Sarah Bishop

PhD Candidate
B. Laws (Hons)/B. Asian Studies (Thai)(Hons) (ANU)
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Sarah Bishop is a PhD candidate within the ANU College of Law undertaking research on Thai Constitutional Law focusing on court interpretation of constitutional rights provisions.

Sarah's primary area of research interest is Asian law, with a particular focus on Thai public law. Her previous research has focused on areas in which the country's newly established public law courts have been particularly active―political party regulation and environmental regulation.  

In addition to research work, Sarah is involved in running the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific courses ASIA3014 and ASIA6014 Southeast Asian Frontiers: Thailand and Burma/Myanmar which introduce students to the languages of, and contemporary issues along, the Thai-Myanmar border.


Year Title
2011 ANU University Medal for Asian Studies
2011 Australian Federation of Graduate Women ACT Prize
2010 Mallesons Stephen Jaques Prize for Law Studies
2010 Thomson Reuters Prize for International Organisations (Geneva)
2009 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Prize for Refugee Law
2009 ANU Richard B David Prize for Thai
2007 Jack Richardson Prize for Administrative Law
2007 ANU Richard B David Prize for Thai
2006 ANU Richard B David Prize for Thai
2005 ANU Basham Prize

In the Media

Sarah Bishop writes in East Asia Forum
Sarah Bishop speaks to ABC Radio National
Sarah Bishop writes in East Asia Forum

Past events

Thailand election
5.30PM to 7.00PM Panel discussion
  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak

Join leading Thai political scientist Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak, The Australian National University (ANU) Thai consitutional law expert Sarah Bishop and Director of Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Project Ben Bland for a discussion on what happens next in one of Southeast Asia’s most volatile nations.

Whither academic freedom in Thailand?
1.00PM to 2.00PM CIPL Seminar
  • Dr Craig Reynolds, Honorary Professor, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
  • Professor Anthony Connolly, ANU College of Law and ANU Academic Board
  • Sarah Bishop, PhD candidate, ANU College of Law

The criminal trial of a senior Thai academic along with four others that commenced this July 2018 has thrown a sharp spotlight on conditions in Thailand’s universities since the military seized government there in 2014.

Sarah Bishop
1.00PM to 2.00PM PhD oral presentation

Sarah's thesis examines Thailand’s experience with rights recognition, litigation and adjudication. 

Book chapters

  • Sarah Bishop, ‘Challenging the Judicial Coup Myth: Thai Constitutional Courts and Political Crises’ in Pavin Chachavalpongpun (ed) Coup, King, Crisis: A Critical Interregnum in Thailand (Yale University Council on Southeast Asian Studies, 2020), 199-224
  • Sarah Bishop and Mark Nolan, ‘The Criminal Justice Process of Thailand’ in Jane Goodman-Delahunty and Dilip K Das (eds)Trends in Legal Advocacy: Interviews with Prosecutors and Criminal Defence Lawyers Across the Globe(Volume 1, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor& Francis Group, 2017), 257-263.
  • Sarah Bishop and Mark Nolan, ‘Yaowalak Anuphan, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, Bangkok’ in Jane Goodman-Delahunty and Dilip K Das (eds)Trends in Legal Advocacy: Interviews with Prosecutors and Criminal Defence Lawyers Across the Globe(Volume 1, Boca Raton,FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, 2017), 264-283.


  • Sarah Bishop, The Thai Administrative Courts and Environmental Conflicts: A Case Study of Map Ta Phut, Rayong, Asian Studies Honours Thesis, ANU, 2011
  • Sarah Bishop, Rethinking Political Party Closure Laws: A Case Study of Thailand, Law Honours Thesis, ANU, 2010


Thai Courts and Interpretation of Constitutional Rights Provisions


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Further information

This thesis will examine the contexts and the manner in which Thai courts have interpreted rights provisions of the 1997, 2006 and 2007 Thai Constitutions with particular emphasis placed on differences in the roles played by the courts under each constitution and in approaches taken pre and post the 2006 Thai coup d’état. In doing so, it will consider whether differences in the procedural and substantive provisions of the constitutions and the increased level of involvement of the courts in political cases post the 2006 coup have influenced the types and numbers of rights cases being bought, and the way the courts have interepreted rights provisions.

Associate supervisor

Associate Supervisor

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