The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution

Hitoshi Nasu, Rob McLaughlin, Donald R. Rothwell, See Seng Tan
  • April 2019, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/9781108669511

The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution

Photo by Larry Teo on Unsplash

Photo by Larry Teo on Unsplash

What is it about?

ASEAN has achieved deeper regional market integration to lay a socio-economic foundation for the development of a Southeast Asian regional community, yet inter-state trust is by no means assured within the region. By looking beyond the veneer of diplomacy and prevailing political circumstances, this book examines the legal nature and form of ASEAN's authority to address diverse regional security issues. The book takes an interdisciplinary analysis to assess the normative role played by ASEAN in the process of Southeast Asian norm development.

Why is it important?

This book is one of the first to take a look at ASEAN from a legal security perspective and considers matters ranging from Nuclear Security, Counter-Terrorism, Maritime Security, Cyber Security, Human Trafficking and People Smuggling, and Food Security


Donald Rothwell
Australian National University

This was a terrific project to be involved with former ANU College of Law colleagues, Hitoshi Nasu and Rob McLaughlin, and the wonderful See Seng Tan from Singapore. I hope this book makes a contribution to a better understanding of ASEAN's role as a norm influencer in Southeast Asia.

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