Research Handbook on Asian Competition Law
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Research Handbook on Asian Competition Law

Edited by Steven Van Uytsel, Shuya Hayashi and John O. Haley

This timely Research Handbook provides a comprehensive overview and discussion of the substantive competition law provisions of the ASEAN Plus Three region, including Hong Kong and Taiwan. Taking a unique comparative perspective, chapters examine Asian competition laws in relation to the existing laws that served as models for them, analysing how and why they deviate.
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Chapter 7: Competition law in Thailand: in transition to an operational law

Sakda Thanitcul

Abstract

Thailand adopted a full-fledged competition law in 1999, after the Thai economy faced problems with automobile manufacturers halting imports of vehicles into Thailand and it was not clear whether the earlier adopted price laws could deal with this issue. Despite the efforts of the Thai government to draft a competition law based on the competition laws of South Korea and Germany, the government was not able pass an effective law. This chapter explains that the law has triggered 93 complaints, the majority related to unfair trade practices, but none of these complaints have led to a decision that the competition law was violated. The chapter purports that the ineffectiveness was mainly caused by the conceptualization of the enforcement institutions. To curb this situation, a new competition law was adopted in 2017.

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