Swansea Academics in the Philippines for Conference on Human Rights in ASEAN

Dr Gerard Clarke and Mr Jamie Stacey, both of the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, presented papers at the annual workshop on the human rights system of Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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Above:  Prof Jorge Tigno, Dr Gerard Clarke, Loretta Rosales (Chair, Commission on Human Rights), Professor Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan, Rafendi Djamin, Dr Simon Hoffman, Dr Danilo Concepsion (UPD College of Law) and Jamie Stacey.

Dr Gerard Clarke and Mr Jamie Stacey presented papers at the second annual workshop on the human rights system of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) in Manila on 16 October 2015.  Dr Simon Hoffman from Swansea University’s College of Law also presented a paper.

Organised by the UPD’s Institute of Human Rights (part of the College of Law), the workshop was the second held in Manila as part of a project coordinated by Dr Clarke and funded by the British Academy which brings together staff from Swansea University and UPD working in the fields of politics, international relations and law, along with ASEAN officials study the ASEAN human rights mechanism between 2014 and 2017 in the context of debates in human rights scholarship about cultural relativism and regional particularity. As part of the project, workshops are held each year in Swansea (in May) and in Manila (in October), bringing together staff from both institutions and providing a common experience to students in each university. In addition to contributions from Swansea University staff, the workshop included presentations by Prof. Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan, Director of the UPD Institute of Human Rights, Prof. Jorge Tigno, Head of the UPD Dept of Political Science and Mr Rafendi Djamin, Representative of Indonesia and former Chairman, ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights).

The next workshop as part of the project will be held in Swansea in May 2016. For further details, contact Dr Gerard Clarke (g.clarke@swansea.ac.uk).

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Images above:  L-R:  Dr Gerard Clarke |  Rafendi Djamin and Jamie Stacey