Make an impact
Are you interested in the intersecting field of law and politics? Do you want to help produce a full and balanced picture of the issues, events and forces shaping Europe and Asia?
The German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (‘CPG’) is now inviting everyone interested in European and Constitutional Law to apply for a meaningful legal clerkship!
Are you passionate about our subjects?
CPG offers you the opportunity to work on a wide range of topics across different legal, political and academic disciplines. Apart from that, you will also get a sense of what it means to work for an academic think tank by being involved in additional assignments such as public outreach and event planning, inter alia.
At the heart of CPG are our Asia in Review (‘AiR’) and Europe in Review (‘EiR’) multimedia platforms, covering Constitutional Politics, Human Rights, International Relations & Geopolitics, and Security & Defense and providing, respectively, a weekly and monthly overview and analysis in concise form for Europe and Asia. Both platforms are designed to provide authoritative and unbiased information, offering a reputable resource for a readership including policymakers, analysts, researchers, journalists, academics, business professionals and students.
While working closely with our regional editors, you will have the chance to improve your writing skills and learn to work to a tight schedule. Your work will be published under your own name, giving you responsibility for your assigned country or region.
What you can expect
A clerkship at CPG offers a challenging yet incredibly rewarding work experience, where you will build skills essential to your legal practice and also forge foundational professional relationships.
At CPG, you will not be “just” a clerk, but part of the team. From day one, you will be involved in the various areas in which the center is working. Your efforts will have a practical outcome, such as contributions to Asia in Review, our weekly news brief, or to the monthly news roundup in Europe in Review.
Whether you intend to enter private practice, public interest, government service, or legal academia, a clerkship at CPG can be a very good way to start your legal career.
Since you will be involved in our day-to-day processes, you will be able to build an international network of contacts.
Even after your clerkship ends, there are numerous ways to continue your engagement with CPG and to build your career in international law, politics, journalism or academia.
The type of work you’ll undertake as a clerk can include, but will not be limited to:
- Participating in meetings with various stakeholders
- Legal and political research
- Contributing to AiR/EiR
- Academic event planning
- Project support
- Developing coursework for Thai students of German law
- Public outreach
Beyond that, CPG always gives you the support and space to develop your own ideas and projects in order to further our mission and visibility!
Due to the pandemic and travel restrictions, our team was scattered over different continents and various time zones, and therefore had to adapt quickly to find ways of effectively working together online. For more than a year now, we have not only managed but improved the way we operate and have successfully taken on interns and volunteers. And so, we are excited to offer you an opportunity for a digital clerkship!
Be part of our team
CPG’s Legal Clerkship is open to all German law student graduates currently undergoing practical training (Rechtsreferendariat). At CPG we look for well-rounded, motivated individuals who are intellectually curious and are practical in their approach; who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; and who take responsibility and use their initiative.
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, a passport photo (jpeg); law school transcript (without grades), and a short writing sample. Your cover letter should briefly explain your interest in a legal clerkship, your prior work experience, if any, and address why you are interested in working for CPG.
Upon request, an extensive vocational training schedule (Ausbildungsplan) is available and can be used to allow your home university or Justizprüfungsamt to assess its suitability.
Get in touch
For all inquiries, please contact:
German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)
Faculty of Law, Thammasat University
2 Phrachan Road
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)2 613 2971
For more opportunities with us, please visit the CPG Career Opportunities.