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John G. Dale

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816646463

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816646463.001.0001

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Theorizing Transnational Legal Action

Theorizing Transnational Legal Action

(p.1) Introduction Theorizing Transnational Legal Action
Free Burma

John G. Dale

University of Minnesota Press

This book discusses how the Saffron Revolution sustained the hopes and aspirations of the people of modern Myanmar for a free and democratic Burma. However, the majority of Burma experts declared the pro-democracy movement a failure. The domestic pro-democracy movement which first emerged in 1988 in Burma transformed over the decades into a transnational social movement, resulting in a new model. The Burmese pro-democracy movement built on new transnational networks in order to initiate innovative campaigns, using legal mechanisms to expose how democratic states and multinational corporations were supporting the oppressive regime. The movement, through so-called “transnational legal actions,” created transnational legal spaces and attempted to challenge the neoliberal conceptions of justice and democracy.

Keywords:   Saffron Revolution, democratic Burma, pro-democracy movement, transnational social movement, transnational legal actions, justice, democracy

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