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9 Singapore Yearbook of International Law 19 (2005)


Predictions that the 21st century will be the "Asian century" have sparked analytical interest from many disciplines but not international law. This article focuses on what implications "Asia rising" may have for international law in the 21st century. The article begins by looking at the 19th and 20th centuries as the European and American centuries respectively to assess the impact these centuries made on international law. The article then analyses possible meanings for an Asian century and frames such a century's implications for international law around the concept of a "Concert of Asia". The article argues that, through a "Concert of Asia", Asian nations have the opportunity to make the region a laboratory for global governance that determines the next stage of international law's historical development as an instrument in human governance.