Inaugural Myanmar National Clinical Education Mock Trials
The Inaugural National Myanmar CLE Mock Trial Event will be organised at the Dagon University in Yangon from 7-8 February.
The Mock trial is a practical learning experience in which students simulate a local court trial of a minor civil dispute or criminal offence. Mock trial allows students to develop legal, analytical and advocacy skills, thereby increasing familiarity with court process and enhancing participants’ appreciation and understanding of legal ethics. The focus of the Mock Trial Event is the development of these clinical legal education (CLE) outcomes. As such, the structure used for this Mock Trial Event will not strictly adhere to local procedure in Myanmar, but has been modelled to facilitate the development of CLE outcomes in a practical setting.
The event will involve a minimum of four Bachelor of Law student participants from each of the 18 Myanmar law departments located nationwide. It is being organized as a means to further strengthen each of these university law department’s CLE programmes and their approaches to teaching.
This Mock Trial Event is part of a nationwide clinical legal education, Rule of Law/ Access to Justice, programme that Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE), Herbert Smith Freehills and DLA Piper/New Perimeter are assisting in implementing. This is being done in partnership with, and through the support of, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the USAID-sponsored Protecting the Rule of Law Project (PRLP). The nationwide CLE programme was developed in consultation with Myanmar’s Ministry of Education and hopes to provide practical guidance for all eighteen (18) university law departments across Myanmar to develop and implement accredited CLE programmes and apply CLE student-centered, reflective practice, interactive teaching methods.