Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chw051
Title: Asia's Ambivalence about International Law and Institutions: Past, Present and Futures
Authors: Chesterman, Simon 
Keywords: Social Sciences
International Relations
Law
Government & Law
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2016
Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PRESS
Citation: Chesterman, Simon (2016-11-01). Asia's Ambivalence about International Law and Institutions: Past, Present and Futures. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 27 (4) : 945-978. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chw051
Abstract: © 2017. Oxford University Press on behalf of EJIL Ltd. All rights reserved. Asian states are the least likely of any regional grouping to be party to most international obligations or to have representation reflecting their number and size in international organizations. That is despite the fact that Asian states have arguably benefited most from the security and economic dividends provided by international law and institutions. This article explores the reasons for Asia's under-participation and under-representation. The first part traces the history of Asia's engagement with international law. The second part assesses Asia's current engagement with international law and institutions, examining whether its under-participation and under-representation is in fact significant and how it might be explained. The third part considers possible future developments based on three different scenarios, referred to here as status quo, divergence and convergence. Convergence is held to be the most likely future, indicating adaptation on the part of Asian states as well as on the part of the international legal order.
Source Title: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/187840
ISSN: 09385428
14643596
DOI: 10.1093/ejil/chw051
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