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“Asia – From a Norm-Taker to a Norm-Maker?” Symposium at the University of Turku, Finland

August 14, 2013 - 00:00-August 15, 2013 - 00:00

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The goal of the symposium is to discuss how Asian countries and organizations contribute to the evolution of international norms. Many of the norms that guide our global system originally emerged from Europe or the United States. Western leaders have in the Post-War period been accustomed to assuming a norm-maker role, whereas Asian leaders have more often been norm-takers.

With the emergence of Asia as the most important region in the global economy, calls are increasingly made for Asian political leaders to assume a more proactive role in shaping global norms. Thus, is Asia moving from the role of a norm-taker to a norm-maker?

The symposium seeks to explore whether and how this transformation is taking place by examining it from four different angles: the evolution of political, economic, environmental and security norms.

Keynote speakers include Professor Yongjin Zhang from the University of Bristol, Professor Signe Howell from the University of Oslo, and Associate Professor Yoneyuki Sugita from Osaka University.

In addition presentations are given by Professor Joseph Cheng from the City University Hong Kong and Dr. Aki Tonami from the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), and DAS alumni Postdoctoral Researcher Anu Lounela, Dr. Mikael Mattlin, and Adjunct Professor Lauri Paltemaa.

The symposium is open to all and free of charge.

Link to symposium program and registration form (deadline August 5, 2013):

“Asia – From a Norm-Taker to a Norm-Maker?” Symposium at the University of Turku, Finland


August 14, 2013 - 00:00
August 15, 2013 - 00:00