The forum was attended by Deputy Minister of Justice Nguyen Khanh Ngoc, Mission Director of USAID Vietnam Mike Greene and Deputy Country Director of UNDP Vietnam Akiko Fujii.
At this forum, the Ministry of Justice officially introduced the Legal Partnership Group, which was established in July 2016, with the mandate to share information about legal policies, strengthen international cooperation in legal areas and advocacy, and coordinate funding opportunities in Vietnam.
The ministry intends to organize regular meetings to encourage dialogue on legal and judicial reforms through this forum. This forum is the continued partnership between the Ministry of Justice and UNDP since 2014.
The focus on this law forum was on the 2015 Civil Code, ratified by the 13th National Assembly on November 24, 2015, and will take effect on January 1, 2017. The new Civil Code includes a number of significant changes relating to property and personal rights, which have received great acknowledgement from the nation and international communities.
Participants reviewed key changes in the Civil Code 2015, the solution for the development and amendment of legal documents to support effective implementation of the Code, and discussed the formal mechanism for international cooperation through the Legal Partnership Group.