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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is consequential as it is one of the world’s dynamic, large and consequential regional integration arrangements (RIAs). ASEAN is also well plugged into the global value chain and markets, with many of its Member States being leading world traders.
This subject provides an in-depth view on the development of the ASEAN competition regime (policy and law), both at the regional and national levels. In 2015, the ASEAN Leaders declared the establishment of an ASEAN Community, with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) being one of its three pillars. To realise the objective of the AEC to become a single market and production base, the ASEAN Member States committed to developing, establishing, and implementing robust competition regime.
The subject includes: an exploration of how the ASEAN competition regime is affected by ASEAN being an intergovernmental organisation, which imbues and respects the “ASEAN Way” and “ASEAN Centrality” concepts. We undertake a comparative analysis on the ASEAN competition regime with other RIAs’ competition regimes – for example, the challenges and issues in building competition-related institutional arrangements.
We will consider the diversity of ASEAN Member States— their history, politics, economics, and legal traditions—and how these affect the development of national competition regimes and the priorities of the national competition authorities (NCAs).
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject should be able to:
- Examine and evaluate the ASEAN competition regime, both at ASEAN and national levels, in comparison to other regional integration agreements (RIAs) such as COMESA, EU, MERCOSUR, and SAARC.
- Analyse and interrogate how disciplines like economics and politics influence the design and implementation of competition regimes in ASEAN and its Member States.
- Establish connections between various economic instruments and their impact on the ASEAN competition regime.
- Apply and make independent judgements on the development and instruments of ASEAN as an expert learner and practitioner in the field of international competition law.
- Analytical Skills: students should develop strong analytical skills to critically assess legal issues, identify relevant legal principles, and apply them to complex factual scenarios.
- Research Skills: The ability to conduct comprehensive legal research is crucial. Students should be proficient in finding and evaluating primary and secondary legal sources, such as case law, statutes, regulations, and academic literature.
- Oral Communication Skills: Effective oral communication skills are essential for students on this subject. They should be able to articulate complex legal arguments, participate in class discussions, deliver persuasive presentations, and engage in oral advocacy.
- Critical Thinking: foster critical thinking skills to enable students to analyse legal issues from multiple perspectives, evaluate arguments, and propose innovative solutions.
Last updated: 10 November 2023