Dr Imelda Deinla’s new book The Development of the Rule of Law in ASEAN: The State and Regional Integration is an interdisciplinary work that comparatively studies rule of law practices and the relationship between the rule of law and regional integration.
By looking at the function of the rule of law in ASEAN rather than what it ‘means’ measured on normative conception, the book situates the rule of law in broader institutional and political processes in the member states and in regional relations to show the motivations of member states in adopting a peculiar type of regional architecture.
Imelda asks whether forging the rule of law in the region can help build it internally for member states. The book revisits discourses on the ‘spill-over’ of economic integration, the impact of globalization in reshaping the state and generating new tools of the rule of law. It makes a comprehensive comparison - the European Union, Africa Union and MERCOSUR - showing the uneven pathways to rule of law in various contexts.
We are also very fortunate to have joining us Professor Paul Redmond from the University of Technology Sydney, Assistant Professor Tan Hsien-Li (National University of Singapore) and Professor Veronica Taylor (Australian National University) who will offer their expert views on Imelda’s book.
Imelda is a Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Director of the Philippines Project. Her main area of research is focused on the relationship between politics and law, and the development of the rule of law in Southeast Asia.