Constructing ASEAN Environmental Governance: Regional Cooperation, Environmental Rights, and the Politics of Institutional Change


This paper explains the absence”environmental rights”within ASEAN’s institutional framework and prospects for institutional change in the future.By drawing upon a constructivist and historical institutionalist framework, we argue that ASEAN intergovernmental mechanism has not yet incorporated “environmental rights” due to strong reliance to sovereignty. However, whileenvironmental rights is still at the marginin the current state of cooperation, ASEAN’sinstitutional process is in fact open for transformation through institutional deliberation by state and non-state actors.

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