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.

Featured article

By Jan Kliem, Program Officer, German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)

Featured article

By Grant Newsham, Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies

Featured article

By Dr. Lasse Schuldt, DAAD Lecturer of Law, German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)

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

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From the Magazine:

E-Consumer Protection in ASEAN at the Crossroads: Challenges in the Harmonization of E-Commerce Law

By Papawadee Tanodomdej, Senior Research Fellow, International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD)

 

“We must empower handicapped people!” – An Interview with Professor Wiriya Namsiripongpun

Interview with Professor Wiriya Namsiripongpun, Chairman of the Universal Foundation for People with Disabilities, former senator, and law professor at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

 

On the Genesis of the Thai Civil & Commercial Code: An Interview with Shiori Tamura

Shiori Tamura, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

 

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

 

“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