Mohammad Shahabuddin



Mohammad Shahabuddin is a Professor of International Law & Human Rights at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Ideas expressed here are elaborated in his forthcoming monograph Minorities and the Making of Postcolonial States in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2021), completed under the Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.

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Development, Peacebuilding, and the Rohingya in Myanmar

During his official visit to Myanmar in January 2017, the then British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused of ‘incredible insensitivity’, for while in the Shwedagon Pagoda he suddenly started reciting from Kipling’s colonial-era poem ‘Mandalay’ in front of local dignitaries. The accompanying tense British High Commissioner had to stop him by reminding him that reciting this…

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