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Will ASEAN form a strong judicial body?

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 5, 2018   /  09:17 am
Will ASEAN form a strong judicial body? ASEAN has withstood the test of time, having commemorated its golden jubilee in 2017. Since its establishment in 1967 it has successfully managed and maintained regional peace and stability as well as building regional resilience. (shutterstock/File)

ASEAN has withstood the test of time, having commemorated its golden jubilee in 2017. Since its establishment in 1967 it has successfully managed and maintained regional peace and stability as well as building regional resilience. With some 634 million people, a gross domestic product (GDP) of US$2.6 trillion and $2.23 trillion in trade, as a regional entity, ASEAN has been a credible and outstanding international institution.

As a rule-based organization under the 2007 ASEAN Charter, there is one important issue that stands before this entity — the establishment of a judicial body. Under the 2004 ASEAN Protocol on Enhanced Dispute Settlement Mechanism (DSM Protocol), ASEAN is mandated to establish a special body to deal with dispute settlement cases related to the economy, trade and investment. The reasons for establishing a quasi-judicial body are in line with the ...

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