Access to Justice in Criminal Procedure Law and Due Process – Challenges and Prospects in Comparative Perspectives
24 June 2015, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus, Bangkok
Jointly organized by German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok
R. Narendra Jatna, S.H., LL.M., Attorney Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok
“Access to Justice and Criminal Justice Reform in Indonesia”
Emerlynne Gil, Senior International Legal Adviser, Southeast Asia, International Commission of Jurists, Asia & Pacific Regional Office (Bangkok)
Amina Quargnali-Diehl, Justice Programs Coordinator, US Embassy in Bangkok
Kai Shing Wong, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University
Chong Yin Xin, Defense Lawyer, Malaysian Bar Association
Kohnwilai Teppunkoonngam, Human Rights Lawyer
On 24 June 2015 CPG in cooperation with the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok arranged the seminar “Access to Justice in Criminal Procedure Law and Due Process – Challenges and Prospects in Comparative Perspectives” at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University. The seminar was arranged as a farewell event for R. Narenda Jatna, S.H., LL.M., Attorney Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangkok, on the occasion of his promotion to the position of the as Jakarta District Attorney to thank him for his outstanding support for the work of CPG.
The seminar provided a platform for exchanging expertise and sharing experiences, concerns and best practices of access to justice from different national and international perspectives. The keynote of R. Narenda Jatna on “Access to Justice and Criminal Justice Reform in Indonesia”, was followed by an introduction to the international standards of access to justice presented by Emerlynne Gil, Senior Legal Advisor of the International Commission of Jurists for Southeast Asia, and further presentations of Amina Quargnali-Diehl, Justice Programs Coordinator for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement on civil legal aid in the USA; Kai Shing Wong, Ph.D candidate of the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, on access to justice in criminal procedure law in China; Chong Yin Xin, defence laywer from Malaysia Bar Association, on the newly created National Legal Aid Foundation in Malaysia; and Kohnwilai Teppunkoonngam, Human Rights Lawyer from Bangkok, on the current situation of right to access to justice of vulnerable groups in Thailand. The insightful presentations contributed to a vivid discussion among all participants demonstrating clearly common concerns across national borders and the need for further exchange and cooperation among the countries and the involved stakeholders.