Vietnam Strengthens Judicial Cooperation with Brazil, Canada
Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court Nguyen Hoa Binh recently held a working session with Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner in Ottawa, as part of his working trip on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, VNA reported.
Wagner told his guest that the Supreme Court of Canada wants to strengthen cooperation and share experience with Vietnam, adding that Canada also expects to step up judicial collaboration with Vietnam.
|Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner (second from right). Photo: VNA|
Binh informed the host about his successful working trip, which he said, was made possible with the support of various Vietnamese representative offices in Canada and relevant Canadian agencies.
He said the delegation had held a working session with units of the Canadian Department of Justice, during which they were updated about the court system, judicial independence, specialized courts, and information about juvenile justice in the North American country.
According to him, the Supreme People's Court of Vietnam plans to submit a draft law on juvenile justice to the National Assembly next year.
During a working session with the Chief Justice of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, a unit that previously engaged in training cooperation with the Judicial Academy of Vietnam, Binh raised the issue of training collaboration between the institute and the Vietnam Court Academy in order to improve the capacity of Vietnamese judges through a course aimed at capitalizing on the expertise and resources of the Canadian side.
|The Vietnamese delegation and Canadian officers at the Supreme Court of Canada. Photo: VNA|
Visiting other Canadian judicial institutions, Binh affirmed that bilateral judicial cooperation is an essential requirement, given that trade, investment, tourism, education ties, and people-to-people exchange between the two countries are growing.
He suggested the Canadian counterparts actively support coordination in this field.
At present, there are about 21,000 Vietnamese students in Canada and nearly 300,000 Vietnamese people living in the country. Therefore, legal matters are of utmost importance to address their needs, he said, adding that close judicial cooperation will also help Canadian investors feel secure when doing business in Vietnam, on the back of its transparent legal environment that protects investments and intellectual property.
In his view, effective legal cooperation between the two sides aligns with Canada's promotion of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, in which Vietnam plays a central role and serves as an active member of the Canada-ASEAN strategic partnership. It is also consistent with the current comprehensive partnership between the two countries.
Meeting the Vietnamese official, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly affirmed that Canada always considers Vietnam a key partner in its implementation of the Indo-Pacific Strategy.
She also expressed her wish to further deepen ties with Vietnam in all areas, including politics-diplomacy, national defense-security, trade and economy, education, and judicial affairs.
|Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court Nguyen Hoa Binh and Deputy Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil Edson Fachin. Photo: VNA|
In Brazil, the two sides also shared knowledge and experience in the fields of juvenile justice; and organization, management, and information technology application within the court system.
The Vietnamese delegation had a working session with representatives from the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the Federal District and Territories (TJDFT) in Brazil.
Deputy Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil Edson Fachin said Vietnam is the top partner of the Latin American nation in Southeast Asia, affirming that the Brazilian court is committed to further enhancing ties with the Supreme People's Court of Vietnam in the time to come.
He shared experiences related to the organization, management, and performance of his agency, the functions and responsibilities of the National Council of Justice (CNJ) of Brazil, and the application of information technology within the country’s court system.
Meanwhile, TJDFT President Judge Jose Cruz Macedo mentioned legal provisions in Brazil related to juvenile justice, and criminal justice policies applied to juvenile offenders.
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