VB : Law

Video Broadcast : #136
December 16, 2020

Law Department and Professors

  • When the University of Rangoon was established in December 1920, it had the Department of Law.
  • U May Aung served as the first Professor.

U May Aung

  • U May Aung (Barrister-at-law, LL.D) served as Professor of Law from 1920 -1922.
  • He was a Rakkhine national.
  • He later became Home Minister.
  • He is the father of Daw Mya Sein (Scholar).
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U May Aung

Sir Arthur Eggar

  • Sir Arthur Eggar served as Professor of Law from 1923 – 1937.
  • He earlier served as Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Rangoon College
  • Author of Egg-Bairn Rowing Technique
  • Legal Advisor in UK, Middle East and Burma
  • Founded the Rangoon University Boat Club (RUBC) in 1923, and was elected as Life President.
  • Pledged one third of his salary for the operation of RUBC.
  • Wrote his autobiography (in three installments) for the Guardian Magazine in the mid 50s.
  • Several Old Members including me reprinted his autobiography for the 90th Anniversary of the founding of RUBC.

    YUBC OMA has copies of Sir Arthur Eggar’s autobiography. It could be of interest to students and practitioners of Law.
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Sir Arthur Eggar

Dr. Ba Han

  • Dr. Ba Han is an alumnus of Sorbonne University.
  • He served as Professor Law for two terms : 1937 – 1942 and again from 1946 – 1950.
  • The University of Rangoon was closed for a period during the war.
  • Dr. Ba Han also compiled a dictionary.
  • Dr. Ba Maw (Adipati) is his brother.

Both brothers attended De La Salle Schools (e.g. St. Paul’s).

Dr. Ba Maw taught English at RU.

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Dr. Ba Han

U Kyaw Myint

  • U Kyaw Myint stood first in Burma in Matriculation with distinctions in all subjects from Central. He and Dr. Ba Than were selected by Mr. Matthew Hunter (Principal of Rangoon College). His beloved mother passed away He requested the Principal that he wanted to pay last respect to his mother. The Principal said that he would be expelled if he did not show up at the entrance examination. He attended his mother’s last journey and was punished with the expulsion from the College. Worse still, his father threatened to disown him. The Kan So Kan Kaung story of U Kyaw Myint can be read in a series of blogs by his son Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint and re-printed in my web site
  • U Kyaw Myint served as Professor of Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1950 – 1958.
  • He earlier served as Justice of High Court and Supreme Court, Head of the Tribunal that tried Galon U Saw and a co-founder of a political party with Dr. Ba Maw. He later founded his law firm.
  • U Kyaw Myint has an elder brother (ICS U Tin Tut), two younger brothers (U Myint Thein and Dr. Htin Aung), and three younger sisters (Daw Khin Mya Mu, Daw Khin Saw Mu and Daw Tin Saw Mu).
  • According to Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint, his father U Kyaw Myint had full confidence in his students (e.g. Guardian U Sein Win, Sao Hso Holm, U Mya Thein).
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U Kyaw Myint

Law Professors (for the later periods)

  • U Myint (1958 – 1961)
  • U Aung Khine (1961 – 1964)
  • U Hla Aung (1965 – 1971)
  • U Tin Ohn (1971 – 1986)
  • U Tin Aung Aye (1986 – 1994)
  • Daw Than Nwe (1994 – 2007)
  • Dr. Daw Khin Mar Yi (2007 – 2018)

Law Degrees

  • BL
    Generally taken after BA
    By several student leaders
    Requirement for senior Police and Military Police Officers
    Also taken by several BCS
    e.g. U Khin Maung Gyi, BA, BCS, BL
  • LLB
    Under the new Education System
    e.g. Daw May Thi Kha (daughter of Saya Dr. Maung Maung Kha)
  • Master of Law
    e.g. LLM


Laws may vary with Place and Time

  • National Law
  • International Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Civil Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Religious Law (in some countries)
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • RU Centennial Celebrations
    by Law Department in March 2020
  • Law Practitioners


    Ad hoc (during a period of BSPP regime)

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