The Legacies of the Past in the Modern Rule of Law in Thailand


Thongchai Winichakul 編


Rule of law in Thailand has its own characteristics due to its particular history and development. It has deteriorated during the political crisis over the past 10-15 years during which we saw the lese majesty charge skyrocket, especially as the consequences of the two military coups in 2006 and 2014. Unlike other crimes, most people who are arrested for lese majesty confessed to the crime. Why? What happened to them and what are the conditions that led to their confessions even though most of them were not physically abused or tortured by the police? The answers are telling about the history and the current state of the rule of law in Thailand.