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Government gathers public opinions on the draft revised Civil Code

Updated: 11:15’ - 02/01/2014

Public consultations on the draft revision of the Civil Code, which is regarded as a backbone of the country’s legal system, will be held from January 5 through April 5 in order to collect opinions of people from all walks of life, both inside and outside the country.


A meeting to announce the Government's plan on organization of public consultation on the revised Civil Code was held on January 5, 2015__Photo: Phuong Hoa/VNA


People may submit their opinions via the Ministry of Justice’s website at as well as in documents or at conferences and dialogues. Meanwhile, ministries and ministerial-level agencies are requested to give opinions on matters directly related to fields and domains under their management.

According to the Government’s Plan on organization of public consultation on the revised Civil Code, the revision focuses on fundamental principles of the civil law, ownership and other real rights, obligations and contracts, inheritance and civil relations involving foreign elements.

The public consultation will target 10 issues on which opinions remain divergent, including responsibilities of competent agencies for protection of civil rights; moral rights; subjects of civil relationships; legal consequences of civil transactions incompliant with regulatory requirements on the form of civil transactions; protection of bona fide third parties when civil transactions are declared to be invalid; forms of ownership; time of establishment of ownership and other real rights; modification of contracts upon change of circumstances; interest rates in property borrowing contracts; and statute of limitations.

The current draft consists of 712 articles arranged in six parts and 26 chapters. Compared to the 2005 Code, it keeps intact 265 articles, revises 298, supplements 176 and annuls 147.

A report summarizing public opinions on the draft revision of the Code will be submitted to the 13th National Assembly at its ninth session scheduled to start in May.-


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