Thailand: The Evolution of Law, the Legal Profession and Political Authority

40 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2019

Date Written: January 15, 2019

Abstract

This article describes the origin and development of the modern Thai legal profession. Intimately linked in origin to the development of the modern Thai state, the legal profession increasingly resembles the profession in economically developed democracies. Paralleling other regional developments, Thailand’s rapid economic development, constitutional reforms, and expanding judicialization drives many of the most important changes in the education and function of lawyers. Significant differences continue to exist between the profession in Thailand and legal professions in developed democracies, reflecting the profession’s origins and the continuing influence of consciousness and class structure as well as Thailand’s peculiarly semi-democratic and monarchical state.

Keywords: Thailand, Legal System, Legal Profession

JEL Classification: K

Suggested Citation

Munger, Frank, Thailand: The Evolution of Law, the Legal Profession and Political Authority (January 15, 2019). NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3347143, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3347143 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3347143

Frank Munger (Contact Author)

New York Law School ( email )

185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
United States

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