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The legal framework for the free movement of goods and services in the ASEAN Economic Community


Author: Chhak, Limcheang
Under the direction of: Antoine Gazano
Université Côte d’Azur
Langue française Texte français

Keywords: Law, ASEAN, Goods, Economic community, Substantive law, Association of Southeast Asian Nations - Economic integration, Free trade, International economic law.


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Research has tried to refine the legal phenomena of the liberalization of goods and services, known as first generation, in favor of a regional economic integration policy under the influence of globalization, in order to establish the ASEAN Economic Community. However, the question of the existence of substantive rules of law is underestimated in the eyes of international lawyers and it is relevant. In other words, ASEAN is mainly based on soft law, namely ASEAN Way, which has effectively slowed down the implementation of its economic integration policy. In order to overcome these challenges, this thesis opted for an approach of public international law in order to examine the mechanism of formation of conventional as well as non-conventional rules of this in ASEAN. In addition, international economic law is also a methodological choice for this research work on essential technical questions in the process of creating the ASEAN Single Market. As a result, we have discovered that ASEAN substantive law does exist and continues to develop gradually in the proper sense of international law. Moreover, the administrative as well as jurisdictional institutional mechanisms have been observed, their operation of which is implicated in a pragmatic manner for the implementation of these material rules regarding the free movement of goods and services. Despite the fact that these rules of law are criticized both for their effectiveness and efficiency because of their flexible and non-binding nature, sectoral legal harmonization is complete towards the direction of the construction of ASEAN Community Law. In conclusion, the economic regionalization of ASEAN is effectively established on its own legal framework, based on legal pluralism and is consistent with international law.