Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Thailand Update

Guest Speaker: Hon Justice Chalermpon Ake-uru
Justice of the Constitutional Court of Thailand.

Event Date: Tuesday 22nd March 2011
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 21, HP Tower, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington, 6011.

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Mr. Chalermpon Ake-uru, Justice of the Constitutional Court of Thailand

Mr. Chalermpon Ake-uru, Justice of the Constitutional Court of Thailand

Mr. Chalermpon Ake-uru is Justice of the Constitutional Court of Thailand. He has been in this position since the Royal appointment of 28 May 2008.

Mr. Chalermpon Ake-uru, a constitutional and international lawyer and diplomat, has a long and extensive experience in foreign affairs in general and international legal affairs in particular. He held various positions in the Thai Foreign Service at both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok and Royal Thai Embassies in The Hague, The Netherlands ; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ; Tokyo, Japan ; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Budapest, Hungary. He served in the Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for most of the time during his career in the Ministry, rising from a mid-level officer to become the Department’s Deputy Director-General.

As the Thai Ambassador to Vietnam from late 1994 to early 2000, he played an important role in strengthening further the close and friendly ties between Thailand and Vietnam and in expanding the two countries’ co-operation in all fields, be it political, economic, technical, scientific, cultural, and other. As a result, Thailand’s business activities and investment in Vietnam flourished tremendously during that period. The two countries became closer and closer and their co-operation had gone from strength to strength.

From early 2000 until the end of 2003, as Thai Ambassador to Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina with residence in Budapest, he also played a key role in deepening the cordial ties and nurturing the bond of friendship between Thailand and these countries.

Mr. Ake-uru’s last position in the Ministry was Deputy Permanent Secretary, Head of Cluster of the Functional Departments. In that position, he oversaw the works of the Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs, the Department of Consular Affairs, the Department of Protocol and the Department of Information.

After his mandatory retirement at the age of 60 in 2005, he was co-opted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to become an Advisor to the Ministry in the area of management system of diplomatic and consular affairs. At the same time, he assumed the position of Secretary-General of Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association, an association which promotes friendly relations between Thailand and Vietnam at the people-to-people level. He relinquished these two positions upon being appointed Justice of the Constitutional Court of Thailand.

Mr. Chalermpon Ake-uru was born on 19 August 1945. He received three bachelor degrees – in Commerce, Accountancy and Law – from Thammasat University and a post graduate Diploma in Public Administration from National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) in Bangkok. He also obtained a Diploma in International Relations from Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands and a master degree in International Law and Relations from Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.

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