The Project is led by a Director and Deputy Directors, who are supported by a Management Committee. The Project’s activities are undertaken by a body of eminent fellows.


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Janelle Saffin is an Australian politician. She has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since November 2007, representing the electorate of Page.

Janelle has been active in the Australian Labor Party since 1982 and served in the NSW Legislative Council from 1995 to 2003. From 2004 until 2007, she was senior political adviser to His Excellency Dr Jose Ramos-Horta while the Nobel Laureate was Timor Leste’s Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Prime Minister and President. Janelle was an official observer for the International Commission of Jurists at the 1999 independence referendum in East Timor.

In federal Parliament, Janelle is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and Chair of its Trade Sub-Committee. She has served for three years as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Public Works and is a member of the House of Representatives Selection Committee. Janelle is a member of the Petitions Committee and has also served as Government Whip.

A long-time Myanmar activist, Janelle has previously lectured on constitutional law within Myanmar. She is the Chair of the Australian Labor Party's International Party Development Committee, Chair of the newly formed Australia–Myanmar Parliamentary Group and Patron of the Australia–Myanmar Chamber of Commerce. She has visited Myanmar many times over the last 15 years and has been a member of the Burma Lawyers Council for many years. She co-founded the website Gateway to Burma and has helped hundreds of Burmese refugees relocate worldwide.

Janelle is serves on the Management Committee of the Myanmar Constitutional Reform Project.


Professor Wojciech Sadurski


Wojciech Sadurski holds the Challis Chair in Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney and is an internationally recognised expert in comparative constitutionalism and constitutional theory. Since 2011, he has chaired the Academic Advisory Board of the Community of Democracies.

Prior to taking up his chair at Sydney, Wojciech served for ten years as Professor of Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law in the Department of Law at the European University Institute. He has held visiting professorships at numerous universities across Europe, Asia and the United States, including at the University of Trento, Italy and the Cardozo Law School in New York. He is a member of the editorial boards of the European Law Journal, Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Springer Scientific’s Law and Philosophy Library. He is also a member of a number of supervisory or program boards, including for the Institute of Public Affairs (Poland), the Freedom of Press Observatory (Poland) and the Centre for International Affairs (Poland). He is also a member of several editorial boards, including the European Law Journal, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and the Law and Philosophy Library (Springer Scientific)

Deputy Director

Catherine Renshaw



Catherine Renshaw is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, where her research focuses on human rights and democracy in the Asia-Pacific. She is a former research fellow at the Australian Human Rights Centre at the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, where she coordinated the Human Rights Internship Program. Prior to this, Ms Renshaw was a lecturer at the University of Newcastle.

Ms Renshaw has worked as solicitor in the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales and as a commercial litigator. She has served as New South Wales Convenor for Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and as a legal journalist for the Newcastle Herald.


Associate Professor Simon Butt
Simon Butt is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney and brings expertise on the role of constitutional courts in Southeast Asian democracies. His doctorate, which examined the nature of judicial review in Indonesia’s Constitutional Court, was awarded the Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence by the University of Melbourne.
Prior to joining the Faculty, Associate Professor Butt worked as a consultant on the Indonesian legal system to the Australian Government, the private sector and international organisations, including the United Nations Development Programme and the International Commission of Jurists.

Professor Adam Czarnota
Adam Czarnota is Professor at the University of New South Wales School of Law and a Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law. He is also a re-current visiting professor at the Akademia Kozminskiego in Warsaw, Poland and a Senior Fellow of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Czarnota has written widely on the philosophy and sociology of law and transitional justice in post-authoritarian states. He has also previously served as Chair of the Working Group on the Transformation of Law in Post-Communist Societies convened under the auspices of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law. In 2013, he will commence a two-year term as Scientific Director of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, in Onati, Spain.

Dr Melissa Crouch
Melissa Crouch is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore. She was formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands, and a Research Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Her scholarship examines issues of law and society in Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar and Indonesia. Her research in Myanmar focuses on constitutionalism in the self-administered zones, administrative law and Islam and the state.
Dr Crouch is an editor of the Australian Journal of Asian Law and is an associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the University of Melbourne. Her forthcoming book, Law and Religion in Indonesia: Faith, Conflict and the Courts in West Java, will be published by Routledge later this year.
Dr Crouch is a member of the Management Committee of the Myanmar Constitutional Reform Project.

Professor Martin Krygier
Martin Krygier is Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory and a Co-Director of the Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) of the Australian National University and a recurrent Visiting Professor at the Centre for Social Studies, Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. He is also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.
Professor Krygier is on the editorial board of the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law and the editorial committee of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. In 1997 he delivered the ABC's Boyer Lectures.
Professor Krygier’s work spans a number of fields, including legal, political and social philosophy, communist and post-communist studies, and the history of ideas. He is the author of Civil Passions: Selected Writings, a collection of essays, and most recently Philip Selznick. Ideals in the World.
Professor Krygier is a member of the Management Committee of the Myanmar Constitutional Reform Project.

Phillip Smyth
Philip Smyth is an Australian human rights lawyer. He completed his schooling in Yangon and pursued legal studies at Yangon University, Myanmar, and at the University of New South Wales in Australia. He spent time in Thailand conducting human rights courses and completed a Masters course in Human Rights at Mahidol University in Thailand. He is a prominent member of the Myanmar community in Sydney and currently serves as president of a community-based Myanmar association.

Daniel Rowland
Daniel Rowland is the Law and Development Advisor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. Prior to taking up this position in late 2010, he was Senior Law and Justice Advisor within AusAID for a decade, and before that, Principal Solicitor with the Australian Government Solicitor.
He has practiced law in London and Amsterdam and taught public law at the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales.
Mr Rowland is a member of the Management Committee of the Myanmar Constitutional Reform Project.

Eugene Quah
Mr Quah is an Australian entrepreneur and legal consultant based on Myanmar. He is a regular commentator on legal issues in Myanmar and has worked in a variety of capacities with government officials, members of the Hluttaw (Parliament), legal scholars, Myanmar lawyers and all of Myanmar’s major political parties.
Mr Quah was a member of scoping mission for the human rights capacity development initiative announced by Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr during his visit to Myanmar in 2012. He was also a member of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions scoping and assessment missions and participated in the drafting of the enabling legislation for the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission.

Professor Veronica Taylor
Veronica Taylor is Professor and Director of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) within the Australian National University. She also serves as Director of the School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy. Prior to joining ANU, was Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she remains an Affiliate Professor of Law and Senior Advisor.
Professor Taylor is prolific scholar on commercial law and society in Asia and regulation. She has over twenty-five years of experience designing and leading rule of law and governance projects for the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

Professor Jeremy Webber
Jeremy Webber is Dean of Law at the University of Victoria, Canada, where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Society and is Director of the Consortium on Democratic Constitutionalism. He is a world-renowned scholar on cultural diversity, constitutional theory, federalism and indigenous rights.
Prior to joining the University of Victoria in 2002, Professor Webber was Dean of Law at the University of Sydney and Professor of Law at McGill University. In 2009 he was appointed a fellow of the Trudeau Foundation.