German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence
for Public Policy and Good Governance

The German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) is an academic institute and think tank as well as a provider of advisory services and facilitator.

Built upon the cooperation between four universities – Thammasat University, Frankfurt University, Münster University, and Passau University – we are a joint institute attached to the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University in Bangkok.

We conduct and publish research, organize academic events, consult and advise public and private stakeholders, and offer various services for students, scholars and alumni.

Our focus is on areas such as constitutional law & human rights, security & peace studies, and governance & compliance. We are committed to combine theoretical understanding and practical experience.

We pursue an interdisciplinary and comparative approach with a strong regional focus on Southeast Asia.

CPG Winter Academy

Here you can access the online reader for this year’s CPG Winter Academy on Human Rights & Development. From human rights & migration to energy & sustainability – feel free to browse the reading material!

Featured interview
Shiori Tamura, lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University, explains the foreign influence on the Thai Civil & Commercial Code and the fascinating findings of his years-long research.
Featured article
On 8 August 1967, the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) was signed by the five founding ASEAN members. In our opinion pool, Kasit Piromya, Pamela Sodhy, Bernard K. Gordon, Marc Mealy, Frederick Kliem, and Jan Kliem assess ASEAN at 50.
Featured interview
Saman Zia-Zarifi, Regional Director of ICJ Asia & the Pacific, designated Secretary General of ICJ, on the new challenges for the rule of law and human rights in Asia
Asia in Review

CPG’s Asia in Review is our weekly newsletter with updates on political developments in Asia.

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From the Magazine:

White Warships, Little Blue Men, and Looming Conflict in the East China Sea – China’s “Short, Sharp War” For The Senkakus

By James E. Fanell, Government Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), and Kerry K. Gershaneck, CPG Senior Research Associate


The Southern Theater Command and China’s Maritime Strategy

By Nan Li, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore


“We provide crucial help for sexually abused children”: An Interview with Moden Yi

Moden Yi from Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) Cambodia


Foreign Penetration in the CLMV: Benefits and Costs

Paul Chambers, CPG Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the College of ASEAN Community Studies, Naresuan University, Thailand


“A Microcosm of the Country, an Example for the World”: An Interview with Michael Herzfeld

Prof. Michael Herzfeld on the case of Pom Mahakan in Bangkok