After the general elections and the release of the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in 2010, Burma/Myanmar embarked on numerous political and economic reforms. These reforms, although hindered by numerous reports of continued human rights violations, open up space for direct support of actors inside the country. There is an urgent need to prepare professionals and activists for the new opportunities and new responsibilities in order to convert the current changes into lasting and sustainable change. One of the main barriers to development are the low capacities across different elements of the society. This is true of professional skills as much as experiences with democracy, rule of law and human rights. This project therefore aims at building the capacities of Burmese lawyers who are one of the key groups in the development of rule of law in Burma.
The project has two goals: