Southeast Asia Speaks

Southeast Asia Speaks: Law expert Simon Chesterman on the declining rule of law in the region

What contributed to the declining rule of law in Southeast Asia? Catch the interview live on Friday, November 19!

The rule of law in the Philippines continues to deteriorate since President Rodrigo Duterte came into power in 2016, especially evident in the country’s ranking in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index.

In 2021, the Philippines ranked 102nd out of 139 countries. It ranked 91st in 2020. But this trend is not just here, but can be seen in many Southeast Asian countries too.

On Friday, November 19, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to law expert Simon Chesterman on what contributed to the declining rule of law in Southeast Asia.

Chesterman is the dean of the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law. He is also the editor of  the Asian Journal of International Law.

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