“Myanmar should take into consideration the tool of a codification in order to modernize its Law”, suggested Dr. Maung Maung Thein, Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Executive Chairman of Zico Law Firm

On the 29th February 2020, The French public “Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia” (IRASEC based in Bangkok), represented by Director Claire Tran and Dr. Rémi Nguyen, in conjunction with the Centre Innovation et Droit (Faculty of Law, University of Burgundy) organised an international legal workshop welcoming renowned professionals from Myanmar, France, Malaysia and Vietnam at Novotel Yangon Max. A great occasion to showcase the remarkable quality of French research in Southeast Asia and the renowned expertise and influence of French Jurists.

Le workshop international organisé par le chercheur associé à l’Irasec, Dr Rémi Nguyen, en collaboration avec Dr Claire…

Publiée par Irasec (Institut de recherche sur l'Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine) sur Mercredi 4 mars 2020

Composed of four sessions throughout the day, this workshop dedicated to the following topic: A Civil Code in Myanmar: Opportunities and Challenges – A comparative perspective, has seen the attendance of over a hundred of professionals, among them members of Law Departments from prestigious Myanmar universities.

Myanmar Legal History (1st session):

Dr. Rémi Nguyen gave a presentation of Myanmar legal history and its constant use of codification, while advocating in favour of the opportunities related to an adoption of a civil code. Meanwhile Prof. Myint Zan referred to the Common Law heritage in Myanmar, and doing so, pointed out the different challenges and obstacles ahead of us.

The origin of the Civil Code through the French Experience (2nd session):

Prof. Michel Grimaldi (Pantheon-Assas Paris 2 University), highlighted the French legal culture in a presentation of advantages and disadvantages of a Civil Code. Indeed, he explained that the two centuries old French Civil Code, followed and accompanied the evolution of our society and is a ceaseless construction.

The use of a Civil Code through the Vietnamese Experience (3rd session):

Eminent Professor from the University of Ho Chi Minh City (Prof. Nguyen Ngoc Dien and Prof. Nguyen Hong Nhung) shared the use of a Civil Code through the Vietnamese Experience and highlighted benefits of the Vietnamese Civil Code as a compromise between tradition and modernity. Furthermore, Prof. Nhung Hong Nguyen, explained the particularity of Vietnamese Contract Law in the Civil Code and the outgoing impacts on the day-to-day business activities.

Practicing law in Myanmar: International Lawyers Perspective (4th session):

Through a comparative presentation, Mr. Eddy Jabnoune (Audier & Partners) described the practical challenges of codified Myanmar Contract Law while U Myo Win (Myo & Myo Law Firm) pointed out challenges of Commercial Litigation in Myanmar, and how the codification of a Civil Code could help the structuration of those fields.

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