Chontit Chuenurah 

Director | Office for the Bangkok Rules and Treatment of Offenders | Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ)

Established in 2011, TIJ is an institute within the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) with a mandate to promote the implementation of UN standards and norms related to the treatment of offenders, particularly the UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules).

At TIJ, Chontit provides strategic leadership to promote gender sensitive treatment of women prisoners and women offenders through research, capacity building and policy advocacy at the domestic, regional and international levels. Annually, Chontit and her team organize a regional training on the management of women prisoners for senior correctional staff from ten ASEAN countries and provide technical assistance upon request. For the past several years, she has also been involved in research focusing on women’s pathways to imprisonment in Southeast Asian and promoted social partnership to support reintegration of formerly incarcerated persons.

Prior to working at TIJ, she severed as legal affairs officer at the Ministry of Justice of Thailand and was part of a team responsible for implementing Thailand’s diplomatic initiative to develop the Bangkok Rules in 2009. Chontit graduated with a Master of Law in Criminal Justice from the University of Kent and Master of Science in Social Policy and Social Research from the University of Southampton, the United Kingdom.