Asia & International Law

International law not adequate to check terror cyberattacks: India (Deccan Herald, 1 March 2017)

International law not adequate to check terror cyberattacks: India (Deccan Herald, 1 March 2017) Addressing a Security Council debate on ‘Threats to International Peace and Security caused by terrorist acts: Protection of Critical Infrastructure’, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said big urban centres like Mumbai, New York and London have become targets…

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Philippines needs clarity on China ties before lifting South China Sea exploration halt: Minister (Channel News Asia, 27 February 2017)

Philippines needs clarity on China ties before lifting South China Sea exploration halt: Minister (Channel News Asia, 27 February 2017) The Philippines is waiting for clarity on its relations with China before lifting a suspension on exploration in disputed areas in the South China Sea, its energy minister said. It is being studied whether it…

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UN rights expert calls on Myanmar authorities to protect Rohingya population (UN News, 27 February 2017)

UN rights expert calls on Myanmar authorities to protect Rohingya population (UN News, 27 February 2017) Following the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (OHCHR) flash report in February, in which it documented mass gang-rape, killings, including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human rights violations by…

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New frontiers in international law: The Asian paradox (OUPblog, 20 February 2017)

New frontiers in international law: The Asian paradox (OUPblog, 20 February 2017) Asia’s history offers a partial explanation of the current situation of its ongoing ambivalence towards international law and institutions, but this can also be attributed the absence of “push” factors driving greater integration or organization. There is some evidence that this is changing,…

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ICJ makes public details of Malaysia’s bid to revise 2008 Pedra Branca judgement (Straits Times, 10 February 2017)

ICJ makes public details of Malaysia’s bid to revise 2008 Pedra Branca judgement (Straits Times, 10 February 2017) The International Court of Justice on Feb 10 released Malaysia’s application to revise the court’s 2008 judgment that awarded sovereignty of Pedra Branca to Singapore. In the 42-page application, Malaysia cited three “new facts” to argue that…

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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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