International political experts share ideas related to Thailand’s reform to solve conflicts

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BANGKOK, 22 May 2015 – Political experts from Germany and France have been invited to join a special lectures project hosted by the Foreign Ministry and share their views on the role of the Constitution in national efforts to resolve conflicts.

On Friday, the Foreign Ministry organized a series of special lectures on Thailand’s political conflicts, the reform process and lessons to be learnt from constitutions adopted in other countries.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam said that the lectures have been initiated to promote an understanding of the charter drafting process which is ongoing amidst both praise and criticism. He added that the target audiences include the Constitution Drafting Committee, the National Reform Council, the National Legislative Assembly, members of the public and the media.

In discussing the event’s objectives, Mr. Wissanu said that experts from Germany and France have been invited to share their experiences in their respective countries, that have successfully overcome crises and drafted new charters which succeeded in bringing about reconciliation and stable governments.

Among the international speakers are Professor Dominique Rousseau and Professor Michel Troper from the University of Paris, who became known for a recommendation to use the Constitutional Court to solve conflicts, and the theory of Realism, respectively.

Also attending is Professor Ulrich Karpen from the University of Hamburg who will be speaking about Germany’s experiences with Nazism and Hitler.

Mr. Wissanu stated that the lectures won’t entail the experts’ criticisms of Thailand as they will be discussing only the experiences of their own countries.