Narumon (Pan) Changboonmee

Monash Law PhD student Narumon (Pan) Changboonmee

What were you doing before you started your research degree with Monash Law School?

I completed a Bachelor of Law degree from Thammasat Univeristy (Thailand) and a Master of Law (LLM) specializing in International Law from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).  I also studied and completed a Master of Public and International Law from Melbourne Law School.

Prior to commencing at Monash Law School, I was working as a Law Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Kasetsart University in Bangkok (Thailand) where I held a tenured academic position. I was responsible for several subjects in an area of International Law and also for administrative work when I was appointed as a deputy head of the Department of Law.

What is your current research based on?

My research focuses on the human rights protection for child migrant workers, especially those who are categorised as unaccompanied and separated children. The focused groups are child migrants from Thailand’s neighbouring countries.

What made you decide to choose Monash Law School for your research degree?

I chose Monash Law School because of its reputation in human rights studies and the Castan Centre for Human Rights. It will provide me an opportunity to develop my knowledge and understanding in human rights, particularly the rights of children in the context of migration.

What is the best aspect of studying at Monash Law School?

I had high hopes before I came to Monash and the experiences I have so far are better than my expectations. The diversity within the faculty is incredibly amazing, the academic environment is extraordinary. I have no doubts in the quality of teaching and research. I feel privileged to discuss and learn from leading academics in the human rights law area.

How has studying at Monash Law School benefited you professionally and personally?

I am able to create connections with people from different professional backgrounds and legal systems who are from every part of the world. Learning from them is very interesting and challenging to see how human rights are interpreted in other jurisdictions. In terms of my personal life, I have formed a friendship with other research students who have like minds and common interests.

What are your plans after you complete your study with Monash Law?

After completing my PhD, I will return to work as a lecturer of law at Kasetsart University in Thailand, with the hope of being able to teach new skills and understandings directly to students. Moreover, I am planning to research the development of Thai laws and to co-operate with NGOs to further understanding in the field of migration.

List any personal achievements you have made through your studies at Monash Law School.

Throughout my first year at Monash Law School, I have attended several workshops and conferences where I got the chance to talk about my research in some aspects. It is a great opportunity to share my work with others who have the same interests, and get feedback from them which will help me to develop and extend my knowledge. Furthermore, I was invited to write an article which is translated and published in German.

Please tell me one piece of advice you have for anyone considering embarking on a research degree with Monash Law School.

If you are considering doing a research degree in human rights law, Monash Law School would be the place for you. With an outstanding academic reputation, multicultural environment and great academic support, what else would you look for in your studies?