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Public Right to Information: Benefits, Implementation and Challenges

Transparency International Malaysia and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung are organizing a conference on the Public Right to Information. The conference aims to raise the profile of the issues regarding the enactment of a Freedom of Information Act.


CRINIS-Workshop with TI-Malaysia

Fighting corruption in connection with political financing

In a field study, Transparency International – Malaysia is investigating the financing of political parties and elections for susceptibility to corruption. In this workshop, first intermediary results are discussed with politicians.


Media Defense Network Southeast Asia

The Center for International Law, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and the Rule of Law Programme Asia of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) are organizing the 2d South East Asia Media Defense Litigation Conference.


6th Conference of Asian Constitutional Court Judges

Constitutional Courts and Separation of Powers

The relation between Constitutional Courts and other state organs such as the Parliament, the Government or the Judiciary is often regarded as a difficult balance of powers. Different views and experiences will be discussed by the judges.

Expert talk

1st Consultation programme on Constitutional issues in Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan enacted its first constitution in 2008. Since then, a number of issues in constitutional law have arise in this young democracy. This first programme is organized with the Attorney General of Bhutan.


3rd Prosecutor's Training in the Philippines

So-called extra-judicial killings are a frequent phenomenon in the Philippines. Local prosecutors and their staff often lack full knowledge of the law and forensic experience. The 3rd programme of this kind takes place in Naga City, Bicol province.


1st Summer Lecture on Constitutional Law

In this summer course jointly organised with the Peking University, Prof. Cheryl Saunders (Australia) and Prof. Mahendra Singh (India) will teach the fundamentals of Constituional Law to about 100 scholars from various law schools in China.


Reporting on the Implementation of Human Rights Conventions

Many states are party to international conventions relating to Human Rights. Often however, they are not complying with their reporting duties resulting from those treaties. Here, the legal requirements will be explained and best practices showcased.


The Sixteenth ASEAN-ISIS Colloquium on Human Rights

The ASEAN Charter and Civil Society Involvement in Human Rights Protection and Promotion in Southeast Asia

On 25-28 Feb 2009 the ASEAN ISIS COLLOQUIUM ON HUMAN RIGHTS (AICOHR) will be held for the 16th time. Human rights organizations and their representatives from all over Southeast Asia will assemble in Manila to address current human rights issues.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights @ 60 and still not all is right

The Malaysian Bar Human Rights Committee will be hosting a human rights debate tournament to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. KAS Singapore supports this ambitious event as main sponsor.

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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