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Berkeley Law Symposium: "Social Transformation & the Role of Media Regulation in Thailand"

   

“SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION & THE ROLE OF MEDIA REGULATION IN THAILAND”

May 27, 2011 2-5 pm UC-Berkeley Law School, Boalt Hall Room 100

Sponsored by:

 UC-BERKELEY SCHOOL OF LAW’s INTERNATIONAL AND EXECUTIVE LEGAL EDUCATION (IELE) PROGRAM

 UC-BERKELEY ROUNDTABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY

 CAL-ASIA BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

 HARVARD CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO

 YALE CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Prof. Jesse Choper, Earl Warren Chair of Public Law

Former Dean and Prof. Tom Goldstein, Berkeley School of Journalism

Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Commissioner Sudharma Yoonaidharma,

Thailand Govt.’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)

Dr. Behnam Tabrizi, Stanford Dept. of Management Science & Engineering

Jake Jennings, Head of International Regulatory Affairs, AT&T

Special Guest:

The Honorable Presiding Judge Saowalak Jullamon

Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court, Thailand

This event is free and open to the public

For event information, please contact IELE@law.berkeley.edu

With thanks to our corporate sponsors:

AT&T

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Sidley & Austin LLP

Squire Sanders Dempsey LLP

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Keynote Speaker bio:  Sudharma Yoonaidharma
 
Sudharma is currently acting Commissioner of the Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). Prior to the NBTC appointment, Sudharma taught business and economic law at Chulalongkorn University. At the University, Sudharma held senior posts, including Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Director General of the Intellectual Property Institute and Director General of the Science and Technology Law Center. During 2004-2010, he held a position of a commissioner of the Thai National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) which is currently under the transitions to the NBTC. 
 
Through the years, Sudharma’s other activities included the drafting of telecommunications and e‐commerce laws, and a proposal to liberalize and privatize government‐owned operators. Sudharma was appointed as a World Bank transport and telecommunications expert to work with Ministry of Finance to facilitate corporatization of public utility service agencies. Sudharma also prepared a position paper for the Thai Government to negotiate telecommunication services under the Uruguay Round leading to the Thai Schedule of Commitment of 1994 and 1996. Sudharma has also been the lead telecommunication negotiation delegate to negotiate telecommunication services with the Japan‐Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement, Thailand‐US Free Trade Agreement (suspended), Thailand‐India Economic Cooperation Agreement, ASEAN‐China Closer Economic Cooperation Agreement and Thailand‐Australia Free Trade Agreement.
 
He was nominated as the Chairman of the ASEAN Telecommunication Regulators Council (ATRC) in 2009, Co‐Chair of ASEAN‐Japan Telecommunication Dialogue and Co‐Chair of ASEAN‐China Telecommunication Dialogue. Sudharma has been invited to speak at various meetings and conferences such as the International Telecommunications Society (ITS)(Turkey), the International Media Policy course in Oxford (UK), the Necessary Knowledge Workshop at University of Pennsylvania (USA), the Regulatory Economics & Processes course at Public Utility Research Center (PURC) (USA), the Africa-Asia Universal Service Policy seminar at Curtin University of Technology (Australia), the 8th Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR)(Thailand),  the International Institute of Communication Annual Conference 2009 (Canada), ASEM Workshop on Building an Inclusive Information Society (Malaysia).
 
Presently, he is also teaching Telecommunications Laws for master degrees at Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University.  Sudharma received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School.


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