ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has been progressing toward achieving its height- ened goal of an integrated ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). A significant part of this effort has been an increased focus on commercial arbitration as a means of resolving commercial disputes. This continuing development, as an alternative to the disparate judicial systems among ASEAN member states, brings with it a measure of increasing confidence that foreign investors in these states can avail themselves of certain investment protections.
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