2015 Int'l Rev. L. 1 (2015)

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Faculty of Laws, University College
London, United Kingdom
*Email: daniel.seah.11@ucl.ac.uk

Submitted: 3 June 2014
Accepted: 16 October 2014
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                                                           REVIEW OF LAW

Research article

The CFSP as an aspect of

conducting foreign relations by the

United Kingdom: With special

reference to the Treaty of Amity &

Cooperation in Southeast Asia

Daniel Seah*

Since the Lisbon Treaty's entry into force in 2009, the Common & Foreign Security Policy (CFSP)
retains its intergovernmental character, although its legal status is no longer separate from but
part of a single European Union (EU) framework. With particular focus on the United Kingdom's
practice as a EU member state, this article examines the potential pressures which bear on the
interplay between: (i) the CFSP's intergovernmental character; and (ii) the CFSP's current legal
status within a single EU framework that established a semblance of institutional coherence; and
(iii) the implications for conducting the UK's foreign relations, a consequence of its status at
international law as an independent sovereign state. The article argues that pressures arise for the
UK because of its legal obligations under UK law, EU law and international law, which potentially
interlock, as distinct sources of law, with consequences for the flexible conduct of British foreign
relations. This argument is illustrated through the case study of accession by the UK and EU (of
which the UK is a member state), two separate legal persons at international law, to the Treaty of
Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia.

Keywords: ASEAN, EU law, international law, CFSP, treaty, UK foreign relations

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