European-Asian Journal of Law & Governance
The European-Asian Journal of Law & Governance is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the German-Southeast Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) in Bangkok. It appears in print and, free of charge, online.

The Journal’s scope is twofold, covering strictly legal topics as well as developments at the intersection between political science, governance studies and law. What unites all articles, comments, essays, case-notes, reviews and research material, however, is the common aim to explore the foundations and boundaries of norm-based orders, the challenges – big and small – in the implementation of the rule of law and the constant tension between law and power.

The Journal’s mission is to provide a forum for debates in constitutional and administrative law, criminal and procedural law, anti-corruption and compliance, human rights, geopolitics and international law as well as regional integration. It combines perspectives from Europe and Asia, including transnational and comparative perspectives. Contributors to the Journal are scholars and practitioners from diverse fields and backgrounds, enhancing the Journal’s interdisciplinary scope.

The European-Asian Journal of Law & Governance is the product of a common effort involving the editors in charge of developing the Journal’s content, anonymous peer-reviewers from many universities in various European and Asian countries, the editorial board and the editorial staff in Bangkok.

We hope you enjoy reading our Journal, we would be thankful for your feedback and we invite you to let us know if you have suggestions for topics to be covered or improvements.

All Issues

EAJLG Issue 2016
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Setting the Course for Thailand? – Content, Structure and Impact of the 2016 Constitution Bill
Henning Glaser

Thoughts on the Publication of the Biography of General Ne Win: Four Quotes and Some Comparative Comments
Myint Zan

The Rule-of-Law Challenge to Environmental Conservation in Myanmar
Jonathan Liljeblad

Politicization of Constitutional Courts in Asia: Institutional Features, Contexts and Legitimacy
Jiunn-rong Yeh

Constitutional Adjudications of the Supreme Court of Japan
Yasuo Hasebe

Searching for the Leak: Press Freedom vs. Criminal Prosecution in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights
Lasse Schuldt


Domestic and International Actors
Jonathan Bogais

Crisis? What crisis? Mekong water resources management in 2016 and beyond
Philipp Magiera

The Taiwan Question after the 2016 Elections: Significance for Cross-Straits Relations
Chin-peng Chu

The Future Cross-Strait Relations: Challenges and Opportunities of the DPP Government
Chin-peng Chu

External Challenges in the Russia-South Korea Defense Relationship
Anthony V. Rinna

Beyond the Panama Papers: Leaks Activism and the Struggle for Information Control
Arne Hintz

Special feature

Expert Opinions on Law and Politics: The Constitutional Referendum 7 August 2016 in Thailand


Thai Constitutional Court Ruling No. 18-22/2555 (2012)

Thai Constitutional Court Ruling No. 15/2555 (2012)

Book release

Norms, Interests, and Values: Conflict and Consent in the Basic Constitutional Order, ed. Henning Glaser, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015 (CPG Series of Comparative Constitutional Law, Politics and Governance, Vol. 2)

EAJLG Issue 2014
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Interpretations of the Constitutional Court and the Developments of the Rule of Law and Democratic
Constitutionalism in Taiwan
Yueh-sheng Weng


Constitutional Rights in Multiethnic States – The Case of Malaysia
Claudia Derichs

Constitutionalism as Development
Jörg Menzel

Priorities and Prospects of the New Politics of Transformation in Malaysia
Noor Sulastry Yurni Ahmad

Research material

Thai Constitutional Court Ruling No. 52/2546, 30th of December 2003

Book Release

Constitutionalism and Good Governance: Eastern and Western Perspectives

EAJLG Issue 2013 - 2
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The Attempt to Adopt a Mixed-Member Proportional Election System in Thailand: The Near Miss of the Constitution Drafting Committee and Constitution Drafting Assembly in 2007
Michael H. Nelson

Electoral Reforms and their Impact on Democracy in Southeast Asia
Patrick Ziegenhain

The United Nations and the Efforts to Define Terrorism
Daniela Gotzel

Research report

University Students Drop Out: Experience in a Thai University
Ruthaychonnee Sittichai

Research material

Thai Constitutional Court Ruling No. 33/2555, 28th of March 2012

Thai Constitutional Court Ruling No. 33/2555, 18th of May 2012

EAJLG Issue 2013 - 1
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Constitutional Development in Canada
John D. Whyte

The System of the government in Poland
Boguslaw Banaszak

Establishing Regional Courts: A Quest for Judicial Independence in Vietnam
Nguyen Van Quang

Formalization of Islamic Law Into National Law in Indonesia: Between Dogma, Democracy and Human Rights
Heru Susetyo

The Rule of Law: Governance & the States of India
Stellina Jolly, P. D. Kaushik

Societal Security and Labour Migration in the Context of the ASEAN Charter and the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community: Comparisons With, and Lessons on Societal Security, Labour Migration and Regional Integration From the European Union
Noreha Hashim

Fundamental Principles Underpinning Fiscal and Monetary Legislation: Towards a More Inclusive Conception of Public Goods and Bads
Prachoom Chomchai


Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Thailand: Ruling No. 6/2543
Translation provided by: German Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)

Book review

The State in Myanmar, by Robert Taylor
Myint Zan

EAJLG 2011 - Special Issue
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Evolution of Taiwan’s Constitutional Court from 1948 to 2011: Emergence of an Active but Divided Court
Jau-Yuan Hwang

Constitutional Patriotism as an Identity – A Study on the Feasible Approach Toward Taiwan’s Democratic Consolidation
Wen Cheng Chen

A Centurial Review of Administrative Litigation Law of ROC: Taiwan’s Perspective
Chien-Liang Lee

The Binding Force of the Chinese Constitution as a Source of Legitimacy
Libin Xie

Democratization of the Administration – From the Top Down and/or From the Bottom Up
Toru Mori

EAJLG Issue 2011 - 1
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Special Article

Levels of the Rule of Law: On the Possibility of Exporting a Western Achievement
Dieter Grimm


Principles of Fiscal and Monetary Legislation: A Preliminary Perspective
Prachoom Chomchai

Looking Back Before the Election of 2011: Thailand’s Constitutional Referendum the Election of 2007
Michael H. Nelson

“Property Entails Obligations”: Land and Property Law in Germany
Fabian Thiel


Proceeding Principles and Guarantees in the Law of the European Union
Bartosz Makowicz

Freedom of Expression in the German Basic Law
Gunnar Pohl

Cases and Case Notes

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Thailand: Ruling No.12-13/2551
Translation provided by: German Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)

Remarks on Ruling of the Thai Constitutional Court No. 12-13/2551: “Cookery Show”
Kittisak Prokati

Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Thailand: Ruling No.15/2553
Translation provided by: German Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)


The Advocate and Practitioner of the Idea of Guardian of the Constitution („HÜTERDERVERFASSUNG“): Prof.Yueh-ShengWeng’s Contributions to the Development of Democratic Constitutionalism in Taiwan
Chien-Liang Lee

Editorial Board

Henning Glaser, Editor in Chief
Thammasat University

Moritz Bälz
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main

Siegfried Broß
Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg

Björn Dressel
Australian National University

Tom Ginsburg
University of Chicago

Chien-Liang Lee
National Taiwan University

Peter Leyland
London Metropolitan University

Duc Quang Ly
Thammasat University

Bartosz Makowicz
European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder

Michael Nelson
CPG, Thammasat University

Worachet Pakeerut
Thammasat University

Kittisak Prokati
Thammasat University

Mark R. Thompson
City University of Hong Kong

Seog-Yun Song
Seoul National University

Yueh-Sheng Weng
National Taiwan University

Miroslaw Wyrzykowski
Warsaw University

Libin Xie
China University of Political Science and Law Beijing

Patrick Ziegenhain
Trier University


The European-Asian Journal of Law & Governance welcomes submissions of high quality. Submissions must be in English and may include articles, comments, essays, case-notes and reviews within the Journal’s thematic scope. Unsolicited submissions can be sent to:

Unsolicited submissions are reviewed in a double-blind peer-review procedure after a first screening by the Journal’s editors. The review of an article usually takes between four to six weeks. The Journal reserves the right to review texts for as long as necessary to reach a publication decision and to return articles unpublished if they do not meet the Journal’s standards.

The Journal receives submissions with the understanding that the content is original, unpublished material and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere, whether in print or in electronic form. Authors intending to republish articles, or to use previously published material as part of an article, must indicate this intention at the time they accept the invitation to publish or, in the case of unsolicited articles, at the time of submission.

The Journal reserves the right to edit submissions. Authors are granted the opportunity to review corrections before publication.

The European-Asian Journal of Law & Governance retains the copyright over its publications, including each full issue and the individual pieces. Republications of any material originally published in the Journal require the permission of the Journal’s editors.


Technical and citation requirements

Authors submit their manuscripts as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) via email to Authors must use American English spelling (-ize, not -ise). Manuscripts should be saved in plain formatting, i.e. without automatic hyphenation, automatic indexing of section headings, or activated hyperlinks or macros.

Footnotes contain the abbreviated first names and the full last names of authors/editors, book and/or article name, journal name, additional publication information (i.e. editors, volume number, edition number), case names, court information, place and year of publication. Each citation must refer to a specific page number.

General references must be cited as “See generally”. References to prior or subsequent footnotes use the format “supra/infra note 12”. Subsequent citations to the same source must be signaled by Ibid.

Citation examples:

  • N. Petersen, Proportionality and Judicial Activism, Cambridge 2017, at p. 39.
  • D. Grimm, Values in German Constitutional Law, in: D. Davis et al. (eds.), An Inquiry into the Existence of Global Values, Oxford 2015, pp. 199 – 214, at p. 211.
  • M. Heger, Terrorist Attacks Against the Natural Environment: A Phantom or a Real Danger, German Law Journal, Vol. 13 No. 09 (2012), pp. 1066-1074, at p. 1069.
  • ECtHR, Republican Party of Russia v. Russia, judgment of 12 April 2011, Application No. 12976/07, at para. 52.

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