Asia & Pacific Regional Office (Bangkok)

Jennifer Thambayah – Senior International Programme Manager, Asia & Pacific

Jennifer is a lawyer with a background in human rights and development. Her previous work experience includes stints at the The Asia Foundation, the International Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She studied law at the University of Colombo and international business law at Cornell University.

Nawawan Petchwattana – Administration Officer, Asia & Pacific

Nawawan joined the ICJ as an Administration Officer in June 2012.  Her prior work experience includes working as an Administrative Associate at the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and as a Secretary in the Consular Section of the Turkish Embassy in Thailand. Nawawan holds a  Bachelor of Arts degree from Ayuthaya Rajabhat University.

Cholticha Romruen – International Finance Officer, Asia & Pacific

Cholticha (Nong) initially joined ICJ as a Senior Finance Officer and was subsequently promoted to International Finance office for Asia and Pacific Region. Before joining ICJ, she was worked as Senior Accountant at International Union Conservation of Natures (IUCN) and private sector in Thailand. She hold Master degree in Management from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand and Bachelor degree in Accounting from Bangkok University, Thailand.

Kingsley Abbott – Senior International Legal Adviser, Southeast Asia

Prior to joining the ICJ, Kingsley was a Senior Legal Officer with the United Nations at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, where he advised Judges investigating international and domestic crimes allegedly committed by the Khmer Rouge. He also worked as a Trial Counsel with the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague. Prior to working as an international criminal lawyer, he spent several years practicing as a criminal barrister in New Zealand acting for both the defence and prosecution. In 2001, he obtained a conjoint degree in law and philosophy from the University of Auckland and was admitted to the Bar in 2002.

Emerlynne Gil – Senior International Legal Adviser, Southeast Asia

Prior to ICJ, Emerlynne headed the Human Rights Defenders Department of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) where she led advocacy initiatives at the regional and international levels for the implementation of standards under the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Emerlynne served as a court attorney under Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna at the Supreme Court of the Philippines and also as a lecturer at the University of the Philippines’ Department of English and Comparative Literature. She also worked as a corporate and labor litigation attorney at a law firm in Makati City, Philippines, immediately after receiving her law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 2000. She received her LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana, in 2007 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines in 1996.

Sanhawan Srisod – National Legal Adviser, Southeast Asia

Sanhawan is a lawyer with background in international humanitarian law and experience working on humanitarian issues in the violence-plagued deep south of Thailand with the ICRC. She also worked on an Australia- Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons to strengthen national and regional (ASEAN) capacity of criminal justice responses to human trafficking. She has also worked with a number of organizations dedicated to helping refugees and asylum seekers in Thailand, i.e. UNHCR and Asylum Access.  She also worked in a law firm and was heavily involved in several high profile international cases, e.g. the disposition of one of Thailand’s leading bank’s stake by its major shareholder, the issuance of the debt instrument under Basel III implementation, joint venture of a company in the aviation industry and a potentially large IPO and stock market listing. She got her LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and her LL.B. in Laws from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand. She is currently pursuing a master degree (MA) in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Part-time Program) at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Dhevy Sivaprakasam – International Associate Legal Adviser, Southeast Asia

Dhevy joined the ICJ in July 2017. Prior to joining the ICJ, she completed internships with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at its regional office in Bangkok and under the International Judges of the Trial Chamber at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). She also worked as a Legal Executive and trained in litigation at a law firm in Singapore. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Human Rights Law from University College London (UCL) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from University of Bristol.

Sean Bain – International Legal Adviser, Myanmar

Before joining the ICJ in April 2016, Sean worked with civil society organisations in Myanmar. His previous work experience includes development, humanitarian and policy roles with non-government organisations in Australia, Cambodia and Timor-Leste. Sean studied development and politics at the University of Melbourne, and law at the Australian National University.