July 22, 2009: Dr. Hao Duy Phan

(Click to enlarge) Dr. Hao Duy Phan discusses human rights mechanisms in Southeast Asia.

The ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights and Beyond


(Washington D.C.) July 22– The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is in the process of establishing the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to promote human rights and address human rights concerns among member countries. Though many regard the creation of AICHR as an important step forward for ASEAN, others argue that ASEAN’s principle of non-interference in the affairs of member nations will render AICHR ineffective in delivering real human rights protections. Hao Duy Phan, visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, examined the creation of AICHR and the proposal for a Southeast Asian Court of Human Rights (SEACHR). He also discussed the opportunities and challenges that these initiatives pose to regional governments and the international community.


Dr. Hao Duy Phan is a visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington D.C. Previously he worked as a legal expert in the Department of International Law and Treaties, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a research assistant at the University of Notre Dame, and an intern at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Dr. Phan has written many papers on various issues of international law, including “A Blueprint for A Southeast Asian Court of Human Rights,” Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal (Vol. 10, No. 2, 2009) and “The Evolution towards an ASEAN Human Rights Body,” Asia-Pacific Journal of Human Rights and the Law (Vol. 9, No. 1, 2008). He got his S.J.D. at the American University Washington College of Law. He earned his LL.M. (summa cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame School of Law and his B.A. from the Institute for International Relations of Vietnam.


To read Dr. Phan’s Asia Pacific Bulletin on this topic, please click here .


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