Bajrakitiyabha

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Bajrakitiyabha
Princess of Thailand
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Princess Bajrakitiyabha in 2013
Ambassador of Thailand to Austria
In office4 September 2012 – 1 October 2014
PredecessorSomsak Suriyawong
SuccessorAttayut Srisamut
Prime MinisterYingluck Shinawatra
Prayut Chan-o-cha
Born (1978-12-07) 7 December 1978 (age 40)
Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall, Dusit Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
HouseMahidol (Chakri dynasty)
FatherVajiralongkorn (Rama X)
MotherPrincess Soamsawali
ReligionTheravada Buddhism
OccupationDiplomat

Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendira Debyavati (Thai: พัชรกิติยาภา นเรนทิราเทพยวดี; Thai pronunciation: [pʰát.ɕʰā.rá(ʔ).kì.tì.jāː.pʰāː]; RTGSPhatchara Kitiyapha Narenthira Thepphayawadi; affectionally known as Princess Pa or Patty,[1] born 7 December 1978) is a Thai diplomat and princess of Thailand, the first grandchild of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, and the only one of the seven children of King Maha Vajralongkorn born to his first wife Princess Soamsavali.

Early life and education[edit]

Princess Bajrakitiyabha in 2010

Princess Bajrakitiyabha studied at the all-girls Rajini School when she was in elementary and junior high school. She moved to England and began her secondary education first at Heathfield School in Ascot, finishing at the Chitralada School.

Princess Bajrakitiyabha received a LL.B. degree from Thammasat University, as well a B.A. degree in International Relations from Sukhothai Thammatirat University, both in 2000. She subsequently obtained a LL.M. degree from Cornell Law School in 2002 and a J.S.D. degree from Cornell University in 2005.[1][2]

On 12 May 2012, she was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.[3]

Career[edit]

On completion of her doctorate Princess Bajrakitiyabha worked briefly at the Thai Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in New York, before returning to Thailand. In September 2006, she was appointed Attorney in the Office of the Attorney General in Bangkok, and is currently appointed to Office of the Attorney General of Udon Thani Province.[4]

The princess was instrumental in prodding the Thai government to submit a resolution to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council, that detailed the vulnerability of women incarcerated in a system built principally for men. Her efforts were to lead to the UN adoption of the "Bangkok Rules",[5] the first set of universal guidelines addressing the treatment of women in the justice system.[6]

Bajrakitiyabha runs the "Kamlangjai" or "Inspire" project, which reached out to incarcerated Thai women including pregnant inmates and their babies, and intends to assure that female and pregnant inmates are given adequate assistance to prepare them to reenter society upon release.[7][8] She is also working on "Enhancing lives of Female Inmates" (ELFI), a project which proposes new rules for the treatment of women prisoners and non-custodial measures for women offenders as a supplement to the 1955 Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners[9] From 2012 to 2014, she was the Thai ambassador to Austria, until she took a post at the Office of the Attorney General.

Titles[edit]

Styles of
Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand
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Reference styleHer Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
Royal monogram
Royal Cypher flags of Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand
  • 7 December 1978 – 5 May 2019: Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha
    • (Thai: พระเจ้าหลานเธอ พระองค์เจ้าพัชรกิติยาภา; Phra Chao Lan Ther Phra Ong Chao Bajrakitiyabha)
  • 5 May 2019 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendira Debyavati
    • (Thai: สมเด็จพระเจ้าลูกเธอ เจ้าฟ้าพัชรกิติยาภา นเรนทิราเทพยวดี; Somdet Phra Chao Luk Ther Chao Fa Bajrakitiyabha)

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honour[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Commencement 2005: Cell phones, cameras, congratulations, challenges and a princess". Cornell University News Service. 29 May 2005. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  2. ^ CURRICULUM VITAE Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand- website Thailand Institute of Justice Archived 20 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand and ABA President-elect Laurel G. Bellows to address 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent graduates". Kentlaw.iit.edu. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Hrh Princess Bajrakitiyabha Will Serve As Attorney Of The Office Of The Attorney-general". Thaivisa.com. 21 August 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  5. ^ "The Bangkok Rules; United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders with their Commentary" (PDF). UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Dialogue—Issue 43: Bangkok Rules Address the Plight of Women in Prison". Dui Hua. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  7. ^ "History of Inspire". The Kamlangjai Project. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  8. ^ Winn, Patrick (8 September 2016). "Thailand is moving closer to decriminalizing meth". Public Radio International (PRI). Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  9. ^ Enhancing the lives of female inmates. UNODC (23 April 2009). Retrieved on 19 September 2011.
  10. ^ "??" (PDF). Ratchkitcha.soc.go.th. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
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  14. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Bkk1.in.th. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  15. ^ "??" (PDF). Ratchkitcha.soc.go.th. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
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  19. ^ [1] Archived 18 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Mfa.go.th. Retrieved 23 October 2016.

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Bajrakitiyabha
Born: 7 December 1978
Thai royalty
Preceded by
Dipangkorn Rasmijoti
Line of succession to the Thai throne
2nd position
Succeeded by
Sirivannavari Nariratana