|The 9th Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) Employment Law Conference opened yesterday in Ha Noi. — Photo qdnd
HA NOI (VNS) — The 9th Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) Employment Law Conference opened yesterday in Ha Noi.
The two-day event, which is focusing on legal issues and complications for Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and transnational employment, was organised by the LAWASIA with assistance from the Viet Nam Bar Federation (VBF). It brought together about 50 experienced jurists from Viet Nam and the Asia-Pacific region.
In his remarks at the conference, Deputy Minister of Justice Nguyen Khanh Ngoc said that FTAs liberalised transnational trade of services and investments, and always came along with free cross-border movement of labourers.
It had become a challenge for any government joining an FTA, he said. He added that he hoped the conference would provide insight into the impacts of labour market access commitments on FTA members.
This was the first time the annual LAWASIA Employment Law Conference had been held in Viet Nam since the country's VBF officially became a LAWASIA member in July 2010, VBF Vice President Do Ngoc Thinh said.
The two-day event is focusing on a number of key issues, including FTA impacts on regional employment, immigration issues in transnational employment, employment obligations in host countries, liability for workplace injuries to transnational employees and cross-border taxation.
LAWASIA is an international organisation of legal associations, individual lawyers, judges, legal academics and others, which focuses on the interests and concerns of the legal profession in the Asia Pacific region. Established in 1966, it has more than 40 member organisations and individual members from more than 50 countries
President gets involved
Also yesterday, President Truong Tan Sang urged the Vietnam Lawyers' Association (VLA) to get more involved in the law making process and to uphold its role as a political, social and occupational organisation of legal experts.
President Sang, who is also Head of the Central Steering Committee on Judicial Reform, pledged to facilitate the association's stronger participation in judicial reform.
Sang praised the association for fulfilling its tasks, particularly in providing legal assistance to the public. He spoke highly of the association's role in social criticism and law enforcement monitoring.
The association has strived to improve the quality of legal support available to groups, corporations and businesses as Vietnam accelerates negotiations of major global economic agreements, he said.
He suggested that the association increase professional training programs, foreign language classes for its members and expand international cooperation. This, he said, would help the country greatly during this period of extensive development and integration.
Six decades after its foundation, the VLA's membership has grown to more than 46,000 from an initial 40.
The association provides legal consultations and assistance, and participates in settling complaints and reconciliations at the grassroots level.
Most beneficiaries of their consultations and public communications are disadvantaged groups, the impoverished and ethnic minority groups. — VNS