After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the international community clearly highlighted the need to prevent serious transnational crime, including terrorism. In this respect, sharing information and intelligence was identified as one of the best ways to prevent and combat such crimes. However, up until now ASEAN has failed to implement any binding mechanism of cooperation. This PhD research project assesses the likelihood that an enhancement of information and intelligence sharing between ASEAN Member States under the umbrella of the Association in order to fight serious transnational crime could lead to an effective regional legal framework in criminal matters. This research project will therefore attempt to demonstrate that information and intelligence sharing is a mechanism is representative of the development – or lack ok of development – of trust and effective cooperation between ASEAN Member States. This means of cooperation could ultimately lead towards the creation of a regional legal architecture offering a useful framework for future regional developments in criminal matters.
Céline C. Cocq obtained a Law degree (2005), a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Law (2010), two University Diplomas in Criminology and Criminal Studies (2005 and 2011) and a L.L.M. in Public International Law (2012). From 2012 to 2015, she was a researcher on the European Commission’s SURVEILLE project (www.surveille.eui.eu). She is a PhD candidate at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her PhD thesis focuses on “Enhancing the effectiveness of information and intelligence sharing in ASEAN to fight serious transnational crime: towards a regionalisation in criminal matters?” (supervisor: Prof. Anne Weyembergh).