• Conference 2015


The Call

ASEAN has fixed 2015 as the year for ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) – full ASEAN economic integration. Through it, the economies of the 10 ASEAN member-countries will be integrated into a single market and production base. Currently, there is a flurry of free trade agreement negotiations between ASEAN and other countries, and ASEAN members are taking on pivotal economic policy changes to meet regional requirements. The process towards AEC, and its outcome, could have the potential to either reinforce or undermine various developments across the region in human rights and peace, democracy and development.

ICIRD 2015 theme "Traversing the next ASEAN: Challenges and Prospects in Development, Democratization, Human Rights and Peace" aims to examine a number of prospects, impacts and challenges that persist in the region. These include uneven economic development and governance across the region, political and social inequality, democratic deficits, unresolved ethnic conflicts, environmental degradation, the enclosure of a range of natural resources, impacts from large-scale development projects, and human rights violations. To traverse these issues, ASEAN will need to put effort towards enlarging freedoms, deepening democratic processes, strengthening political accountability, promoting international cooperation, protecting human rights, and ensuring social and environmental justice.



Building on three ICIRD conferences held annually between 2010 and 2013, the objectives of the conference are:

  • Evaluate the challenges and opportunities traversing ASEAN for 2015 and beyond, including the implications of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the strengthening of the ASEAN human rights regime;

  • Provide a forum for debate between scholars, practitioners, civil society, government agencies and community representatives on current development, international relations and human rights implications of ASEAN integration in ASEAN and Southeast Asia from a theoretical and applied perspective;


Overarching Conference Themes

The 4th International Conference on International Relations and Development is a venue for the promotion of critical and analytical views on development, international relations, human rights and peace in Southeast Asia, including from a multi-disciplinary perspective, through academic activism. Scholars, researchers, graduate students, civil society organizations, governments and inter-governmental organizations representatives who work on the research and greater understanding of international relations, human rights and peace in Southeast Asia are encouraged to share their researches on the following areas:

  • Development

    • Regionalintegration, including the implications of the AEC
    • Migration: Economy, protection, and social issues
    • Innovation for Inclusive Development
    • Environmental politics of land, water and energy
    • The commons, sharing economies, and peer2peer communities
  • Democratization

    • Governance & Corruption
    • Representation and participation
    • Democracy and electoral systems
    • Civil society and social movements
    • Democracy at the local, national, and regional level
    • Media and public spaces
  • Human Rights and Peace

    • National and regional human rights systems
    • Extra-territorial Obligations (ETOs)
    • Human rights and business
    • Conflicts and their resolution in ASEAN
    • Security and nontraditional security in ASEAN
    • Human security and securitization
    • Conflicts around culture, identity and values
    • Refugees, human trafficking and statelessness



  • Full panels proposals
  • Individual papers
  • Policy roundtable discussions
  • Keynote addresses and plenary
  • Local voice forums


Abstract Submission

Those who wish to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract of 300 words and a short biographical paragraph of 150 words, both in English, to both Dr. Yanuar and Mr. Jirawat, to: papers.icird2015@gmail.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Abstract submission 30 March 2015
  • Notice of acceptance of abstracts 20 April 2015
  • Full paper submission 15 June 2015
  • Online Registration 20 May 2015 onwards
  • Payment of online registration until 5 July 2015
  • Availability of hotel conference rate 30 May 2015 onwards


Rates for Participation

Online Registration (Deadline: June 15, 2014)

NB: Online registration will close and the on-site registration fee will apply after June 15

  1. Paper presenters

  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University (Fee Waived)
  • Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University (Fee Waived)
  • Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University (Fee Waived)
  • Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University (Fee Waived)
  • Students enrolled at universities in Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN + East Timor) not listed above: US$40/THB1,280.
  • Students enrolled at universities outside ASEAN: US$60/THB1,920

2. All Others: US$100/THB3,200.

Note: Based on an estimated exchange rate of USD 1.00=Thai Baht (THB) 32.00. The registration fee includes: conference attendance, lunch meals (2 days), morning and afternoon snacks (2 days) and conference kit.


Bank Account Details

Name on the Account: ICIRD 2015
Account No. 333-252355-2
Bank Name: Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited.
Branch: Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand
Swift Code: SICOTHBK

Link for Call for Paper PDF


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