The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mourns the loss of Helmut Kohl

On the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, writes:

Update on the Rule of Law for Human Rights in ASEAN: A Path to Integration

As an update to the first regional base-line study on the rule of law in ASEAN which was published in 2011, this study analyses legislative and substantive changes that have taken place in the ten ASEAN member states since 2011, and whether these changes support or detract from ASEAN's vision of becoming a "rules-based" community. It also considers how the process of ASEAN integration has influenced activity towards the creation of stronger legal institutions within the ASEAN Member States.

Rule of Law for Good Environmental Governance

In the future, effective environmental protection will be a crucial objective for Asia: 29 out of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are located in Asia, in which, 7 out of 15 countries, with the highest total of CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel burning, cement production, and gas-flaring arises from Asian countries, 8 out of 10 countries with the highest amount of fresh water withdrawal occur in Asia. Weather disasters are abundant and are caused not only by climatic change due to environmental pollution, but also by a lack of proper land management.

Judicial Training in ASEAN

A Comparative Overview of Systems and Programs

As ASEAN moves forward to become a more integrated community by 2015,strengthening the capacities of ASEAN judiciaries, will be a requirement for stable and rules-based transitions throughout the region. This study, provides an overview of judicial training in the ten ASEAN member states and builds on the initial findings of the 2011 'Rule of Law for Human Rights in the ASEAN Region: A Baseline Study'. It aims to assist ASEAN judicial training institutions and other interested stakeholders in promoting cross-border collaboration on judicial training across ASEAN.

Development of Cambodian Administrative Law

In Cambodia significant laws have been developed since 1993 but some building stones of a strong building called ‘rule of law’ are still missing. Whereas comprehensive legislation has been adopted in the fields of civil law and criminal law in recent years important aspects of administrative law are still not covered by modern legislation.


A compilation of seven articles that showcases the wide-range of topics and issues that the Rule of Law Programme, Asia seeks to address through various projects and provides a glimpse into the scope of the programme. The articles blend both the theoretical frameworks and the practical on-ground experiences in the respective countries of the topics that the authors have chosen to discuss, deliberate and offer recommendations for action in the future.

„Landmark“ oder „Loophole“? (available in German)

ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights

On 18 November, the members of ASEAN issued a joint Declaration of Human Rights (AHRD). Observers did not expect it to comply with the desired international standards, yet hoped it would be a step forward. The result of the 21 ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is controversial. Its text and the process involved make it clear that the Southeast Asian community still has a long way to go to guarantee comprehensive rights to its 600 million inhabitants.

60 Years German Basic Law: The German Constitution and its Court (2nd Edition)

Landmark Decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in the Area of Fundamental Rights

The usefulness and popularity of the First Edition of “60 Years German Basic Law” have encouraged us to present a Second Edition already shortly after the first-time publication. In order to meet the high demand from many countries all over the world in the year of the German Constitutional Court’s 60th anniversary, we did not make any changes to the contents. Although we realize that we have not - by any means - exhausted the stock of decisions worthy to be displayed, we hope that this Second Edition will find favour among those who resort to it.

50 Years for Democracy and Freedom Worldwide

European and International Cooperation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung presents a brochure of the last 50 years of the foundation's activities, past history and present challenges. It also comprises of a record of some on-ground activities and offers some insights on plans for the future.



Freedom of information does not just mean access to pure information alone. Rather, by using their right to request information, citizens have the power to actively shape an effective participatory democracy. As they ask for disclosure of data and procedures from administrative bodies and authorities they contribute to combat arbitrariness and corruption at the same time and help to build up and to strengthen a transparent state’s leadership. This Reader gives an overview of the current situation in selected Asian states, Germany and Australia.

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