Democratic Governance


Report on the right to counsel in criminal law and practice in Viet Nam

The ambit of the study included analysis of nine (9) constituent rights fundamental to the Right to counsel in international human right laws and international customs. In addition the law and practice of three (3) civil law  countries, with broadly  similar legal systems to that ofmore


Report on the survey of the reality of local court governance in Viet Nam

This report “Reality of Local Court Governance in Viet Nam” was commissioned within the framework of MOJ-UNDP project “Strengthening Access to Justice and Protecting Rights in Vietnam”. The report is end result of an empirical study based on the opinions of 2,516 judges—about half the number ofmore


Research report on parliamentary committee public hearings and their application in Viet Nam

Renovation on operations of Ethnic Council and Committees of National Assembly (will be called NA Committees hereafter) is a necessary reform.  Over the past years, numerous solutions have been realized in order to strengthen operation capacities and role of the NA Committees.  Inmore


Research report: Conceptual differences between public consultations and constituency relations

Since 2008, the UNDP Project “Strengthening Capacities of Representative Bodies in Vietnam” has supported People’s Councils from various provinces and cities to pilot public consultations (PCs). Support for enhancing constituency relations (CRs) was then started in 2009. Some provinces and citiesmore


Research report: Legislative processes and procedures of the National Assembly

Under regulations of the Constitution and the Law on the Organization of the National Assembly, the National Assembly is the only body vested with powers to formulate and amend the constitution, to make and amend laws; the National Assembly is also the highest body supervising all activities of themore


Research report: Oversight procedures of the National Assembly and the National Assembly Standing Committee

The National Assembly’s and National Assembly Standing Committee’s oversight processes are a complex set of legal procedures and steps. They are also the tools guaranteeing the quality, efficiency and integrity of oversight activities as well as the legality of oversight results. While oversightmore


During the past decade, Viet Nam attained middle-income country status as a result of impressive economic growth. However progress in social development, including education and health, has been less rapid contributing to slower growth in human development, indicating remaining governance system challenges to keep pace with economic development. UNDP Viet Nam’s governance work focuses on three main pillars: human rights, rule of law and access to justice, along with parliamentary development and public administration reform. Our interventions in governance are made through nationally-executed projects and the work of in-house governance policy advisors.