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Organization Name Myanmar Environmental Legal Services (MELS)
Contact person Oo Kyaw Thein, Director of MELS
Contact Address No. 787, 5th Floor, Kyaw Thu 21st Street, 9th Quarter, South Okkalapa Township,
Yangon, Yangon Region Myanmar
Contact Email
Contact Phone +95 9421720170
Establishment (Year) 2019
Registration status Registered / မွတ္ပံုတင္ၿပီး
Function of Organization others
Type of Organization Local NGO
Sectors Environment (သဘာဝပတ္ဝန္းက်င္)
States or Regions Nation Wide (တစ္နိုင္ငံလံုးအတိုင္းအတာ)
Extra Information <p style="text-align: center; "><b><u>Myanmar Environmental Legal Services (MELS)</u></b></p><p><u><b>MELS Vision Statement</b></u></p><p>To protect the environment, to improve environmental governance and to implement environmental related laws in Myanmar.</p><p><b><u>MELS aim</u></b></p><p>MELS aim to promote and enhance Myanmar's rule of law and achieve environmental justice through providing legal aid, filing public interest litigation cases, carrying out case-based research, developing national and international exchanges and cooperation programs and building the capacities of qualified lawyers.</p><p><b><u>MELS mission Statement</u></b></p><p>1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;To provide free legal services for victims of environmental pollution and damage in order to push for justice.</p><p>2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;To improve public awareness of environmental law and environmental rights in Myanmar through education and advocacy.</p><p>3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;To promote environmental public environmental public interest litigation, the development of environmental public law, and establish and implement an environmental &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;legal aid mechanism in Myanmar.</p><p>4)&nbsp; &nbsp; To monitor policies and practices relating to environmental litigation and advocate for the development of a&nbsp; more equitable environmental legal regime in Myanmar.</p><p>5)&nbsp; &nbsp; To build the capacities of environmental public interest lawyers through the development of national and international networks designed for knowledge sharing.</p><p><b><u>Foundation of MELS</u></b></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Myanmar Environmental Legal Services (MELS) was initiated and founded by a public interest environmental lawyer who has been providing environmental legal aid for more than three years as Bertha Justice Fellows and staff of Earth Right International. The establishment of MELS is counseled by the Vermont Law School and the Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law with support and assistance from relevant environmental public welfare organization.<br></p><p><b><u>MELS team</u></b></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; The MELS lawyers' team consists of full-time lawyers, part-time volunteer lawyers and office administrative team. Currently, MELS had three full-time lawyers and six part-time lawyers on staff. MELS works with a consultant team of professors, environmental lawyers together with a volunteer group of more than a dozens of Myanmar lawyers. The working model of MELS team is that legal experts take a steering role, scholars provide thematic guidance and research input, lawyers practice cases and volunteers provide backup administrative support.</p><p><b><u>Practice areas of MELS&nbsp;</u></b></p><p>1)&nbsp; &nbsp; To provide probono legal consultation services on environmental and resources law to entities and individuals in Myanmar.</p><p>2)&nbsp; &nbsp; To act for parties in environmental litigation cases concerning environmental pollution, ecological destruction and natural resource damages.</p><p>3)&nbsp; &nbsp; To undertake research projects on environmental legislation and judicial process.</p><p>4)&nbsp; &nbsp; To train lawyers, staff of environmental civil society groups and communities on best legal practices for environmental public interest law.</p><p><b><u>Fundraising</u></b></p><p>MELS raises funding for legal aid services it provides through receiving donations from foundations, public interest organizations, entities and individuals dedicated to environmental legal aid.</p><p><u><b>The Advisory Board of Directors</b></u>&nbsp;</p><p>1)&nbsp; &nbsp; Matthew Baird, Director at the Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law</p><p>2)&nbsp; &nbsp; Dr. Jonathan Lijeblad, Senior Lecture College of Law, Australian National University.</p><p>3)&nbsp; &nbsp; William Schulte, Assistant Director at U.S.A Asia Partnerships for Environmental law Vermont Law School</p><p>4)&nbsp; &nbsp; Danniel King, International Environmental Lawyer</p><p>5)&nbsp; &nbsp; Dr. Danniel Aguirre, Professor&nbsp;</p><p>6)&nbsp; &nbsp; Daw Khin Thandar. Advocate/Director at Wildlife Conservation Society.</p><p>7)&nbsp; &nbsp; U Thein Oo, Advocate/Director at the Pace Law Academy.</p><p>8)&nbsp; &nbsp; Naw Ei Ei Min, Director at the Promotion of Indigenous and Nature.</p><p>9)&nbsp; &nbsp; Robert San Aung, Advocate/Director at the Hygienic Legal Clinic</p><p>10)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Hla Hla Ye, Advocate/Director at the Legal Clinic Myanmar</p><p><u><b>The Executive (Office Team)</b></u></p><p>1)&nbsp; &nbsp; Founder/ Director (Advocate)&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Mr. Oo Kyaw Thein&nbsp; &nbsp; (LL.B, DIR, DPM)</p><p>2)&nbsp; &nbsp; Secretary&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Mr. Than Than Kyaw&nbsp; &nbsp;(BA. (Eng))</p><p>3)&nbsp; &nbsp; Office Manager (Lawyer)&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Mrs. Khin Khin Ngwe&nbsp; &nbsp; (LL.B)</p><p>4)&nbsp; &nbsp; Trainer (Higher Grade Pleader)&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Kyaw Soe Lin&nbsp; &nbsp; (LL.B)</p><p>5)&nbsp; &nbsp; Communication Officer (IT Support)&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-Mr. Ye Win Thein&nbsp; &nbsp; (B.A Geog)</p><p>6)&nbsp; &nbsp; Environmental Consultant&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-Mr. Kyaw Lynn&nbsp; &nbsp; (2nd Years of M.PS)</p><p>7)&nbsp; &nbsp; Development Officer&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Mr. Kyaw Kyaw Myint&nbsp; &nbsp; (MBBS)</p><p>8)&nbsp; &nbsp; Office Management Consultant&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-Mr. Aung Win Htay&nbsp; &nbsp; (LL.B, DIR)</p><p>9)&nbsp; &nbsp; Field Officer&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-Mr. Kyaw Min Khine</p><p>10)&nbsp; &nbsp; Admin &amp; Finance&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Ms.&nbsp;</p><p><u><b>The Legal Consultant (Advisory Lawyers)</b></u></p><p>11)&nbsp; &nbsp; Advocate&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-Ms. Aye Mon Thu (Yangon)</p><p>12)&nbsp; &nbsp; Higher Grade Pleader&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-Mr. Than Aung (Yangon)</p><p>13)&nbsp; &nbsp; Advocate&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;-Mrs. Khin Aye Than (Yangon)</p><p>14)&nbsp; &nbsp; Advocate&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Mr. Myo Kyaw (Yangon)</p><p>15)&nbsp; &nbsp; Advocate&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Mr. Nay Linn Htun (Yangon)</p><p>16)&nbsp; &nbsp; Advocate&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Mrs. Tin Tin (Dawei)</p><p>17)&nbsp; &nbsp; Advocate&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Mrs. Khin Cho Cho Mai (Myitkyina)</p><p>18)&nbsp; &nbsp; Advocate&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Mr. Hla Aung Thein (Sittwe)</p><p>19)&nbsp; &nbsp; Advocate&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -Ms. Zin Mar Oo (Yangon)</p><p>20)&nbsp; &nbsp; Advocate&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; -</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br></p>