Professor Jayavadh Bunnag

Professor Jayavadh has been practicing law more than 5 decades long. He began his career in law after graduating from a prestigious Thai university in 1969. Via his sheer dedication and commitment for law, he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship and obtained an LL.M from the renowned Harvard University in 1972. With the full knowledge of both local and international laws, Professor Jayavadh is conversant in the rapidly changing legal landscape of Thailand.

Professor Jayavadh is well-versed in all aspects of the commercial law practice, specializing in natural resources laws (minerals, oil & gas and energy) . He was Vice President of the Thai Mineral Industry Council for many years and still serves as its Honorary Legal Advisor. He also acts as an arbitrator and counsel in both domestic and international arbitrations. He was the first Thai to become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a Chartered Arbitrator and chaired its Thailand Branch for many years.

Despite his busy professional schedule, Professor Jayavadh teaches at many Thai universities and is still involved in assisting them in their academic activities. In recognition of his academic contribution to Thammasat University, he received royal appointment as its Adjunct Professor of Commercial Law. He is on the Committee of the Council of State to Revise Laws on Business Organizations.

Member, Committee to Revise Laws on Business Organizations, Council of State; President; International Law Association of Thailand; Chairman, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Association (Thailand), Past President, German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (1987-1988). Past Vice President, Thai Mining Industry Council.


  • Chulalongkorn University (LL.B., 1969)
  • Thammasat University (LL.M., 1987)
  • Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1972) (Fulbright Scholar)


  • Thai Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Lawyers Council of Thailand
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chartered Arbitrator


Thai, English and French (basic)

Notable Achievements and Activities:

  • Assisted in the drafting the Ethanol-Biodiesel Fuel Bill for the Energy Subcommittee of the Thai House of Representatives.
  • Led the research team to prepare a study on the reform of Thai Economic Laws.
  • Jointly cooperated with Harvard Law School under the auspices of the Asian Development Bank to develop Secured Transaction Laws for selected Asian countries.
  • Assisted Chulalongkorn University in preparing a research study and recommendation to revise the Thai Mineral Act for the Thai Ministry of Industry.
  • He has been awarded with Thailand’s A-List Top 100 lawyers (2020) by Asia Business Law Journal (read more).