Selected Thai Constitutional Court Cases 2019–2022

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Supakorn Wilartratsami


The Thai Constitutional Court is undeniably influential on Thai constitutional law and the Court’s jurisprudence has certainly raised debates. This fact is excellently demonstrated by other entries of this journal issue. Indeed, the cases in the Constitutional Court's docket between 2019 to 2022 have continued to influence the public discourse.

The year 2019 was when Thailand transitioned back to democracy (at least formally), with the election seeing General Prayuth Chan-o-cha remain as the Prime Minister, albeit now in a legitimately democratic form. As an aftermath of this election, many cases concerning qualifications for political positions arrived at the Constitutional Court's doorsteps. Apart from that, the three years after 2019 also saw the Court rendering significant decisions in terms of civil rights, while political actions (or mistakes) made by previous governments were adjudicated upon as well.

In this compilation, 11 Constitutional Court cases, not discussed by other entries in this journal, have been chosen based on the author's perception of their significance and interestingness. Hopefully, these cases may be able to provide a glimpse of the Constitutional Court's influence on Thai society during these three eventful years.

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