Asia & International Law

UN condemns DPR Korea’s ballistic missile launch (UN News, 22 May 2017)

UN condemns DPR Korea’s ballistic missile launch (UN News, 22 May 2017) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Pyongyang to return to the path of denuclearization saying the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a threat to peace and security in the region. DPRK fired the missile while the…

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Ongoing forest destruction has put Asia-Pacific at risk of missing global development targets (UN News, 22 May 2017)

Ongoing forest destruction has put Asia-Pacific at risk of missing global development targets (UN News, 22 May 2017) The destruction of forests in many Asian countries continues apace, threatening the realization of global sustainable development goals by the 2030 deadline, according to the United Nations agricultural agency. “While forests are critical to achieving the Sustainable…

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ASEAN’s Legal Architecture Critical to Addressing Transboundary Challenges (Asia Foundation, 17 May 2017)

ASEAN’s Legal Architecture Critical to Addressing Transboundary Challenges (Asia Foundation, 17 May 2017) With the geopolitics of Southeast Asia and changing rapidly and substantially, an opportunity presents for a timely and thoughtful deliberation on the role ASEAN can play in the region. This enduring union of 10 member states has made great strides in becoming…

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China’s Belt and Road initiative presents risks and rewards for Southeast Asia (Today Online, 19 May 2017)

China’s Belt and Road initiative presents risks and rewards for Southeast Asia (Today Online, 19 May 2017) China has positioned itself as a global leader at the inaugural Belt and Road summit in mid-May. For countries in the region, President Xi Jinping’s ambitious and unprecedented initiative promising billions in infrastructure projects linking Eurasian trade routes…

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ASEAN human rights law’ taking shape (Bangkok Post, 10 May 2017)

ASEAN human rights law’ taking shape (Bangkok Post, 10 May 2017) Established in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. In retrospect, the organisation has progressed well in accommodating differences between countries and has contributed much to fostering peace and cooperation in the region. We should also not forget the…

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Jadhav Case (India v. Pakistan) – Provisional Measures (ICJ Press Release, 18 May 2017)

Jadhav Case (India v. Pakistan) – Provisional Measures (ICJ Press Release, 18 May 2017) The Court indicates to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that it must take “all measures at its disposal” to prevent the execution of an Indian national, Mr. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, pending final judgment of the Court. In its Order indicating provisional measures, which…

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Health care goals in Indonesia can be reached only if challenges addressed – UN expert (UN News, 4 April 2017)

Health care goals in Indonesia can be reached only if challenges addressed – UN expert (UN News, 4 April 2017) Indonesia is on track to develop a sustainable and equitable healthcare system, but problems related to access and quality of services persist, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, said.…

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ASEAN hopes up on code of conduct (Inquirer, 19 April 2017)

ASEAN hopes up on code of conduct (Inquirer, 19 April 2017) China’s positive view of a code of conduct for claimants in the South China Sea will work toward successful negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on maintaining order in the disputed waterway, Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo said. Speaking at the Meet Inquirer…

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