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Krisna Bovornratanaraks



Retired four-star general Krisna Bovornratanaraks advises clients and legal professionals at Tilleke & Gibbins on collaborating with relevant Thai government public agencies. His extensive legal training and experience in the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence, Royal Thai Army, judiciary, and other government bodies makes Krisna one of Thailand’s leading authorities on the interpretation and analysis of government, Ministry of Defence, and army directives and regulations.

In addition to his specialty as a government relations advisor, Krisna is highly sought after for his expertise on cybersecurity and attendant legal measures. He is regularly invited to present on the topic and lead training sessions for companies, public sector agencies, and universities both in Thailand and abroad.

Krisna’s broad expertise also extends to government contracts, public sector procurement, and public-private partnerships—especially in relation to the Thai military. He is able to draw on this knowledge to advise clients on proper procedures and approaches for success in entering into and fulfilling obligations with government and military bodies.

Krisna holds a special interest in human rights law, international humanitarian law, and related issues. He is currently serving as a member of the government’s Committee to Drive and Strengthen the Nation’s Rule of Law and as an advisor to the House of Representatives’ Committee on National Security, Border Affairs, National Strategy, and National Reform. He previously served as an advisor to the Committee on Legal Affairs, Justice, and Human Rights in the House of Representatives, and has also been an advisor to the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs on entering into various international agreements and conventions related to human rights law. He has also served extensively on government entities on judicial reform and law enforcement in this context, and continues to work with government bodies on the application of human rights principles in a practical setting. In addition, he has been invited to be a lecturer and thesis examiner on topics such as human rights, rules of engagement and peacetime operations, international law, and operational law at various training institutes and universities, as well as by the Thai military and the Lawyers Council of Thailand—for which he also serves as an advisor to the organization’s president.

Krisna holds an LLM in international business legal studies from the University of Exeter, and has undertaken postgraduate certificates and other training courses at the University of San Diego, the University of Bristol, Columbia University, King Prajadhipok’s Institute, and Thailand’s Office of the Judiciary and Office of the Council of State. He spent 39 years as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, which is responsible for wide range of issues covering administrative law, government contracting, law of war and international relations, and other areas. Besides his duties as a four-star general, Krisna was previously an associate judge of the Intellectual Property and International Trade Court; a board member of the Thai Government Pension Fund; Director of Military Legislation and Foreign Affairs Division of the Ministry of Defence; Chief of Military Prosecutors; and Deputy Judge Advocate General.


  • Serving as an advisor to the House of Representatives’ Committee on National Security, Border Affairs, National Strategy, and National Reform.
  • Serving on the National Justice Reform Commission of Thailand, tasked with creating action plans for national reform projects as prescribed by the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand.

  • Acting as a member of the Justice Fund Commission, a Ministry of Justice initiative that aims to help underprivileged defendants pay for various legal expenses.

  • Appointed to the Information Disclosure Tribunal under the Official Information Act B.E. 2540 (1997), responsible for considering and deciding on appeals against orders denying the release of official information concerning social affairs, government administration, and law enforcement.

  • Serving as an appointed member of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board’s subcommittee on legal affairs, responsible for advising on relevant legal developments and concerns.

  • Appointed to the Screening Committee for Legal Affairs of the Export-Import Bank of Thailand.
  • Served as a member of the National Reform Steering Assembly, a body established under the interim 2014 constitution, tasked with proposing broad-based reform of the Thai government and its functions.

  • Served on the Revolving Fund for the Development of Private Higher Education Institutes Commission, Office of the Higher Education Commission, tasked with providing funds for private higher education institutions in Thailand.
  • Advised Thailand’s Ministry of Defence on the accession of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a multilateral UN treaty that aims to protect individuals’ civil and political rights.

  • Acted as an advisor to the Ministry of Defence regarding Thailand becoming a state party to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (also called the Ottawa Treaty).
  • Advised the Ministry of Defence on Thailand’s signing of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which established an international judicial body to try genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

  • Appointed as a Human Rights Expert on Civil and Political Rights of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT), tasked with supporting the functions of the NHRCT.
ABOUT Krisna








    Diploma in English Legal Studies, University of Bristol

    LLM, University of Exeter

    LLB, Thammasat University


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