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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Signing contracts by electronic means Signing contracts by electronic means
This article provides an overview on the use of electronic signature in Vietnam, including the current practice, regulatory framework and its application in judicial practice of the courts in relation to the validity of electronic signature. We hope that our readers may find it useful in the practice relating to signing contracts by electronic mean.
Constitutional defense: The ground for guaranteeing sovereignty of the people Constitutional defense: The ground for guaranteeing sovereignty of the people
The current Constitution of Vietnam stipulates that all state power belongs to the people. However, for several reasons, including the lack of a complete and comprehensive mechanism to defend the Constitution, the effectiveness of constitutional defense activities in Vietnam remains below expectations. This article analyzes the need and recommends some solutions for guaranteeing people’s sovereignty in the country through constitutional defense activities.
COVID-19: The right time for revising wildlife trade and consumption policy COVID-19: The right time for revising wildlife trade and consumption policy
The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is killing thousands of people globally and causing major impacts to livelihoods, society, and economies across the world. COVID-19 is understood to have originated in wildlife, most probably in a market selling live wildlife in China[1]. The conditions that lead to the emergence and transmission of these zoonotic pathogens to humans are also prevalent in Vietnam. It’s time to change the current approach to regulating the trading and use of live wildlife for the wellbeing and survival of all on this planet.
Social insurance law: overview and solutions for improvement Social insurance law: overview and solutions for improvement
Social insurance is a main pillar of the social security system in Vietnam’s socialist-oriented market economy, which plays an important role in realizing social progress and justice, improving people’s lives, and ensuring socio-political stability and national sustainable development. Proper implementation of social insurance is the duty of the entire political system and responsibility of Party organizations and administrations, socio-political organizations, businesses and people. One of the key factors for proper implementation of social insurance is policies and laws governing this social service. This article examines limitations in the current legal system on social insurance and puts forward solutions for improvement of this important system.
Article 59 of Tourism Law: Some thoughts on tour guides and their impact in Vietnam
Article 59 of Tourism Law: Some thoughts on tour guides and their impact in Vietnam
According to recent research, tourists who use the services of a tour guide exhibit higher levels of satisfaction with their tourist experience and are far more likely to return to the destination, particularly in the case of cultural and urban tourism. Should we not ensure then, for Vietnam’s tour guides to be the best they can be?
How new rules on prevention of adverse effects of alcohol will impact alcohol advertising and promotion (Practice Note) How new rules on prevention of adverse effects of alcohol will impact alcohol advertising and promotion (Practice Note)
Law 44/2019/QH14 on Prevention and Control of Harms of Liquor and Beer Abuse was passed on June 14, 2019, and became effective on January 1, 2020. On February 24, 2020, the Government issued Decree 24/2020/ND-CP detailing a number of articles of the Law with effect from the same day. There are detailed rules in those texts on alcohol advertising that this Practice Note tries to examine.
Validity of liquidated damages clause under Vietnams Law Validity of liquidated damages clause under Vietnam’s Law
Liquidated damages is one of the important remedies that are widely known in various types of contracts. However, the validity of liquidated damages clause is still an uncertain thing under Vietnam’s law, giving rise to a number of disputes over this clause when being applied in Vietnam.
How will the EVFTA contribute to more transparency? How will the EVFTA contribute to more transparency?
This article looks at the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), recently ratified by the EU Parliament, from the angle of transparency. Reviewing the road from WTO’s limited use of measures to improve transparency and reduce bribery in international trade to new generation FTAs, the paper examines headways made in mainstreaming transparency in practically all chapters of the trade agreement.
Requirements for the public administration in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Requirements for the public administration in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) affects many areas of social life, including public administration. It can govern, change the content of requirements and principles of public administration and also impose some completely new requirements and principles. It is, therefore, necessary to fully identify the requirements of public administration in the context of the 4IR for determining appropriate standards and solutions to ensure that the public administration is operated and developed for the target of national development.
Intellectual property tribunal - a must in Vietnam Intellectual property tribunal - a must in Vietnam
The intellectual property tribunal is a specialized court set up, like in many countries, to deal with intellectual property disputes which currently become more and more complicated in Vietnam. The establishment of such specialized court is an objective requirement in the process of judicial reform in general and improvement of legal mechanisms in particular to protect intellectual property rights in Vietnam.

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