North Chiang Mai University prepares students for ASEAN laws
General Manager of the
Chiang Mai Mail Peerasan Wongsri chats with Dr. Pantip Nawanuch about
the changes being made at North Chiang Mai University to prepare for AEC
Dr. Panthip Nawanuch is the Dean of the Faculty of
Law at North Chiang Mai University and has had a varied and interesting
career in the law as well as in education. She received a Bachelor of
Law from Ramkamhaeng University and then a Bachelor of Arts in Political
Economy from Chiang Mai University. She went on to obtain her Masters in
Law from Ramkhamhaeng and then to Pathum Thani University for her
doctorate in Law.
She first began working as a lawyer in 1975 before
moving to the field of education.
Mr. Peerasan: I heard that you used your knowledge of
law to help society quite a bit?
Dr. Pantip: Yes, before I entered the education
field, I work as a lawyer and worked to help society in Chiang Mai. I
gave advice to people and participated in many committees in the Chiang
Mai Lawyers Association i.e. the Lawyers Council Committee Region 5, the
Central Committee of Chiang Mai Province, Vice President of Chiang Mai
Lawyers Association, Registrar of Chiang Mai Lawyers Association and an
Advisor to the President of Chiang Mai Lawyers Association.
Mr. Peerasan: How did you enter the education field?
Dr. Pantip: From my experiences as a lawyer, I
saw that there are still a lot of people who do not understand the law
and no matter how much I tried to educate them it was just too late as
the disputes had already occurred, so I decided to teach law as a
special lecturer for academic institutions in Chiang Mai before finally
becoming a professor and then Dean here at North Chiang Mai University.
Mr. Peerasan: As a lawyer in the field of education,
how do you apply your knowledge and experiences as a lawyer to your
Dr. Pantip: When I was a lawyer I educated people
who were already in trouble, but after I became a lecturer, I decided to
teach what is called preventive law, in other words I gave students
knowledge that will prevent them from violating the law. At North-Chiang
Mai University, we focus on academic knowledge that can be used in real
life situations. I have worked on community development as well as a
lecturer on law for community leader development, a lecturer on law for
promoting knowledge on democracy, a lecturer on law to youths, a co
lecturer in seminars of the Ministry of Justice, a lecture for academic
training programs on taxation and a lecturer of a legal training program
for non-commissioned police officers who are taking the promotional
examination to become commissioned police officer, I have used the
knowledge that I gained from those experiences and combined it with the
national educational concepts and strategies to develop our students
until our students secured the Royal Award for the national best youth,
second prize in a legal quiz competition and our Faculty of Law is also
working together with the Faculty of Law of Queensland University,
Australia and that of the National University of Laos to develop
students’ professional skills including professional lawyer skills.
Mr. Peerasan: I heard that the Faculty of Law under
your administration has signed many Memorandums of Understanding to
develop the body of knowledge for students. I would like to know what is
your role in an education to produce legal personnel in relation to the
Dr. Pantip: The Faculty of Law of North-Chiang
Mai University has prepared for the ASEAN community 2015; it has been
necessary to adapt in every aspects, especially on the education
frontier to enter the ASEAN community proudly. Another important thing
under the ASEAN Charter is that any action of the ASEAN must be
supported by law to make it legitimate. Therefore, law is a tool to
change and develop the ASEAN, thus Thai laws must be developed to keep
pace with the changes as ASEAN’s laws are important in operations among
members and have legal validity by the state laws of member countries.
Dr. Pantip Nawanuch, Dean
of the Faculty of Law for North Chiang Mai University is helping
students prepare for AEC laws.
To study only Thai law is not enough in the ASEAN
generation, they must now study ASEAN laws and it must be developed from
the level of bachelor degree to prepare students to work in any member
countries. As for judges and prosecutors, they must study more on
foreign laws and international laws to ensure justice in every area. The
Faculty of Law must be ready to produce graduates that have equal
knowledge and ability with other member countries, the Faculty of Law of
North-Chiang Mai has begun producing such graduates.
Mr. Peerasan: Other than producing legal personnel,
how else does the university participate?
Dr. Pantip: To develop the body of knowledge for
community is our CSR or social services of the Faculty of Law. Because
we realize that being in ASEAN has so many effects, both good and bad,
we have developed a project to train students to help and educate in the
community as well as having community justice volunteers. The University
is working to produce more graduations that have strong knowledge and
expertise in ASEAN laws. Because ASEAN laws focus on investment in stock
markets and foreign owned businesses we must adapt as there will be
foreign law firms and accounting firms operating in Thailand for their
people. Thus Thailand has to adapt its working strategies and visions.
Mr. Peerasan: I see that the University is well
prepared in producing ASEAN legal graduates. How do you think people can
access to information and knowledge on ASEAN laws?
Dr. Pantip: One of the University’s
resolutions is that it wants to be a knowledge market, thus the Faculty
of Law provides courses to people Saturday and Sunday both in bachelor
and master degrees. Anyone who is interested can ask more information at
North-Chiang Mai University every day from 8.30 am-5.00 pm including
holidays and our library also serves outsiders who wish to come and seek
knowledge everyday including holidays as well.
Mr. Peerasan: I hope the legal graduates will be able
to serve society according to your wishes and determinations.
Dr. Pantip: That’s our goal. It’s the reason why
we stick strictly to high teaching standards. Students will be assessed
and selected by qualified instructors from the Ministry of Justice
according to our University’s standards which has been approved by the
Institute of Legal Education of the Thai Bar Association to study to
become a barrister. Many gradated students carry out further study in
the Institute of Legal Education of the Thai Bar Association, some
become solicitors and some operate law firms. We also have legal
practitioners i.e. police, lawyers, legal officers, local politicians
and entrepreneurs who come to study for a Masters of Law degree with us
that shows the good feedback we have received from other professions
related to the legal field.