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About our School


In Mai Ja Yang, a small town in the mountainous ethnic Kachin State, near the China-Burma border, the Federal Law Academy (FLA) has been founded by the Legal Aid Network (LAN) in June, 2014. The following law professors who are members of the International Academic Board of LAN, in addition to its founder, contribute as members of the Academic Board of the FLA:

1. David Fisher, Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, Stockholm University, Sweden.
2. Dr. Venkat Iyer, Law Commissioner and Barrister, Northern Ireland, UK.
3. Mr. Aung Htoo, Human Rights Lawyer and Founder of the Legal Aid Network. M.A. (Human Rights) R.L. Teaching Human Rights Law; Columbia University, New York, USA. The FLA provides a two-year course leading to a Diploma in Law. Every year, 60 students are, at maximum, granted admission.

The Principal of FLA: Mr. Aung Htoo

Aim & Objectives

To nurture and advance the ethnic youths so that they become legal practitioners who will implement the following objectives:

(1) Laying down the Rule of Law foundation for the emergence of an independent, just, developed, and peaceful Federal Union with the underpinning of human rights;

(2) Participating in the process of drafting, making, and enforcing the Federal Constitution, Constitutions of the Ethnic States – which constitute the Federal Union – and respective organic laws and other laws, which will reflect the will of the various ethnic nationalities and their Ethnic States; and,

(3) Facilitating the transformation of the national legal framework on the basis of international law, human rights laws, humanitarian law, and equal rights and self-determination of all ethnic nationalities in order that benefits of the constituent units of the Federal Union as well as of people who have been residing in each respective unit are protected.

Diploma in Law

Certificates of Diploma in Law – signed by Dr. David Fisher, Prof. of International Law, Faculty of Law, Stockholm University, Sweden, Dr. Venkat Iyer, Constitutional Law and Media Law Expert from the United Kingdom, and Mr. Aung Htoo, the Principal of the FLA – will be conferred on the candidates, who have already achieved required qualification after completion of two years course.


1. Minimum Qualification:
Passed the second year examination of any University Copy of the original certificate shall be submitted.
2. Having Ethnic Nationality (Non-Myanmar or Myanmar)
3. Gender – male or female
4. Age – up to 35 (Exception is granted under a very special circumstance.)
5. Medical check: A medical certificate issued by the township surgeon shall be submitted.
6. Residence: Priority is provided to the applicants who are currently living within the territory of the ethnic states in Burma.

 Operation of the Academy 

1. Lecturers, senior tutors, tutors and visiting legal academicians: Under the guidance of the Academic Board mentioned above, the lecturers and senior tutors and tutors – the sole purveyors of legal education per se - will teach courses. In addition, some experienced lawyers and academicians will also be invited to be guest speakers. Lawyers working with the Legal Aid Network will be tutors.

2. Curriculum: The FLA will have its own mandatory curriculum which will be conducive to dealing with the negative aspects of globalization, whilst fostering its positive aspects, and attending to the changing political landscape of Burma/Myanmar with the underpinning of the Rule of Law.

3. Theory and Practice: Apart from a participatory method to foster students’ critical thinking, the FLA will design teaching techniques to enable students to find creative legal solutions to societal issues, while heeding the promotion and protection of human rights. A combination of theory and practice will be at the core of our teaching.

4. Admission of students: Although the Myanmar nationality is not excluded from our law school, the students who belong to non-Myanmar ethnic nationalities will constitute the great majority.

5. Gender Sensitivity: In order to promote the role of women in current and future society, at least one-third of a total number of students should be females.

6. English Language Skills: Priority will be given to applicants who are relatively skillful in English. Entrance examinations – written, oral or both - will be held.

7. Classrooms: (A) and (B)
Two large classrooms exist on the ground floor of the three-storey main building.

8. Main Hall: To the right of the classrooms is the main hall where public meetings and gatherings can be held.

9. Reading rooms: Quiet reading rooms and computer rooms can be found on the first floor of the main building.

10. Students will stay in the three-storey dormitory, which is separately located at the left side of the law school courtyard.

11. Dining hall: Next to the dormitory is the dining hall, which is attached with a special room wherein distinguished guests can be hosted.

12. Meals: Students will enjoy meals, prepared by local chefs, in the dining hall.

13. Student Lounge: Behind the law school, there is another courtyard in which the Student Lounge and the Stadium can be found.

14. Basketball Court: Located in front of the dormitory.

15. Health – The FLA will take responsibility for basic health care.

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