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Advisory Board | Asian Governance Foundation

Advisory Board Members

Dirk Ehlers

Prof. Dr. Dr. (hc) Dirk Ehlers is one of Germany’s most recognized public law scholars, who has served as President of the Association of German Public Law Professors (Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer). Among his most outstanding achievements is a rare Honorary Doctorate Degree from Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan, for his contribution to legal studies between Germany and Asia.

Prof. Dr. Ehlers is Professor of Public Law and Head of the Center for Public Economic Law at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany. He was also the Director of the institute’s predecessor, the Institute for Public Trade Law. From 2009 to 2017, he served as board member of the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG).

Prof. Ehlers obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Konstanz. He achieved his habilitation at the Law Faculty of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Widodo Ekatjahjana

Prof. Dr. Widodo Ekatjahjana is a leading Indonesian expert in constitutional law and currently the Director General of Legislation at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia. He also lectures law at Dr. Soetomo University and serves as a reviewer at the Constitutional Journal, published by the Indonesian Constitutional Court.

Previously, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Head of the Constitutional Law Department at the University of Jember and served as Expert Staff of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia.

Prof. Dr. Widodo received his Doctoral Degree and Master of Law Degree from Padjadjaran University, and his Bachelor of Law from the University of Jember, Indonesia. He has written extensively about the Indonesian constitution and legal system.

Tom Ginsburg

Prof. Dr. Tom Ginsburg’s expertise and widely read publications evolve around an interdisciplinary focus on comparative and international law. Before entering into teaching, he served as a legal advisor at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, and has also consulted numerous international development agencies and governments on legal and constitutional reform.

Currently, he is the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law at the University of Chicago, where he also holds an appointment in the Political Science Department. He co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded data set cataloguing the world’s constitutions since 1789. He serves as senior advisor on Constitution Building to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest book is How to Save a Constitutional Democracy (2018, with Aziz Huq).

Other writings include Judicial Reputation: A Comparative Theory (2015) (with Nuno Garoupa); The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009) (with Zachary Elkins and James Melton), which won the best book award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association; and Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003), winner of the C. Herman Pritchett Award. He also co-edits the ICONnect Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, and is on numerous other academic editorial boards.

He holds a B.A. in Asian Studies, J.D. and Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Wallace C. Gregson

Lieutenant General Wallace C. Gregson is former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and former commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps. As a widely published expert on security and defense of the Indo-Pacific region he is currently the Senior Director for China and the Pacific at the Center for the National Interest, a non-partisan non-profit think tank focusing on U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.

His last positions as a Marine officer include Commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Commanding General of the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, and Commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Bases, Pacific, headquartered at Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.

Lt. Gen. Gregson is a member of the Marine Corps Association, the U.S. Naval Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also Honorary Advisor to the Okinawa Development International Council.

Lt. Gen. Gregson is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. His civilian education includes a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, Master’s degrees in strategic planning from the Naval War College and in international relations from Salve Regina College. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service by the University of Maryland.

Andrew Harding

Prof. Dr. Andrew Harding is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and Chair of the Association for Asian Constitutional Studies. He is a widely respected and leading expert on comparative constitutional law with special reference to South East Asia, Asian legal traditions, comparative law, and the intersections of law, governance, and development. He has worked extensively on constitutional law in Malaysia and Thailand, and has made substantial contributions to scholarship on comparative law as well as law and development.

At the National University of Singapore, he has also served as Director of the Center for Asian Legal Studies, Director of the Asian Law Institute, and as Chief Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law. Prof. Harding has authored or (co)-edited 20 books, his most recent book is Constitutionalism and Legal Change in Myanmar (2017).

He holds a Ph.D. from Monash University in Australia, an LL.M. from the National University of Singapore, and an M.A. from Oxford University. He is also qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Ashok Hukku

Major General (ret) Ashok Hukku, Y.S.M., is a former Indian military officer and eminent expert on strategic and military issues in South Asia and beyond. In addition to an active, commanding military career, he has served as Chief Military Intelligence Advisor to the Cabinet Secretariat of the Indian Government in New Delhi.

During his career, he served as distinguished mountain division commander, Military Attaché to France, as well as director at the Indian National Technical Research Organization (NTRO).

Following his retirement from the Indian Army, General Hukku focuses on speaking engagements in and outside of Asia, e.g. at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the Upper House of the French National Assembly (Sénat) in Paris.

Gen. Hukku is also a member of the Advisory Board of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Program (IHP) and a published writer on matters of defense and security.

Suthin Khiewratana

Pol. General Suthin Khieoratana is a seasoned expert on counter-insurgency and border security with an extensive amount of first-hand experience.

Before he served as Commander of the Thai Border Patrol Police he has held a number of commanding positions under the jurisdiction of the Royal Thai Police.

Bansho Koichiro

Lieutenant General Bansho Koichiro (ret.), is a senior advisor to Japan’s National Security Council who served 35 years as a military officer of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).

General Koichiro is a widely respected regional security expert, with extensive strategic and operational experience and extraordinary academic credentials. His extensive operational experience as a commanding general includes command of the Western Army, responsibility for the defense of Japan’s increasingly threatened Southwest islands and international lines of communication and command of the first JGSDF contingent deployed to Iraq.

General Koichiro also coordinated major international disaster relief operations and spearheaded vital strategic enhancements of Japan’s security policy and doctrine. When Japan suffered the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Lt. Gen. Bansho was designated Chief of the Japan-U.S. Bilateral Coordination Center for the first ever Japan-U.S. bilateral disaster relief operation.

Lt. Gen. Bansho graduated with an International Relations degree from the National Defense Academy of Japan and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is also a Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Hawaii, a guest speaker, and lecturer at Keio University in Japan, APCSS, and other prestigious academic institutions.

Lee Sang Won

Prof. Dr. Lee Sang Won is an authority on South Korean criminal law who has been judge of the Supreme Court as well as the Constitutional Court of South Korea. He is Professor of Law at the School of Law, Seoul National University, South Korea.

Prof. Lee served as Commissioner of the Press Arbitration Commission, the Criminal Justice Reform Commission of Korea’s Ministry of Justice, and the Human Rights Committee of the National Police Agency.

He holds a Ph.D. in Law from Seoul National University, received his LL.M.s from the University of California at Berkeley as well as Seoul National University and his LL.B. from Seoul National University.

Kasit Piromya

H.E. Kasit Piromya is a former Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, a highly experienced and distinguished diplomat, as well as published expert on foreign relations.

H.E. Kasit is a former member of the Thai Parliament, the National Reform Steering Assembly, a frequent speaker and lecturer at universities and events across Asia and beyond, and a newspaper columnist and television commentator on international affairs. He currently serves as a board member of the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR). His diplomatic career brought him as Ambassador to Russia and the former Soviet republics, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

Following his retirement from civil service, H.E. Kasit became a politician, representing the Democrat Party of Thailand, and a political activist. He was also on the Executive Committee of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) and the Board of Liberal International (LI).

H.E. Kasit holds a Master’s degree in Social Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands. He received Bachelor’s Degrees in International Affairs from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in the United States, and the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He also obtained a diploma from the National Defense College of Thailand.

Son Soubert

H.E. Son Soubert is High Privy Councillor to His Majesty the King of Cambodia since 2010. As an educator, politician, and humanitarian, he has a long record of involvement in the political life of the Kingdom of Cambodia, his home country.

Having been second Vice-President of the National Assembly, he was also appointed to the Constitutional Council by His Majesty the King of Cambodia and served as Vice-President of the Cambodian Red Cross. Among other positions, he was Secretary General of the Khmer People’s National Liberation Front (KPNLAF), a founder of the Khmer Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party (BLDP), and President of the Son Sann Party and a member of Parliament during the takeover of the administration by the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia in 1992-1993.

Educated in archaeology and classics in France, H.E. Son Soubert was Professor at the Faculty of Archaeology of the Royal University for Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. He received the Ordre des Palmes for Culture for his major contributions to French education and culture.

Mark R. Thompson

Prof. Dr. Mark Thompson is a leading scholar on constitutional politics and theory, on democracy in Southeast Asia, East Asian authoritarianism, and political dynasties in Asia. He is Professor of Politics at City University of Hong Kong, where he is head of the Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS) and director of the Southeast Asia Research Center (SEARC).

Prof. Thompson was previously president of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) and Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Fellow for Southeast Asian Studies at Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. He has also been visiting professor at various universities, including Stanford University, National University of Singapore, Keio University, de la Salle University, Thammasat University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Thompson is a widely published author. He authored and co-authored numerous books and journal articles. Among his books are: Democratic Revolutions: Asia and Eastern Europe, The Anti-Marcos Struggles: Personalistic Rule and Democratic Transition in the Philippines.

He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Yale University. He also earned an M.A. and B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and a B.A. in religious studies from Brown University.

Hitoshi Ushijima

Prof. Hitoshi Ushijima’s has built substantial expertise on administrative and comparative law and regulatory policy, environmental, energy and food law, as well as multi-layered legal systems and governance.

He is Professor of Law at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan, and has previously served as a member of the National Bar Examination Committee at Japan’s Ministry of Justice, as a member of the Personnel Council at the Ministry of Defense, and as an instructor at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication. He was part of many local government advisory committees for administrative reform, administrative complaint review, environmental impact assessment, freedom of information, and data protection.

In the past, Prof. Ushijima has been a Visiting Professor at Tulane Law School and a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown Law School (US), a Guest Professor at KU Leuven in Belgium, and an invited Professor at the University of Paris 13 in France. He received his LL.M.s from Hiroshima University and the University of Wisconsin (Fulbright Program) and an LL.B. from Chuo University. Among other publications, he is the author of the Japan Chapter of Administrative Law and Governance in Asia.

You Ji

Prof. Dr. You Ji is a widely published and highly respected scholar on Chinese politics and government, China’s civil and military relations, as well as defense, security and the international relations of the Asia Pacific.

Prof. You Ji is Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Macau. He is also honorary Reader at the School of Social Science, University of New South Wales, and serves as Deputy Vice Director of the Silk Road Think Tank in Macau.

He is the author of four books: China’s Military Transformation: Politics and War Preparation, The Armed Forces of China, China’s Enterprise Reform: Changing Start/Society Relations after Mao, and In Quest of High Tech Power: The Modernization of China’s Military in the 1990s, and has written numerous book chapters and articles for international journals, including the Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Strategic Studies, Asia Policy, Contemporary Security Policy, Contemporary Southeast Asia, and the Asian Defense Journal.

Prof. Dr. You Ji holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Political Science from Australian National University. He earned a B.A. (Hons.) in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, and a B.A. in English and American Literature from Beijing University.