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Expert talk

International Cooperation in the Mekong Region I

The Mekong River in Vietnam

As a pilot for the KAS Environmental Law Talks, international experts meet to discuss aspects of transnational cooperation in the field of environmental protection, focussion on ASEAN and the Mekong River region. The series start in Vietnam.


Southeast Asia and the International Criminal Court

Philippines ratify Rome Statute

On occasion of the Philippines' ratification of the Rome Statute, a regional forum high lightened the International Criminal Court's importance for Southeast Asia in the field of war crimes and crimes against humanity.


Property and Land Rights in East- and Southeast Asia

Comparison of Systems

In a two-day workshop, academics compared systems of property and landrights, mechanisms of expropriation as well as their economic and social consequences with regard to various regional clusters.

Expert conference

ALIN 2011

Annual meeting of the Asian Legal Information Network

On their annual meeting law experts from ASEAN Institute for Strategic and International Studies discussed legal consequences of an aging society as well as possibilities to protect the human rights of spouses and workers in globalising societies.


3rd Summer Lecture on Global Constitutional Law

Chinese scholars examining US- and Latinamerican Constitutions

This year´s summer lecture at Peking University dealt with US- and Latinamerican Constitution. Again the Chinese participants showed intense interest in the topic and impressed with their knowledgable involvement in the manifold discussions.

Expert conference

3rd Media Legal Defence Conference

Defending freedom of press

120 lawyers, journalists and experts made extensive use of this international conference to exchange their often personal experience with defamation and censorship. They agree: Freedom of speech and press remain a big challenge in many Asian states.


The Rights of the Accused in Criminal Proceedings

Bhutan and Germany in discourse

KAS conducted a seminar in cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General of Bhutan on the rights of the accused in criminal proceedings, among others attended by German Chief Federal Prosecutor Prof. Monika Harms and Prof. Dr. Markus Jaeger.


The Criminal Procedure in the Rule of Law

The Role of the Prosecution

In the cause of the Vietnamese justice reform, the prosecution is looking forward to be more efficient in order to strengthen the rule of law. This issue will be discussed with high profile speakers from Germany and Vietnam.


Guarantee the Right to Access to the Administrative Jurisdiction

10 Years Administrative Courts in Thailand

Citzen's rights are even better protected by specialised Administrative Courts. Since their inception ten years ago the Administrative Courts of Thailand have become a best practice example for the wider region.


Malaysian Bar Council Human Rights Debate 2010

A Debating tournament on the International Human Rights Day

In conjunction with the International Human Rights Day the Malaysian Bar Council Human Rights Committee is organizing a debating tournament on human rights to advocate human rights and promote the idea of free speech.

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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