Our Consultant Sor Rattanamanee Polkla at M. Ravi Law Thailand is part of our growing ESG Asia team and does litigation on an instructed basis before the Thai Courts. She is a leading environmental lawyer in South East Asia working in the business and human rights field since 2001. She is also the executive coordinator of the Community Resource Centre (CRC), an NGO based in Thailand.
She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University, Bangkok. She is also the coordinator of the Mekong Legal Network (MLN).
Sor Rattanamanee and her team worked to secure justice for 700 Cambodian families who were forcibly displaced due to a Thai sugar company by a class action lawsuit that 2 representatives of the 700 families filed. In this case, she sought justice for the community to hold the company accountable for their human rights violations. Recently, the courts ruled that the representatives can sue the sugar company and the case should move forward. This lawsuit was the first of its kind in transboundary human rights law under class action lawsuit and the fight continues.
She also filed a case against a Thai state enterprise to stop the Power Purchase Agreement for Xayaburi Hydropower that threatened the people and the environment in the Mekong River. The action was brought in the Thai Administrative court. This case became the first transboundary case where the Supreme Administrative Court granted leave to accept the case for consideration.
Sor travels extensively to participate and speak in global human rights conferences including to the United Nations. She is also the Thai National Representative to the South East Asian Public Interest Lawyers network.
She says: “Sometimes law is not justice. It sometimes violates culture, violates history.”