CPG Summer Academy on German and European Law 2015

31 May – 10 June 2015, Münster University, Münster, Germany

Agenda   Report   Photos


Lectures (in order of the Spring School lecture schedule)

David P. Graf, Faculty of Law, Münster University

“Introductory Overview over the German Legal System”

Prof. Dr. Ingwer Ebsen, Faculty of Law, Frankfurt University

“Basic Rights and their Protection in Germany and on the European Level”

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dirk Ehlers, Faculty of Law,Münster University             

“The European Union – Legal Overview and Fundamental Freedoms”

Prof. Dr. Moritz Bälz; Faculty of Law, Frankfurt University

“Comparative Tort Law”

Prof. Dr. Sabine Schlacke, Faculty of Law, Münster University

“World in Transition: A Social Contract for Sustainability with a Particular Focus on Climate Change

Prof. Dr. Robert Esser, Faculty of Law, University of Passau

“Fundamental Principles of German Criminal Justice”

Prof. Dr. Heinz-Dietrich Steinmeyer, Faculty of Law, Münster University

Social Law

Prof. Dr. Gernot Sydow, Faculty of Law, Münster University

“Law and Religion”

Prof. Dr. Thomas Gutmann, Faculty of Law, Münster University

“German and European Jurisprudence. The Philosophical Tradition of Legal Thought”

Henning Glaser, German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

“Minority Protection and Parliamentary Discipline in the Framework of the German Constitutional Order”

Prof. Dr. Christoph Görisch, Faculty of Law, Münster University

“Jurisdiction of the Federal Constitutional Court”

Prof. Dr. Bartosz Makowicz, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

“To be or not to be: Toward the New Approach of Legal Compliance”

Prof. Dr. Fabian Wittreck, Faculty of Law, Münster University

“Police Law”

Prof. Dr. Niels Petersen, Faculty of Law, Münster University

“The Status of International and EU Law in the German Legal Order”

Prof. Dr, Bernd Holznagel, Faculty of Law, Münster University

“Regulatory Law – Telecommunictaions Law as an Example”


From 31 May to 10 June 2015, thirteen Thai and three Indonesian law students, young law lecturers and legal professionals participated in CPG’s Spring School 2015 arranged at Münster University. The participants attended an extensive academic and cultural program. Fifteen  English-language  lectures with a special focus on German and European public law were given by renowned law professors and lecturers from the CPG-forming Universities of Münster, Frankfurt am Main, Passau and Thammasat. Subject related visits to the Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia and to the Regional Court Münster provided fascinating insights into the German legal system and its practice. To round the Spring School off an extensive cultural program was organized, including the weekend getaway to the city of Cologne as well as the visit to the medieval castle Vischerring in Lüdinghausen.

Student reports

Tiansiri Boonchokvitoon

All lectures were constructed by professional and competent professors. Moreover, the time given for each class were adequately set for us to obtain an overall understanding of each subject. They were not too short or too lengthy. I strongly believe they are valuable for all of us who are going to be lawyers in near future.

Sitikorn Tangsiri

I believe this course will be a source of motivation for the coming years. Apart from studying, the entire environment formed by the renowned institution and its lecturers, the vibe of the young locals, the nice weather of Münster, the great German food and beer, the punctuality and the orderliness of the people, and, last but not least, the friendliness of all our lovely care-taker staffs, made this a truly special experience.

Sasipa Pruksadachan

Participating in CPG’s Spring School program is one of my most precious experiences. I have learnt so much, not only in the classes, but also outside of the classroom. … I would like to thank CPG for giving me this opportunity, Mr. Graf who worked really hard to arrange everything for us, every member of staff and especially all the professors who kindly sacrificed their time to give us the best lectures.

Tawan Rattanaprapaporn

This program really made me understand more about the German legal system. Moreover, this program inspired me to study there in the future.

Supida  Duangsawai

The experience of attending the CPG Spring School was an unforgettable one! … Münster city is a bike city. Most people ride bikes, and in Münster , there are many bikeways. I’m impressed that people are environmentally friendly. In Münster, everything is always connected to each other. The legal system is connected to the history, the architecture etc. … I experienced a new culture, made new friends and generally had an amazing time!

Meena Jitkati

In classes, we learned about not only German law, but also differences between German law, Thai and Indonesian law as well. … I was impressed by every professor. All of them encouraged us to participate in classes and willingly answered our questions.

The atmosphere in Münster is very nice for study. It’s quiet, peaceful and clean. I feel like Münster was designed for students. Green areas are all around. The main transportation is bicycle. Bike lanes reach every corner of the city. The cost of living is not so high. Each faculties of Muenster University don’t cluster in only one location. That means the University and the city are not separately from each other. It’s quite different from Universities in Thailand.

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We also have a chance to visit the court which we can observe the real procedure of the court both in civil case and criminal case. I think it is learning in the practical way which makes us clearly see the pictures of the whole procedure instead of only books studying.

Last but not least, I was impressed by all friends and organizers who are very friendly and we are easy to adjust ourselves to each other even if we may have different ages and cultural background. I think this program is one of the best memories which I will remember all the rest of my life. There are the good combination between studying lessons and realistic learning in this program.

B. Arundhati

The other advantage of the Spring School is the different background of the participants. The participants cames from Thailand and Indonesia who has various background, it provides me the opportunity to understand how people from the other country and background think about law. In conclusion, CPG Spring School 2015 was the amazing experience to get important legal knowledge in a pleasant way.