Bios of Participants (sorted in alphabetical order by family name) WIN MA MA AYE graduated from University of Yangon in 1999 with Bachelor
of Science (Chemistry) and from the Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advance International Studies, in 2005 with Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) with a regional concentration in Southeast Asia and Asia. After graduate studies in the US, Win worked for Save the Children in Myanmar and Sri Lanka. She was child protection manager and then director in Save the Children, Myanmar (2007-2010) and then worked as head of child protection, and then as director of programme implementation with Save the Children, Sri Lanka (2010-2012). She recently moved back to Myanmar and is currently working as a consultant for social enterprises, organisations and research groups. She is also doing research and co-writing conflicting land laws in Myanmar with Professor Bridget Welsh, Associate Professor in Singapore Management University.
LAURENS BAKKER is an Assistant professor at the Institute for Social
Anthropology and Development Studies, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences and at the Institute for Sociology of Law at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Lecturer/researcher at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam
CONNIE CARTER is Professor of Law and International Business in the Faculty
of Management at Royal Roads University in Canada. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Canada, and the Grenoble Graduate School of Business, France. Connie teaches business law, corporate governance and Chinese commercial law. She has taught International Trade, Intellectual Property and EU Competition Law at universities in Europe and Asia. Connie earned her LLB and PhD degree in law at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, UK. She is also a Barrister of Lincoln's Inn. Prior to joining RRU she spent five years in China: first as Professor of Law at Xiamen University, then as Director of HR and Administration at a German-owned manufacturer of heavy machinery.
TERESITA “TESS” CRUZ-DEL ROSARIO has recently been appointed as the
Institutional Capacity Needs Assessment Specialist for the Greater Mekong Subregion - Environmental Operations Center. Tess is a Filipino who has recently completed a five-year appointment as Associate Professor and Senior Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. While there, she taught graduate level courses in public policy and socio-political development. She also undertook research on various development aspects in Southeast Asia including hydropower governance in the Mekong Region, socio-political development on Myanmar and Malaysia, and Chinese development assistance in Southeast Asia. She actively writes op-ed pieces for regional and global media outlets including the CNN Global Public Square, Project Syndicate, Singapore Straits Times, Bangkok Nation, Jakarta Post, and Al-Arabiya, among others. She will complete a book manuscript on Development Policy in Southeast Asia for publication by Routledge within this year. Tess has a long-standing career of nearly three decades in international development that spans both academic and operational interests. At the Asian Development Bank, she was Capacity Development Specialist for several assignments throughout the Asian region including the GMS, Central Asia and
Bhutan. As a recent World Bank consultant, her work focused on the Knowledge Exchange Hubs in Singapore and was a resource person at the High Level Forum on Country-Led Knowledge Exchange Hubs. She has worked with the Philippine Government and has held board member positions in various Philippine NGOs. Tess completed her PhD in Sociology from Boston College, and holds Master Degrees in Public Policy and Social Anthropology from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences respectively. She has a third Master Degree in Public Administration from New York University.
SUMI DHANARAJAN is an international development practitioner specializing
in the impact of the private sector upon poverty reduction and human rights protection. She has served as a human rights officer to the Malaysian Bar Council, Legal Adviser to the Hong Kong Democratic Party's Secretariat for Legislative Councillors and as a Senior Policy Adviser to Oxfam GB. She previously led the "Public Roles of the Private Sector" programme at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the LKY School of Public Policy. Her current advisory roles include being an editorial board member of the Journal of Human Rights Practice, a Trustee to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, a member of SustainAbility's Council and of the World Economic Forum's Human Rights Global Agenda Council for 2012/14. Currently a doctoral candidate at NUS, her thesis addresses the effects of transnational private regulatory regimes on rights constitutionalism. Sumi holds an LLB (Durham), an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights (London), and an LLM in Asian Legal Studies (NUS).
DANIEL FITZPATRICK is a Professor of Law at the Australian National
University. He has been a Global Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law (2011), a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore (200809); and a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto (2007). In 2007 he won the Hart Article Prize from the UK Socio-Legal Association for an article entitled – Evolution and Chaos in Property Rights Systems: the Third World Tragedy of Contested Access. He has published in the Yale Law Journal, the Law and Society Review, and the Yale Journal of International Law. He was the UN's land rights adviser in post-conflict East Timor (2000) and post-tsunami Indonesia (2005-6). He has undertaken professional consultancies on property law and development with the World Bank, USAID, AusAID, the Asian Development Bank, JICA, Oxfam International, the OECD, UNDP and UN-Habitat.
JOHN GILLESPIE is Professor of Law and Director of the Asia-Pacific Business Regulation Group at Monash University. His research focuses on Asian comparative law, Vietnamese law, law and development theory, and regulatory theory. He is author of Transplanting Commercial Law Reform: Developing a ‘Rule of Law’ in Vietnam (2006) and his most recent edited publications include: Law and Development and the Global Discourses of Legal Transfers (with Pip Nicholson) (CUP 2012); Legal Reforms in China and Vietnam: A Comparison of Asian Communist Regimes (with Albert Chen) (Routledge, 2010); Regulation in Asia: Pushing Back on Globalization (with Randall Peerenboom) (Routledge, 2009). He has published over sixty articles and book chapters in leading international publications and is the lead investigator on an ARC discovery project entitled, Pushing against globalisation: Understanding how state and non-state actors in socialist transforming East Asia shape global laws and regulations. John has consulted with a wide range of international development agencies such the World Bank, IFC, UNDP, DANIDA, CIDA and AusAID.
MARTIN LAU is a Barrister and a Professor of South Asian Law at the
Department of Law of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he teaches courses on South Asian law. Martin studied law and South Asian history at the University of Heidelberg and obtained his PhD from the University of London. He was the Director of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law from April 1995 to March 1998 and the Head of the Law Department from August 2002 until August 2005. He is currently the Chief Examiner for Islamic Law of the External LLB of the University of London and the Joint Editor of the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (Kluwer). His current research focuses on modern Pakistani law.
MARIAM NELLY MUNANG obtained an LL.M. in International Human Rights
Law and Criminal Justice from Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 2008. For my thesis, I conducted research on the consequences of development interventions on the acquisition and exercise of native customary rights over ancestral land in Sabah, Malaysia. A section of my research was subsequently published in a book titled “Indigenous Rights: Development, Land and Identity – Law and Policies relating to the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of Sabah” by the organisation Malaysian Environmental NGOs. Since graduating, I continued to work in the field. As Project Officer at Equalinrights, a non-governmental organisation based in The Hague, I coordinated their land rights project involving practitioners from Kenya, India and Uganda and also organised a conference on the subject in Nairobi, Kenya. I then returned to Malaysia and joined the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia where I was involved in the preparation of a national inquiry into the land rights of indigenous peoples of Malaysia. Two years ago I returned to university in the UK to obtain my law degree and last year I was called to the Bar of England and Wales. At the moment I am completing my pupillage at Skrine in Kuala Lumpur.
NGUYEN QUANG TUYEN 1989 - now: 1994: 1997: 2003: 2007: 2010: 2010: 2011: 2011:
Working for Ha Noi law University Studying on Administration Reform in Seoul - South Korea Studying on International Commercial Law in Melbourne Australia PhD of Law Visiting lecturer at Van Nam University in China Visiting member at ASLI -NUS in Singapore Joining the InternationalWorkshop in Cambodia, held by Nagoya University (Japan) Joining the InternationalWorkshop in Nanjing University (China) Ass Prof of Law
JING QIAN is a doctoral candidate at the graduate program of law and society in the University of Victoria. His research mainly focus on judicial roles in authoritarian regimes and how the development of rule of law in transitional countries shapes both state-society and central-local relationships. Land grabs related administrative litigation in China is his current empirical objective.
USHA RAMANATHAN works on the jurisprudence of law, poverty and rights.
She writes and speaks on issues that include land and mass displacement, the Bhopal Gas Disaster, eminent domain, civil liberties, beggary, criminal law, custodial institutions, the environment, judicial process. She has been tracking, and engaging with, the UID project and has written, and debated extensively, on the subject. Her work draws heavily upon non-governmental experience in its encounters with the state, a 6 year stint with a law journal as reporter from the Supreme Court, and engaging with matters of public policy. Some of her writings can be found at http://www.ielrc.org/.
GUSTAAF REERINK is a former PhD researcher of the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development at Leiden University. He completed, defended, and published his dissertation Tenure Security for Indonesia’s Urban Poor: A Social-Legal Studyon Land, Decentralisation and the Rule of Law in Bandung (Leiden University Press) in 2011. Currently, he works as an attorney-at-law in Jakarta.
SURYA SUBEDI is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds and
Barrister of the Middle Temple. He has been serving as the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia since March 2009. He has produced four substantive and substantial reports focussing on judicial, parliamentary, and electoral reform and on the impact of economic and other land concessions on people’s lives. Professor Subedi has also been serving as a member of a high-level Advisory Group on Human Rights to the British Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon. William Hague MP, since November 2010. He was elected to the Institut de Droit International in 2011 and is a founder Co-editor of the Asian Journal of International Law and a Vice-President of the Asian Society of International Law. His name has been designated to serve on the Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and on the Panel of the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization. He holds a DPhil in law from the Univeristy of Oxford, an LLM with Distinction from the Univeristy of Hull and an LLB from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
YOGESWARAN SUBRAMANIAM was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of
the High Court of Malaya in 1991. After several years in private practice, he served as a Legal Advisor in two Malaysian corporations. He lectured law at SEGI College, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, before returning to legal practice in 2010 to handle pro bono legal work for Orang Asli. He is actively involved as co-legal counsel in a number of Orang Asli land rights litigation cases. At the Malaysian Bar Council, Yoges serves on the Human Rights Committee and the Committee for Orang Asli Rights. He is also an associate member of the Centre for Malaysian Indigenous Studies and the Centre for Legal Pluralism and Indigenous Law at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has published a number of publications on Indigenous and Orang Asli land rights. Yoges also holds an MBA and LLM from the University of Southern Queensland and University of Malaya respectively. He recently submitted his PhD thesis entitled "Orang Asli Land Rights by UNDRIP Standards in Peninsular Malaysia : An Evaluation and Possible Reform" to the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Yoges is also member of ALIRAN, a Malaysian non-governmental organization for social democratic reform. He contributes articles to ALIRAN on Orang Asli rights.
SIPHAT TOUCHT, Graduated Bachelor Degree in Sociology from Royal University of Phnom Penh and MA in Sustainable Development from Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
Working for Department of Research and Training as Chief of Research Office and a Researcher for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge Studies Center for Research and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Social Science, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Skillful in rural development, capacity building and social research. Joining several international trainings, workshops and conferences in the region
BRIDGET WELSH is an Associate Professor in Political Science at Singapore
Management University where she teaches courses on comparative politics, parties, political participation gender and international relations. She received her doctorate from the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, her MA from Columbia University, language training (FALCON) from Cornell University and BA from Colgate University. She has edited Reflections: The Mahathir Years; Legacy of Engagement in Southeast Asia: Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore; Transformations: Abdullah Badawi's Years in Malaysia and Democracy Takeoff: Reflections on the BJ Habibie Period. She has also written numerous articles on a range of issues from democracy in Southeast Asia, Islamic Parties and Democracy to US-Southeast Asia relations and gender. She is the Malaysia Director of the Asia Barometer Survey. She is a contributor to Malaysiakini, the leading news website in Malaysia, and a consultant to Freedom House and the UNDP.
QIANFAN ZHANG obtained his Ph.D. in Government from University of Texas
at Austin (1999). He taught comparative constitutional law and administrative law at School of Law, Nanjing University, and served as the Chief Editor of the faculty law journal, Nanjing University Law Review before he joined the law faculty in Peking University in 2003, where he is now the director of the Center for the People’s Congress and Parliamentary Studies and the senior deputy director of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Center. He has authored or edited 30 books, and published more than 140 articles and 280 commentaries in the area of constitutional law. His representative works include an influential two-volume treatise The Constitutional Systems in the West (2nd Ed., 2004/2005), Constitutional Commentary in Daily Life: Between Ideal and Reality (2007), Introduction to the Study of Constitutional Law (2nd Ed., 2008), Selection of Classical Constitutional Cases (2008), Comparative Administrative Law: Systems, Institutions, and Processes (2008, first author), From Constitution to Constitutionalism: A Comparative Study of Judicial Review (2008, first author), and the Constitution of China: A Contextual Analysis (Hart, 2012). He can be reached at [email protected]