International Law and Regional Norm Smuggling

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Dr. Marija Jovanovic, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, had a new article published in The American Journal of Comparative Law titled ‘International Law and Regional Norm Smuggling: How the EU and ASEAN Redefined the Global Regime on Human Trafficking’.

The article examines how the regional organizations in Europe and Southeast Asia have redesigned the global regime on human trafficking established by the United Nations Palermo Protocol to suit the dominant regional agendas in the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Map indicating locations of European Union and ASEAN | Source: Wikimedia Commons

In seeking to consolidate and coordinate the implementation of the global anti-trafficking action across their respective member states, these regional actors have shaped and promoted fundamentally different understanding of the phenomenon of human trafficking and the actions needed to address it.

These findings challenge general assumptions about the universality and coherence of the growing international legal framework on human trafficking and show the capacity of regional actors to redefine international treaties in line with their specific mandates, pressing concerns and dominant agendas.

Dr. Jovanovic’s article can be accessed through the publisher’s website here.

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