Conference at Swansea University to consider the Evolving Human Rights Mechanism of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Context

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Beyond Cultural RelativismBeyond Cultural Relativism: The Evolving Human Rights Mechanism of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Context: Third Annual Workshop

The conference will be held In the James Callaghan Building, Swansea University on Friday, 6 May 2016.

‌The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration of November 2012 represents the latest stage in the development of the human rights mechanism of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), following the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights in 2009. This conference explores the ASEAN human rights mechanism almost seven years on from its establishment and the broader state of human rights in South-East Asia. It considers the ways in which the mechanism is likely to change in the coming years as a result of programmed developments within ASEAN and its relationship to global mechanisms for the promotion of protection of universal human rights. Bringing together academics and policy-makers from the UK and from Southeast Asia, it is the third annual conference to be held in Swansea between 2014 and 2016 tracing the evolution of the ASEAN human rights mechanism.

Download the registration form:   Beyond Cultural Relativism: Conference Registration Form 2016

View the conference programme:    Beyond Cultural Relativism: Draft Conference Programme 2016

For enquiries, please contact:  Dr Gerard Clarke, Department of Political and Cultural Studies (email:

This conference is supported by the British Academy and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.