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How an Authoritarian Regime in Burma Used Special Courts to Defeat Judicial Independence

Cheesman, Nicholas


Why do authoritarian rulers establish special courts? One view is that they do so to insulate the judiciary from politically oriented cases and allow it continued, albeit limited, independence. In this article I present a contrary case study of an authoritarian regime in Burma that used special courts not to insulate the judiciary but to defeat it. Through comparison to other Asian cases I suggest that the Burmese regime's composition and character better explain its strategy than does extant...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Law and Society Review
DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5893.2011.00457.x


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