Prof Alison Duxbury

Professor Alison Duxbury

Alison Duxbury is a Professor at Melbourne Law School and a member of the International Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. She is also 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. Her publications include The Participation of States in International Organisations: The Role of Human Rights and Democracy (CUP, 2011) and a co-edited book, Military Justice in the Modern Age (CUP, 2016). She is currently a member of the ASEAN Integration through Law Project, coordinated through the National University of Singapore, and is working on a book on ASEAN and human rights with Dr Tan Hsien-Li.


The Role of Human Rights in the ASEAN Community

In 2007 the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted a formal charter setting out the principles and objectives of the organisation. For the first time, ASEAN included a binding legal obligation to uphold human rights and democracy in a constituent instrument. Following the adoption of the ASEAN Charter, the organisation established human rights institutions, notably the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, and drafted human rights instruments, including the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. Despite this progress, there remain doubts about the priority and role ASEAN accords to human rights, particularly given recent events in ASEAN members.

This seminar will analyse ASEAN’s human rights agenda in the context of its community-building project and developments in the region.