Asia & International Law

Human rights defenders in Viet Nam should ‘never be treated as criminals,’ says UN rights office (UN News, 24 July 2017)

Human rights defenders in Viet Nam should ‘never be treated as criminals,’ says UN rights office (UN News, 24 July 2017) Noting that well-known activist Tran Thi Nga was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment and five years’ house arrest for so-called “anti-State propaganda” for comments posted online, Liz Throssell, spokesperson for the Office of the…

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China, EU seek to strengthen WTO trade remedy, notification disciplines (WTO News, 14 July 2017)

China, EU seek to strengthen WTO trade remedy, notification disciplines (WTO News, 14 July 2017) China has put forward a new proposal aimed at strengthening WTO disciplines on transparency and due process in anti-dumping and countervailing proceedings, while the European Union has offered a new initiative on improving the reporting of subsidy programmes to the…

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Malaysia requests an interpretation of the Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore) (ICJ Press Release, 30 June 2017)

Malaysia requests an interpretation of the Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore) (ICJ Press Release, 30 June 2017) Malaysia has filed an Application requesting interpretation of the Judgment delivered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 23 May 2008…

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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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China, ASEAN countries agree on COC framework (Xinhua, 18 May 2015)

China, ASEAN countries agree on COC framework (Xinhua, 18 May 2015) Senior officials from China and ASEAN countries have agreed on a framework for the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea. The consensus came during the 14th senior officials’ meeting on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties…

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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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TPP: 11 nations agree on preparation deadline (Business Times, 22 May 2017)

TPP: 11 nations agree on preparation deadline (Business Times, 22 May 2017) ASIA has been warned many times against creating a “spaghetti bowl” of conflicting trade agreements, and with trade chiefs from three major powers pushing their own ideas at a series of weekend meetings in Hanoi, the prospects for general agreement on an Asia-wide…

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Thailand: Junta Entrenched 3 Years After Coup (Human Rights Watch, 21 May 2017)

Thailand: Junta Entrenched 3 Years After Coup (Human Rights Watch, 21 May 2017) Thailand’s junta has failed to fulfill pledges to respect human rights and restore democratic rule three years after the military coup, Human Rights Watch Asia director, Brad Adam, has said. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister…

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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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