Thai briefing note – Administrative Court flexes its muscles

The Administrative Court last month stepped in to overturn a Prime Minister’s office decision which sidelined an effective, but politically misaligned, senior civil servant. The decision was a reminder of the impact the court is having on the Thai political and commercial landscape.

Since its inception over a decade ago, the Administrative Court has increasingly left its mark on the Thai government’s economic reform agenda, as well as held it to account in areas which have helped uphold, in a fashion, the independence of the civil service. As it evolves further, we think this and future governments will become sensitive to the potential of power of the Administrative Court, and likely tread more carefully when making decisions which the court could potentially overturn, frustrating their agenda.

This briefing note explores the evolution of the Administrative Court since its inception a decade ago, in light of last month’s decision.

Our full analysis is available for download below.