ASEAN as an Actor in International Fora: its role in the UN and the WTO

Hosted by the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre

CLM.3.02, Clement House (CLM)


Professor Jürgen Rüland

Professor Jürgen Rüland


Dr Jürgen Haacke

Dr Jürgen Haacke

This lecture will address why, how, when and to what extent member governments in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) achieve a collective presence in global fora. Professor Jürgen Rüland argues that ASEAN’s ‘cognitive prior’ and its repository of cooperation norms have affected ASEAN’s negotiation capacities, formats, strategies and cohesion in international fora. Empirically this public lecture draws from ASEAN’s policies in the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation.

Jürgen Rüland is a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Freiburg and chairperson of the University of Freiburg Southeast Asia Research Cluster. From 2006 to 2014 he was the chairman of the academic advisory board of the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area studies at Hamburg. His research interests include Southeast Asian regionalism, interregionalism and democratization in Southeast Asia.

Jürgen Haacke is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, within the Institute of Global Affairs, and Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE.

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is a cross-disciplinary, regionally-focused academic centre within the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE.

This lecture is part of a series of SEAC public events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Assocation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).  

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Click here to read the LSE ASEAN Society's blog on Professor Ruland's talk. 

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