Professor Dr Munin Pongsapan

Dr Munin Pongsapan is Dean of the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University. He is currently Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, an association of leading Thai law schools, and a member of Thailand’s regulatory impact assessment board. He obtained his LLB from the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University. He went to the University of Cambridge for his LLM and the University of Edinburgh for his PhD, where he wrote his thesis on breach of contract. Soon after he graduated with his PhD in 2013, he was invited to join a book project entitled “Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia”, which aims at publishing 6 volumes on various topics of contract laws in major Asian jurisdictions, including Thailand. The books were edited by Professor Mindy Shen-Wishart and other prominent scholars and published by Oxford University Press. He contributed to Volume I on remedies for breach of contract, Volume III on contract interpretation, Volume IV on defects in consent and Volume V on changing and ending contracts, the latter being the most recent.

He has taught, researched, and published extensively in the areas of private law, especially contract and obligations law, comparative law and Thai legal history. His expertise focuses on breach of contract and contract interpretation. He has edited some of Thailand’s most authoritative texts on contracts and obligations, including two gigantic volumes on juristic acts and obligations written by Professor Seni Pramoj. He has recently co-edited with Professor Andrew Harding the book “Thai Legal History: From Traditional to Modern Law” to be published by Cambridge University Press. He is Co-Editor in Chief of the Thai Legal Studies, the first English- language law journal focusing on Thai law. He is also a subject editor of the internationally accredited Asian Journal of Comparative Law. Between 2013 and 2019, he was the founding Director of the International LLB Programme in Business Law at Thammasat University, which is Thailand’s first and only undergraduate programme in law entirely taught in English.

He has recently been appointed as Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, and invited to teach an intensive course “Comparative Civil Law: Thai Contract Law” for LLB and LLM students in January 2021. It will be the first Thai law course ever taught at National University of Singapore.

He conducted arbitrations both as a sole arbitrator and a co-arbitrator under ICC and TAI arbitration rules.