LexisNexis® Rule of Law Debate 2013

LexisNexis Rule of Law Debate 2013


Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.” Jesse Jackson

The LexisNexis Rule of Law Debate 2013, held on 7th March 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, provided a platform by which issues on the rule of law were highlighted and discussed in a thorough and comprehensive manner. The debate featured champion debaters representing universities from four ASEAN countries, who debated the motion, “This House Believes That The ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights Is An Ineffective Safeguard To Human Rights.”

The ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights, which came into being in 2012, lays out universal human rights principles as a guideline in the governing of Southeast Asian regions. As pronounced in the preamble of the declaration, its main aim is to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the principles of democracy, rule of law and good governance.

Whilst many have hailed the instrument as a huge step towards the promotion and protection of human rights in the region, many also question the quality of its universality due to its cultural relativistic deference to “Asian” values. The debate aimed to create awareness about the ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights, stimulate discussions on its benefits and challenges and broaden the whirlwind of discussion on human rights issues today.

The event brought together partners, customers and friends of LexisNexis in an intimate setting, enabling meaningful discussions on the topic. It fulfilled its aim at  creating new partnerships, initiatives and projects which will further advance the rule of law in the region.

The LexisNexis Rule of Law Debate 2013 was won by Arinah Najwa & Syed Saddiq of the International Islamic University of Malaysia. It attracted over 17,000 live-stream views and generated the Twitter hashtag #LN4ROL to trend at No.1 in Malaysia. This represented a significant step in spreading awareness via the internet and social media, impacting viewers nationwide.

To watch a replay of the LexisNexis Rule of Law Debate 2013, click here:http://www.ustream.tv/channel/LexisNexisMY

Download the LexisNexis Rule Of Law Debate 2013 programme book here

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The Debaters
Teams from the following institutions:
- International Islamic University Malaysia
- National University of Singapore
- University of the Philippines Manila
- Universitas Indonesia

The Prize
1. USD2,000 Cash; and
2. USD3,000 worth of LexisNexis publications

The Format
British Parliamentary