PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) – Over 70 senior-level judges and representatives of justice ministries from all ten ASEAN member states will gather here on Tuesday to exchange views and discuss ways to enhance legal and judicial cooperation, according to a press release from the US Embassy on Monday.

“It will be an unprecedented event for legal and judicial actors to exchange ideas and experiences, as well as discuss deeply on building and strengthening legal and judicial connections,” said the press release.

It said that ASEAN’s deepening integration is presenting new challenges in cross-border legal issues; and the high-level legal and judicial actors in the region will also discuss implications of the ASEAN Charter and integration, issues in administration of justice in ASEAN, enforcement of judgments and international arbitration, and implementation of international treaties into national law.

The meeting is held after the 14th ASEAN Senior Law Officials’ Meeting (ASLOM) in Phnom Penh last year recognized the need to strengthen the networks among high-level legal professionals throughout ASEAN, especially the ASLOM and ASEAN judicial bodies, it said.

The U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN, David L. Carden, Cambodia’s Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana, and Bagas Hapsoro, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, will open the event.

The two-day event is presented by the ASEAN Secretariat in collaboration with the US Government and the Cambodian Ministry of Justice.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.



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