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CPG Academy on “German Public Law and the German Political and Constitutional System”
17 October 2022 from 9:00 - 21 October 2022 from 17:00
About the Academy
For 12 years, the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) has been inviting to its widely known academies and training programs on German Law, including its Academy on “German Public Law and the German Political and Constitutional System”.
After the successful conclusion of the 2022 Online Academy on “German Public Law and the Political System of Germany”, CPG will be hosting the 2022 On-Site Academy on German Public Law, to run from 17-21 October 2022 in Bangkok at Thammasat University.
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.
Especially the German Constitution of 1949 can be considered as a rarely innovative document 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.
Against this backdrop, the one-week Academy will introduce both the characteristics of German Public Law and the high degree of its enforcement in state and society to the participants.
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,
- local (self-)governance,
- the rule of law,
- legal methodology, court organization & case management,
- the European perspective,
- fundamentals of administrative law and procedure, and
- prospects and challenges for German constitutionalism in a changing world.
Course Structure and Duration
The Academy will be held on five days, with four to six hours teaching and discussion time each day.
• 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
• Torpong Kittiyanupong, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University
• Poonthep Sirinupong, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University
• Maximilian Müller, Head, Political Affairs and Protocol Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Bangkok
• Duc Quang Ly, PhD, Project Manager, CPG, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, Thailand
• Jonas Neumann, Faculty of Law, University of Münster, Germany
Side Event Program
The teaching part of the Academy is complemented by a varied side event program that includes
• a workshop on studying Law in Germany,
• a guided tour,
• a welcome & farewell dinner, and
• an awarding ceremony
Fees, Scholarship, & Deposit
For the entire program, the organizers provide every selected participant with a scholarship making attendance of the program effectively free.
To avoid misuse of the opportunity and ensure that only those are admitted who intend to duly attend the program, participants are, however, required to pay a deposit of USD 150 which will be returned after due completion of the program.
The scholarship covers the participation of all lectures, all meals served during the program (breakfast breaks, lunch breaks, coffee breaks), a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner. Transportation and accommodation remain self-funded by the participants.
Venue & Accommodation
The Academy will be organized at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University at its historical Tha Prachan Campus, located at the old town of Bangkok where it is surrounded by historical sites of notable importance to Thai constitutional memorial culture. In close vicinity are the National Museum, the National Theater, the National Gallery, the Siam Museum, well-known sightseeing spots such as the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the Temple of the Dawn, the famous Khao San Street – the traveler hub of South East Asia, jam-packed with raucous bars and restaurants as well as budget hostels – and the Chao Praya River inviting to nice evening cruises. The underground station Sanam Chai links this part of the city with Bangkok’s vibrant downtown, reachable within 10 minutes.
For participants not residing in Bangkok, CPG provides help and information for the identification and (if requested) booking of nearby B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels.
How to be Part of the Academy
If this program appeals to you, apply to join this year’s 2022 Academy participants who are to be selected among legal scholars, students and practitioners from Thailand, Asia and around the world.
We invite and accept applications from committed students and legal scholars from all around the world with the necessary proficiency in English and the wish to actively participate in the full program in Bangkok.
In order 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 10 October 2022. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful candidates will be notified within three days after the submission of application.
Hosts & Organizers
The Academy is jointly hosted and organized by the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University, the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (‘CPG’) in cooperation with the Hanns-Seidel Foundation Thailand/Laos.
• German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (‘CPG’)
CPG is an academic institute and think tank with a main office at the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University in Bangkok. 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.
CPG is funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Federal Foreign Office) and receives administrative support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
• 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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