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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
First-instance jurisdiction to try commercial legal persons in Vietnam First-instance jurisdiction to try commercial legal persons in Vietnam
First-instance jurisdiction to hear criminal cases where defendants are commercial legal persons is determined by the reason of the matter involved, the person concerned or the place. This article analyses the 2015 Criminal Procedure Code’s provisions on the penal liability examination procedures and first-instance jurisdiction to try commercial legal persons and propose revisions to Vietnam’s current criminal procedure law in this regard.
Legal aid in Vietnams criminal justice Legal aid in Vietnam’s criminal justice
Under the 2017 Law on Legal Aid, legal aid is defined as the provision of pro-bono legal services to legal aid beneficiaries in legal aid cases or matters, contributing to guaranteeing citizens’ right of access to justice and equality before law. As compared to the 2006 Law on Legal Aid, this provision no longer mentions objectives of legal aid activities such as improving legal knowledge and sense of law observance and contributing to law dissemination and popularization and violation prevention and control. This aims at shifting focus on helping beneficiaries in legal proceedings, securing justice and more effectively protecting their lawful rights and interests.
The core value of the judiciary is to deliver justice for all The core value of the judiciary is to deliver justice for all
Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court Nguyen Hoa Binh last month attended an international conference entitled “Judicial Excellence in Response to Today’s Challenges” in Bangkok, Thailand. Vietnam Law and Legal Forum would like to publish his speech delivered at this event, which highlights the recent endeavors of Vietnam’s court system to deliver court excellence as well as future policies for reform.
Evidence and sources of evidence under the Criminal Procedure Code Evidence and sources of evidence under the Criminal Procedure Code
In criminal procedure, evidence plays a particularly important role in all criminal proceedings, from investigation, prosecution to trial, serving as a tool to prove or identify facts and circumstances significant to the settlement of criminal cases. This article analyzes provisions on evidence and sources of evidence in Vietnam’s criminal procedure law.
Procedures for filing foreign arbitral award recognition and enforcement requests in Vietnam Procedures for filing foreign arbitral award recognition and enforcement requests in Vietnam
The article analyzes the provisions of the 2015 Civil Procedure Code on the procedures for accepting and processing dossiers of request for recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Vietnam.
General rules on recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Vietnam General rules on recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Vietnam
The article discusses recent provisions of Vietnamese law and international legal instruments concerning the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Vietnam.
Personal liability and corporate liability under new Penal Code Personal liability and corporate liability under new Penal Code
On June 20, 2017, the National Assembly passed the revised Penal Code. It became effective on January 1, 2018. Several significant changes have occurred. Several acts, previously criminal, are no longer punishable. On the other hand, several previously innocent acts have been criminalized. One very large change is that an enterprise-not just an individual-may now be guilty of a crime1.
Corporate penal liability in Vietnam Corporate penal liability in Vietnam
The 2015 Penal Code marks a great progress in the country’s criminal justice by holding commercial legal entities liable for their criminal acts. Its novel provisions create a legal basis for the fight against criminal acts committed by commercial legal entities in recent years as well as for international cooperation on combating crime, especially transnational organized crime.
New Criminal Procedure Code better protects human rights New Criminal Procedure Code better protects human rights
Though promulgated in 2015, the new Criminal Procedure Code took effect on January 1, 2018, like the 2015 Penal Code (revised in 2017). This article browses specific changes in the Code designed to better protect human rights and citizens’ rights in criminal proceedings
An IP court in Vietnam needed: official An IP court in Vietnam needed: official
The establishment of an intellectual property (IP) court in Vietnam is in sight but has yet to be completed, a deputy chief inspector of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has said.

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