Summary Information
Full Title

2015 ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

Short Title / Abbreviations


CIL Subject Classification
Date of Adoption 21/11/2015
Place of Adoption Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the 27th ASEAN Summit
Issued/Adopted by Heads of State/Government of ASEAN
Dispute settlement provisions

Article 27 – Settlement of Disputes

“Any difference or dispute between the Parties arising from the interpretation or application of the provisions of the Convention shall be settled amicably through consultation and negotiation between the Parties through diplomatic channels or any other peaceful means for the settlement of disputes as agreed upon between the Parties.”


Secretary-General of ASEAN


Entry Into Force Status In Force

ASEAN Secretariat

Date of Entry into Force


Entry into Force / Termination Provisions

Article 29 – Entry into Force and Amendment

“a. This Convention shall enter into force on the thirtieth (30th) day following the date of the deposit of the sixth (6th) instrument of ratification or approval with the Secretary-General of ASEAN in respect of those Parties that have submitted their instruments of ratification or approval.

b. For any Party ratifying or approving this Convention after the deposit of the sixth (61h) instrument of ratification or approval, but before the day the Convention enters into force, the Convention shall also apply to that Party on the date the Convention enters into force. In respect of a Party ratifying or approving this Convention subsequent to its entry into force pursuant to Paragraph 1, it shall enter into force for that Party on the date its instrument of ratification or approval is deposited.”

ASEAN States (Source:

ASEAN Secretariat

as of 16/02/2021)
Brunei Darussalam Signature 21/11/2015
Ratification 24/04/2020
Cambodia Signature 21/11/2015
Approval 25/01/2016
Indonesia Signature 21/11/2015
Ratification 17/11/2017
Lao PDR Signature 21/11/2015
Ratification 16/05/2017
Malaysia Signature 21/11/2015
Ratification 07/09/2017
Myanmar Signature 21/11/2015
Ratification 16/01/2017
Philippines Signature 21/11/2015
Ratification 06/02/2017
Singapore Signature 21/11/2015
Ratification 25/01/2016
Thailand Signature 21/11/2015
Ratification 24/07/2016
Viet Nam Signature 21/11/2015
Ratification 05/01/2017
Related Instruments
Related Instruments

2004 ASEAN Declaration Against Trafficking in Persons Particularly Women and Children

2004 Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

2012 ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

2015 ASEAN Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

2017-2020 Bohol TIP Work Plan

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