Rule of law assistance in an authoritarian regime: intermediary actors in Myanmar’s transition
Through the enterprise of foreign funded development assistance, “rule of law” as an international model for development travels across the globe. At its new site, the rule of law model requires translation and adaptation by individual or collective actors who operate as “intermediaries” of rule of law.
Based on empirical material collected in Myanmar during 2014-2015 this seminar presents intermediary actors and the way they influence rule of law assistance in Myanmar as they translate the rule of law to local understandings, mediate values and trust, operate as “moral entrepreneurs”, influence project allocation, and use their intermediary position to accumulate social capital in the country’s transition. In a setting like Myanmar's where authoritarian politics still penetrate society the promotion of rule of law is particularly challenging and intermediaries become indispensable.
Kristina Simion is a phd candidate at the School of Regulation and Global Governance, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, specialising in globalization of law/global-local interfaces of international law/rule of law assistance/law and development in Myanmar. She is currently a desk Officer (Myanmar), Rule of Law Program, Folke Bernadotte Academy, and also a Rule of Law Research Facilitator, International Network to Promote the Rule of Law, Washington DC.