Events

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.

Seminar

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.

Seminar

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.

Symposium

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.

Event

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.

Book presentation

1st meeting of KAS alumni stipendiary lawyers in Asia and book presentation

New Developments in Constitutionalism in Asia and Europe
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. has invited its alumni stipendiary lawyers from Asia to meet in Singapore. As part of this, the Rule of Law Programme Asia will present its newest book “60 Years German Basic Law: The German Constitution and its Court”.

Expert conference

6th Conference of the Asian Legal Information Network ALIN

The ALIN is an association of leading law faculties and think-tanks in the field of legislation from all over Asia. At the annual conference current topics as well as academic co-operation within the network are discussed.

Lecture

2. Summer Lecture on Comparative Constitutional Law

Germany and Eastern Europe
This programme will discuss the constitutional developments of the long established statehood of 60 years in Germany and the much shorter period of constitutionalism in Eastern European coutries from a comparative perspective.

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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.

Event Reports

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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