The first law study session in South Vietnam took place at the Ho Chi Minh University of Law. Vice-Rector and Professor Bui Xuan Hai warmly greeted The John Marshall Law School students and faculty. During the session, the University faculty presented an overview of economic rights provisions in Vietnamese law. Professor Canh Hop Nguyen discussed a number of mechanisms employed by the government of Vietnam to protect economic rights including, the constitutional reform of 1986 that further diversified land ownership. He also discussed the relationship between politics and economy and stressed the importance of human rights development within political and economic affairs in Vietnam.
In addition, Van Van Nguyen, Professor in Tax, Finance and Banking Law, briefed the John Marshall Law School representatives on the current Vietnamese Anti-Corruption Law and banking system. According to him, the country’s banking system that is based on the government ownership has become more aligned with international standards since the late 1900s. He then further familiarized the representatives with the Vietnamese legal education as well as various curriculums offered by the Ho Chi Minh University of Law that include Land Law, Family Law, International Civil Procedures and Arbitration, and Administrative Procedures. During the last presentation, Van Vo Pham, Professor in Land and Environmental Law, answered questions related to land ownership in Vietnam. According to him, there are currently two major controversial issues surrounding land ownership in the country, land confiscation and the market price of compulsory purchase of land by the government. Professor Do Minh Khoi and Professor Vu Van Nhiem also addressed important constitutional law and jurisprudence issues and the development of reform in the Vietnamese legal structure.
The law study session was very informative and provided further potential cooperation between the law schools. In particular, the Ho Chi Minh University of Law can offer various opportunities that are of interest to students of the John Marshall Law School including the Human and Citizen’s Rights Research Center.
~Shayan Davoudi and Eric Bisby