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Researching Thai Law in English: Web Resources

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There are numerous free websites that can assist in locating Thai primary law, as well as secondary information on Thai legal topics.  Links to available English translations of Thai law are listed below at right.

Thai Judiciary (English)

SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network)

SSRN is an electronic repository for international social sciences scholarship that includes the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN).  Thousands of downloadable abstracts, working papers, and published papers are available without charge.  Users need to go through a free registration process in order to log in and download documents. 

Constitution (English)

Note that the "World Constitutions Illustrated"  database in HeinOnline includes current and past versions of the Thai Constitution in English translation.

Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (2007) Source:  Thai Senate website.

Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand Amendment (No. 1) and (No. 2) (2011) Source:  Thai Senate website. 

Essential Elements of the Constitution (2007) Source: Thai Senate website.

Legislation and Regulations (English)

Note that all Thai legislation is dated B.E. for Buddhist Era, which began in 543 B.C.

WWW Resources

Thailand Law Forum

According to its website, the Thai Legal Forum was established in 1997 by Thai and American law professors "to provide an online English-language resource of Thailand law and academic articles concerning Thai law." The site's objectives include: "1) providing an unbiased and comprehensive base of information concerning Thailand and Southeast Asian law and society and 2) to promote better governance and social justice through the dissemination of information and encouragement of dialogue on important legal and social issues."  The site includes legal news and access to Thai laws in English, a legal blog, videos, and various law guides and summaries.  The site indicates that it is currently managed and maintained by Chaninat & Leeds, a Thai law firm.

Subject Guide

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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.

PowerPoint Presentations

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