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Law and Regional Development in ASEAN: A Singapore Perspective

NUS Law Working Paper No. 2017/012

NUS - Centre for Asian Legal Studies Working Paper 17/02

14 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2017  

Andrew James Harding

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Bui Thu Hien

Attorney, Vietnam

Date Written: September 5, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Harding, Andrew James and Hien, Bui Thu, Law and Regional Development in ASEAN: A Singapore Perspective (September 5, 2017). NUS - Centre for Asian Legal Studies Working Paper 17/02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3032818

Andrew Harding (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Singapore, 259776
Singapore

Bui Hien

Attorney, Vietnam

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