Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

The Charter of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been hailed as a legal instrument that would integrate the ten constituent members as a community and a regional organization. Ostensibly, the Charter has three strategic thrusts in support of the vision of the ASEAN Community. The first is to formalize ASEAN as an institution while streamlining its decision-making processes. Secondly, the Charter seeks to strengthen ASEAN institutions. Thirdly, it seeks to establish mechanisms to monitor compliance and settle disputes. The article considers the extent to which the Charter will help ASEAN achieve its aims. This is especially pertinent in light of the Charter's reaffirmation of ASEAN's longstanding policy of non-interference in members' internal affairs and the retention of consultation and consensus as a fundamental tenet of decision-making. It also considers whether the Charter will facilitate the creation of new norms and values, and protect democracy and human rights.

Discipline

Asian Studies | International Trade Law

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Singapore Year Book of International Law

Volume

12

First Page

171

Last Page

198

ISSN

1793-0448

Publisher

National University of Singapore Faculty of Law

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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