Criminal law misused in public policies

Siranan Dechakupt If Thailand wants to preserve its fastdwindling forests, it pays to ponder if it’s insane to repeat the same policy that has failed for decades, yet still expect it to succeed. The forest laws, for example. The draconian forest law and regulations are based on the fierce belief that humans and natural forests […]

Tardy justice system delivers frustration to citizens

Itsakul Unahakate One little known factor that causes significant slowness in Thai criminal courts is overcriminalisation. By overcriminalisation, I mean that some crimes should be recategorised as civil crimes. Two such crimes that need to be decriminalised are defamation and bounced cheques. As the backlog of cases in the criminal courts pile up, a major […]