KYAW Nyi Nyi

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Ph.D. (UNSW), MHRD (Sydney), MSc (NTU, Singapore)

Postdoctoral Fellow, CALS
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6601-3447 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Law & Religion
Law & Social Movements
Human Rights
Constitutional Politics

Subjects Taught


Brief Biodata

Nyi Nyi Kyaw was born and raised in Myanmar where he did his undergraduate studies. He did his postgraduate studies doing two masters degrees in international political economy and human rights & democratisation (Asia Pacific) at Nanyang Technological University and Sydney University respectively. He then joined the University of New South Wales to do his PhD. His research interests are law and religion, law and social movements, citizenship, human rights, constitutional politics and nationalism. He is mainly interested in how religion, social movements, and nationalism have affected law and citizenship in Myanmar. He has published articles on Buddhist nationalism, citizenship and Muslims in Myanmar.

At CALS, he will mainly work on how Buddhist nationalism has led to the passage of four race and religion laws in Myanmar, plus other projects on citizenship, constitutional politics, and human rights in Myanmar.

Representative Publications

1. Forthcoming, "Are Rohingyas really de jure stateless? Unpacking So-called Statelessness of Rohingyas,"Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies (Special Issue on Irregularity, Statelessness and Protection in Southeast Asia).

2. Forthcoming, "Myanmar's Other Muslims: The Case of the Kaman," in Ashley South and Marie Lall (Eds.). Citizenship in Myanmar: Ways of Being in and from Burma (Singapore: Chiang Mai University Press & ISEAS)

3. 2016, "Islamophobia in Buddhist Myanmar: The 969 Movement and Anti-Muslim Violence," in Melissa Crouch (Ed.). Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging (Delhi: Oxford University Press).

4. 2015, "Alienation, Discrimination, and Securitization: Legal Personhood and Cultural Personhood of Muslims in Myanmar," Review of Faith & International Affairs Vol 13 No 4, pp. 50-59.

5. 2015, "Myanmar" in David Cohen and Kevin Tan (Eds.). Keeping the Faith: A Study of Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religion in ASEAN (Depok, West Java: Human Rights Resource Center, University of Indonesia), pp. 321-360, available at

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