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.

Management Team

Vivek Kumar, Executive Director, 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, new legislation and European Union and human rights law. He has worked in relation to Myanmar issues since 2013 both with Justice Base and the UNDP (with the Myanmar Attorney General’s Office on legislative drafting issues). Vivek will be ultimately responsible for overseeing the proposed project.

Myat Ko Ko, Senior Policy Director, is a leading expert on federalism, politics, and constitutions in Myanmar. He received the Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship to study in 2014 at Oxford, where he prepared a paper on federalism in Myanmar. He is co-founder and Executive Director of Yangon School of Political Science, where he teaches many courses and is one of the most popular instructors. He is now working as academic director at the Constitutional Federalism Institute at Justice Base.

Laura Draper, Myanmar Country Director, is a qualified UK human rights and public lawyer with broad experience of delivering trainings and developing educational and advocacy materials in relation to citizenship, minority rights, fair trial rights and other aspects of rule of law with Justice Base. Laura was Myanmar consultant for the International Senior Lawyers Project, managing the day-to-day operations of a program entitled ‘Empowering Civil Society in Burma’s Development’. Laura has also acted as a country expert for assessing country of origin evidence in asylum claims.

Nang Thu Thu Kyaw, Administrative Director, has significant experience managing and arranging Justice Base’s projects since 2013, in addition to assisting with monitoring and evaluation. 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.

Administrative Team

David Wilson, UK Finance Manager

Khin San Myint, Myanmar Finance Manager has been a new addition to the Justice Base team. Joining in October 2019, she has over 20-year experience in the finance administration field, which includes working for various businesses, INGOs and the UN. She most recently worked as Finance and Administrative Manager for the USAID Promoting the Rule of Law Project.

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.

Project Staff

Khin Sandar Tun, Communications and Training Associate, studied conflict transformation across cultures (CONTACT) at the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Vermont, and is a Fellow of the KAIICID Dialogue Center. Ms Tun has designed and facilitated a number of Justice Base’s trainings on anti-discrimination, peace and democracy. She is also active in peace promotion and youth ethnic coalition building. Ms Tun has also served as a network coordinator and facilitator at the Peace Cultivation Network-PCN, where has she facilitated interreligious dialogues in the community. She has been invited to speak at the Human Rights Council in Geneva as a representative of civil society in Myanmar, and has spoken at the Center of Diversity and National Harmony on peace and tolerance from an Islamic perspective.

Khin Mar Thein, Myanmar Legal Advisor, graduated in law from East Yangon University and has studied with the Yangon School of Political Sciences and Diploma business law. Since leaving legal practice to work in the NGO sector, she has worked as the Training Coordinator at Women Peace Network and as Legal Advisor with Justice Base. Khin Mar Thein is a key member of the Justice Base team designing and delivering workshops relating to fair trial rights for the My Justice Communities of Practice programme, and also the UNHCR citizenship project.She has also played an instrumental role in monitoring trials and conducting research for Justice Base.

Aye Mon Thu, Myanmar Legal Advisor, is a qualified Myanmar lawyer and a certified advocate lawyer by the Union Supreme Court. She has extensive experience of delivering trainings and developing materials in relation to fair trial rights for the MyJustice “Communities of Practice” programme with Justice Base. Aye Mon Thu is also the co-founder of the Dawei Pro-Bono Lawyers Network where she provides legal aid in environmental degradation, land grabbing, criminal trespass, women and children cases. She has also worked as a Legal Specialist for the Tharthi Myay Foundation, and a consultant for Vermont Law School (Myanmar Environmental Governing Program).

Phuong Tran, Project Manager (CFI) is a development practitioner with over 10 years of experience in international development. She has worked with various international and local NGOs in Vietnam in areas including career support for poor children and woman/girl survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence, and human trafficking and safe migration awareness raising. In  Myanmar, she has worked with various INGOs on social and development issues including vocational training and job placement for disadvantaged girls and women, education for IDP children in Rakhine, gender-based violence, and documentary film-making training for young people. Phuong’s key competencies include program management, monitoring and evaluation, multiple stakeholder engagement, and capacity building. Phuong completed the Masters of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne on the Australia Leadership Awards (ALA). Phuong started working with Justice Base as the Project Manager in August 2019. 

Camille Dancoisne, Research Coordinator, has been working in Myanmar since 2016. She has taken part in several research projects led by local organisations on issues encompassing citizenship, freedom of expression and social justice. She graduated with a Master’s in International Relations and Human Rights (SciencesPo Paris) and a Master’s degree in Burmese language and civilisation at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilization (Inalco).

Martin Simonsen, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, has been working with Justice Base since 2019. He has several years of international experience in consultancy, project and programme coordination, with a particular focus in monitoring and evaluation. Martin’s expertise also extends to designing systems and process with emphasis on accessibility and user-friendliness.

Ma Lay, Project Associate (CFI) has graduated from Dagon University (Myanmar) in 2014 and has recently joined Justice Base. Having worked for several years in logistics, she has consistent experience in project management and operations management. Moreover, she knowledgeable of business finance, such as financial reporting, and accounting.

Trustees / Board of Directors

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.

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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