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Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Published in Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 14(2) 2013: 51-8.
The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration has been welcomed as the most impressive commitment to protecting human rights within ASEAN ever created. At the same time, others have criticised it as fatally flawed, creating no meaningful regional oversight of human rights. Here, Davies argues that this range of reactions is explicable by understanding the Declaration as embodying what he terms the “ASEAN synthesis” between progressive and traditionalist positions held by member states.