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CPG Online Academy on “German Public Law and the German Political and Constitutional System”
27 February from 9:00 - 8 March from 17:00
CPG Online Academy on
“German Public Law and the German Political and Constitutional System”
27 February – March 8, 2023, via Zoom
the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University
in cooperation with the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF) and the Hanns Seidel Foundation
For 12 years, the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) has been organizing its widely known academies and training programs on German Law.
This includes the Academy on “German Public Law and the German Political and Constitutional System”, with the latest of 13 having been recently arranged as an onsite event from 17-21 October 2022 at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, attended by nearly 30 participants from seven Asian countries.
Due to the success of the event and high demand, CPG will host the Academy in an online format from 27 February through March 8, 2023, providing an eight-teaching day intensive course about the characteristics of German public law and its high degree of enforcement in state and society.
Germany – together with France the leading European power – is known for the doctrinal quality and practical success of its constitution and its administrative law alike. Both areas of public law have inspired lawmakers and scholars all around the world and continue to do so.
In particular, the German Constitution of 1949 can be considered as one of the most innovative documents in constitutional comparison, one that introduced new features to the global laboratory of constitutionalism and further developed already available ones to a remarkable degree. Among them are – to name only a few – the absolute protection of human dignity, a robust protection of human rights, a thick and pervasive rule of law, an impressive Constitutional Court wielding the power to adjudicate constitutional complaints against court decisions, the conception of the constitutional basic structure as a distinct set of fundamental principles defining constitutional identity, the idea of a militant constitutionalism actively defending that constitutional identity, the principle of proportionality.
Likewise, German administrative law has developed a crucial impact for actual constitutional governance in Germany and a long-standing reputation of being particularly influential in the shaping of the general principles of European administrative law.
In Asia, German Public Law has developed a strong influence on Indonesian, Thai, Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese public law in particular.
Among the topics the Academy will cover are:
- the German Constitution’s foundation & fundaments,
- the design, powers, and performance of the Constitutional Court,
- basic rights,
- mechanisms and challenges of representative democracy,
- federalism and local (self-)governance,
- the rule of law
- legal methodology, court organization & case management
- the European perspective
- fundamentals of administrative law and procedure
- prospects and challenges for German constitutionalism in a changing world
Course Structure and Duration
The Academy will be held on eight days, with about six hours teaching and discussion time each day. Classes will start around 1 pm to accommodate the time difference for our speakers residing in Germany.
- Henning Glaser, Director, CPG, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, Thailand
- Niels Petersen, PhD, Professor of Public Law, International Law, and European Law, Faculty of Law, University of Münster, Germany
- Rainer Hofmann, PhD, Professor of Public Law, Public International Law and European Law, Faculty of Law, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany
- Evelyn Henning, PhD, Judge, Regional Court of Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
- Ingwer Ebsen, PhD, Professor of Public Law, Faculty of Law, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany
- Frank Zimmermann, PhD, Professor of Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany
- Thomas Henne, PhD, LLM (Barkeley), Professor of Legal History, Faculty of Law, Archivschule Marburg, Marburg, Germany
- Jan Asmussen, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
- Thomas Schmitz, PhD, Professor and DAAD Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Law, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
- Bernhard Egger, Chief Criminal Director, BavarianState Criminal Police Office, Germany
- Lasse Schuldt, PhD, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, Thailand
How to be part of the Academy
If this program appeals to you, apply to join the Academy together with other scholars, students and practitioners in the field of law and other related disciplines and fields from Thailand, Asia and around the world.
We invite and accept applications from committed students with the necessary proficiency in English and the wish to actively participate in the full program in Bangkok.
To maintain high teaching standards and to ensure genuine engagement and interaction, we will be able to accept only a limited number of participants.
Applications can only be considered if application documents are rendered completely.
Applications should include:
• a filled online registration form (click here to register)
• a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV)/resumé;
• a portrait photo (jpeg); and
• a brief statement of approximately 250 words outlining your reasons for wishing to attend the program.
Applications are open and have to be submitted until 19 February 2023. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful candidates will be notified within five days after the online registration and the submission of application documents.
Hosts & Organizers
The Academy is jointly hosted and organized by the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (‘CPG’) in cooperation with the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF), and the Hanns-Seidel Foundation (HSF).
- German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (‘CPG’)
CPG is an academic institute and think tank, built upon a cooperation between the German universities of Frankfurt and Münster, and Thammasat University in Thailand. It is one of only five Centers of Excellence that were established worldwide in 2009 under the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government. Funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Federal Foreign Office) and administratively support by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), CPG is recognized as leading institute in the field peace and security, international relations and geopolitics, as well as mediation and conflict resolution. It regularly organizes academic events and publishes the Asia in Review (AiR) and the Europe in Review (EiR), a weekly and monthly policy brief on constitutional politics, human rights and nation security, international relations, diplomacy and geopolitics, as well as regional and global order and security in Asia and Europe respectively. Last year, CPG established the CPG Peace and Security, CPG’s performance center in charge of the Academy.
- Asian Governance Foundation (AGF)
A charitable foundation under Thai law, the Asian Governance Foundation is CPG’s sister organization and its legal arm.
- Hanns-Seidel Foundation
The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) is one of five German political foundations present in Bangkok. Aligned with the Christian Social Union, the political party that runs only in the federal state of Bavaria, the foundation engages in political education in Germany and in development cooperation abroad, running around 100 projects in 65 countries worldwide. The HSF office in Bangkok is responsible for projects in Thailand and Laos.
If you are uncertain about whether the program is suitable for your needs or if you need further background information, please contact Dr. Duc Quang Ly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all enquiries pertaining the administrative process, please contact the CPG office:
Ms. Venus Phuangkom (Event & HR Manager)
German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)
Faculty of Law, Thammasat University
2 Phrachan Road
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)2 613 2971
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