Workshop: "Australia-ASEAN Women in Constitution-Building Capacity Development Program"

25-29 November 2019

From 25-29 November 2019, ConTransNet was very pleased to host the 2019 Australia-ASEAN Women in Constitution-Building Capacity Development Program, which was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You can watch a VIDEO about the Program, which captures reflections from some of the participants.

The Program brought together 8 women from four ASEAN countries. These eight women advocates and activists came Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand and have been engaged in democracy building and/or constitution-building in their home countries.

The Program aimed to facilitate sharing of experiences across jurisdictions, as well as sharing the expertise of our own ConTransNet team. Our Course Program was a mix of workshops held at MLS  run by our academics as well as practitioners from key institutions in our state, and included field visits to some of these institutions as well. Our opening dinner also included High Court Justice Michelle Gordon as our chief guest.  Our participants had the opportunity during the week to visit the Parliament of Victoria, where they had a session with Victorian Attorney General. Hon Jill Hennessy, as well as meeting with two state legislators, Hon Mary Wooldridge and Hon Fiona Patten. They also visited the Supreme Court of Victoria, where they engage in a session run by Supreme Court Justice Melinda Richards. During the week, we were also very pleased to include sessions with the Victorian Solicitor General, Kris Walker and the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Hugh DeKretser, both also MLS alumni.