Toward a community of law in East Asia

In 2020, East Asia became the world’s largest trade bloc after negotiations on the RCEP, which lays the foundation for the customs union. In comparison to the EEC system in the 50s, however, East Asia’s integration of legal systems has been recognized as an insufficient legal structure, lacking regional public goods. It is attributed to the discord between the modern and classic sovereignty games within the incomplete sovereign states.

The state’s milieu goals have been regarded as important as possession goals. Therefore, social interrelationships in low-level politics have been considered important factors, likewise the high-level of security. The form of regional governance is transiting toward a ‘community’ of law that went beyond activities of ‘cooperation’.

To create a legal community as an organic whole with East Asian identification, two legal intellectual discussions must take precedence for each state: investment in trust-building, and establishment of common values.