Books

1. ASEAN Integration Through Law Book Series

General editors: Professor J.H.H. Weiler and Dr Tan Hsien-Li

ASEAN Economic Cooperation and Integration
“ASEAN Economic Cooperation and Integration – Progress, Challenges and Future Directions”

by Siow Yue Chia and Michael G. Plummer
Cambridge University Press

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ASEAN as an Actor in International Fora
“ASEAN as an Actor in International Fora – Reality, Potential and Constraints”
by Paruedee Nguitragool and Jűrgen Rűland
Cambridge University Press

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ASEANs External Agreements
“ASEAN’s External Agreements – Law, Practice and the Quest for Collective Action”
by Marise Cremona, David Kleimann,Joris Larik, Rena Lee, Pascal Vennesson
Cambridge University Press

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From Treaty-Making to Treaty-Breaking
“From Treaty-Making to Treaty-Breaking – Models for ASEAN External Trade Agreements”
by Pieter Jan Kuijper, James H. Mathis, Natalie Y Morris-Sharma
Cambridge University Press

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The Foundation of the ASEAN Economic Community
“The Foundation of the ASEAN Economic Community – An Institutional and Legal Profile”
by Stefano Inama and Edmund W. Sim
Cambridge University Press

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Towards a Rules-Based Community An ASEAN Legal Service
“Towards a Rules-Based Community: An ASEAN Legal Service”
by Jean-Claude Piris and Walter Woon
Cambridge University Press

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From Community to Compliance
“From Community to Compliance? – The Evolution of Monitoring Obligations in ASEAN”
by Simon Chesterman
Cambridge University Press

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Rules of Origin in ASEAN
“Rules of Origin in ASEAN – A Way Forward”
by Stefano Inama and Edmund W. Sim
Cambridge University Press

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Internal Effects of ASEAN External Relations
“The Internal Effects of ASEAN External Relations”
by Ingo Venzke and Li-ann Thio
Cambridge University Press

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ASEAN Environmental Legal Integration-Sustainable Goals
“ASEAN Environmental Legal Integration – Sustainable Goals?”
by Koh Kheng-Lian, Nicholas A. Robinson, and Lye Lin-Heng
Cambridge University Press

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Comparative Regional Integration-Governance and Legal Models
“Comparative Regional Integration – Governance and Legal Models”
by Carlos Closa and Lorenzo Casini
Contributor: Omri Sender
Cambridge University Press

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The Role of the Public Bureaucracy in Policy Implementation in Five ASEAN Countries
“The Role of the Public Bureaucracy in Policy Implementation in Five ASEAN Countries”
Edited by Jon S.T. Quah
Cambridge University Press

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Promoting Compliance: The Role of Dispute Settlement and Monitoring Mechanisms in ASEAN Instruments
“Promoting Compliance: The Role of Dispute Settlement and Monitoring Mechanisms in ASEAN Instruments”
by Robert Beckman, Leonardo Bernard, Hao Duy Phan, Tan Hsien-Li and Ranyta Yusran
Cambridge University Press, 2016

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ASEAN Economic Community-A Conceptual Approach
“The ASEAN Economic Community – A Conceptual Approach”
by Jacques Pelkmans
Cambridge University Press

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2. The ASEAN Charter: A Commentary

The ASEAN Charter-A Commentary (Walter Woon)
The ASEAN Charter: A Commentary
NUS Press
by Walter Woon*


Forty years after the Bangkok Declaration, which established the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a new document was drafted as a result of “bold and visionary recommendations” of an ASEAN Committee of Eminent Persons. The ASEAN Charter, which came into force in 2008, provides ASEAN’s legal status and institutional framework. In effect, it is a legally binding agreement among the ten ASEAN Member States. In many respects, however, the Charter is more important as an aspirational document.

Written by one of the persons involved in the negotiations leading to the adoption of the Charter, this meticulously researched publication helps readers navigate the ambiguities of the Charter by detailing an insider’s background, provision by provision, of the debates that went into the making of the ASEAN Charter. It not only explains how the provisions of the Charter came to be drafted, but also how they relate to the realities of diplomatic practice. This volume will be an indispensable reference for scholars, working diplomats, and businesses and institutions that have a stake in ASEAN.

“The ASEAN Charter is a commitment for us to become a rules-based community. It is time for us, especially the weaker countries among us, to be ruled by law rather than by political whim, national interest or military power. Walter Woon’s work will be a major contribution to that end.”
– Rodolfo C. Severino, former Secretary-General of ASEAN (1998-2002)

“Prof Walter Woon and I represented Singapore in the High-Level Task Force which drafted the ASEAN Charter; he is the ideal author for such a commentary on the Charter. This should be read by everyone interested in ASEAN.”
– Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

*) Walter Woon is David Marshall Professor of Law and Deputy Chairman, Centre for International Law, at the National University of Singapore. He was a Member of the High Level Task Force to draft the ASEAN Charter in 2007, and served as Singapore’s Attorney-General from 2008 to 2010.

Publication Year: 2015
ISBN: 978-9971-69-867-6, Hardback
ISBN: 978-981-4722-08-7, Paperback
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3. The Making of the ASEAN Charter

Making of ASEAN Charter
The Making of the ASEAN Charter
NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Institute of Policy Studies, and World Scientific
Edited by Tommy Koh, Rosario G. Manalo, Walter Woon


On the historic occasion of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2007, the leaders of the ten-member countries signed the ASEAN Charter. This is an important milestone for the regional group as the Charter will make ASEAN stronger, more united and more effective. The Charter embodies the ASEAN community’s purposes and principles, organs and decision-making process; a new legal personality; a system for the settlement of disputes; and an ASEAN Human Rights Body.

The Making of the ASEAN Charter captures the insiders’ views of the drafting of the Charter and hence is a must-read for anyone interested in ASEAN, international law and the art and science of negotiations.

“The book is written crisply, with Task Force members sharing personal impressions of the sometimes-intense drafting process.” – The Straits Times

Publication Year: 2009
ISBN: 978-981-283-390-7 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-981-4470-12-4 (ebook)
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4. Piracy and International Maritime Crimes in ASEAN: Prospects for Cooperation


PiracyandIntlMaritimeCrimesinASEAN

Piracy and International Maritime Crimes in ASEAN: Prospects for Cooperation
Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Robert C. Beckman and J. Ashley Roach


Southeast Asian waters are critical for international trade and the global economy. Combating maritime crimes has always been a priority as well as a challenge for ASEAN Member States.

While much emphasis has been placed on enhancing operational cooperation against maritime crimes, the need for an effective legal framework to combat such maritime crimes has not been sufficiently examined.

This book demonstrates that ASEAN Member States can establish a legal framework to combat maritime crimes by ratifying and effectively implementing relevant global and regional conventions.

It also explores the issues that ASEAN Member States, and ASEAN as an organisation, face in establishing such a framework and suggests suitable steps that can be taken to address such issues.

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