Swansea University and University of the Philippines Diliman staff present papers at conferences in the Philippines and Malaysia

Swansea University staff joined colleagues from the University of the Philippines Diliman and from Mahidol University in Thailand in presenting the results of collaborative research at conferences in the Philippines and Malaysia in October 2014.

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With funding from the British Academy, Swansea University researchers, led by Dr Gerard Clarke from the Dept of Political and Cultural Studies, are collaborating with colleagues at the University of the Philippines Diliman on a three-year project to study the evolving human rights mechanism of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in the context of debate in human rights scholarship around the concept of ‘cultural relativism’. The project brings together academics in each university from the fields of political science, international relations and international law and also involves leading human rights academics from other Southeast Asian universities.

Following a successful conference in Swansea in March this year hosted by the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities and a successful panel at the Oxford Colloquium on Southeast Asian Studies at Keble College, Oxford, the team met again in Southeast Asia in October.

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(Image: The conference team (Jean-Paul Zialcita, UPD Department of Political Science; Dr Gerard Clarke; Prof Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan; Dr Helen Quane; Dr Sriprapha Petcharamesree; Herman Kraft ) joined by PhD students from the UPD Dept of Political Science and trainee diplomats from the Foreign Service Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs.)

Uni of PhilipinesOn 13 October, they convened a one-day conference at the College of Law at the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPD), hosted by the College’s Institute of Human Rights Studies, presenting papers to students from the UPD College of Law (left) and the Department of Political Science and to trainee diplomats from the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Papers were presented by Dr Gerard Clarke, Swansea University Department of Political and Cultural Studies, Dr Helen Quane, Swansea University College of Law, Prof Elizabeth Aquiling-Pangalangan, University of the Philippines Diliman College of Law and Director of the Institute of Human Rights Studies, Herman Kraft, University of the Philippines Diliman Department of Political Science and Dr Sriprapha Petcharamesree from the Institute of Peace and Human Rights Studies at Mahidol University in Thailand.

Panel - Kuala LumpurThey then travelled to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia where they convened a panel (left) at the third biennial conference of the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN), 15-16 October, presenting to an audience of over 70 human rights activists and academics from  Southeast Asia and beyond.

Gerard Clarke, Kuala Lumpur(Image:  Dr Gerard Clarke speaking at the Third Biennial Conference of the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN), Kuala Lumpur. With him on the podium are: Prof Elizabeth Aquiling-Pangalangan; Dr Helen Quane; and Dr Sriprapha Petcharamesree.)

Two other academics from Swansea University and two from University of the Philippines Diliman, along with a colleague from another Southeast Asian university will present papers at further conferences in Swansea and Manila in 2015 as part of the project.

 

For further information on the project, contact Dr Gerard Clarke, g.clarke@swansea.ac.uk or Telephone + 44 (0)1792 513525.