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Southeast Asian Legal Research Guide: The Constitution

Commentary on the Constitution

Oxford Constitutions of the World (UniMelb staff & student access)  - contains an English version of the three versions of Myanmar Constitution accompanied by an introductory note, commentary and a selected bibliography.

World Constitutions Illustrated on HeinOnline (UniMelb staff & student access) contains the three versions of Myanmar Constitution- 1947, 1974 and 2008. It also contains scholarly articles and commentaries on the constitution and Bibliography of Select Constitutional Works

Melissa Crouch and Tom Ginsburg, 'Between endurance and change in South-East Asia: the military and constitutional reform in Myanmar and Thailand' (2016) International IDEA’s Annual Review of Constitution-Building Processes (open access)

Part III: 'Constitutionalism' in Melissa Crouch and Tim Lindsay, Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar (Hart, 2014) e-book (UniMelb staff & student access). This Part contains the following chapters:

  • What's So Bad about Burma's 2008 Constitution? A Guide for the Perplexed  
  • The Common Law and Constitutional Writs: Prospects for Accountability in Myanmar  
  • Constitution-making in Myanmar: Insights from World Experience 

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Finding the Constitution in English

The three post-colonial Constitutions - 1947, 1974 and 2008 - are available online in English on the Myanmar Law Library website (open access) 

The Comparative Constitutions Project (open access) has a terrific tool for comparing the three versions of the Constitution Article by Article.

Constitutional Cases

The Constitutional Tribunal of the Union of Myanmar was established in 2011. Its role is to adjudicate constitutional issues, and it acts as the final authority on matters of constitutional interpretation.

The Submissions and Decisions database on the website of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union of Myanmar contains the decisions of the Tribunal. To date it has heard few cases. Some decisions are in English only, others in Burmese only.