Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao.
The 76th UN General Assembly plans to hold the vote for 34 ILC members at UN headquarters in New York on November 12.
Thao is among 11 candidates who will run for eight seats representing the Asia-Pacific region. The remaining 10 candidates come from Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Cyprus, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Mongolia and Lebanon.
Meanwhile, there are 12 candidates vying for nine seats representing Africa; seven candidates vying for three seats representing Eastern Europe; seven candidates vying for six seats representing Latin America and the Caribbean; and 11 candidates vying for eight seats representing Western Europe and other countries.
Ambassador Thao is a seasoned Vietnamese diplomat with 40 years of experience. He obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and also teaches international law at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.
In 2016, Ambassador Thao became the first Vietnamese to be elected as a member of the ILC. During the 2017-2022 tenure, he actively promoted ILC research results, delivered speeches and participated in ILC discussions.
He also helped to express the interest of developing countries in new and non-traditional topics and actively joined discussions on topics such as the protection of the atmosphere and the protection of the environment in armed conflict. . In particular, he strongly supported ILC’s research on sea level rise and adding the issue to the committee’s long-term work program.
With an in-depth knowledge of sea and environmental law, he made significant contributions to the first report of the Research Group on Sea Level Rise in Relation to International Law last year.
Apart from his valuable professional contributions, Thao has also been instrumental in fostering relationships and connections among ILC members to promote exchanges between legal scholars and international law practitioners in the country and abroad. foreign. He has also been a lecturer at many prestigious universities and seminaries in the region. In 2018, he was elected second vice-president of the ILC on the occasion of its 70th anniversary of founding./.