About Us

Justice Base aims to support civil society and lawyers in their efforts to promote the rule of law through a range of means, including:

Justice Base launches its October 2017 report, “Monitoring in Myanmar: An Analysis of Myanmar’s Compliance with Fair Trial Rights” at the Park Royal in Yangon to over 75 attendees.

Forming partnerships:  Forming partnerships and otherwise supporting nationally-owned initiatives for promoting the rule of law.

 

Developing resources: Developing manuals, guides, and other resources with our national partners to support promotion of the rule of law and the protection of human rights.

 

Trainings and workshops: Organising, facilitating, conducting or supporting trainings and workshops aimed at raising awareness of the rule of law and the protection of human rights.

 

Members of Justice Base meet with the Director Generals of the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union in Naypyitaw to discuss Justice Base’s June 2017 Report, “Behind Closed Doors: Obstacles and Opportunities for Public Access to Myanmar’s Courts.

Conducting needs assessments: Working with national partners to evaluate rule of law needs and priorities, including assessments of the state of justice institutions.

 

Specialist legal advice and services: Providing specialist legal advice and services including in the areas of constitutional and legislative reform and the adoption and implementation of human rights legislation.

 

 

Who We Are

Justice Base is a small organisation supported by the work of experienced human rights lawyers and researchers working both as volunteers and consultants.

Vivek Kumar is Justice Base’s Executive Director. He was called to the Bar (of England and Wales) in 1997. He is an expert in constitutional and administrative law with 16 years of experience working for the UK Government (including the UK Attorney General) advising on policy development, judicial review, making new legislation and European Union & human rights law.

Anjali Mohan Gelbort is Justice Base’s Myanmar Country Director. Anjali is a U.S. lawyer and has been working with Justice Base in Myanmar for two and a half years. She has designed and led programmes on anti-discrimination and federalism and researched for and drafted sections of a study sponsored by UN Women on women’s access to justice in Myanmar. Additionally, Anjali has provided technical assistance and conducted trainings on international human rights and constitutions in conjunction with a number of local and international organisations working in Myanmar.

 

Myat Ko Ko is Justice Base’s Myanmar Senior Policy Director. Myat Ko Ko conducts trainings, particularly on federalism and constitutional awareness, hosts monthly roundtables, and provides support on all Myanmar Initiatives. Myat Ko Ko is the Co-Founder of the Yangon School of Political Science (YSPS).

 

 

 

Khin Sandar Tun is the Communications and Training Associate for Justice Base. She has helped to design and conduct a number of trainings on anti-discrimination, peace, and democracy. She is also active in peace promotion and youth ethnic coalition building.

 

 

 

Nang Thu Thu Kyaw is Administrative Director for Justice Base. She has previously worked as a liaison officer for ABS during the 2014 election period, assisted in conducting a public opinion survey, and learned how to bring education and training practices to her community and business as a DeBoer Citizen Leadership Fellow.

 

 

Hnin Win Aung is a Myanmar Legal Advisor for Justice Base. She is qualified as a Higher Grade Pleader and Advocate, and has eleven years of legal experience. She has been working with Justice Base for three years. She co-founded Justice For Women, with two other women activists in 2014. Since 2001, Hnin Win Aung has been involved with National League for Democracy, in its youth wing, as a pro bono lawyer, and as Secretary for Waw Township.

 

 

Thuzar Yin is a Myanmar Legal Advisor for Justice Base. She has diplomas in business law and international law and a post-graduate diploma in law as an advocate lawyer. She has been working with Justice Base in Myanmar for four years, conducting trainings, particularly legal awareness and providing support to rule of law initiatives. She is also Co-Founder of the Charity Lawyer Group.

 

 

 

Su Sandar is Justice Base’s Myanmar Accountant. She is a certified accountant and has been assisting Justice Base with finances and logistics since 2016.

 

 

 

 

Kari Rotkin, a U.S. lawyer, is an International Legal Advisor for Justice Base, focusing on criminal justice reform and citizenship rights. She works on programmes aimed at improving transparency in Myanmar’s judicial sector and in that capacity, writes reports and gives trainings concerning fair trial rights, court monitoring and public access to courts. She has also provided strategic legal assistance to domestic election observer groups, drafted briefing papers on religious discrimination across Myanmar and contributed to a legal curriculum.

 

Georgia Drake is an International Legal Advisor for Justice Base. She is an Australian lawyer with a Juris Doctor from the University of New South Wales and an LLM from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Her background is in litigation and human rights. In Myanmar, she has conducted research, drafted reports, and provided advocacy assistance related to minority rights.

 

 

 

Justice Base works closely with international experts and regularly hosts legal interns, post-graduate fellows, volunteer lawyers in the Yangon, Myanmar office.

 

 

Trustees / Board of Directors

Melissa Pack is Justice Base’s founder. She is an experienced legal practitioner, called to the Bar (of England and Wales) in 1995, and currently in practice as a barrister based in London. Over the past 10 years, she has worked as a prosecutor at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Court, and as Senior Counsel for the International Justice Programme at the Aegis Trust.

Matthew Bugher is a human rights lawyer and researcher based in Bangkok. Much of Matthew‘s work has focused on the human rights situation in Thailand and Myanmar. He has written reports for the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic, Fortify Rights, the International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International, Aegis Trust, and others. From 2013 to 2015, Matthew was a research fellow and clinical instructor at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program. Matthew was previously Justice Base’s Myanmar Project Manager and Acting Executive Director. He is a 2010 graduate of Harvard Law School.

Laila Manji is a political analyst with experience in international trade, economic development and conflict resolution. She has worked for the United Nations, at various NGOs focused on Africa and in the private sector.

Charles Bleehen is an experienced advisor on private equity and international development. He is an advisor to The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation on investments in the global health sector, and a Board director and Chair of the Social Investment Committee at the Venture Partnership Foundation. Previously he was a Partner at the Monitor Group, an international consultancy.

Registration and Structure

Justice Base is operating on a not-for-profit basis, governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association, and registered as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales at Acre House, 11/15 William Road, London NW1 3ER. Company Number 7978723/Charity Registration Number 1153878.

 

Registered Charity Number 1153878. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales at
Acre House, 11/15 William Rd, London NW1 3ER, United Kingdom.

Company number 7978723.
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