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Melbourne Forum Organisers  Melbourne Forum Hosts


Melbourne Forum Members



Melbourne Forum Organisers





Zaid Al-Ali

Zaid Al-Ali is the Senior Programme Officer for Constitution-Building in the Africa and West Asia region at International IDEA. His scholarship and work focuses on constitution building in Arab countries post 2011. He has published work on constitution making processes, constitutional design and external influence. He previously worked as a legal adviser to the United Nations and practiced international commercial arbitration. He is a founder and member of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law. Zaid contributed to the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Harini Amarasuriya

Harini Amarasuriya is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Studies, Open University of Sri Lanka. She obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Social Anthropology. Her research interests include state society relations, political movements, dissent and activism. Recent publications include: 2017, ‘State of Human Rights: Constitutional Reforms’, State of Human Rights in Sri Lanka, Colombo: Law and Society Trust; 2015, ‘Elite Politics and Dissent in Sri Lanka’ The South Asianist, Vol 4 No 1; with Jonathan Spencer, “With that, discipline will also come to them: politics of post-war urban Colombo” in Current Anthropology, Special Issue; 2015, “Protests and Counter Protests: competing civil society spaces in post-war civil society in Sri Lanka” in Economic and Political Weekly Vol L No 9. Harini is a Board Member of the Law and Society Trust, the Centre for Women’s Research and Nest, a local community based mental health organisation.

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Eselealofa Apinelu

Ms Eselealofa Apinelu is the Attorney-General of Tuvalu and an indigenous Tuvaluan currently at the Swinburne Centre for Urban Transition. She is currently researching indigenous understandings, perceptions and experiences of human rights in Tuvalu. Eselealofa Apinelu participated in the second Melbourne Forum 2018.

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Jimly Asshidique

Jimly Asshidique is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Indonesia and Vice Chairman, Council of Titles and Stars of the Republic of Indonesia (2015-2020). He served as the first Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia from 2003 to 2008, the Chairman of Honorary Council of Electoral Management Bodies from 2012 to 2017, the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Indonesian National Commission of Human Rights from 2008 to 2017. Asshidique was the Chairman of the Law Reform Working Group of National Commission of Reformation from 1998 to 1999 and the chair of the expert panel which first introduced the official plan for constitutional reform and the idea for a direct presidential system. He served as an Expert Advisor to the Working Committee of Constitutional Reform of the People’s Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia. Jimly Asshidique participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Maria Ela L Atienza

Maria Ela L. Atienza, PhD is Professor, Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman and Co-Convenor, Program on Social and Political Change, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. She is the editor of the Philippine Political Science Journal. She also served as Chair of the Department of Political Science, UP Diliman; Director of the UP Third World Studies Center (2010-2013); and President of the Philippine Political Science Association (2007-2009). Professor Atienza’s research interests and publications cover local governance and devolution, human security, health policy and politics, and disaster governance. Her current research projects are on constitutional performance assessment of the 1987 Constitution since 1987 until the present, prospects for alternative institutional arrangements in Metro Manila for health service delivery in the midst of the current charter change debates and the pandemic, localization of humanitarianism, and impact of COVID-19 on the Philippines’ health governance and health workers. Maria Ela Atienza participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2020.

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Sadaf Aziz

Sadaf Aziz is Assistant Professor at the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law. Her research is situated in the field of law and society and focuses on the interplay between Islamic and secular legality, the political impact of rule of law narratives. Her book, The Pakistani Constitution: A Contextual Analysis was published in 2018 by Hart. Sadaf is completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Melbourne and has held visiting fellowships at the universities of Cambridge, Michigan, Oxford and NYU. Sadaf Aziz participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Benedicto Bacani

Benedicto Bacani is founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance based at Notre Dame University (NDU), Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines. He was Dean of the College of Law and Associate Professor of Political and Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law at Notre Dame University. Benedicto Bacani participated in the first Melbourne Forum in 2016 and the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Gautam Bhatia

Gautam Bhatia holds a BA/LLB degree from the National Law School of India University (2011), a BCL and MPhil from the University of Oxford (2012 - 2013) and an LLM from Yale Law School (2014). Since July 2014, he has been a practicing lawyer in New Delhi and has contributed drafting and research assistance in constitutional cases such as the criminal defamation challenge and the right to privacy hearing. He has taught constitutional law at the National Law School and the National University of Juridical Sciences. He has written one book, Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Free Speech under the Indian Constitution (OUP 2015) and has contributed to The Oxford Handbook for the Indian Constitution, The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, Global Constitutionalism, and The Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy among others. He also writes a blog on Indian constitutional law. Gautam Bhatia participated in the second Melbourne Forum 2017.

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Gunbileg Boldbaatar

Dr Gunbileg Boldbaatar is the president of Mongolian Bar Association. He received a BA in international law at the School of Law, National University of Mongolia in 2003 and an LLM at the Saint Thomas University in the United States in 2005. He completed his PhD in Law at the School of Law, National University of Mongolia in 2009. Prior to working as the President of Mongolian Bar Association, Dr Boldbaatar worked as a Senior Partner at Erhemj Consulting law firm, an arbitrator at International and National Arbitration of Mongolia, a Legal Policy Counsellor to the Chairman of StateIkh Khural (Parliament of Mongolia) and as a lecturer at the National University of Mongolia. Dr Boldbaatar has held visiting positions at Melbourne Law School in Australia, Kyushu University in Japan and the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Law in Germany. He has published more than 20 articles and co-authored 10 law books. Gunbileg Boldbaatar participated in the second Melbourne Forum 2017.

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Wen-Chen Chang

Wen-Chen Chang is Professor at the College of Law, National Taiwan University. She is a leading scholar of constitutional law in Taiwan and has published major scholarly works on comparative constitutional law, including Asian Courts in Context, with Jiunn-rong Yeh (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Constitutionalism in Asia: Cases and Materials, with Kevin YL Tan, Li-ann Thio & Jiunn-rong Yeh (Hart Publishing, 2014). Her teaching and research interests lie in comparative constitutional law, international human rights, administrative laws, and law and society. She serves in editorial boards for leading academic journals including International Journal of Constitutional Law, Cambridge Journal of Global Constitutionalism: Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Asian Journal of Comparative Law, and National Taiwan University Law Review. Wen-Chen Chang participated in the second Melbourne Forum 2017.

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Javier Couso

Javier Couso is Professor of Constitutional Law at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), and Chair in Global Trends in Constitutionalism at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). A specialist in Comparative Constitutional Law, with an emphasis in Latin American Constitutionalism, he is currently an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, after having served in the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law and at the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association. After holding visiting professorships at the University of California-Berkeley; Melbourne University; the University of Leiden; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he currently serves in the editorial boards of the Constitutional Court Review; the Journal of Law and Courts; the Law and Society Review; the International Journal of Law in Context, and the journal Law and Policy. In the period 2014-2015 he served as a consultant to the United Nations in Yemen’s constituent process, followed by his role as constitutional adviser to Michelle Bachelet’s government in Chile (2015-2018). A regular contributor International IDEA’s Constitution Building Program, he was a consultant on constitution-making processes for the Chilean Office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the period 2013-2014. Javier participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2017 and 2019.

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Carine David

Carine David is Associate Professor at University of New Caledonia. Her main field of research is constitutional law, particularly institutional engineering in divided societies and pacific islands political regimes. She also works on constitutional environmental law issues such as the legal status of environmental displaced persons in the Pacific. Carine David participated in the first Melbourne Forum in 2016.

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Surya Dhungel

Surya Dhungel is a senior advocate and Professor of Law at Kathmandu University and Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He is currently also the Chairman of the LawMan Inc, a legal and management consultancy firm that offers legal solutions to special clients on constitutional and complex development issues. He formerly worked as Senior Legal Advisor to the Former President of Nepal and for several offices of the United Nations. Surya Dhungel participated in the first Melbourne Forum in 2016.

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Djohermansyah Djohan

Djohermansyah Djohan is Professor of Comparative Government at the Institute of Governance Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. Between 2010 and 2015 he was the Director General of Regional Autonomy at the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs and from 2005 to 2010 was the political deputy of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. Djohermansyah Djohan participated in the first Melbourne Forum in 2016.

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Rohan Edrisinha

Rohan Edrisinha was Senior Political Officer and Constitutional Advisor in the Prevention and Mediation Division of the Department of Political Affairsof the United Nations until early 2020. He also served as the constitutional advisor to UNDP Nepal and the head of its constitution support programme from 2011 to 2014. In 2015, he was an independent consultant on constitutional reform and federalism in Myanmar, and worked as a governance advisor to UNDP Sri Lanka. Rohan Edrisinha holds an LLB from University of Colombo and an LLM from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo from 1986 to 2011, the Faculty of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, in 1995 and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University (2005) and the University of Toronto (2009). He was a founder Director and Head of the Legal and Constitutional Unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Sri Lanka, from 1996 to 2010. Rohan Edrisinha participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2017 and 2020.

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Akiko Ejima

Akiko Ejima is Professor at School of Law, Meiji University (Tokyo). She teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law and international human rights law. She has been studying the relationship between constitutional law and international human rights law. Her current research project is exploring a possibility of a pluralistic, non-hierarchical and circulatory system for human rights protection which can combines constitutional law and international law and increase the effectiveness of human rights protection. She has been a Liaison Member of the Science Council of Japan since 2014. She was a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford, a visiting scholar at Faculty of Law and Hughes Hall, Cambridge, a visiting fellow at Harvard Law School, a study visitor at the European Commission on Human Rights and a visiting scholar at King’s College, London. Akiko Ejima participated in the third Melbourne Forum 2018.

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Miriam Coronel Ferrer

Professor Miriam Coronel Ferrer is a professor of politics at the University of the Philippines. She chaired the Philippine Government’s Peace Panel that signed the March 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Miriam Coronel Ferrer participated in the first Melbourne Forum in 2016 and the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Kumaravadivel Guruparan

Dr. Kumaravadivel Guruparan is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Law, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He is also a practicing attorney specialising in civil appellate litigation, administrative law and human rights law. He holds an LL.B (Hons) from the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo, as a Chevening Scholar obtained a BCL (Masters in Law) from Balliol College, University of Oxford and on a Commonwealth Scholarship obtained his PhD in International Law from University College London. Dr. Guruparan is the founding Executive Director of Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research, a think tank based in Jaffna. He is a founder-member and Co-Spokesperson of the Tamil Civil Society Forum, which works towards recreating public spheres for dialogue on politics and public policy. Guruparan has done consultancy work for many leading think tanks both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. He frequently writes and speaks on various aspects of law, governance and politics in Sri Lanka. He participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019.

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Chaihark Hahm

Chaihark Hahm is Professor of Law at Yonsei University Law School in Seoul, Korea. He teaches and writes on constitutional theory, comparative constitutional law, Confucian political theory, Korean legal culture and history, citizenship education, and human rights. His works in English have appeared in ICON: International Journal of Constitutional Law, American Journal of Comparative Law, and Journal of Democracy, among others. He is co-author of Making We the People: Democratic Constitutional Founding in Postwar Japan and South Korea (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and an editorial board member of ICON. He holds law degrees from Yale, Columbia, and Harvard. Chaihark Hahm participated in the second Melbourne Forum 2017.

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Raissa Jajurie

Raissa Jajurie is a human rights lawyer, working to defend the rights of workers, women and Moro peoples in the Philippines. She was a consultant to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s negotiating panel as it engaged in peace talks with the Philippines government. She is a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission established in 2013 to draft the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro, the political entity to replace the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Raissa Jajurie presented at the first Melbourne Forum in 2016.

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Dipendra Jha

Dipendra Jha is the founder chairperson of Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance. Jha practiced law at the Supreme Court of Nepal until his recent appointing as the Attorney General of Province 2. He has a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict from Bradford University, UK and a second master’s in Human Rights from Mahidol University, Thailand. Jha obtained his LLB & LLM in Constitutional & Criminal Law from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He was engaged by the first and second Constituent Assembly as a constitutional expert in the constitution-making process of various committees. Jha has continuously written on the content and process of the new Nepali constitution. His book, Federal Nepal: Trial & Tribulation which critics the new constitution was published in 2018 by Aakar Publication, New Delhi India. Dipendra participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2017 and 2019.

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Sakuntala Kadirgamar

Sakuntala Kadirgamar is the Executive Director of the Law and Society Trust, Sri Lanka – an organisation engaged in Human Rights Advocacy and research. She is a senior governance expert with extensive experience providing policy and technical advice on constitutions, governance reform, transitional justice, the design of electoral systems and political party reforms, and mainstreaming gender and social inclusion. She has worked in fragile states and post conflict transitions in contexts of extreme political volatility, change and uncertain transitions. Specifically, she has served as a Gender and Inclusion Advisor and as an Adviser on Constitutions and Power Sharing for the UN Mediation Support Unit. She was also an Adviser at the National Dialogue Conference of Yemen and a Senior Constitution Adviser to the UN Political Office for Somalia and to UNDP in Nepal. She was Sri Lanka Country Director of Democracy Reporting International and Senior Constitution Adviser and Head of the Asia Program at International IDEA. She began her career as a Program Officer with the Marga Institute for Development Studies (Sri Lanka). Sakuntala participated in the third Melbourne Forum in 2018.

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Bal Kama

Biography: Dr Bal Kama is a lawyer and academic. He is admitted to practice in the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics/International Relations) and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Canberra, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Sydney College of Law and a PhD in law from the Australia National University College of Law. His PhD thesis on the judiciary and its relationship other the arms of government under the Papua New Guinea Constitution was awarded the 2020 Hank Nelson Prize for the best PhD thesis internationally on Papua New Guinea. Specialising in public law and governance, his views on Pacific socio-legal and constitutional affairs have appeared in leading forums and media platforms in the region and abroad. Bal participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2020.

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Georgina Kekea

Georgina Kekea is a freelance journalist working in the Solomon Islands Media industry since the year 2000. Her current affiliation in newsroom work is with the Solomon Times Online. She also worsk with Radio Australia’s both Pacific Beat and Tok Pisin Service. Currently she is the Vice President of the Pacific Environment Journalist Network (PEJN) and the President of the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI). Georgina participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2020.

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Madhav Khosla

Madhav Khosla is the inaugural B. R. Ambedkar Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Government, Harvard University, where his dissertation focuses on the political theory of India’s constitutional founding. Khosla received an LLM from Yale Law School as an Inlaks Scholar, and a BA LLB (Hons) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He has clerked at the Supreme Court of India and worked at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. His books include The Indian Constitution (2012); Letters for a Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers (2014); Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia (edited with Mark Tushnet, 2015); and The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (edited with Sujit Choudhry and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, 2016). His writings have also appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Comparative Law and the International Journal of Constitutional Law. Madhav Khosla participated in the first Melbourne Forum in 2016.

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Ameya Kilara

Ameya Kilara is a dual qualified lawyer (India and the UK) with extensive peacebuilding experience. She is Director of the South Asian Leadership Initiative at Inter Mediate in London, focused on supporting leaders negotiating peace in Kashmir and other conflicts in South Asia. She has facilitated various dialogue initiatives across the Line of Control in Kashmir and a high level India-Pakistan Track Two process at Conciliation Resources, London. She has also provided technical support to the UN’s Office of the Special Envoy for Syria and contributed to pro bono legal mediation at Linklaters, an international law firm in London. She is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge USA. She was awarded the Tamasek Foundation-NUS Leadership Enrichment and Regional Networking Award 2008 and a leadership fellowship on social innovation at the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership from 2016-18. She participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019.

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Dean Knight

Dr Dean Knight is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and NZ Centre for Public Law at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealad. His teaching and research interests lie in public law generally. He has written and commented widely on legal aspects of the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. He participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2020.

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U Ko Ni

U Ko Ni held a BA (law) and LLB from the Rangoon Arts and Science University. He was an advocate of the Supreme Court of Myanmar and chairperson of the Laurel Law Firm. U Ko Ni was also a legal adviser to the National League for Democracy. U Ko Ni participated in the first Melbourne Forum in 2016. U Ko Ni was killed in Myanmar on 29 January 2017 and he is remembered by all involved in the Melbourne Forum with great respect.

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Dennis Kuiai

Dennis Kuiai is one of the former pioneer Senior Commanders of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA). He is from Bana District of South Bougainville in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, PNG. He is working as Acting Secretary of the Department of Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation (DPAI) of the Autonomous Bougainville Government. His substantive position with DPAI is Director for Veterans Affairs, Unification & Weapons Disposal. He was a Technical Officer of the Bougainville Constitutional Commission from 2002 to 2004. He has served as Peacebuilding Advisor, Political Officer and Public Servant in the Autonomous Bougainville Government since its inception in June 2005. Dennis has significant experience as researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry. He is skilled in working with Not-for-profit Organizations, Policy Analysis, Government, Strategic Planning and Peacebuilding. He was part of the Melbourne Forum in 2019, although he was unable to attend in person.

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Yasser Kureshi

Yasser Kureshi is a postdoctoral fellow with Trinity College and the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government at the University of Oxford. Previously, he spent two years as a Senior Teaching Fellow with the Department of Politics and International Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (2018-2020). Originally from Pakistan, he holds a PhD in Politics from Brandeis University (2018) and a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law. Yasser studies the constitutional politics of unelected institutions in post-authoritarian states. His focus is primarily on the military and the judiciary and their impact on constitutional configurations and democratic outcomes in post-authoritarian states. His research has been published in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals, including Comparative Politics and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Yasser participated in the Melbourne Forum 2020.

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Eric Kwa

Dr Eric Kwa is the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission of Papua New Guinea, a position he has held since October 2011. He was formerly the Associate Professor of Law at the University of Papua New Guinea Law School and Dean of that School. He is from Siassi Island in the Morobe Province. He is a lawyer, appearing before all courts in Papua New Guinea. Dr Kwa holds a PhD in Environmental Law from Auckland University; an LLM from Wollongong University and a LLB from the University of Papua New Guinea. He has published widely in the fields of PNG Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Constitutional Law; and Local Government Law, including Constitutional Law of Papua New Guinea (2001, Law Book Co), Natural Resources Law of Papua New Guinea (2001, Law Book Co) and, with the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, the book Decentralisation for an Integrated, Strong and Prosperous Papua New Guinea. He is currently working on the PNG Legal Dictionary. Dr Kwa has been recognised for his advocacy for women’s rights and is a member and advisor to many NGO boards and government committees. Eric Kwa participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Corinna Ituaso Laafai

Corinna Ituaso Laafai is a legal officer in the Office of the Attorney-General, Office of the Prime Minister, Funafuti Tuvalu, Government of Tuvalu. She works as a Crown Counsel since 2015, and recently served as Acting Attorney-General from September 2018 to October 2019. Prior to that she was the Bilateral and Regional Affars Officer within the Dept of Foreign Affairs from 2008- 2011. She served on a number of other appointments which include Bilateral & Regional Affairs Officer in New Zealand High Commission and as State Advocate in the Attorney-General Chambers in Tarawa, Kiribati. She participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019.

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Ngun Cung “Andrew” Lian

Ngun Cung “Andrew” Lian earned his Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) and Master of Laws’ degrees from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Bachelor of Arts from Valparaiso University. He was a visiting fellow to Lauterpatch Research Center for International at Cambridge University and University of Pennsylvania. He was one of the postdoctoral fellows at Indiana University and Postdoctoral Appointee of Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He was a legal counsel for Myanmar Peace Center from 2013 to 2016. Currently, he is a legal counsel of Center for Peace and Reconciliation, Peace and Development Foundation and Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security.

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Eugénie Mérieau

Eugénie Mérieau studied Law, Political Science, and Oriental Languages and Civilizations at the Universities of Sorbonne, Sciences Po, and the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. In 2017, she completed her PhD on "Thai Constitutionalism and Legal Transplants: a study of Kingship". From 2014 to 2017, she held research and teaching positions at Sciences Po in Paris and Thammasat University in Bangkok and was twice a visitor at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore. She has lived for eight years in Asia where she held several positions including researcher for the King Prajadhipok's Institute under the Thai Parliament and consultant for the Asia-Pacific Office of the International Commission of Jurists. Her research interests focus on authoritarian constitutionalism, especially in the Asian context. She participated in the third Melbourne Forum in 2018.

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Ramdas Menon

Ramdas Menon is currently an independent scholar who lives in India (part-time) and the United States (part-time), a lifestyle that has been upended by what may termed “La Vida Covida.” He has a doctoral degree in sociology and a diploma in public health. Ramdas has over two decades of experience as a statistician, a public health practitioner and as a program evaluator. Additionally, he has taught courses in public health and conducted training on public sector effectiveness. He presented at the Melbourne Forum in 2020.

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Shireen Morris

Dr Shireen Morris is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne Law School and was a senior policy adviser to Cape York Institute for over seven years leading the Institute’s policy work on Indigenous constitutional recognition and the concept of a First nations constitutional voice. Shireen’s PhD thesis on a First Nations constitutional voice will be published by Hart UK next year. Other books include Radical Heart (2018, MUP), A Rightful Place: A Roadmap to Recognition (2017, Black Inc) and The Forgotten People (2016, MUP). Recent journal publications include this UNSW article on the Uluru Statement: http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/UNSWLawJl/2018/23.html. She also has a book chapter forthcoming: Shireen Morris, ‘Parliamentary Scrutiny and Indigenous Rights: Lessons for a First Nations Voice to Parliament’, in Laura Grenfell and Julie Debjnak, Law Making and Human Rights (Thomson Reuters, 2019 forthcoming). She participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019.

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Vijay Naidu

Vijay Naidu is currently a Visiting Professor at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) on leave from University of the South Pacific (USP). He has been Professor and Director of Development Studies at USP and VUW. He has served in many academic leadership positions at USP including as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor. His research interests cover several areas including constitutional changes and political development in Fiji. He has been actively engaged in non-governmental organisations including the Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji. Vijay Naidu participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Kearnneth Nanei

Kearnneth Nanei is the Secretary to the Department of Justice and the principal legal adviser to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, and a member of the Bougainville Referendum Committee, a joint Papua New Guinea and Bougainville committee overseeing preparations for the conduct of the referendum on independence in Bougainville. Kearnneth Nanei participated in the first Melbourne Forum in 2016 and the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Amarzaya Naran

Amarzaya Naran is an international development consultant. Most recently, she served as the Women’s Business Center project manager, and the Governance program deputy manager of The Asia Foundation's office in Mongolia. In past positions, Amarzaya worked on service delivery and governance reforms, managed programs and grants in governance and law, as well as supporting The Asia Foundation’s regional cooperation activities. In cooperation with Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy and the Ulaanbaatar municipality, she facilitated the organization of the Mongolia’s first deliberative poll in 2015. Previously, as The Asia Foundation in Mongolia’s Head of External Communications, Amarzaya led outreach and public awareness efforts under the Mongolia Anti-Corruption Support Project and managed a nationwide anti-human trafficking campaign under the Combating Trafficking in Persons Project supported by the US Department of State to monitor and combat trafficking in persons. She participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019.

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Gabriel Negretto

Gabriel Negretto is professor of Political Science at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), in Mexico City. His research focuses on comparative constitutional politics, electoral and constitutional change, institutional design, and comparative political institutions, with an emphasis on Latin American cases. He has published numerous academic articles and book chapters on these topics in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. His most recent books are Constitution Building Processes in Latin America (International IDEA, 2018) and Making Constitutions: Presidents, Parties, and Institutional Choice in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Professor Negretto has been consultant to the UN, International IDEA, UNDP, and various national public institutions on institutional design and constitutional and electoral reforms. He has also held visiting appointments at several universities, including the University of Notre Dame, Columbia University, Princeton University, The New School for Social Research, Universidade de Sao Pablo, and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Gabriel Negretto contributed to the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Jaclyn Neoo

Jaclyn Neo is an Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Director of the NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies. She is a graduate of the NUS Faculty of Law and Yale Law School, and is a recipient of multiple academic scholarships, research awards, and competitive research grants. Jaclyn has published in leading journals in her field, has guest-edited multiple special journal issues, and is the editor/co-editor of several books. Her work forefronts Asian jurisdictions in comparative constitutional law, and has been cited by the courts in Singapore and the Supreme Court of India. Jaclyn participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2020.

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Min Zaw Oo

Min Zaw Oo is currently serving as Executive Director at the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security that implements policy research and analysis supporting the peace dialogue and security transition. Min was also the Executive Director of the Technical Secretariat Centre of the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC) that implements the military provisions of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). He is also an adviser to the Peace Commission that implements the government’s peace policy. Min worked as the Director of Ceasefire Negotiation and Implementation at Myanmar Peace Centre and facilitated the negotiation to achieve and implement historic Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. Min worked in various international posts, including Afghanistan, before returning to Myanmar. Min received a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, a MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Min Zaw Oo participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Suhrith Parthasarathy

Suhrith Parthasarathy practices as an advocate at the Madras High Court in Chennai, India. In 2013, Suhrith established an independent law office, specialising in public law, commercial disputes and income tax litigation. Suhrith holds a BA. LLB. (Hons) degree from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York. He has contributed chapters to two books: “Dignity in the Legal and Political Philosophy of Ronald Dworkin,” and “Appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court of India: Transparency, Accountability, and Independence,” both published by Oxford University Press. Suhrith is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of The Hindu newspaper. He has also published articles in a number of other dailies and magazines including The Caravan Magazine, The Open Magazine, The Indian Express, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the Economic and Political Weekly. He participated in the third Melbourne Forum in 2018.

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Shamshad Pasarlay

Shamshad Pasarlay is Assistant Professor at Herat University School of Law and Political Sciences in Afghanistan. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kabul University School of Islamic Law and an LL.M. and Ph.D. in comparative law from the University of Washington School of Law. He has worked in the Law Library of Congress and the United Nations Headquarters in New Yrok. Shamshad Pasarlay’s research interests involve comparative constitutional law and Afghanistan’s constitutional history. His scholarship on judicial politics, religion and constitution making and constitution-making/design in deeply divided societies has appeared in numerous journals, including the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Asian Journal of Comparative Law, Australian Journal of Asian Law and Washington International Law Journal. He participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2018 and 2019.

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Stephen Pokawin

Stephen P Pokawin is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Papua New Guinea. He had been for many years before entering the legal profession actively involved in the implementation of the decentralization policy in the country at the local, provincial and national government levels. He had served as a public servant (1980 – 1983), an elected leader at the provincial and national government levels (1983 – 2002) and a political adviser to the Prime Minister of PNG from 2002 to 2011. He specializes in laws giving effect to the decentralization processes in PNG. He participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2017 and 2018.

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Sebastián Machado Ramírez

Sebastián is LL.B (Colombia), LL.M (Cambridge), and Doctoral Fellow at the Laureate Program in International Law at the University of Melbourne. Previously served in the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Colombia; as Senior Advisor in International Law for the Attorney General; and as a member of the governmental negotiating team with the National Liberation Army (ELN) of Colombia. Formerly a professor of international law and legal theory in both public and private universities, including the Superior War Academy of Colombia, and author of several publications in English and Spanish in the fields of legal theory, peacebuilding, and international law. He participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019.

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Lian Sakhong

Lian Sakhong is a prominent advocate for peace and democracy in Burma, working with the Union Peace and Dialogue Joint Committee to end ethnic armed conflict in Burma and engage in talks and political dialogue with the government of Myanmar. He is also a Senior Advisor and former Executive Director of the Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies, an independent research centre founded in 2012 to generate ideas on democracy, human rights and federalism in Burma. He has written several books, including books on ethnic identity, religion and federalism in Burma. Lian Sakhong participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu is the founder Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Group and of the Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International and Strategic Studies. In 2010, Dr Saravanamuttu was awarded the inaugural Citizens Peace Award by the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka and in September 2013, he was invited by President Obama to attend his “High Level Event On Civil Society”, in New York. In 2016, he was appointed, Secretary of the Task Force on Consultations on Mechanisms for Reconciliation and in 2017, short-listed for the Peace Prize awarded by the city of Ypres, Belgium. He is also a member of the Regional Advisory Group of Amnesty International for Asia. Dr Saravanamuttu is a founder director of the Sri Lanka Chapter of Transparency International and a founding Co- Convener of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), which has monitored all the major elections in Sri Lanka since 1997 and the civil society alliance the Platform for Freedom. In 2004 he was an Eisenhower Fellow (2004) and is currently Chairperson of the Eisenhower Fellows, Sri Lanka and a Member of the Gratiaen Trust. Dr Saravanamuttu received a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Orovu Sepoe

Dr. Dr Orovu Sepoe has over 15 years academic teaching and research experience, and served at the University of PNG. She has been Consultant/adviser to PNG Electoral Commission, through the Aus-Aid Electoral Support Program, contributing to election observation and research. Among other appointments, Dr Sepoe was National Coordinator, Gender Equality in Political Governance, UNIFEM (now UN Women) and concurrently, served as Pacific Islands Research Fellow, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program; and National Coordinator, PNG Women Candidate Training, Centre for Democratic Institution, Australian National University. Her most recent appointment has been as Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser to the Decentralisation and Citizen Participation Program, under the PNG-Australian Governance Partnership. She is currently freelance consultant. She was part of the Melbourne Forum in 2019, although she was unable to attend in person.

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Dian Abdul Hamed Shah

Dian A H Shah is an Assistant Professor at NUS Faculty of Law. She was previously a Research Fellow of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, and a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, where she taught constitutional law. Dian completed her LL.M and SJD degrees at Duke University Law School, and prior to that she graduated with an LL.B from Warwick University. Her research interests span the fields of law and religion, comparative constitutional law, and human rights, and her work focuses on the interaction of law, religion, and politics in plural and divided societies. Dian is the author of Constitutions, Religion and Politics in Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka (CUP 2017) and the co-editor of a volume on Law and Society in Malaysia: Pluralism, Religion and Ethnicity (Routledge 2018). She participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2018.

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Naguib G Sinarimbo

Atty Naguib G. Sinarimbo is currently serving as Minister of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government, BARMM; is a former Senior Advisor on Political Transitions at the UN Resident Coordinator, and the United Nations Development Program, UNDP, Philippines; Member of the Joint Normalization Committee of the GPH-MILF Peace Architecture; and the Deputy Secretary General of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party. He has long and extensive engagement in the Mindanao Peace Process and a deep understanding of the underlying issues of Autonomy , Conflict and its history, and the challenges of Philippine Constitutional accommodation. Naguib participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019.

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Adérito de Jesus Soares

Adérito Soares was a member of Timor-Leste’s Constituent Assembly (2001-2002) and was the Inaugural Commissioner of Timor-Leste’s Anti-Corruption Commission (2010-2014). He holds an LLB from Indonesia and an LLM from NYU Law School (2003). He has published on Timor-Leste internationally, including ‘A Social Movement as Antidote to Corruption’, in A New Era? Timor-Leste after the UN (ANU E-Press, 2015); ‘Combating Corruption: Avoiding Institutional Ritualism’, in The Politics of Timor-Leste (NY, Cornell Uni. Press, 2013); ‘The Parallel and Paradox of Timor-Leste and Western Sahara’, in Autonomy and Armed Separatist Movement in Southeast Asia (Singapore, ISEAS, 2012). He is currently finishing his PhD at the ANU, Canberra. He has worked for various NGOs in Timor-Leste and Indonesia and as a consultant for international agencies. He participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2018.

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Bui Ngoc Son

Dr Bui Ngoc Son is a research fellow of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He is the author of the book Confucian Constitutionalism in East Asia (Routledge, 2016). His research interests include legal change in the contemporary socialist world, Asian legal systems, Asian legal and political philosophy, Asian comparative constitutional law, and comparative constitutional theory. He participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2016 and 2018.

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Ricardo Sousa da Cunha

Ricardo Sousa da Cunha is a Law Professor (Law Department of IPCA / Invited-Professor of the Law School of UMinho). He has a Phd in Public Law from the Universidade do Minho and a Master in International Law from the University of Macau. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Law School of Universidade Nacional de Timor-Lorosa’e. He is former Legal Adviser to HE the Presidente of the Timor-Leste Republic, Major-General Taur Matan Ruak. Ricardo presented at the Melbourne Forum in 2020.

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Bivitri Susanti

Bivitri Susanti is the Deputy Chair and a lecturer at the Indonesia Jentera School of Law and a board member in a number of Indonesian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). She actively participated in the Civil Society Coalition for New Constitution 1999-2002 in Indonesia and led the civil society advocacy for the Law on the Government of Aceh in 2006. Bivitri obtained bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Indonesia in 1999 and master’s degree (LLM), with distinction, in Law and Development from the University of Warwick, UK, in 2002. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, USA. Bivitri was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2013-2014) and School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University (2016); and a visiting professor at Tokyo University Law School (autumn semester 2018). Bivitri participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019.

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Wilson Tay Tze Vern

Wilson Tay Tze Vern is Senior Lecturer at Taylor’s Law School, Taylor’s University, Malaysia. He teaches constitutional law, administrative law, and the legal systems of England and Malaysia. He is also Deputy Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS), having completed his doctorate at NUS in the summer of 2019. He participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2020.

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Tenzin

Tenzin is a Trainer & Researcher at the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) and also the Personal Secretary to the Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, the Honorable President of the Bhutan National Legal Institute, the Jigme Singye Wangchuck (JSW) School of Law and the Bar Council of Bhutan. Tenzin also works as an adjunct faculty with the JSW School of Law and the Royal Institute of Management. Tenzin started his career as a Court Registrar (Jan-Nov. 2010) of Thimphu District Court, Royal Court of Justice. Prior to this he worked as a Legal Advisor with Respect Educate Nurture & Empower Women (RENEW – a CSO working for victims of Domestic Violence) from August 2008-Jan 2009, helping the survivors of the victims of domestic violence. At BNLI, he continues to work on women and child-related issues, including establishment of the First Family and Child Bench in the country. Tenzin is a recipient of Thomas Burgenthal Scholarship that helped him earn Masters Degree (LLM 2013) from George Washington University School of Law, Washington D.C, and a Government of India Scholarship to study BA/LLB 2008 at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India. He participated in the third Melbourne Forum in 2018.

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Saniia Toktogazieva

Saniia Toktogazieva is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Human Rights program at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. She holds an LLB in International and Business law from American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, an LLM in Human Rights from Central European University, Budapest, Hungary and is currently an SJD candidate in Comparative Constitutional Law at the Central European University. Saniia was a fellow of Academic Fellowship Program (OSF) and a recipient of the research grant "Beyond the Ivory Tower" supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Saniia Toktogazieva participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang

Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang joined the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, in 2009. He lectures various courses in constitutional and administrative laws. His areas of interest include freedom of expression, religious freedom, public accountability, and environmental policy. Khemthong graduated from the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University before earning his LLM at Yale Law School. He has a PhD from the University of Bristol School of Law, UK. Khemthong participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019 and 2020.

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Anne Twomey

Anne Twomey is a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney. She has previously worked for the High Court of Australia, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Research Service, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee and The Cabinet Office of New South Wales. In the last of these roles she was involved in inter-governmental relations and federal-state financial relations. She was recently appointed by the NSW Government to a Federal-Financial Relations Review Panel. Anne participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2020.

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Borwornsak Uwanno

Borwornsak Uwanno is Professor of Law at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. In 2015, he served as Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee to draft a new Constitution for Thailand. Prior to this, Borwornsak Uwanno had served as a member of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly established in 1996, a member of the House Ad Hoc Committee on Constitutional Reform (1993-94) and a member of the Committee for Developing Democracy. He has also served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at Chulalongkorn University. He holds degrees in Public Law from Universite de Paris and in law from the Chulalongkorn University. Borwornsak Uwanno contributed to the second Melbourne Forum in 2017.

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Asanga Welikala

Dr Asanga Welikala is Lecturer in Public Law at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and the Associate Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law. He is also a Research Associate of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies University of London and Research Fellow of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Sri Lanka. His research interests lie in comparative constitutional law, applied constitutional theory, and Commonwealth constitutional history. Since the change of government in January 2015, he has been involved in civil society initiatives to support the Sri Lankan constitutional reforms process. Asanga Welikala participated in the first Melbourne Forum in 2016.

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Kimitoshi Yabuki

Kimitoshi Yabuki is Managing Partner of Yabuki Law Offices, Member of the Democracy for the Future project of the Japan Canter for International Exchange, Vice Chair of the Bar Issues Commission of the International Bar Association, Project Manager of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (the “JFBA”) on its Project of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia and Chairperson of the Committee of International Relations of the JFBA, working of many rule of law projects the JFBA has organized in Asia. Kimitoshi Yabuki particiapted in the Melbourne Forum in 2020.

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Jiunn-rong Yeh

Professor Jiunn-rong Yeh is known for his policy science approach to various law and policy issues, including constitutional change, environmental policy and regulatory processes. He was the Vice Dean of the College of Law, National Taiwan University, in charge of academic affairs and international collaboration. He has substantially involved in many constitutional, legislative and regulatory issues in Taiwan. He argued in front of the Council of Grand on the constitutional issue of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant installation, also heading or participating in the drafting of several major legislative bills, including the Freedom of Information Act, the Administrative Procedural Act, the Superfund Law and the Greenhouse Gas Control Act. Jiunn-rong participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019.

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Jeong-In Yun

Jeong-In Yun is Research Professor and leads the party democracy research department of Party Law Research Center at Korea University in Seoul, Korea. She teaches, researches and writes on constitutional law, fundamental rights, comparative constitutional law, constitutional amendment, democracy, and constitutional education. She has been working on a 3-year project on pathologic problems of populist parties in Korea, and currently working on a 5-year project on constitutional design for new democracy model, funded by National Research Foundation of Korea. She was granted a Laureate Visiting Fellowship in Constitutional Law at Melbourne Law School. Jeong-In participated in the Melbourne Forum 2020.

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Munawar Liza Zainal

Munawar Liza Zainal is the Co-founder of Aceh National Party, Indonesia. He was Mayor of Sabang City, Aceh from 2007 to 2012 and a member of GAM representative at Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM). He is also the co-founder of Sekolah Perdamaian dan Demokrasi Aceh (SPD), School of Peace and Democracy, Aceh. Munawar participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2019.

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Mariyam Zulfa

At the time of the promulgation of the current Maldives Constitution (2008), Mariyam Zulfa was a member of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the first political party registered in the Maldives. She has served in the cabinet of President Mohamed Nasheed, as Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture. Mariyam is an LLB graduate of the University of Western Australia and is admitted to practice law both in Australia and the Maldives. She also has an MBA from Waikato University, New Zealand and Ph.D. from Curtin University. She is currently a post-graduate student reading Public & International Law at the Melbourne University Law School. Mariyam participated in the Melbourne Forum in 2017 and 2018.

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Cheryl Saunders

Cheryl Saunders is a Laureate Professor Emeritus at Melbourne Law School and co-convenor of the Constitution Transformation Network. She works in the fields of comparative constitutional law and comparative public law more generally. She is a President Emeritus of the International Association of Constitutional Law and a former President of the International Association for Centres of Federal Studies. She is a senior technical advisor to the Constitution-Building Program of International IDEA and a former Board Member of International IDEA.

Cheryl’s work in the field is characterised by two assumptions. The first is that comparative constitutional law should be as global as possible in its reach, in both theory and practice. The second is the importance of context in comparative constitutional law, including recognition and appreciation of difference, despite the realities of globalisation. Both inform her involvement in the activities of the Constitution Transformation Network. She participates in networks of constitutional scholars and practitioners throughout the world. She has written widely on aspects of comparative constitutional law, with a particular focus on constitution transformation in Asia and the Pacific. She has had practical involvement in constitution making and change in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the middle east as an advisor with comparative expertise and an appreciation of how that can effectively be shared.

Current projects in which Cheryl is engaged that relate to the work of Constitution Transformation Network include an examination of the processes of constitutional transition in the face of territorial cleavages (with International IDEA, Center for Constitutional Transitions); an examination of the appropriate use of external advice in constitution building processes (with International IDEA, IACL, Venice Commission); and the concept of a constitution in an age of transnational practice (for Center on Globalization, Law and Society, UCI).

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Will Partlett

William Partlett is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School and a co-convenor of the Constitution Transformation Network. Before coming to Melbourne in 2015, William was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of Chinese University Hong Kong, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University Law School, and a Fellow at The Brookings Institution. William holds a JD from Stanford Law School as well as a DPhil in Soviet History and MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford (where he was a Clarendon Scholar). He also holds an honours bachelor degree in International Affairs and Public Policy from Princeton University and speaks Russian.

William’s research broadly focuses on the role of history and institutions in constitution-making. Drawing on his background in Russian history, he is particularly interested in exploring the distinctive institutional legacies of the Russian constitutional tradition and their persistence in both post-Soviet and post-socialist constitution-making.

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Anna Dziedzic

Dr Anna Dziedzic is a Global Academic Fellow at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, and a co-convenor of the Constitution Transformation Network at Melbourne Law School. Anna’s research engages across the field of comparative constitutional law with a special focus on the constitutional systems of the Pacific. She has written on constitution-making, federalism, institutions of government, and the interaction between constitutional provisions and gender issues. Her current research covers the use of foreign judges on courts of constitutional jurisdiction, the regulation of citizenship and constitutional law in the Pacific region. Anna holds PhD from Melbourne Law School, an MA in Human Rights from University College London in 2011, and first class honours degrees in Arts and Law from the Australian National University. She previously worked as a legal policy officer for the Australian government and as an Associate at the Federal Court of Australia.

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Tom Gerald Daly

Dr Tom Daly is Assistant Director of the Melbourne School of Government, Associate Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law at Edinburgh Law School, and a co-convenor of the Constitution Transformation Network at Melbourne Law School. He previously clerked for the Chief Justice of Ireland. He has worked on a variety of development projects worldwide at Edinburgh University’s Global Justice Academy, and as a consultant on Council of Europe, European Union, International IDEA, and Irish government projects, most recently managing a major Council of Europe project on ‘Strengthening Judicial Ethics in Turkey’.

Tom’s research focuses on the connections between law, policy and democratic governance, with a particular focus on young democracies and fragile democracies. His recent publications include an article on courts as ‘democracy-builders’ in Global Constitutionalism, a co-edited collection, Law and Policy in Latin America: Transforming Courts, Institutions, and Rights (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017), and a policy report on ‘The Judiciary and Constitutional Transitions’ (International IDEA and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO)). His book, The Alchemists: Questioning Our Faith in Courts as Democracy-Builders, will be published in October 2017 by Cambridge University Press.

His current research project concerns democratic decay worldwide and the use of public law as a remedial tool. He recently launched the Democratic Decay Resource. He is also a co-editor of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-Connect) blog, focusing on the theme of democratic decay. He also tweets on public law, democracy building and democratic decay @DemocracyTalk.

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Dinesha Samararatne

Dinesha Samararatne is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the ARC Laureate Program on Balancing Diversity and Social Cohesion in Democratic Constitutions, at the MLS Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. Her research focuses on constitution‐making and enforcement in a post‐war context. During this time, she is on leave from the Department of Public & International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. Her recent research work has been in relation to judicial enforcement of economic and social rights, constitution-making, judicial interpretation of fundamental rights, war affected women with disability, the study of law from the perspectives of cultural studies and access to justice. Dinesha has held visiting positions at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law as a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, Australia, at the Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law, Faculty of Law of the University of New South Wales, Australia and at the Institute for Human Rights, Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland. Dinesha participated in the Melbourne Forums in 2018 as a participant and as a ConTransNet Co-Convenor in 2019.

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Charmaine Rodrigues

Charmaine Rodrigues has almost 20 years development experience with a focus on political governance. She was the Global Constitutional Assistance Specialist at UNDP, where she managed the constitutional support portfolio for the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (2012-14) and subsequently the Bureau for Programme and Policy Support (2014-15). During that time she developed the UNDP Guidance Note on Constitution-Making Assistance and provided technical advice and programming support on constitutional issues to the Country Offices and Regional Bureaux covering Somalia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Libya, Yemen, Burundi, Burkina Faso and Fiji, including on gender issues. Charmaine was also the UNDP Pacific Regional Democratic Institutions & Accountability Specialist (2007-12) in Suva, Fiji Islands, where she was responsible for UNDP's regional support to parliamentary development, women's political participation and anti-corruption programming. Prior to that, Charmaine was Right to Information Programme Manager (2003-6) at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in New Delhi, India and a Programme Officr at the Australian Agency for International Development (2001-3). She is an alumni of Melbourne Law School, graduating with an BA/LLB(Hons) in 1997 and has a Master of Socal Science (International Development) from RMIT University.

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Leena Rikkilä Tamang

Leena is Director for the Asia and the Pacific region and oversees country programmes in Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan. Tamang joined International IDEA in 2002. Between 2004-2013, she managed International IDEA’s programme on Supporting Constitution-Building Process in Nepal. She created and supported initiatives aiming at forging consensus on political reform and to develop capacity of Nepalese stakeholders on constitutional options. Prior to her time in Nepal, Tamang worked at the South-Asia Programme, including Burma/Myanmar at International IDEA. Tamang is former Secretary-General of Finland's Advisory Board for Relations with Developing Countries (Ministry for Foreign Affairs). She is a member and former chair (2001-2002) of the Network Institute for Global Democracy (NIGD). Amongst her work with NIGD, she coordinated projects promoting North-South Dialogues on democracy and globalization and was involved in the World Social Forum (WSF) process.

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Amanda Cats-Baril

Amanda Cats-Baril is International IDEA’s Senior Programme Officer and serves as a constitution-building adviser for the Asia Pacific region. In this capacity she supports constitution-building processes in Nepal, Myanmar and the Philippines, amongst other contexts, through the provision of technical assistance to governments, civil society organizations and International IDEA projects. Issues of focus in these processes include federalism, decentralization and autonomy arrangements; systems of government; and accountability institutions, rule of law and human rights.

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University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies

The University of Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UPCIDS) hosted the second Melbourne Forum in October 2017. Established in 1985 by UP President Edgardo Angara, UP CIDS is a policy research unit of the University of the Philippines that connects disciplines and scholars across the several units of the UP System. It was initiated to encourage collaborative and rigorous research addressing issues of national significance by supporting scholars and securing research funding, enabling them to produce outputs and recommendations for public policy.

The Center accomplishes this by convening a broad range of programs as well as producing publications for academics and the wider public. In August 2017, CIDS began to undertake research under nine regular programs and other special projects. These include programs on higher education and policy reform, education research, data science, the middle-income trap, social and political change, strategic studies, alternative development, peace and conflict transformation, and the Korean Research Center. The Center and the convened programs also host public fora, roundtable discussions, and conferences that bring together various sectors with a view of broadening the Center’s network and research agenda. More information is available at http://cids.up.edu.ph.

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Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) co-hosted the third Melbourne Forum in October 2017. was formed in the firm belief that there is an urgent need to strengthen institution and capacity-building for good governance and conflict transformation in Sri Lanka and that non-partisan civil society groups have an important and constructive contribution to make to this process. The primary role envisaged for the Centre in the field of public policy is a pro-active and interventionary one, aimed at the dissemination and advocacy of policy alternatives for non-violent conflict resolution and democratic governance. Accordingly, the work of the Centre involves a major research component through which the policy alternatives advocated are identified and developed. More information is available at http://www.cpalanka.org/.

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