Prominent leaders in attendance included Vice Minister of Justice Nguyen Khanh Ngoc and Mission Director of USAID in Vietnam Michael Greene.
The forum is a key activity of the Legal Partnership Group, which was established on 21/7/2016 under Decision No 1553 from the Minister of Justice.
The forum serves as a formal mechanism for discussions on the development and implementation of laws and regulations, as well as on legal and judicial reform. It also serves as a platform for the promotion of international cooperation.
The Ministry of Justice is responsible for international cooperation in the judicial and legal fields. During the past 10 years, the Ministry has successfully organized a number of legal forums, drawing the interest and attention of various government agencies, international stakeholders, and the public.
Building on previous years’ successful cooperation, USAID, through its Governance for Inclusive Growth Program, has now supported the Ministry of Justice to organize two legal forums. The first forum was organized in December 2016 focusing on personal rights and property rights under the new 2015 Civil Code.
Today’s forum centered on the 2017 Law on Legal Aid and internal mediation, which is an important mechanism for promoting access to justice for the poor and for vulnerable groups. The forum also brought in practical experience in ensuring justice for victims of gender based violence from the perspective of the Supreme People’s Court.
The Government of Vietnam is working with USAID through its Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) Program, in cooperation with Vietnam’s business community and organizations to support sustainable, inclusive economic growth in the country.