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Myanmar: Constitutional Reform, Land Rights, and Prospects for Peace

Start/End Wednesday, April 03, 2013 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:10 PM EDT
Location Name WJ 417

Four panelists will come together to discuss a diverse range of issues facing Myanmar as that country embarks on an path of liberalization. Topics of discussion will include strengthening the rule of law and law reform, peace negotiations, democratization efforts, and land claims and issues of land redistribution. Sandwiches from Westside Market will be served. Contact: Ashley Starr Kinseth, ak3278@columbia.edu

SARAH CLEVELAND is the Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights and Co-Director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School. She is also the U.S. expert member on the European Commission on Democracy Through Law, which advises governments on rule of law reform and fundamental rights compliance. She has previously written about sanctions against Burma to promote human rights. Last month she traveled to Burma with others from Columbia University, where she participated in seminars for members of the Burmese Parliament and others regarding strengthening of the rule of law and reform of Burma's 2008 Constitution.

MEGHAN STEWART is Vice President of the Public International Law & Policy Group, a not for profit organization that provides pro bono legal assistance to states, governments, and opposition movements on the negotiation of peace agreements, the drafting of transitional constitutions, and the prosecution of war criminals. Meghan is the director of PILPG's Burma program and has worked with Burmese ethnic leaders and democratic activists since 2007. Her current Burma work is focused primarily on providing technical assistance to Burma's ethnic nationalities in support of the ongoing peace processes.

MOE CHAN is a founder of New York based Burma Point, a member of the National Council of the Union of Burma, which is the largest coalition of the Burmese opposition outside of Burma. Moe Chan is currently helping coordinate ethnics' peace, democracy, and federalism efforts in Burma.

ANDY SCHERER is a Senior Fellow at the NYU Furman Center on Real Estate and Urban Policy and teaches Planning Law at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  He has been working with Displacement Solutions, a Geneva-based NGO on housing, land and property rights issues in Burma and is the co-author, with Scott Leckie, of Myanmar at the HLP Crossroads: Proposals for Building an Improved Housing, Land and Property Rights Framework that Protects People and Sustains Economic Development (2012).