Law commission

Vietnamese diplomat re-elected to UN law commission

By Viet Anh November 12, 2021 | 9:53 p.m. PT

Nguyen Hong Thao was re-elected on Friday as a member for the 2023-27 term of the United Nations International Law Commission.

He polled 145 of 191 votes cast, the fourth highest of 11 candidates in the Asia-Pacific region, at a session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States, according to the World and Vietnam Report newspaper.

Vietnam is one of the region’s eight representatives, along with China, Cyprus, India, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea and Thailand.

After the vote, Thao expressed his pride in continuing to ensure Vietnam’s contribution to international law-making and promoting cooperation between countries.

Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao. Photo by World & Vietnam Report

The ILC is an independent specialized agency that studies codification issues, develops international laws and reports to the Legal Committee of the General Assembly.

It has 34 members elected every five years by secret ballot.

In 2016, Thao became the first Vietnamese to be elected to the ILC.

The Ambassador, who holds a doctorate in law from Sorbonne University, France, is an expert in international law with 40 years of experience.

He served as Deputy Head of the National Boundary Committee, Head of the Negotiating Team for Border Agreements with Neighboring Countries, Legal Adviser for Vietnam’s Law of the Sea in 2012, and his country’s Ambassador to Malaysia and Kuwait.