Encounters – New Perspectives on Asia, America, and Europe
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New Perspectives on Asia, America, and Europe

An Initiative of the CATS and the HCA

May 30, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. | Encounters

"German Legal Structures and American Promises – Taiwan’s Democracy and the Rule of Law"

Ian-tsing Dieu & Hanno Kube

Taipei Representation Germany, Munich Office / Faculty of Law, Heidelberg University

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Since the late 1980s, Taiwan has become a thriving democratic state based on the rule of law. Taiwan’s democracy and its constitution have evolved, based on two pillars, German and American: 1. The Weimar Constitution has had a major influence on the constitution of Taiwan – fundamental values such as a state’s legal basis, the relationship between citizens and state, organizational structures and basic political principles were fundamental in the making of Taiwan’s constitution. 2. The second frame of reference has been the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, which provides the legal basis for the tripartite relationship among the U.S., China and Taiwan and thus secures the safeguarding of regional peace and stability.

As part of the Public Lecture Series Encounters: New Perspectives On Asia, America, And Europe, Ian-tsing Dieu, Director General of Taipei Representative Office in Munich and Hanno Kube, Faculty of Law, Heidelberg University, will engage in a conversation on the topic of „German Legal Structures and American Promises – Taiwan‘s Democracy and the Rule of Law“


Dr Ian-tsing Joseph Dieu, born in Taichung, Taiwan, is Director General at the Taipei Representation in the Federal Republic of Germany, Munich. After initially studying engineering, he was inspired by the democracy movement and the legal counsel for political dissidents in Taiwan and thus turned to studying law at the College of Law of the National Chengchi University in Taiwan and at the Universities of Heidelberg (LL.M.) and Freiburg (Dr. iur.) in Germany. Before his diplomatic career, Dr. Dieu worked at the Max Planck Institute for International Criminal Law and Criminology in Freiburg, as a lecturer at the law faculty of Chungyuan Christian University, as an assistant professor at the Chinese Culture University Taiwan, and finally as Deputy Director General in the Department of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later at the National Security Council of the Republic of China (Taiwan). His first diplomatic posting was to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Prof. Dr. Hanno Kube, LL.M. (Cornell) is Director of the Institute for Public Finance and Tax Law at Heidelberg University and holds the Chair for Public Law with a special focus on public finance and tax law. He studied law at Heidelberg University, the University of Geneva, and Cornell University. After obtaining his doctorate and habilitation in Heidelberg, he worked as professor at the universities of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt and Mainz. His research focuses on constitutional and European law, public finance law, and German, European, and international tax law. He is co-editor of the Handbook on Constitutional Law, of a commentary on income tax law and of the tax law journal Steuer und Wirtschaft. He acts as representative before the Federal Constitutional Court, the Federal Administrative Court, and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He has been guest researcher/guest professor at the European University Institute Florence, the University of Berkeley, Cornell University, and National Taiwan University.

February 14, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. | Encounters

"China and the U.S. – Ambition and Frustration in Fragile Societies"

Biao Xiang & Manfred Berg

MPI for Social Anthropology / HCA

CATS Auditorium

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October 18, 2022 | 6:15 p.m. | Encounters - New Perspectives...

"Rivals or Enemies? The United States, Russia, and China"

Fiona Hill & Martin Thunert

Brookings Institution / HCA

The event will take place online.

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July 26, 2022 | 8:30 p.m. | Encounters - New Perspectives...

"Peaceful World, Where Are You? Activism and Art in a Global Context."

Pat To Yan & Barbara Mittler

Author-in-Residence, Nationaltheater Mannheim / CATS, Heidelberg University

CATS Auditorium, Voßstraße 2, Heidelberg

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May 31, 2022 | 12:30 - 2 p.m. | Encounters - New Perspectives...

"Enfant Terrible, Minister of Culture, Silent Loner?"

Lung Ying-tai & Barbara Mittler

This event took place online.

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April 7, 2022 | 6:15 p.m. | Encounters - New Perspectives...

"Die liberale Weltordnung in der Krise? Die EU zwischen den USA, Russland und China"

Reinhard Bütikofer & Dr. Florian Böller

Europäisches Parlament / TU Kaiserslautern

Aula der Alten Universität, Grabengasse 1, Heidelberg

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25. Januar 2022 | 12:30 Uhr | Encounters – New Perspectives…

"Visions of a New Global Order – A View from China"


Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University / Institute of Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University

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30. November 2021 | 19:00 Uhr | Encounters – New Perspectives…

"Transforming U.S.-China Conflicts? Common Interests and Transnational Perspectives"

Cheng Li & Sebastian Harnisch

Director, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution / Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Universität Heidelberg

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Discussion Questions


  • is a series of dialogues initiated by the Center for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at Heidelberg University. The events focus on the relationship between the two superpowers of the twenty-first century – the United States of America and China. With the rapid rise of the People’s Republic in recent decades, this relationship has become increasingly confrontational.
  • looks at this new constellation and its consequences for Germany and Europe: How do the European Union and its individual member states position themselves in the conflict between China and the United States? Which social and cultural interactions and processes can we observe in this special bilateral relationship?
  • brings prominent Chinese and American artists and authors, activists, representatives from the business community, policy makers, and public intellectuals to Heidelberg where they engage in conversations with scholars from the HCA and CATS.
  • offers a nuanced discussion on a wide range of critical issues of these exceptional bilateral relations, such as environmental and trade policies, technology and innovation, white-collar crime and digital surveillance as well as human rights and freedom of expression.
  • thus contributes to an informed exchange among academia and the general public, including the business community, the political sphere, and the media. The critical dialogues of the series constitute part of an informed public debate on one of the most important issues for the future of Germany and Europe.
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