CPG Online Magazine 05/2019


Angkhana Neelapaijit, former human rights commissioner of Thailand and long-term friend and supporter of CPG’s work, has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award last month for “championing justice, case after painful case“. The Ramon Magsaysay Award celebrates greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia. More at: https://www.rmaward.asia

From 1-5 July, CPG has co-hosted a five-day training workshop on Child Rights, Ethical Standards and Psychological Analysis for Law Enforcement. The comprehensive report can be viewed here

Since 20 July 2019, H.E. Mr. Ganesh Prasad Dhakal is the new ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to Thailand.


Upcoming Public Holidays:

14 October 2019: The Passing of King Bhumibol 

23 October 2019: Chulalongkorn Day 

Articles & Interviews

Integrated Maritime Security Cooperation in South-East Asia

Many thanks to CPG Senior Research Fellow Prof. Dr. Jan Asmussen from the Institute of Social Science, University of Kiel for his invaluable insights shared during the special lecture titled “Integrated Maritime Security Cooperation in South-East Asia” on April 4,...

Philippines hopes US history won’t repeat itself, again

On April 11, United States President Joe Biden, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will convene in Washington, DC, for their inaugural tripartite summit—a meeting that comes amidst mounting concerns over China's...

Scholarship Opportunities 

The “ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program” supports incoming fellowships for postdoctoral researchers at the ETH Zurich. The program is intended to foster high-potential, young researchers who have already demonstrated excellence in terms of internationally competitive achievements in the early stages of their professional careers. Applications have to be made jointly by the candidate and their host who must be an ETH Zurich Professor and who will act as a mentor of the fellow. For more information visit https://www.ethz.ch/en/research/research-promotion/eth-internal-programmes/eth-fellowships.html  Deadline is on 1 September 2019 


The DAAD Development-Related Postgraduate Courses offers foreign graduates from development and newly industrialized countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognized German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany. For further details go to https://www.daad.or.th/en/scholarship-database/. Deadline depends on the chosen study programme. 

An overview of all DAAD scholarships with relevance for researchers and students from Thailand can be found here: https://www.daad.or.th/en/find-funding/ 

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation Scholarship is aimed at supporting students from Africa, Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe that intend to study in Germany in any subject area. The students must demonstrate excellent school or academic merit and must be committed to the values of social democracy. More information can be found at https://www.fes.de/studienfoerderung/other-languages/. Deadline depends on the type of application. 

The Singapore Management University offers Overseas Postgraduate Scholarships which provide financial support to recipients to pursue an overseas research programme. The scholarship includes academic guidance and mentorship. For more details go to https://www.smu.edu.sg/moe-start/overseas-pg-scholarship. Deadlines vary. 

The World Academy of Sciences offers various fellowships and grants to PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from developing countries. For more information visit https://twas.org/opportunities Deadlines vary. 

Rotary Peace Fellowship allows up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships to pursue a Professional Development Certificate Program or Master’s Degree Program related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention at one of the participating peace centers around the world (USA, Japan, UK, Australia, Sweden, and Thailand). For more information: https://my.rotary.org/en/peace-fellowship-application. Applications will reopen in 2020. 

The ASEAN Master Scholarship is aimed at supporting students from ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) who intend to study at the University of Nottingham. You will be eligible to apply if you are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes and hold an offer to start a full-time master’s degree programme (excluding MRes) at Nottingham in September 2019 in any subject area. More information can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywithus. Applications will reopen in 2020. 


CPG Events July-August 2019

Child Rights, Ethical Standards and Psychological Analysis for Law Enforcement Training 

(click here for a detailed report on this event) 

Roundtable discussion on “Strengthening the Legal Profession – Challenges and Potentials in Thai-Malaysian Perspectives”

Seminar on “Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia”

Seminar on “Twist on Belt and Road”

German Alumni Seminar “Experiencing Germany: Culture, Law and Politics from Thai – German Perspectives”

Seminar “Cold War Dynamics in Historical & Contemporary Perspectives”

Movie Workshop on the Fall of the Berlin Wall “The Lives of Others”



Interview with Kingsley Abbott, Senior Legal Advisor, Global Redress and Accountability, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)