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

Lasse Schuldt comments on recent anti-falsehood enforcement actions and argues that the panic potential of “fake news” is simply assumed. As a result, abstract panic threats are fought with concrete measures: Arrests and criminal prosecutions. 

Featured material

CPG offers in-depth learning material on international human rights, free of charge. Learn more about fundamental concepts and current human rights developments from our extensive Student Reader and from interviews with academics and human rights practitioners.

Featured article

Dr. Strobe Driver assess the recent democratic elections in Taiwan with regards to cross-Strait relations and looks at the impact the Hong Kong protests had on the election outcomes. 

Featured event

A 4-days certificate course from 4-7 August 2020 on fundamentals and current developments of international economic law with a focus put on the question what they mean for Thailand and how the country is dealing with them, covering six lectures given by lecturers from the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University and lawyers from international business law firms in Thailand and China

Featured article

Jan Kliem takes a closer look at democracy, rule of law and human rights in Southeast Asia in general and at human rights protection within ASEAN in particular. 

Asia in Review

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From the Magazine:

Commentary: Taiwan’s upcoming presidential elections and the Hong Kong protests – Xi’s loss, Tsai’s gain?

By Jan Kliem, Senior Programme Officer and Researcher at the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)

Whistleblowing – Cultural Challenges and Opportunities

By Peerapan Tungsuwan, Partner and Head of Compliance, Baker McKenzie, Bangkok

Business and Human Rights: Identifying the Most Effective Compliance Assessment Tool

By James Kallman, Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards

Australia as a beggar nation: How the Country Liberal Party made the Port of Darwin a Geo-strategic requisite for China

By Dr. Strobe Driver, recipient of Taiwan Fellowship 2018, MOFA, Taiwan, ROC, and adjunct researcher at Federation University

India and the changing global scenarios

By Major General Ashok Hukku (Retired), former Chief Intelligence former Chief Military Intelligence Advisor to the Cabinet Secretariat of the Indian Government in New Delhi

Interview with Kingsley Abbott, Senior Legal Advisor, Global Redress and Accountability, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on international legal human rights work and global trends

Kingsley Abbott, Senior Legal Advisor, Global Redress and Accountability, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)

Commentary: Thailand’s first fully-contested parliamentary elections since 2011

By Jan Kliem, Senior Programme Officer and Researcher at the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)