Certain ASEAN Member States have plans and are taking steps to develop nuclear power capacity as part of their long-term energy planning. The risk of a nuclear accident with transboundary consequences is evidently of serious concern to neighbouring states. From the perspective of a potentially risk-exposed neighbour, the opportunity to engage in transboundary consultation to better understand the risk posed by such plans and raise any concerns will undoubtedly be a critical confidence-building measure. At present, ASEAN does not have a region-wide framework that provides for such transboundary consultation. This article analyses the normative support for transboundary consultation (through the use of mechanisms such as environmental assessments) at the international level and at the ASEAN level within two specific contexts: (i) a state’s national decision to embark on a nuclear power programme; and (ii) the siting of a nuclear power plant. It evaluates options to strengthen the overall normative basis at the ASEAN level that flow from this analysis, in light of challenges and opportunities facing ASEAN.
With the onset of the global health crisis, Taiwan’s profile in Europe has grown, shaped to a large extent by growing tensions in EU-China ties. A shift is taking place in the way the EU sees China. The two do not share mutual trust, and their division continues to deepen along conflicting approaches to international principles at the core of the global rules-based order. To assess EU-Taiwan ties it is key to appreciate the state of EU-China relations. At the same time, it is crucial to understand the importance of seeing Taiwan on its own merit, as a like-minded partner that has much to contribute. This special report assesses EU-Taiwan cooperation in light of the shift in the EU’s approach to China, within the broader geopolitical context, mindful of the emerging narrative in Brussels surrounding its self-perception as a geopolitical actor. The special report maintains that, while the EU is constrained by its own multi-layered governance system in shaping a common approach to both China and Taiwan, there is a strategic opportunity for the EU to reconceptualize ties with the latter as it rethinks its approach to the former.
Founded in 1955, CAA (Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei) has been the pioneering and leading arbitral institution in Taiwan. Its recent contributions to Taiwan’s arbitration include the establishment of CAAI, its international arbitration centre for arbitrations seated outside Taiwan, the introduction of case management conference to arbitrations in Taiwan, and the Draft Amendment to Taiwan’s Arbitration Law to enable Taiwan to become a Model Law jurisdiction. This article is the author’s reflections on these institutional and legislative rule-making projects, especially the challenges encountered, the controversies resolved, the lessons learned, and the insights gained.