Building on the Success of the Pilot Rule of Law Centres Project

May 19, 2015

After the successful completion of a six month pilot training series in Lashio and Mandalay, today the Pyithu Hluttaw Coordinating Body met to discuss the next steps in establishing rule of law centres.

The six month training covered broad rule of law principles and local justice issues. It was offered through a comprehensive and interactive curriculum that wove together international standards and Myanmar law and practice. The pilot project also focused on building links with local communities, through community forums on local justice issues and mock trials.

An independent evaluation recently concluded that the pilots represented an important investment in developing ways to improve lawyers’ skills and public legal awareness, but that future efforts should be more connected to institutional development such as universities and official training programmes.

“We are already seeing community leaders and lawyers from the pilot phase working together to share and apply their knowledge for local problems, and this is the future of building a rule of law culture in Myanmar,” United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director Toily Kurbanov said.

“UNDP stands ready to support rule of law trainings in four additional locations - Mandalay, Taunggyi, Myitkyina and Yangon for one further year subject to confirming sufficient funding and a transition plan,” he said.

The Rule of Law pilot project was initiated on the request of a Coordinating Body established under the Pyithu Hluttaw Rule of Law and Tranquility Committee, bringing together key stakeholders, including representatives of relevant government agencies, Members of Parliament and international donors supporting the initiative - United States of America, Australia, United Kingdom, Finland and Japan.

Contact informationShobhna Decloitre
UNDP Myanmar Communications Specialist

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