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Researching Thai Law in English: Getting Started

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In general, locating and then interpreting sources of Thai law can be challenging, particularly for English-speaking researchers.  Keep in mind that, when approaching a question related to Thai law (or foreign law generally), it is often advantageous to start with a secondary source.  There are several online guides in English that can serve as introductions to understanding and researching Thai law. These resources are listed at right.

PowerPoint Presentations

The following PowerPoint presentation was prepared for the LUC Law School course, "Comparative Law Seminar:  Thailand."

Introductions to Thai Law and Researching Thai Law

There are several websites that provide introductions to Thai law and Thai legal research.  Note that a number of U.S. law libraries offer webliographies for Thailand.  Try Googling "legal research" and "Thailand" to locate these pages.  See also the "Databases" tab for information on several commercial databases that also provide introductions and descriptions of Thai law and legal resources.

Bangkok Post

The Bangkok Post, which dates back to the 1940s, is one of Thailand's several English-language newspapers. Below is an RSS feed of the newspaper's top stories. 

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Online Translators

English translations of Thai legal materials are often difficult to locate and can be unreliable.  If authoritative English versions are not available, look for "official" translations that are created by, or for, a government organization. 

Many online translators are available on the WWW, but these should be used with caution since web translators do not generally include specialized legal or commercial vocabulary.  Online translators, however, may be of some help in getting the general sense of a document or passage. Google Translate will translate from Thai to English. 

 

Subject Guide

Julienne Grant

Print Research Guide

Prepared in the summer of 2009, updated in February 2012, this 23-page guide offers instructions and tips on how to research foreign, comparative, and international law at the LUC Law Library.  The annotated guide lists print reference sources, subscription databases, free websites, and current awareness sources that may be useful when approaching foreign, comparative, and international law questions.