At the ceremony, the President of the Association for Liaison with Overseas Vietnamese (ALOV) Nguyen Phu Binh said Vietnam has about 5.3 people living abroad. When coming back to the country, many of them face legal issues. The Legal Assistance Committee is established to protect the legal rights of ALOV members and overseas Vietnamese.
“It is time the association has its channel to receive overseas Vietnamese’s requests relating to legal issues such as nationalities or investment so that these issues can be brought to and addressed by the relevant authorities,” Binh said.
The committee has the following responsibilities: Providing guidance on and answering legal questions; Providing recommendations on legal matters; Drafting contracts, wills and other legal documents; Providing legal documents and information; representing (non-litigation) the individuals seeking legal assistance to perform legally related works according to authorization contracts, unless otherwise regulated by Vietnamese laws.
|President of the Association for Liaison with Overseas Vietnamese Nguyen Phu Binh (third from left) speaking at the launching ceremony of ALOV Legal Assistance Committee. Photo: Vietnam Times|
The Legal Assistance Committee also advises ALOV, as a member of the Fatherland Front of Vietnam, to monitor and assess the development and implementation of the laws and regulations relating to overseas Vietnamese. At the same time, it addresses questions on the strategies, policies, laws and regulations of the Community Party and the government relating to the responsibilities and rights of overseas Vietnamese, and connects people seeking legal assistance with the legal firms partnering with ALOV.
Lawyer Huynh Minh Chinh, a member of the ALOV standing committee, is appointed the head of the Legal Assistance Committee. Vice-heads of the committee are two members of the standing committee, Lawyer Nguyen Thang Canh and ALOV Deputy Secretary-General Vu Thi Quy. Rounding up the Legal Assistance Committee are two regular members of ALOV, Nguyen Minh Tung and Dao Duy Hai.
|Memorandum of Understanding Signing ceremony between ALOV and Dao and Co. Legal Firm. Photo: Vietnam Times|
Ngo Huong Nam, Vice Chairman of the State Committee for overseas Vietnamese said the committee supported ALOV in establishing the Legal Assistance Committee. “This is necessary because it serves as a non-governmental channel to support Vietnamese abroad. The State Committee for overseas Vietnamese will work alongside and collaborate closely with ALOV,” Nam said.
At the ceremony, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ALOV and Dao and Co. Legal Firm.
Director of Dao and Co. Legal Firm Dao Ngoc Chuyen, a member of ALOV Standing Committee and head of Hanoi Bar Association, said both parties would collaborate to support and bring the best benefits to overseas Vietnamese in legal matters relating to antecedents and investment.
Dao and Co. Legal Firm and ALOV will collaborate to address issues relating to antecedents and investments for overseas Vietnamese. Photo: Vietnam Times
Specifically, Dao and Co. will support the Legal Assistance Committee to assist ALOV in monitoring and assessing the development and implementation of the laws and regulations relating to overseas Vietnamese. It will also work with the committee to address questions on the strategies, policies, laws and regulations of the Community Party and the government relating to the responsibilities and rights of overseas Vietnamese.
Both parties will collaborate via exchange of information and cooperation with the relevant state organizations and agencies, holding legal workshops or providing legal services according to the Vietnam Law on Lawyers for ALOV members, overseas Vietnamese organizations and individuals and organizations and individuals in the country collaborating with overseas Vietnamese.
Legal services will be provided based on legal contracts between the people seeking legal assistance and Dao and Co. and ALOV.
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