Myanmar had a representative legislative assembly was in the period between 1948 and 1962, a short-lived episode of parliamentary democracy following independence from British colonial rule.//"
Author/creator: Melinda Thet Tun
Language: English
Source/publisher: "New Mandala"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 December 2017