Law commission

Việt Nam contributes to the International Law Commission

VIETNAM, August 7 –

GENEVA — Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyễn Hồng Thao pledged to further contribute to the progress and development of international law, for peace, friendship, cooperation and sustainable development in the world.

Speaking at the 73rd session of the International Law Commission (ILC) on 5 August, the Ambassador, on behalf of the regional group of Asian States, praised the efforts of the commission as well as its contributions and support to developing countries.

The 73rd session is the last meeting of the commission during the 2017-22 term, which lasted up to six years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The session took place from April 18 to June 3 and from July 4 to August 5.

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyễn Hồng Thao was re-elected to the ILC for the 2023-27 term on November 12, 2021, with 145 out of 191 votes, ranking fourth among 11 Asia-Pacific candidates.

During the 2017-22 term, Ambassador Thao was the first Vietnamese to be elected to the ILC.

He joined and contributed ideas to important committee discussions regarding the protection of the environment in armed conflict, the protection of the atmosphere, sea level rise and international law.

Thao obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and previously held important positions such as vice-president of the National Border Commission and head of Vietnamese delegations to negotiations on border agreements with its neighboring countries. .

The ILC is an independent body of the UN and specializes in the development and codification of international law, and reports to the Legal Committee of the UN General Assembly.

It is made up of 34 members who are elected by UN member states every five years by secret ballot. —VNS