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Prof. Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai

Chairman – LL.B, M.A.L.D, LL.M, S.J.D. Harvard Law School

Present Positions

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Siam Premier International Law Office Ltd.
  • Distinguished Scholar, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University
  • Member of the Advisory Council, Global Law and Policy Institute, Harvard Law School U.S.A.

Royal Decorations

  • Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
  • Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand
  • Grand Companion (Third Class, higher grade) of the Most Illustrious Order of the Chula Chom Klao
  • Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn
  • The Red Cross Awards Medal (First Class)

Foreign Decorations

  • The Royal Order of Sahametrei – Grand Officer (Cambodia) 2002
  • The Most Honourable Order of Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei (class S.P.M.B.)
  • Commander Grand Cross (Sweden) 2003
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands) 2004
  • Bahrain Decoration First Class (Bahrain) 2004
  • The Congressional Medal of Achievement, (Philippines) 2006

Special Assignments

  • Representative of His Majesty the King at the Mourning Ceremony of His Highness The Amir of the State of Kuwait, January 2006
  • Representative of His Majesty the King at the Funeral of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, April 2005
  • ASEAN Candidate for the Position of Secretary General to the United Nations (2005 – 2006)
  • Co-leaders with Former President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter, of the Delegation to observe election in Nepal (November 2007 until 30 April 2008)

Academic Experience

  • Visiting Professor, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, U.S.A
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School, U.S.A.(March 2007 – March 2009)
  • Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (March – December 2007)
  • Dean and Associate Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University
  • Vice Dean for Foreign Relations, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University
  • Director, Law and Development Research Centre, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University
  • President, Institute of Social and Economic Policy (ISEP)
  • Co-teaching a graduate course with Professor Frederick E. Snyder at Harvard Law School
  • Visiting Professor, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University
  • Visiting Professor -Faculty of Law Thammasat University
  • Visiting Professor -Faculty of Law Ramkhamhaeng University
  • Visiting Lecturer -National Defence College; Capital Market Academy; Ministry of Justice; King Prajadhipok’s Institute; Police College
  • Books: “Third World Attitudes Toward International Law: An Introduction” with Professor Frederick Snyder published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (1987), “Thailand and International Trade Law” (Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration), “The Role of International Trade Law” (in Thai) (2010)
  • English and Thai publications in the area of international economic law in various journals i.e. World Bank Economic Review, Harvard Journal of International Law, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Texas International Law Journal, ITD>do, World Investment Report 2010, ITD, Chulalongkorn Law Journal

Political Experience

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Culture (Feb – Sept 2006)
  • Deputy Prime Minister (March 2005 – Sept 2006)
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs (Feb 2001 – March 2005)
  • Minister of Finance (1995 – 1996)
  • Chairman of the Policy and Strategy Council of Puea Pan Din Party
  • Member of Parliament (Party List) 2001
  • Vice Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Economic and Foreign Affairs (Chaired by the late General Chatichai Choonhavan, former Prime Minister)
  • Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister
  • Adviser to the National Assembly

Business Experience

  • Chairman of the Executive Board of the Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) (2541-2543)
  • Chairman of the Board, PTT Exploration and Production Pcl. (PTTEP) (2542-2543)
  • Chairman of the Representative of Planner and Plan Administrator of Thai Oil Co., Ltd. (2542-2543)
  • Chairman of the Executive Board, Thai Oil Co., Ltd. (2542-2543)
  • Member of the Board, PTT Public Company Limited (2542-2543)
  • Member of the Board, Thai Oil Power Co., Ltd. (2542-2543)
  • Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Board of Laem Thong Bank Public Company Limited (2540-2542)

Charity Work (Current)

  • Secretary-General, Foundation for the Memorial of King Rama V at Chula Chom Klao Fort
  • President of the Foundation for the Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs
  • Vice President of the Sala Chalermkrung Foundation (In support of “Khon”, The Thai Classical dance)
  • President of the Foundation for the Promotion of Business Lawyers
  • President of Surakiart Sathirathai Foundation
  • Advisor, The International Institute for Trade and Development (Public Organization)
  • Honorary Adviser, Eastern Asia University’s Council
  • Advisory Chairman of the Thai-Chinese Culture and Economic Association
  • Chairman of the Organizing Committee, “Glory of Silk – Flower of Love” Gala Dinner and Fashion Show in Honor of Her Majesty The Queen presided by HM the Queen, 25 October 2010
  • Vice-Chairman of the Global Heart Surgery Project and Chairman of Fund-Raising Committee to the project (2011)
  • Chairman of the of Fund-Raising Committee of “The Children’s Medical Center in Honor of Her Majesty The Queen’s 80th Anniversary” Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health (Children Hospital) 2011-present

Professor Dr. Surakiart is fluent in both English and Thai.

Tel +66 2646 1888   Fax +66 2646 1919