Book Launch: The Regionalisation of Competition Law and Policy
Within the ASEAN Economic Community

From left: Ambassador Ong Keng Yong ’79, Associate Professor Burton Ong ’99 and Dean Simon Chesterman.

EW Barker Centre for Law & Business (EWBCLB) hosted a book launch on 5 March 2018 for Associate Professor Burton Ong to celebrate the release of his edited book – The Regionalisation of Competition Law and Policy within the ASEAN Economic Community, published by Cambridge University Press. Associate Professor Burton Ong ’99 is the Director of Competition Law at NUS Law’s EW Barker Centre for Law & Business.

NUS Law was honoured to have Ambassador Ong Keng Yong ’79 (Ambassador-at-Large, Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University) to be the Guest-of-honour and to deliver the opening remarks.

The Book: This volume of essays examines a wide range of issues related to the regionalisation of competition policy in South East Asia, where the ten member states of ASEAN have launched the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). A collaborative project involving academics, practitioners and policy-makers, this book explores issues such as the role of competition policy in facilitating the market-integration ambitions of the ASEAN member states, the challenges arising from divergences in the national competition law regimes of the ASEAN member states, and the absence of a supranational legal framework and the future of competition policy in light of the AEC Blueprint 2025. Given the nexus between regional competition policy and regional market integration, this book should be of interest to lawyers, economists and policymakers working in the fields of competition law and regional trade law.

The book has also received praise from Mr Toh Han Li, Chief Executive, Competition Commission of Singapore: “ASEAN recognises the importance of effective competition regimes in its member states so as to build a competitive, innovative and dynamic economic community. This book has never been timelier and Burton Ong has assembled a team of global competition law scholars to help ASEAN chart its growth towards the ASEAN Economic Blueprint 2025.”

The book is available from Cambridge University Press (click here to purchase the book).

From left: Associate Professor Burton Ong, Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Dean Simon Chesterman and Professor Tan Cheng Han ’87 (Chairman, EWBCLB)

Opening remarks by Dean Simon Chesterman

Opening remarks by Ambassador Ong Keng Yong

Panel Discussion – Dr Sanchita Basu-Das, Fellow and Lead Researcher (Economics), ASEAN Studies Centre.

Panel Discussion – Dr. Wan Khatina Wan Mohd Nawawi, Malaysian Aviation Commission and Associate Professor Burton Ong

Panel Discussion – Dr. Corinne Chew, Director Deputy Head, Competition Law & Regulatory Practice, Drew & Napier LLC

Panel Discussion – Dr. Pornchai Wisuttisak, Chiang Mai University Law Faculty

Closing remarks by Professor Tan Cheng Han

Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Associate Professor Burton Ong, Dean Simon Chesterman and Professor Tan Cheng Han with representatives from the ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC)