Book by CHRI's IAC Chair launched at National University of Singapore


[Prof Alison Duxbury, chair of CHRI's IAC and Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne, at the Singapore launch of her book "Can ASEAN Take Human Rights Seriously?" Left to right: Prof Kevin Tan (National University of Singapore NUS), Dr  Hsien-Li Tan (National University of Singapore – co-author), Ms Yuyun Wahyuningram, Indonesia’s Representative on the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, Prof Duxbury and Prof Simon Chesterman (Dean of Law, National University of Singapore). Ms. Yuyun launched the book at the Centre for International Law, NUS on 12 June]


A book co-authored by Professor Alison Duxbury -- who in April 2019 took over as Chair of CHRI's International Advisory Commission -- was released at the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore on 12 June 2019. See more details of the launch here

The book "Can ASEAN Take Human Rights Seriously?" has been published by the Cambridge University Press. Professor Duxbury is a highly regarded legal scholar on rights issues. She is a Professor at Melbourne Law School, an Associate Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, a member of the Council of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law and the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law.

Book description: "The adoption of the ASEAN Charter in 2007 represented a watershed moment in the organisation's history - for the first time the member states explicitly included principles of human rights and democracy in a binding regional agreement. Since then, developments in the region have included the creation of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights in 2009 and the adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration in 2012. Despite these advances, many commentators ask whether ASEAN can take human rights seriously. The authors explore this question by comprehensively examining the new ASEAN human rights mechanisms in the context of existing national and international human rights institutions. This book places these regional mechanisms and commitments to human rights within the framework of the political and legal development of ASEAN and its member states and considers the way in which ASEAN could strengthen its new institutions to better promote and protect human rights." 

You can request online access or buy the book here