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Regional Integration Beyond the European Experience: Latin America and Asia

Academy of Global Governance

3-5 October 2012

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What participants say…

“A rare opportunity to take a step back and to compare approaches, challenges and aspirations across world regions. Thoroughly enjoyable and intellectually rewarding”.
Andreas Unterstaller (European Commission)


“Highly interactive, refreshing and often provocative forcing gently to reflect on the issues”.
Jacob George (Strategic Economic Management Initiative in Governance -SEMIG – University of Delhi)


“A unique opportunity for a multi-dusciplinary exchange of ideas on the current situation of regional integration in Latin America and Asia”.
Costanzo Fisogni (European External Action Service)




Scientific Coordinator: Carlos Closa Montero (Institute for Public Goods and Policies – CSIC)


Integration means different things to different actors in different contexts. Whilst the EU has been the pioneer and, usually, the paradigm, actors in other schemes and areas challenge the validity of referring to a “model” either to model their own instruments and/or to evaluate achievements. Rather, the argument is made that integration schemes are ad hoc creations, tailor made to suit specific national realities and international contexts. Thus, the purpose of this Executive Training Seminar was to discuss integration schemes on the basis of their own merits, their own goals and their own achievements. Specifically, it focused on integration in Latin America and Asia and the most significant integration schemes in each area, i.e. MERCOSUR/UNASUR and ASEAN respectively (but not exclusively).





Renato Baumann | Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) and University of Brasília: Geography Matters: Productive Complementarity in Asia and Latin America and the Policies of the BRICs towards their Regional Neighbours

Michael Ewing-Chow and Tan Hsien-Li | National University of Singapore: The Role of the Rule of Law in ASEAN

Louise Fawcett | University of Oxford: Contrasting Regionalisms: Latin America, Asia and Beyond

Andrés Malamud | University of Lisbon: Overlapping Regionalism, No Integration: the Latin American Experiences

Rodolfo C. Severino | ASEAN Studies Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies: Regionalism in Southeast and East Asia

Fredrik Söderbaum | University of Gothenburg and United Nations University (UNU-CRIS): European Integration Studies and Comparative Regionalism: the Potential for Dialogue

Osvaldo Rosales Villavicencio | Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations: Trends and Prospective of Trade and Investment between China and Latin America