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Thailand: New Surrogacy Law

(Apr. 6, 2015) On February 19, 2015, the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand enacted the Protection for Children Born Through Assisted Reproductive Technologies Act (ART Act), which will be enforced after it is published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette. (Senate Meeting Minutes (Feb. 19, 2015), Thai Senate website; text of the Act, Thai Senate […]

Thailand: Draft Laws to Promote Digital Economy

(Dec. 17, 2014) On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand’s Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry.  (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for Draft Laws on Digital Economy Committee, Restructuring of ICT Ministry, NATION (Dec. 16, 2014).) One proposed law is on […]

Thailand: Court Invalidates Election

(Mar. 28, 2014) On March 21, 2014, Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s general election, held on February 2, is invalid. (Court Voids Feb 2 General Election, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Mar. 21, 2014).) The election results were found not lawful by a six-to-three vote of the Justices, based on the fact that the voting […]

Cambodia; Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Thailand: Regional Agreement on Protecting Witnesses and Victims

(Nov. 25, 2013) Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Thailand have agreed to establish a technical agency charged with improving cooperation among their national agencies in protecting witnesses and victims of transnational crime. The agreement was reached during a meeting held in Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali, that ended on […]

Thailand: Draft Amnesty Law Approved by House Likely to Be Turned Down by Senate

(Nov. 12, 2013) On November 1, 2013, Thailand’s House of Representatives approved legislation that would grant amnesty for crimes committed during the period of political unrest in the country following the ouster of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra by a military coup in 2006. The legislation was put forward by the pro-Thaksin ruling party, Pheu […]

Thailand: Draft Legislation on Civil Partnerships for Same-Sex Couples

(Nov. 5, 2013) It was reported on September 19, 2013, that the Thai government plans to introduce landmark legislation on civil partnerships that would extend most marriage protections, rights, and benefits to same-sex couples. If approved by the Thai Parliament, it would be the first civil partnership law to be adopted in Southeast Asia. (Warangkana […]

Thailand: Crisis in Thai Rice Pledging Scheme

(Aug. 7, 2013) In mid-June 2013, the Thai government admitted that its rice subsidy program had lost 136 billion baht (about US$4.4 billion) in payments to support a rice pledging scheme for the country’s 2011-2012 growing season. (James Hookway, Thai Rice Aid Under Fire, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (June 17, 2013) [subscription required for access].) […]

Thailand: Move by Parliament to Amend the Constitution

(May 21, 2013) On April 7, 2013, the Thai Parliament voted to approve three bills in furtherance of the government’s plan to amend the Constitution. The bills were submitted separately, because there are three very different subjects addressed by the amendments: the authority to conclude treaties, the senators, and the “overthrow of the democratic regime.” […]

Thailand: Transportation Infrastructure Megaprojects Loan Bill

(Apr. 19, 2013) The Thai government recently announced that it plans to invest two trillion baht (about US$68.8 billion) in infrastructure development megaprojects, most of them involving transportation, over the next seven years. The government plans to borrow the funds over that period, with repayment to be spread out over the next five decades. The […]

Thailand: Man Sentenced for Insulting Royal Family

(Apr. 8, 2013) On March 28, 2013, Akachai Hongkangwan, a 37 year-old Thai man, was given a sentence of imprisonment for three years and four months, in addition to a fine of 66,666 baht (about US$2,300). While the fine was for violations of copyright law, the prison term resulted from his being found guilty of […]