First Seminar for Strengthening Legislative Drafting in Myanmar

Oct 25, 2013

Participants listen attentively to presentations during the seminar on legislative drafting and statutory intepretation. Photo: UNDP Myanmar

Over 60 people from the Union Attorney General’s Office, State/region Advocate General’s offices, the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, the Constitutional Tribunal, the Myanmar Police Force and the General Administration Department participated in the first day of 8-day seminar on legislative drafting and statutory interpretation organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar.

The series of seminars was formally opened on 23 October with remarks from His Excellency, the Attorney General, Dr. Tun Shin who thanked UNDP for organizing this seminar, which he noted “is the first one of its kind” and “is very beneficial for law officers as well as for the Office and Ministries in the country”.

“UNDP’s support in the area of legislative drafting is extremely useful for the Office of the Union Attorney General, which is called upon to review a range of laws drafted by other Government Ministries, many of which do not have legally trained persons,” said the Director General of UAGO, U Kyaw San. He was hopeful that the training will help his officers at the UAGO and those in state/regional Offices in providing improved services to the Government and people of Myanmar.

Ms. Emma Morley, the team leader for the UNDP programme on Democratic Governance emphasized the importance of a long-term training framework around which (international) development partners could organize their support on training.

“UNDP has been supporting the UAGO in developing a long-term training framework and hopes that a series of lectures like this one will in the future be part of plan to provide training in a coherent and sustainable manner” said Ms. Morley. She emphasized that UNDP stands ready to support other justice stakeholders to plan for training.

Mr. Daniel Greenberg, an expert on legislative drafting from the United Kingdom who is conducting the series of seminars, will also provide concrete support in reviewing some of the laws. Through the seminar series he will cover a range of issues and topics on legislative drafting skills and techniques as well as important principles for interpreting the laws.

The seminar series are being provided as part of UNDP’s work to support rule of law and access to justice in Myanmar. Several trainings have been conducted for officials from UAGO and the judiciary on a variety of topics such as strategic planning, constitutionalism, rule of law, access to justice and human rights.

Contact information

Ms. Mascha Matthews,  Rule of Law Specialist, UNDP Myanmar, mascha.matthews@undp.org

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