European Institute for Asian Studies
The EU and ASEAN at 40: Towards Normative Convergence?
  • Start04:00 PM - Apr 25 2017
  • End06:00 PM - Apr 25 2017
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • + 32 2 230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

Programme

15:30-16:00

16:00-16:15

Registration

Introduction by the Chair

Mr Walter Kennes, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

16:15-17:30

Panel Discussion

 

Mr Xavier Nuttin, Senior Asia Analyst, European Parliament 

Mr Ralph Vincent Abarquez, Second Secretary and Consul, Second Secretary and Consul, Embassy of the Philippines to Belgium and Luxembourg; Mission of the Philippines to the European Union

Mr Martin Russell, Policy Analyst, European Parliament Research Service 

Mr Giuseppe Busini, ASEAN Policy Officer, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Ms Xuechen Chen, Visiting Fellow, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

17:30-18:00

18:00-18:30

Discussion and Q&A

Networking reception

In both political and academic debates, the EU has been considered as a normative power on the world stage. As an active norm-promoter, the EU has attempted to export EU-type ideas and norms to ASEAN, ranging from economic integration and institutionalisation, the rule of law, labour rights, to political norms such as democracy and human rights. However, the effectiveness of the EU’s norm diffusion in relation to ASEAN remains largely underexplored. To what extent is the EU a successful norm-promoter in relation to ASEAN? More specifically, how and under what conditions does the EU function as a norm-promoter in relation to ASEAN? What norm diffusion mechanisms does it employ? What factors promote and constrain the diffusion of norms from the EU to ASEAN? To what extent does the EU’s projection of normative power in relation to ASEAN generate normative convergence between the two actors? In addition, whereas most analyses on norm-based factors in EU-ASEAN relations have focused on the EU’s promotion of regional integration and institution model to ASEAN, this seminar will explore the norm diffusion processes in other issue areas such as economic and trade relations, as well as non-traditional security cooperation between the EU and ASEAN.

More importantly, while the majority of discussions about the EU’s norm diffusion was characterised by a ‘top-down’ and Eurocentric perspective, there is a growing demand to understand the factor of external norm-recipients. This seminar therefore calls for an examination of the perceptions and responses of ASEAN when analysing the norm diffusion in EU-ASEAN relations. As the partnership between the EU and ASEAN turns 40 years, it is worth asking under which conditions ASEAN intends to localise or resist EU norms? How does ASEAN (as well as individual ASEAN member states) perceive the EU’s norm exportation? To what extent does ASEAN’s own normative prior, namely ‘the ASEAN way’, influence the norm diffusion process in EU-ASEAN relations?

Download Mr Martin Russell’s Power Point Presentation

As the partnership between the EU and ASEAN turns 40 years, it is worth asking under which conditions ASEAN intends to localise or resist EU norms? How does ASEAN perceive the EU’s norm exportation? To what extent does ‘the ASEAN way’ influence the norm diffusion process in EU-ASEAN relations?



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