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Judges from the Office of the Thai Judiciary enjoy bespoke, intensive training at Queen Mary

Officers of the Thai Judiciary
Office of the Thai Judiciary at the East London Employment Tribunals Service

In partnership with the Office of the Judiciary of Thailand, Queen Mary has developed and delivered training for 70 judges. The Thai judges In Thailand seek to further their understanding of foreign judiciary practice to inform their work domestically.

The challenge

The judges initially expressed interest in a course in employment law related to top-flight sports professionals. There was a need for them to gain a broader understanding of the differences between EU and UK law and marine law, as well as an additional opportunity for them to experience UK culture, through day trips and field trips. Their time was limited and the training needed to be delivered over an intensive two-week period.

Queen Mary is committed to training public servants in Thailand and the wider world ... Being awarded this contract is testament to Queen Mary’s expertise and reputation in Law globally, and in Thailand particularly, as many Thai judges have completed an LLM at the University.
— Professor Colin Grant, Vice-Principal (International)

How did we work with our partners?

The party of delegates included early career and senior judges, including a Vice-President of the Thai Supreme Court.

The CPD team built a tailored academic programme focusing on specific areas of UK and EU law. The delegates heard guest speakers from international law firms and attended face-to-face seminars, They went on field trips to London courts, and met with UK Judges and Thai Embassy officials. There were extra-curricular trips outside London on non-teaching days. Each course culminated in a gala dinner and certificate ceremonies, with invited guests from the UK legal community.

Queen Mary offered pastoral support to the Office of the Judiciary of Thailand delegation, so that they had concierge-level service throughout their visit.

The outcome

Delegates informed us they would be taking back the theory and practice learned to inform their future work within the Thai judicial system. We were told by their Vice-President, the most influential areas of the programme were sports law, health and safety regulation, and legislation surrounding race and gender discrimination.

92 per cent felt course content was “very good”, and all respondents scored the training “good” or “very good”.

 

Executive education and continuing professional development (CPD)

Project Manager, Continuing Professional Development: Andy Colley

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