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.

The "Summer Lecture on Comparative Constitutional Law" was developed by Peking University in collaboration with the KAS Rule of Law Programme Asia, during the first years of the Programme's existence. A key thrust of this annual lecture series is to train young Chinese lecturers and scholars of constitutional law, recognizing that the Constitution is the highest law of the land, and to stress the importance of establishing strong legal structures that respect and promote the principles of the rule of law.

Each year, the participants seek to gain a better understanding of the constitutional structures that prevail in the countries of the Asian region and beyond. In doing so, it is hoped that this will further inspire them to undertake comparative studies in this critical area of the rule of law. In addition, participants who are are also lecturers and professors at the various tertiary institutions serve as multipliers by integrating these findings into their research and teaching. By focusing on electoral matters for this year's lecture, one of the main objectives of the event was to heighten the participants' awareness of their rights and obligations as citizens, and to stress that their voices and opinions matter in bringing about legal and political transformations in their society.

Contact Person

Gisela Elsner

Gisela  Elsner bild

Head of the Rule of Law Programme Asia

Gisela.Elsner@kas.de +65 6603 6171 +65 6227 8343