Law and Regional Development in ASEAN: A Singapore Perspective
NUS - Centre for Asian Legal Studies Working Paper 17/02
14 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2017
Date Written: September 5, 2017
This paper argues that despite Singapore not having any overt policy with regard to law and development in the ASEAN region, in fact it undertakes a good deal of activity that can be characterised as ‘law and development’. The paper sets out various ways in which different agencies, from the government to the courts to the universities, have developed programmes designed to provide training to officials and others from the region, especially the ‘CLMV’ countries, to encourage rule-of-law adherence and anti-corruption measures. These programmes amount to what the paper calls ‘self-imaging’ law and development, in which the donor draws on its own experience of development and its world view when designing projects for the donee. This, it is argued, is an example of the ‘new law and development’ in which programmes and projects are not limited to government-to-government activity but draw in a variety of agencies, both public and private.
Keywords: Law and development, ASEAN regionalism, Singapore model of development, Corruption, Rule of law
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