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CPG Seminar “Good Policing – Police Reform Issues for Postelection Thailand”

16 May from 9:00 - 16:30


Thursday, 16 May 2019, 09.00–16.30 hrs., Room Jitti Tingsabadh, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus

jointly hosted by the

Asian Governance Foundation (AGF), German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)

 Faculty of Political Science and Law, Burapha Universtiy and

Hanns Seidel Foundation

Police reform has been a perpetual issue of policy reform debates on law and governance in Thailand since decades. After the 2006-2007 Police Reform Committee had made detailed reform recommendations to the Ministry of Justice without much avail, reform discussion have been surging again after the 2014 Coup. This reform impulse has also been reflected by the 2017 Constitution which requires among other reforms also a reform of the police (sect. 258). Accordingly, police reform issues have been dealt with by both a police reform commission as well as the justice reform commission. Yet, final steps have not been taken yet and are not expected to be taken before the national elections in March.

Discussions which have manifested in a pending amendment proposal pertain in particular to the way how and by whom crime cases are handled within the police and the role of the prosecutor aiming at improving the effectiveness of police work and entrenching internal check-and-balances and thus to enhance good policing in Thailand. Another reform issue is the role of public prosecutors who shall be given also a function in joining police in criminal investigations similar to the practice in many other countries.

To present these reform issues to broader audience and to discuss them with experts from all related fields is the objective of this conference on police reform which continues a series of events offered by the organizers on this topic. Additional to highly experienced speakers from Thailand, foreign experts, in particular from other ASEAN countries, will present further perspectives.

Conference language is Thai and English, professional simultaneous translation will be provided. The conference will be hosted at the faculty of law of Thammasat University, Bangkok.

Tentative Agenda

08.30-09.00 hrs.           Registration

09.00-09.15 hrs.           Welcoming words

09.15-12.00 hrs.           Panel I: International Perspectives on Police Reform

Prof. Dr. Lee Sang Won, School of Law, Seoul National University/ Former Justice at the Supreme Court/ Former Justice at the Constitutional Court, South Korea

Dr. Duy Le, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Vietnam

Salim Bashir Bhaskaran, Co-Deputy Chairperson of the Criminal Law Committee of Bar Council and an active council member of the Bar Council Malaysia/ University Technology Mara Malaysia

Narendra Jatna, Jakarta District Attorney General, The Attorney General’s Office of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesia

12.00-12.45 hrs.           Q & A

12.45-13.15 hrs.           Lunch

13.15-15.45 hrs.           Panel II: Good Policing – Police Reform Issues for Postelection Thailand

Pol. Col. Virute Sirisawasdibutre, Former Deputy of Commander, Office of the Inspector General, Royal Thai Police

Dr. Namtaee Meeboonsalang, Provincial Public Prosecutor (Kanchanaburi)


Angkhana Neelapaijit, Commissioner, National Human Rights Commission of Thailand

Prof. Narong Jaiharn, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

15.45-16.30 hrs.           Q & A

16.30 hrs.                     Concluding remarks

Henning Glaser, Director of the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Vichien Tansirikongkhon, Faculty of Political Science and Law, Burapha University

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16 May
9:00 - 16:30


Faculty of Political Science and Law, Burapha Universtiy
Hanns Seidel Foundation


Faculty of Law, Thammasat University
2 Phrachan Road
Bangkok, 10200 Thailand
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