Hastings International and Comparative Law Review

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Arbitrating in Thailand


Jahan P. Raissi


Thailand has one of the developing world's strongest economies. The growth of the Thai economy has been fueled largely by foreign investment. As foreign investment in Thailand continues, disputes between foreign enterprises and their Thai counterparts are inevitable. One method for resolving these disputes is through arbitration at the new Arbitration Office in The Ministry of Justice. This note examines Thailand's 1987 Arbitration Act, the 1990 Arbitration Rules, and some other factors involved in arbitrating in Thailand. The note concludes that many of the potential advantages of arbitration are lost under the Thai rules and therefore arbitrating in Thailand is only marginally more attractive to the foreign investor than litigating in the Thai national courts.