Associate Professor Jonathan Liljeblad

Associate Professor
College of Law

Jonathan Liljeblad earned a PhD and JD from the University of Southern California (USC), an MS from the University of Washington (UW), and a BS from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). His research focuses on the complexities of promoting international norms in developing countries, using case studies in Indigenous rights, human rights, and environment. His fieldwork is mostly in Southeast Asia, where his studies are supported by international aid organisations such as Asia Development Bank (ADB), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR), & the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). His research makes interventions in the literatures of international law, law & society, rule-of-law, human rights, environmental law, & law & development. He is a "scholactivist," with his scholarship connected to his advocacy work with international aid organisations. As a result, he bridges academia, government, and civil society; seeks interdisciplinary, transboundary, and cross-cultural collaborations; and nurtures direct impact upon policy-makers and societal leaders. He was born a member of the Pa'Oh indigenous peoples of Shan State, Myanmar, and grew up in Sweden and the United States.

Research interests

International Law, Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, Environmental Law, Rule of Law, Law & Development

  • Liljeblad, J 2022, 'Integrating the Anthropocene in Legal Education: Considerations for Asia', Asian Journal of Law and Society, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 1ââ¬â21.
  • Liljeblad, J & Doe, A 2022, 'Virulent Pandemic & Fragile Democracy in Myanmar: Complications of COVID-19 Policies & the 2020 National Elections', Australian Journal of Asian Law, vol. 22, no. 2.
  • Liljeblad, J 2021, 'The nature of the disciplinary system over Myanmar lawyers: differences from international standards and implications for international legal transplants', International Journal of the Legal Profession, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 181-198.
  • Liljeblad, J 2021, 'International Human Rights Law & the Protection of Medical Scientists Against State Interference During COVID-19', Australian Yearbook of International Law Online, vol. 39, pp. 153-168.
  • Liljeblad, J 2020, 'The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (CSICH) and the Control of Indigenous Culture: A Critical Comment on Power and Indigenous Rights', William and Mary Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice, vol. 26 , no. 1, pp. 281-302.
  • Liljeblad, J & Oo, K 2020, 'World heritage sustainable development policy & local implementation: Site management issues using a case study of Sri Ksetra at Pyu ancient cities in Myanmar', Sustainable Development, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 468-477.
  • Liljeblad, J 2020, 'Epilogue-Concluding Themes', in Jonathan Liljeblad, Justine Chambers, & Charlotte Galloway (ed.), Living with Myanmar, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, pp. 361-373.
  • Liljeblad, J 2020, 'Tour guides and the transnational promotion of human rights: Agency, structure and norm translators in responsible travel', Tourist Studies, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 314-335.
  • Liljeblad, J 2020, 'The Independent Lawyers' Association of Myanmar (ILAM): Challenges Facing the Legal Transplant of International Expectations for a Bar Association into a Local Context', Fordham International Law Journal, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 1133-1160.
  • Liljeblad, J 2019, 'Indigenous Rights and Universal Periodic Review: A Confluence of Human Rights and Environmental Issues', in Michelle Lim (ed.), Charting Environmental Law Futures in the Anthropocene, Springer, Singapore, pp. 151-158.
  • Liljeblad, J 2019, 'Democracy, Rule of Law, & Legal Ethics Education: Directing Lawyers to Support Democratization in Myanmar', Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law, vol. 47, pp. 451-478.
  • Liljeblad, J 2019, 'Beyond Transnational Advocacy: Lessons from Engagement of Myanmar Indigenous Peoples with the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review', Vermont Law Review, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 217-250.
  • Mallarach, J, Frascaroli, F, Tuladhar-Douglas, W et al. 2019, 'Implications of the Diversity of Concepts and Values of Nature in the Management & Governance of Protected and Conserved Areas', in Bas Verschuuren and Steve Brown (ed.), Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas: Governance, Management and Policy, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, pp. 21-39.
  • Liljeblad, J 2019, 'The Independent Lawyers' Association of Myanmar as a Legal Transplant: Local Challenges to the Idea of an Independent National Bar Association', in Vito Breda (ed.), Legal Transplants in East Asia and Oceania, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 211-229.
  • Liljeblad, J 2018, 'Beyond Transnational Advocacy: Lessons from Engagement of Myanmar Indigenous Peoples with the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review
    ', Vermont Law Review, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 217-250.
  • Liljeblad, J & Verschuuren, B, eds, 2018, Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Natural Sites, Routledge, London.
  • Liljeblad, J 2018, 'Indigenous Voices & Indigenous Sacred Sites, Promoting Diverse Perspectives in a Global Discourse', in Jonathan Liljeblad and Bas Verschuuren (ed.), Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Natural Sites, Routledge, London, pp. 1-12.
  • Liljeblad, J 2018, 'Constitutionalism and Legal Change in Myanmar', Journal of Contemporary Asia, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 521-523pp.
  • Liljeblad, J 2017, 'A Summary of the Government for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar', in Norbert Eschborn (ed.), Rule of Law Handbook for Journalists in Myanmar, United Nations Development Programme, New York, pp. 20-33.
  • Liljeblad, J 2017, 'Sambor Prei Kuk: Demarcating the Relationship Between Religion & Cultural Heritage as Human Rights in Cambodia', in Peter Bille Larsen (ed.), World Heritage & Human Rights: Lessons from the Asia-Pacific & Global Arena, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, pp. 70-86.
  • Liljeblad, J 2017, 'The Efficacy of National Human Rights Institutions Seen in Context: Lessons from the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission', Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal`, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 95-132.
  • Liljeblad, J 2017, 'The Hopi, the katsinam, and the French courts: looking outside the law in the repatriation of Indigenous cultural heritage
    ', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 15-24.
  • Liljeblad, J 2017, 'The Pyu Ancient Cities World Heritage application: lessons from Myanmar on transnational advocacy networks', Journal of Civil Society, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 23-35.
  • Liljeblad, J 2016, 'Understanding the Complexities of Civil Disobedience for Cyberspace Protests in the Case of Aaron Swartz', Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 196-230.
  • Liljeblad, J 2016, 'Foucault’s evaluation of the UN call for human rights in global food governance', in Amanda Kennedy and Jonathan Liljeblad (ed.), Food Systems Governance: challenges for justice, equality and human right, Routledge, New York, pp. 106-126.
  • Liljeblad, J 2016, 'The 2014 Enabling Law of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission & the United Nations Paris Principles: A Critical Evaluation', Journal of East Asia & International Law, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 427-447.
  • Liljeblad, J 2016, 'Transnational Support and Legal Education Reform in Developing Countries: Findings and Lessons from Burma/Myanmar', The Loyola University Chicago International Law Review, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 133-154.
  • Liljeblad, J 2015, 'A Cautionary Note Regarding Indigenous Culture and Internet Search Technology', American Indian Culture & Research Journal, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 97-111.
  • Liljeblad, J 2015, 'Foucault, Justice, & Athletes with Prosthetics: the 2008 CAS Arbitration Report on Oscar Pistorius', International Sports Law Journal, vol. 15, pp. 101-111.
  • Liljeblad, J 2015, 'Human Safaris: A Foucauldian Alternative to the Law's Treatment of the Indigenous Andaman Jarawa', Australian Indigenous Law Review, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 6-18.
  • Liljeblad, J 2015, 'Using Foucault to construct normative guidelines for an ethics of tourist–indigenous encounters', Tourist Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 65-85.