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Economic Growth and Changes of Corporate Environment in Asia

8. Meeting of Asian Legal Information Network (ALIN)

Law academics discussed issues of commercial law reform in Asia. Among the speakers were the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court S.H. Kapadia and the Minister for Law and Justice, Salman Khurshid.


German Constitutional Court and European debt crisis

Jüngste Entscheidungen zum ESM

Head of Rule of Law Programme Asia, Marc Spitzkatz, delivered a lecture on the recent decisions Germany has made in lieu of the European Debt crisis and their constitutional implications.


Media Defense in Southeast Asia

Training for Trial Observers

In Southeast Asia, journalists and critical citizens often experience encroachment into their work and freedom of expression. This can also lead to court trials against them. In a 4-day training, lawyers learned how to critically observe such trials.


4th Summer School

Comparative Constitutional Studies

Chinese law students studied the constitutions from South East Asia as well as France in an intensive, one-week class.

Expert conference

Political Parties and Elections

Comparative Studies

Chinese and international experts discussed various examples of political parties laws as well as election laws in a constitutional legal context.


Congress of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions

Inaugural conference after the official founding in 2010

Konrad Adenauer Foundation receives award from the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions


Constitutional Courts and Democracy

Role in Developing Political Rights

Legal experts from Bhutan discuss with German long-time constitutional judge Professor Mellinghoff the role of the constitution in strengthening democratic principles, including election law, financing of political parties and political rights.

Expert conference

Laws to promote Renewable Energy Production

Germany as Model for Asia

In continuation of the KAS international law conference "Environmental Protection as Task of the International Community", experts from Germany, Japan and other Asian countries discuss ways to promote renewable energy production by legislation.

Expert conference

Judicial Integrity and Fight against Corruption

Challenges to the Rule of Law

High-ranking promoters of judicial integrity met to discuss legal regimes dealing with corruption, challenges to the rule of law as well as the necessary self-image of judges as regards their integrity.

Expert talk

International Cooperation in the Mekong Region II

The Mekong River in Cambodia

In continuation of the KAS Environmental Law Talks, international experts meet to discuss aspects of transnational cooperation in environmental protection. Cambodia follows Vietnam as focus of the discussion.

Constitutional Processes, Constitutional Commitments, and Democratic Change in Asia

On 28 February 2020, the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia co-organised an academic workshop intended to discuss several questions arising out of two overarching, but interrelated thematic areas: constitutional processes and democratic commitments as well as constitutional integrity and political change in the Asian region.

Global Conference: Judicial Independence under threat?

On 5 and 6 December 2018, Mrs Gisela Elsner participated in the Rule of Law Programme's Global Conference titled Judicial Independence under threat? which took place in Strasbourg, France.

The Practice of Constitutionalism in Asia – Emerging Trends and Contemporary Challenges

2nd Workshop of the Research Group on “Constitutionalism in Asia”

On the 26th and 27th of February 2017, the second meeting of the Asian Research Group on Constitutional Law took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In contrast to the previous year, this time the focus was on current developments and challenges for constitutional practice. With 12 experts from ASEAN countries, as well as from Nepal, Australia and Germany, the role played by law and policy, institutional structures and the rule of law was examined in the light of the linkage between state governance and constitutional development.

Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

Co-organised by the KAS Rule of Law Programme and Osaka University, Graduate School of Law and Politics, the international symposium brought together researchers, lawyers, NGO members and policy makers from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US to discuss issues on environmental rule of law.

Elections and the Rule of Law – 8th Summer Lecture on Comparative Constitutional Law at Peking University

This year, the 8th Summer Lecture on Comparative Constitutional Law was held at Peking University, China, from 1 to 5 August. The event brought together around 80 young Chinese law lecturers, scholars and students, to discuss challenges pertaining to electoral systems and election laws in the jurisdictions of China, Taiwan and Japan.

KAS 6th Alumni Lawyers’ Workshop on ‘Legal Approaches to the Refugee Crisis in Asia’

The KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia held its 6th Alumni Lawyers’ Workshop on 25 and 26 June 2016 at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Singapore. The theme for this year’s workshop was ‘Legal Approaches to the Refugee Crisis in Asia’, and it was indeed timely for us to discuss this subject in light of the 2015 European migrant crisis as well as the Rohingya refugee crisis of Southeast Asia. These events also brought the issues of human trafficking, irregular migration and the persecution of certain ethnic and religious minority groups to the fore and were topics that were actively discussed.

KAS Inaugural Research Group on Constitutionalism in Asia

On 28 and 29 June, the KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia conducted its inaugural Research Group Session on ‘Constitutionalism in Asia’. This event brought together leading experts and practitioners in the field of constitutional law, to engage in a region-wide discussion and consult one another on this important area of the Programme’s work in Asia.

KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia’s 10 Year Anniversary Symposium on ‘The Rule of Law in an Asian Century’

On 27 June 2016, the KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia commemorated the 10th year anniversary of the formal establishment of its regional office in Singapore with a Symposium at Tamarind Hill, Singapore.

Local Self Governance in South Asia: Problems and Prospects

On 8 March 2016 a regional seminar on legal issues in the relations between the central government and member states in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and the host country Nepal was held in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.

Sustainable Management of Coastal and Land Resources in Southeast Asia

Legal, Social, Economic and Environmental Dimensions

An international conference on legal, social, economic and environmental issues with respect to land use in Southeast Asia took place in the Thai capital of Bangkok on November 4th and 5th 2015. The Rule of Law Programme of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation cooperated with the Thailand Research Fund, the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia, and the Economy and Environment Institute of the Lower Mekong sub-region on the occasion of this conference.

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