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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Tags: CITES
Compatibility between Vietnams law and CITES regarding wildlife protection Compatibility between Vietnam’s law and CITES regarding wildlife protection
Vietnam became an official member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1994. Since then, the Convention’s provisions have been step by step incorporated into the country’s legal framework. This article assesses the compatibility between CITES provisions and two important laws concerning wildlife conservation and protection, the 2015 Penal Code and the 2017 Law on Forestry, and puts forth some recommendations for further improvement.
Overview of Vietnams law on wildlife conservation and protection Overview of Vietnam’s law on wildlife conservation and protection
The increase in human population and illegal wildlife hunting has led to a high risk of biodiversity loss and put many of the animals on the brink of extinction. Being fully aware of the seriousness of the situation, the Vietnamese Government has focused on improving the legal framework on wildlife conservation and protection. This article briefly introduces legal documents related to wildlife conservation and protection, analyzes shortcomings and limitations and puts forth some recommendations for improvement.
How to improve effectiveness of mutual legal assistance in handling wildlife-related criminal cases How to improve effectiveness of mutual legal assistance in handling wildlife-related criminal cases
Mutual legal assistance in criminal matters is an effective channel to handle criminal cases involving overseas investigation and collection of documents and evidence. However, the result of mutual legal assistance on wildlife-related crimes remains below expectations mostly because of belated response to mutual legal assistance request. This article reviews the current situation of mutual legal assistance in handling wildlife-related criminal cases and puts forth some recommendations to improve the effectiveness of this work.
Penal liability of corporate legal persons for wildlife-related crimes Penal liability of corporate legal persons for wildlife-related crimes
The 2015 Penal Code prescribes heavy fines for corporate legal persons’ crimes violating regulations on management and protection of endangered, precious and rare wild animals, ranging from VND 300 million to VND 15 billion. This shows that Vietnam is always aware of the nature and danger of these crimes to the ecological environment.
Protection of endangered precious and rare wildlife under the 2015 Penal Code Protection of endangered, precious, and rare wildlife under the 2015 Penal Code
Compared to the 1999 version, the 2015 Penal Code’s provisions on protection of wildlife have been significantly revised toward expanding the scope of application of the monetary penalty, increasing penalties and adding some aggravating circumstances. This article analyzes these regulations and proposes a number of recommendations for more effective protection of endangered, precious, and rare wildlife.
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.
Vietnam set to become a powerful marine nation by 2030 Vietnam set to become a powerful marine nation by 2030
Vietnam must become a strong and rich country based on the sea. This view is clearly articulated in the recently adopted Resolution of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee on the strategy for sustainable development of the Vietnamese marine economy up to 2030, with a vision toward 2045.Vietnam Law and Legal Forum would like to introduce important contents of this Resolution.
Thousands of unlawful documents issued last year: Justice Ministry report Thousands of unlawful documents issued last year: Justice Ministry report
Thousands of legal documents issued last year in the country were detected to be unlawful in one aspect or another, according to a recent report of the Ministry of Justice.
Government steps up fight against wild animal trading Government steps up fight against wild animal trading
The Prime Minister has recently issued a directive on urgent measures to prevent and combat infringements of wildlife protection.
Quarantine requirement for textile and garment enterprises asked to be abolished Quarantine requirement for textile and garment enterprises asked to be abolished
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to simplify plant and animal quarantine procedures for the import of processed feather, and fur products other than live wild plants and animals, if textile and garment enterprises can produce certificates of origin and plant quarantine certificates of exporting countries.

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