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Vietnamese Ambassador runs for re-election to International Law Commission

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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April 04, 2021 | 10:55

Vietnam's permanent missions to the UN in New York and Geneva have recently sent diplomatic notes to the UN and countries informing the candidacy of Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the 2023-2027 tenure, marking the official start of the Vietnamese candidate's campaign for re-election to the UN’s important body.

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In 2016, Ambassador Thao became the first Vietnamese elected as an ILC member. During the 2017-2022 tenure, he has actively promoted the ILC’s research results, delivered speeches, and joined discussions at the ILC, according to Vietnamplus.

He also helped express developing nations’ interest in new and non-traditional topics, and actively joined in discussions on topics such as protection of the atmosphere and environmental protection in armed conflicts. Most notably, he strongly supported the ILC’s research on rising seawater levels and the addition of the issue to the committee's long-term working agenda.

With in-depth knowledge about laws on the sea and the environment, he made significant contributions to the first report of the research group on rising sea levels in relation to international law last year.

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Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao (Photo: VNA)

Apart from valuable professional contributions, Thao also played a role in fostering connections and ties among ILC members to promote exchange between legal researchers and practitioners of international law at home and abroad. He was also a speaker at many universities and prestigious seminars in the region. In 2018, he was elected as the Second Vice Chairman of the ILC on the occasion of its 70th founding anniversary.

With a dedication to the progress of international law, he was nominated for a seat at the ILC for the 2023-2027 tenure, becoming one of the 10 candidates of the Asia-Pacific. The ILC election will take place in New York in November 2021.

Ambassador Thao is a senior Vietnamese diplomat with 40 years of experience. He earned a doctorate degree in law from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and is now also teaching international law at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

Joining the ILC offers an opportunity to promote popularisation and application of international laws in Vietnam and the region, Thao said, describing the laws as an important tool for integration and settlement of disputes, contributing to consolidating global and regional peace, security, and prosperity.

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Photo: Baoquocte

Previously, members of the International Law Commission (ILC) hailed the realities in Vietnam and Southeast Asia at the first session of the 71st general assembly at the UN office in Geneva.

The six-week general assembly, starting on April 29, 2019, considered a number of contemporary issues of international law, including the crimes against mankind and the environmental protection in armed conflicts.

ILC members also discussed the long-term agenda and operation mode of the organization as well as prepared topics for discussion for the subsequent years.

Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao took an active part in the activities of the organization, proposing the building of the provisions of the international law on the basis of respect to independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries, human rights, and sustainable development.

His ideas on the contents and legal techniques to perfect the draft conclusion and principles of the ILC were noted.

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