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On 11 August, 2009, the Thai courts refused a request from the US to extradite Viktor Bout on accusations of selling arms to terrorist organizations, reigniting the debate on Thailand’s role in dealing with suspected criminals.  This article provides background on international fugitives in Thailand and the Thai government’s efforts to combat its image as a safe haven for criminals … read on

The Plight of Burmese Migrant Workers in Thailand

The struggle of Burmese migrants in Southeast Asia topped news stories earlier this year as thousands of Rohingyas that were fleeing from repressive policies in Burma flooded the shores of Thailand and Malaysia, some dying at sea or being pushed into detention centers by authorities.   This article explores the Thai government’s legal and policy response to Burmese migrants… read on
Trafficking in Thailand Girls and Women from Burma

The Thai government’s initiatives to put an end to unsafe migration and human trafficking have made progress, yet, as this article suggests, the issues run deep and will not be solved without a sustained, genuine effort from all countries in the on

Law Roundup - Significant Changes to Thai Laws in 2008 : Mutual fund companies, excluding property funds, are required to disclose their investment portfolios on a monthly basis, instead of bi-yearly as on
Buying a Condominium in Thailand : By way of background, the law governing condominiums was enacted as Condominium Act, B.E. 2522 (1979).  This law was liberalized to allow foreign investment in condominiums by Condominium Act (No. 2), B.E. 2534 (1991) on
The Liability for Damages Caused by Unsafe Goods Act B.E. 2551 : The Liability for Damages Caused by Unsafe Goods Act B.E. 2551 (the “Product Liability Law”), which will be effective for products sold on or after 20 February 2009, holds “entrepreneurs” jointly liable to “damaged parties” for damages caused by unsafe goods sold to on
2008 Amendments to the Condominium Act : On July 4, 2008, for the first time since 1999, the Condominium Act of 1979 was amended  (the “2008 Condominium Act Amendments”).  The purpose of these amendments was to provide additional protection to buyers of condominium units and to make the existing protections more on
Thailand Alien Working Act 2008 : The Alien Working Act, B.E. 2551, which came into force on 23 February 2008, repealed and replaced the Alien Working Act, B.E. 2521, as amended. The Act regulates work by aliens, requiring work to be done with a work permit, except for extraordinary circumstances, and sets forth penalties for violations of the on
Thailand Labor Protection Act (No. 2) 2008 : The Labor Protection Act B.E. 2551 was enforced on 28 May 2008 and provides additional protection to employees, including the requirement for employers to pay interest to employees for late payment wages, and restricting female employees and pregnant employees from certain types of on
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Mrs. Boonchua Maneekao vs. Ms. Ubonrat Thoyam

The decedent had property consisting of two plots of land and a two-story house constructed on the land, as well as guns. The defendant who was the decedent’s live-in partner intentionally infringed on the plaintiff’s rights to Mr. Vinai’s property by entering into such home and barring entrance into the home by placing a lock on the door and the gate without receiving permission from the plaintiff. The plaintiff was appointed the administrator of Mr. Vinai’s estate. The Supreme Court ruled that, since the decedent and his live-in partner had not registered their marriage legally, the defendant was not a lawful heir. The court further ruled that a holographic will must be fully written out by the testator. The court further ruled on the requirement of contemporaneous signature for the legality of the will pursuant to section 1656 of the Thailand Civil and Commercial Code.


Ms. Lai Puakdee et. al. vs. Mr. Sompong Puakdee

Mr. Leng had possessory rights over a plot of land. Subsequently, Mr. Leng died and the land was transferred to heirs, namely the first to third plaintiffs, Mrs. Prayong, the mother of the fourth plaintiff, and the defendant for a parcel each. However, the defendant requested to construct a residential home on the land. Thereafter, the defendant claimed that he possessed the disputed land in its entirety for himself until presently, and that the plaintiffs’ legal action was filed more than a year after the death of the estate owner, and therefore the statute of limitations had expired.


Inquiry Official of Bangrak Metropolitan Police Headquarters vs. Mrs. S. Rotjanasuwan, Mr. W. Rotjanasuwan, (Intervenor)

The defendant (wife) entered into a bail agreement with the plaintiff (inquiry official) to bail an alleged offender and had used as security the disputed land in which the name of the intervenor (husband) appeared on the document as the one with possessory right. Thereafter the defendant breached the bail agreement and the land was seized. The intervenor, in his petition, stated that the seized land is not community property of the defendant, but is separate property of the intervenor.

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