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 event

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, CPG’s hosts its annual conference from 18 to 20 October 2019 on the topic of digitalization and the social, legal, political and economic impacts of AI and other transformative technologies.

Featured event

On 26-27 September 2019, an international conference hosted by CPG and the Viadrina Compliance Center discusses recent trends and developments in Asian business compliance in comparative perspectives.

Featured article

Lasse Schuldt takes a closer look at the Singaporean “anti-fake news” Act, its context and most powerful elements as well as its possible regional impact as a model for legislation in other countries.

Featured article

Asia in Review brings you this analysis by Henning Glaser of the geopolitical landscape from West Europe to Northeast Asia as an increasingly integrating ‘supercontinent’ Eurasia (PDF).

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)


Searching for the Leak: Press Freedom vs. Criminal Prosecution in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights

Dr. Lasse Schuldt, CPG, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, Bangkok


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