Visiting Scholar Highlight

Ja Aung Lu
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ja Aung Lu, visiting scholar at ISHR, spoke to the Columbia community on the history of Myanmar’s sixty-year long civil war on June 8th. Aung focused on war crimes and crimes against humanity with reflection on the key criteria for recognizing them under the Rome Statue, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law. Recommendations included adopting polices that hold parties accountable who have committed grave human rights violations and provisions that provide remedies for the victims of these violations.

Aung is a human rights advocate from Burma/Myanmar. She received her Bachelor of Law from Myitkyina University and has awarded Humphrey Fellowship Scholarship in 2015. She completed her Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota Law School in April 2016 before joining ISHR.

Aung received the Kachin Hero of the Year award in 2007 for her involvement in the “Stop Building Myitsone Dam” signature campaign. With more than 10 years of experience in the field of human rights education, she has developed training curricula and more than 100 training programs with various groups of participants at both community and government levels. Aung has collaborated with hundreds of human rights activists and educators both locally and internationally.