Asian Law Center

Countries in Focus - Vietnam

VIETNAM: A Country Not a War

Ambassador Michalak

On May 4, 2015, Michael Michalak, former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam spoke on Vietnam: A Country not a War.

Vietnam has come a long way from the Doi Moi (reform and opening) policies of the 1980’s. He addressed how Vietnam is integrating into the 21 Century global economy and preparing to be a leader in South East Asia. At the same time there are domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges which Hanoi must work on if it is to realize it full future potential within ASEAN and Global Society.

Ambassador Michalak retired from the Foreign Service at the end of 2011 after over 30 years of service. A career Foreign Service Officer with extensive knowledge and experience in Asia, was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Vietnam on August 10, 2007 and served there until March of 2011 when he took on the position of Special Advisor to the Private Sector Host committee for APEC 2011 USA.

UW Faculty Travel to Bangkok and Tokyo For Seminars, December 2 & 4.

On December 2, 2013, UW Law, Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law, and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) hosted the “IP Policy and Technology Transfer Practice” seminar at Chulalongkorn University. Experts from Japan, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Korea, China, Vietnam, and Russia spoke on topics such as international contracts, health law, taxation law, and TRIPS. Speakers included Prof. Sakda Thanitcul of Chulalongkorn (LLM '93; PhD '97), Prof. Toshiko Takenaka (UWLS, CASRIP director), Prof. Dan Laster (UWLS & PATH), Prof. Shamnad Basheer of National University of Juridical Sciences, India (UW Visiting Scholar 2012), Associate Dean Patricia Kuszler (UWLS), and Prof. Don S. Zang (UWLS, Asian Law Center Director).

On December 4, 2013, UW Law and Tokyo Medical Dental University co-hosted a seminar on "Globalization of Medical Science Industry and Technology Transfer Strategies." Topics  included: Licensing Genetic Material, Intellectual Property Issue in Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Technology Transfer System in Russia, and Training Licensing Specialists and Additional Values in Studying Abroad.

Dana Raigrodski and UW Women's Center Task Force Work to Prevent Human Trafficking

Dana Raigrodski

The UW Women’s Center has been involved in anti-trafficking work on a national and international scope for more than 15 years. Dana Raigrodski, Assistant Director of the Asian Law Center, is representing UW Law on the human trafficking task force. The task force’s work is a collaboration between all the stakeholders: academics, activists, NGOs, policy makers, and the business community. It focuses on the root causes of trafficking in the era of globalization and on researching and mapping the use of trafficked labor in addition to sex trafficking. The mission of the task force is to develop a better understanding of the ongoing field of trafficking and the industries that support it. To that end, Raigrodski is chairing the task force committee on continuing legal education, which is putting togtether a training on "Human Trafficking: Forced Labor and Corporate Responsibility" for legal and business professionals on May 11, 2012. The task force will also convene an international conference on Human Trafficking on January 11-12, 2013.

Professor Theo Myhre served as a U.S. Delegate to Vietnam, May 23-June 1, 2011

Professor THeo Myhre

Professor Myhre will work under the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative with legal leaders from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as part of a 10-day program that addresses potential reforms to Vietnam's legal system, including professional skills, professional standards and ethics, legal education, and fair trial standards.

UW Law Hosts Vietnamese Bar Leaders as part of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative

In August 2010, UW Law hosted a delegation of legal educators and Bar leaders from Vietnam, sponsored by the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). During the first week of their visit, the delegation met with WSBA officers, judges and legislators, and the legal practice community. During the second week the delegates attended daily meetings and presentations by law school faculty and staff on various legal topics.

UW Law, ABA-ROLI and Ho Chi Minh City University of Law in Vietnam have been developing future collaboration on legal education and curricular reform in Vietnam. UW Law and HCML executed a collaborative agreement in order to pursue potential avenues and funding from both ABA and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education.

Alumnus Tung Thanh Ngo Returns to Pursue Ph.D. Degree

After earning an LL.M. in Asian and Comparative Law from the University of Washington School of Law in 2004 as a Fulbright Scholar, Tung Thanh Ngo, who also holds an LL.B. from Ho Chi Minh City University (1995), returned to Vietnam and continues to contribute to the development of the legal profession Vietnam. Known as a visionary leader in government and business circles, Ngo is a strong advocate for an adversarial justice system and steadily pushes to adopt greater transparency and consistency in the application of law within Vietnam’s developing legal system. He returns to the UW Law School Asian and Comparative Law Program to pursue a Ph.D. in 2009.

Since 1999, Ngo has been the Managing Partner of the biggest Vietnamese law firm in Vietnam – VILAF-Hong Duc (Vietnam International Law Firm). Under his leadership, VILAF has transformed from an affiliate of Clifford Chance to an independent commercial firm in Vietnam.

Alice Stokke Reviews Investor Protection Reforms in Vietnam for the World Bank Doing Business Project

Alice Stokke

Alice Stokke traveled to Hanoi in May 2006 to conduct a 360 degree review of investor protection reforms in Vietnam. Her research included interviewing respondents from a broad spectrum of organizations, including drafters, practitioners, government officials, the international organization officials who oversaw the project and domestic and foreign end users. Sponsored by USAID and Booz Allen Hamilton in cooperation with the World Bank, the final report, co-authored by Veronica Taylor, has been used by the World Bank in its 2007 and 2008 Doing Business Report. The Doing Business project of the World Bank Group provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 181 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.

Professor Taylor Conducts Comprehensive Diagnostic Survey of of Commercial Law in Vietnam as Part of the USAID/STAR Project

Professor Taylor and team members in Vietenam

During 2005-2006, Professor Veronica Taylor served as the contracts and company law expert on a team of commercial law and trade professionals tasked with conducting an evaluative study for the USAID Support for Trade Acceleration (STAR) Project (with Booz Allen Hamilton) in Southeast Asia. In September 2005, Professor Taylor and team members traveled to Vietnam and conducted a comprehensive Diagnostic of laws, public and private institutions, and social dynamics that pertained to commercial law and trade facilitation environments in Vietnam.

STAR Vietnam is a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide demand-driven technical assistance to Vietnam in implementing the U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization agreements and the Trade Investment Framework Agreement in cooperation with the Office of the Government of Vietnam. Since its inception in 2001, USAID/STAR has helped Vietnamese counterparts adjust or develop almost 100 major laws and regulations.

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