On November 1, 2013, China-Mekong Law Center President, Daniel J. Mitterhoff met with representatives of the Law Faculty at Chiang Rai Rajaphat University (CRRU) in northern Thailand to discuss cooperation on CMLC’s planned Lancang-Mekong International College of Law project, in cooperation with Yunnan University Law School (see photo below). To Mr. Mitterhoff’s pleasant surprise, CRRU Law Dean Ms. Pranom Kaewrakon introduced CRRU’s plan to establish a Thai language Master of Laws in Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Law. This discovery fostered fruitful discussions on how the two master-level degree initiatives might be combined.
Efforts are now underway to eventually exchange students between each program for one semester of study. CMLC President Daniel Mitterhoff will be advising CRRU Law School on curriculum development and how CRRU can create an English language semester of law courses relevant to the Greater Mekong Subregion which can be integrated into the Kunming-based Lancang-Mekong International College of Law Project. The plan is to create complimentary programs of English-language “Mekong Law” courses at each school, so CRRU students may study part of their Master-level degree courses at Yunnan University Law School and Yunnan University students may study part of their Master-degree courses at CRRU. To underscore the seriousness of this plan, CRRU Law Dean Pranom Kaewrakon and CMLC President Daniel Mitterhoff held a November 4 meeting with CRRU University President, Thosopol Arreenich, to introduce the proposed cooperation between the two developing “Mekong Law” programs.