Surapon and Phuttipong on constitutions, laws, and sovereignty

31 01 2010

In a set of two articles posted over the weekend at Prachatai, Surapon Nitikraipot, a law professor and the rector of Thammasat University, and Phuttipong Pong-anakekul, a second-year law student at Ramkhamhaeng University, have debated the meanings of the 1997 and 2007 constitutions and the role of law in Thai society.

In the article about Surapon’s ideas, based on a talk he gave at Rangsit University, he is noted as saying “He defended the 2007 Constitution as the only charter in Thai history that passed a referendum.  Although it is said that the people were fooled, the referendum was the voice of the people, he said.”

In the article about Phuttipong’s ideas, based on an article he wrote in Thai for Prachatai, he is noted as saying “Phuttipong argued that the 2007 Constitution was not established by the people, but, according to Section 32 of the interim 2006 charter, was promulgated by the monarch as the final step.  So, theoretically speaking, Surapon should have said that the power to establish all Thai constitutions has always belonged to the monarch, never the people, Phuttipong said.”

While PPT recommends the entirety of both articles, we direct your attention to the not-so-subtle central question raised by both articles: where is sovereignty located in Thai society?

On Surapon: Prachatai, 30 January 2010, “Thammasat Rector defends coup and 2007 Constitution”

On Phuttipong: Prachatai, 31 January 2010, “Thammasat Rector’s pro-coup remarks refuted by a law student”


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4 12 2013
What next? | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Surapol was an appointed member of the military junta’s National Legislative Assembly. He is a defender of the military junta’s 2007 constitution,  a member of a cabal of yellow-shirted academics, and an ideologue for the Kangaroo […]

4 12 2013
What next? | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Surapol was an appointed member of the military junta’s National Legislative Assembly. He is a defender of the military junta’s 2007 constitution,  a member of a cabal of yellow-shirted academics, and an ideologue for the Kangaroo […]




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