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Climate Change and Energy

Progress in Asia
Leading experts from Asia came together to discuss legal issues of tackling and preventing climate change. Especially renewable energy sources and their promotion were in the focus of deliberations.


6th Summer Lecture on Global Constitutional Law

The Rule of Law Programme Asia in co-operation with academics of Peking University conducted its sixth lecture series for the summer lecture on global constitutional law for young Chinese lawyers and students of law in Beijing/China.


International Conference on Comparative Constitutional Transitions

International legal experts and Chinese scholars shall convene for a day-long seminar to discuss the topic ‘ Constitutional transitions.’

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Strengthening Multi-Doors Approach in Combating Natural Resources-related Crimes

Environment Law Talks – Jakarta
The second round of Environment Law Talks will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Mainstreaming Environmental Justice

Through Science-based Participatory Governance and Effective Law Enforcement and Adjudication
The 2014 Environment Law Talks commenced with a two-day workshop on ‘Mainstreaming Environmental Justice’ in Cebu, Philippines in co-operation with the University of Cebu.

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Environment Law Talks – III

Strengthening Environmental Enforcement in South-East Asia
The Rule of Law Programme Asia conducted its third round of the annual Environment Law Talks in the region – this year the three-part talks were held in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam respectively.


‘Appropriate Expropriation’?

Securing Land and Property Rights in South-east Asia
The Rule of Law Programme Asia organized a conference in Siam Reap to discuss the regional implications of Expropriation. Its objective was to highlight the legal remedies and mechanisms to secure land and property rights in South-east Asia.


International Symposium on Judicial Integrity and Training

In continuation of an International Judicial Symposium on judicial training in 2013 held in Taipei, this April, KAS and the Royal Academy of Judicial Professions organized the next conference in Phnom Penh.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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

by Gisela Elsner

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.

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Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

by Gisela Elsner

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.

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

by Gisela Elsner

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Conference of the KAS Legal Alumni in Asia on the Legal Issues of Food, Water and Resource Security

by Gisela Elsner

Former Asian recipients of the KAS scholarship programmes in the field of law met in Hong Kong on 23 to 26 November 2015 for their annual workshop, which has now become a tradition. This year’s seventeen participants from China, Korea, Cambodia and Vietnam are currently working in various areas of the law, as lawyers and notaries, academics at universities and other institutes and in the government agencies of their countries.

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Sustainable Management of Coastal and Land Resources in Southeast Asia

by Gisela Elsner

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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