Asia & International Law

The Philippines to fast-track talks on South China Sea code of conduct in ASEAN 2017 (Manila Bulletin, 11 January 2017)

The Philippines to fast-track talks on South China Sea code of conduct in ASEAN 2017 (Manila Bulletin, 11 January 2017) THE Philippine government will fast-track discussions on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and the possible completion of the Code of Conduct in the South…

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ASEAN’s Golden Opportunity (Bangkok Post, 23 January 2017)

ASEAN’s Golden Opportunity (Bangkok Post, 23 January 2017) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is celebrating 50 years of existence in 2017, with the Philippines holding the chairmanship of the 10-member bloc. The golden anniversary presents a golden opportunity for ASEAN leaders to show how important regionalism can be at a time when people…

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‘Protectionist’ India resorts to other tools to bypass WTO bilateral rules (Financial Express, 12 January 2017)

‘Protectionist’ India resorts to other tools to bypass WTO bilateral rules (Financial Express, 12 January 2017) With little flexibility under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and bilateral trade agreements to raise tariffs, India is increasingly resorting to other tools — anti-dumping duties, safeguard levies and minimum import prices (MIPs) — to provide the requisite protection to…

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Persecuted Minority in Myanmar Is Escalating Its Armed Insurgency (NYT, 23 January 2017)

Persecuted Minority in Myanmar Is Escalating Its Armed Insurgency (NYT, 23 January 2017) The beginning of an armed resistance is just one of several developments that are reshaping the conflict over Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority with potentially far-reaching consequences. The group that attacked the border posts, Harakah al-Yaqin, is believed to have several hundred recruits,…

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EU blames China for WTO environmental trade talks collapse (Channel News Asia, 5 December 2016)

EU blames China for WTO environmental trade talks collapse (Channel News Asia, 5 December 2016) Europe’s trade negotiator Cecilia Malmstrom has blamed China on Sunday for scuppering a global environmental trade deal by submitting impossible late demands at World Trade Organization talks aimed at scrapping import tariffs on exports worth more than US$1 trillion. “China…

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Vivian reiterates S’pore’s firm belief in ASEAN integration (Business Times, 30 November 2016)

Vivian reiterates S’pore’s firm belief in ASEAN integration (Business Times, 30 November 2016) Speaking to some 350 guests at the Straits Times Global Outlook Forum event at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia hotel, Dr Balakrishnan urged ASEAN to stay united in the face of global challenges. He stressed that Singapore is a “staunch believer” in the need…

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Cambodian court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders (Guardian, 23 November 2016)

Cambodian court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders (Guardian, 23 November 2016) Cambodia’s UN-backed court upheld life sentences for two top former Khmer Rouge leaders on Wednesday for crimes against humanity, delivering a blow to their hopes of release as they face a second trial for genocide. “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, 90, and ex-head of…

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ASEAN legal website set to launch (Bangkok Post, 23 October 2016)

ASEAN legal website set to launch (Bangkok Post, 23 October 2016) An online legal site offering information about the laws and regulations of the ASEAN member countries will be launched with free access early next year, Office of the Judiciary deputy secretary-general Sarawut Benjakul said. The site, which will be launched in all 10 countries,…

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