ASEAN in Global Governance: Economic Community and the Wider Regional Architecture

The Roundtable on “ASEAN in Global Governance: Economic Community and the Wider Regional Architecture” puts the focus on ASEAN as an international actor, including the global implications of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community by the end of 2015. This milestone is not only significant for the states and citizens of ASEAN, but also for its external partners, bolstering further ASEAN’s position as an increasingly important and active player in global economic as well as political governance.

The event built on a major research project directed by the Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore entitled ASEAN Integration Through Law: The ASEAN Way in a Comparative Context.

Involving more than 80 scholars from Asia and around the world, this project has resulted in a series of monographs published by Cambridge University Press, which were launched, together with a set of policy recommendations, in Singapore on April 28, 2015. The series covers the entire spectrum of ASEAN integration with a special focus on ASEAN economic community-building.

Researchers from The Hague Institute and the Amsterdam Center for International Law focused in particular on the role of ASEAN on the international stage, including its treaty-making practice, economic community and external economic relations, and collective global identity. They presented key findings on these issues from their respective volumes.

The objective of the Roundtable was to bring together the community of ASEAN and global governance scholars with representatives of the 10 ASEAN Member States and of ASEAN’s strategic partners present in The Hague and Brussels. Starting a conversation between ASEAN practitioners and scholars, it fostered a common understanding and reflected on the way forward for ASEAN as an increasingly active contributor to peace, justice and good global governance.

Learn more about the book which presents the first comprehensive account of the external relations practice of ASEAN, including international treaty-making and ‘soft’ instruments, bringing together international law and international relations perspectives. ASEAN’s External Agreements: Law, Practice and the Quest for Collective Action by Marise Cremona, David Kleimann, Joris Larik, Rena Lee, and Pascal Vennesson Cambridge University Press 2015.

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