The launch of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute fact-finding report, 'The Rule of Law in Myanmar: Challenges and Prospects', took place on 17 January 2013, at the Law Society of England and Wales.
Moderated by Owen Bennett-Jones, British journalist and presenter of Newshour on BBC World Service, the expert panel comprised members of the IBAHRI fact-finding delegation: Judge Philippe Kirsch OC QC, former president of the International Criminal Court, Canada, Professor Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, former Director of Public Prosecutions of New South Wales, Australia; and Sadakat Kadri, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, UK and the mission rapporteur.
The panel discussed the main findings and recommendations of the report and their impressions of the reform process, following their visit to Myanmar in August 2012.The fact-finding delegation was mandated to examine the reform progress made so far by the Myanmar government and the extent to which it adhered to globally prevalent understandings of the rule of law.
Topics of discussion included the state of the legal profession, legislative concerns, human rights, accountability for crimes, and land seizures.
A Q&A session followed the main panel discussion. This is available to watch in a separate video: vimeo.com/58389056