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Call for Papers: The Thai Constitutional Court Academic Conference and TLS Special Issue

Call for Papers​

Thai Legal Studies and the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, are calling for paper proposals for an academic conference on “The Thai Constitutional Court: Recent Jurisprudence and Controversies”. The two-day conference (hybrid: online/in person) will be held on 24-25 June at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat  University (Tha Prachan campus). Selected papers will be published in a Special Issue of Thai Legal Studies.

Since its creation, the Thai Constitutional Court has been at the center of numerous legal and political disputes. The conference and a Special Issue of Thai Legal Studies aim to cover major recent developments, with particular attention to cases that were decided from 2019 up to the present.

Possible issues include, but are not limited to, the dissolution of political parties, (dis)qualifications of politicians and officeholders, the interpretation and defense of the Democratic Regime with the King as Head of State, the relation of the  Constitutional Court to other courts, criminal liability for abortion, equal rights for same-sex couples, or the proportionality of restrictions of constitutional rights.

We are inviting paper proposals that aim to discuss and analyze the Constitutional Court’s handling of these and other issues. Papers may address, for example:

  • The Court’s role in managing social change
  • Its position and self-conception within the political system
  • The relevance of rights in constitutional jurisprudence
  • Key institutional and procedural aspects

Abstracts shall not be longer than 250 words. They are expected to focus on recent developments (since 2019 onwards) which may be put into perspective against the background of past and ongoing debates.

Full papers will be published in conference proceedings, and selected papers will be included in a Special Issue (December 2022) of Thai Legal Studies.

Make a Submission

  • Abstracts are to be submitted via email to: thailegalstudies@gmail.com
  • All submissions shall include the author’s full name, email address and phone number, and autobiographical details (such as current position and institutional affiliation).

Submission Deadline: 20 February 2022

Important Dates

  • Late February 2022: Notification of authors of approved abstracts
  • 1 June 2022: Submission of full conference papers
  • 24-25 June 2022: Conference held by the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University; participants will have the option to attend the conference online or in person, subject to restrictions in place at the time; subsequent publication of conference proceedings
  • December 2022: Publication of selected articles as part of a Thai Legal Studies Special Issue