Seminar: Building the ASEAN Community: Principle vs Realpolitik


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Brown Bag Seminar by Walter Woon

When: Dec 9 2015 - 12:00pm until Dec 9 2015 - 1:00pm
Where: Burns Hall, JAB 3012

Eight years ago the ASEAN leaders signed the ASEAN Charter amid much fanfare, promising to build a rules-based ASEAN Community founded on the rule of law and committed to the principles of democracy. That Community is supposed to be established this year.  But the ASEAN way has always been based on pragmatism rather than principle.  This is especially so when it comes to the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), one of the three pillars of the ASEAN Community.  In this talk, Professor Woon will discuss the constant tension between realpolitik and principle that forms the backdrop to ASEAN's community-building efforts in the context of the ASEAN Political-Security Community.

Professor Walter Woon is the author of several law books, including Walter Woon on Company Law (now in its third edition, edited by Professor Tan Cheng Han), which is the standard text on company law used in law and business schools in Singapore; The Companies Act of Singapore: An Annotation (originally co-written with Andrew Hicks, now forming the basis of Woon’s Corporations Law); Towards a Rules-Based Community: An ASEAN Legal Service (with Jean-Claude Piris) and The ASEAN Charter: A Commentary.  He has also published articles in the Malayan Law Journal, the Malaya Law Review, the Securities Industry Review, the Law Society Journal, the Singapore Academy of Law Journal, the Australian Journal of Corporate Law, the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, the Korean Society of International Law Journal and the Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs.

His main areas of interest are company law, criminal law and international law.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Lillian Shimoda
Phone: 944-7557